Grant making charities provide 4 billion annually

More than 100 charities face deregistration​

Grant-making charities donate and grant more than $4 billion annually and hold more than $56 billion in assets, according to Australia’s Grant-making Charities in 2016, released by the ACNC.

Grant-making charities distribute grants and donations to other charities and charitable causes.  Grants are mainly used to build the capacity and capabilities of a charity, to provide support services or advocate for or against an issue.

The ACNC paper assessed the activities of 10,398 grant-making charities in the 2016 reporting period.  Key findings were:

  • Grant-making charities provided $4 billion in grants and donations in 2016
  • Combined, they had total revenue of $16.5 billion in 2016
  • They controlled $56.5 billion in total assets
  • They employed 103,211 staff
  • 80.8 per cent per cent of charities operated with no paid staff and were supported by 337,288 volunteers, and
  • 20.9 per cent distributed a major share of grant funds through multi-year grants.

Australia’s Grant-making Charities in 2016 is available for download at, along with the full Australian Charities Report 2016 and an interactive data cube.