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An SOS mother holds and smiles at her young son“We have been supporting SOS Children's Villages for about 35 years now. The organisation has always seemed to us a reliable, utterly practical, front-line charity. We prefer to send our donations to them in the certain knowledge that not one penny will go astray.” 

—Helen and Guy, who support our work in Nicaragua. Read more testimonials from our supporters. 

We try to spend as much money as possible on what matters (helping children with nowhere else to go) and as little as possible on office costs, fundraising and admin.

We do not approach people on the streets or cold call, and our advertising is minimal. All of this helps to keep our costs down, while the internet helps us to grow.

Our income

Total income in 2015

Pie chart of the breakdown of SOS Children's Villages UK's income in 2015

Our 2015 income was £7.13 million, raised in the following ways: 


Income streamAmount (£)% of income
Gifts & donations £2.58m 79%
Legacies £0.58m 8%
Gift Aid £0.65m 9%
Other £0.30m 4%
Total income £7.13m

Previous years' accounts for 20142013 and 2012 are also available in PDF format. Please feel free to download and print our accounts for your own perusal.

What we spent in 2015

In 2015, we spent 84p of every £1 on the delivery and support of our work with the world's most vulnerable children and communities. We spent the remaining 16p of every £1 on raising more money, governance and other associated costs.

Pie chart of the breakdown of SOS Children's Villages UK's expenditure in 2015

Expenditure channelAmount (£)% of expenditure
Charitable activites (incl. programme delivery) £5.07m 84%
Generating funds £0.87m 14%
Governance £0.13m 2%
Total expenditure  £6.08m

SOS Children's Villages UK is part of an international federation. This means that programme delivery is carried by SOS Children's Villages International through country and field offices in the 125 countries we work in. Our office here in the UK provides funding and technical assistance for those programmes, which each year benefit the lives of millions of vulnerable children, families on the brink of breaking down and poor communities. 

Our UK office is based in Cambridge. Processing child sponsorships, keeping our donors happy and finding new supporters does of course incur administration costs. We keep these costs as low as possible.

We only run emergency appeals when there is a clear and urgent need to help those we support.By taking out your sponsorship via our website, you are helping to drive down our costs.

Annual Report

Annual Report 2015 cover  Please click to view our Annual Report 2015


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