How we spend your money

We can only do what we do because of you. Here’s how we spend and raise money.

We’re driven by four priorities – giving children and families the best possible start, offering lifelong opportunities, reducing isolation and spreading awareness.

We’re an efficient and well-run charity and we manage our finances carefully to deliver the most impact for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and their families.

Find out how Sense spends your donations

Pie chart showing the breakdown of total money spent in 2019/20 of £69.5m: £44.7m - Statutory supported living, residential care, community and day opportunities £2.2m - Statutory specialist education for 16-25 year olds £2.8m - Holidays & short breaks, arts, sport & wellbeing, specialist services for children and young people £2.1m – Sense International £1.3m – Sense TouchBase Pears community hub £0.3m – Quality and development of services £1.0m – Campaigning and awareness-raising £4.2m – Fundraising and legacies £10.8m – Sense Trading £0.1m – Other

For every pound Sense receives, 78p is spent supporting people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities. The other 22p is put back to work to raise the next pound so we can do even more.  

Here’s a breakdown of how we spent the money we received in 2019/20:

A pie chart showing how we spend your money

How money comes in at Sense

Your life-changing support makes a world of difference.

  • £3.7 million was raised by 73,136 people who made a monthly donation or responded to appeals.
  • £2.68 million was raised by 165 people who left Sense a gift in their Will.
  • £1 million was raised by more than 750 runners, walkers or cyclists taking on a personal challenge.Trusts and statutory supporters gave funding to the tune of £830,000 to support some truly innovative work.
  • 8m shopping transactions happened, thanks to our enthusiastic and loyal Sense shoppers across our 115 shops.

Find out how you can support our life-changing work by taking part in an eventfundraising for Sense, or volunteering your time.

Two women and a man walking outside, smiling. There are Sense banners near where they're walking

Young boy holding a Slinky toy above his head. He’s wearing a top with his name Isaac written on it in English and British Sign Language.Sense receives fees for some of our services - in particular, supported living, community, day opportunities and specialist education - but we rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to sustain and grow the full range of life-changing work we do.

Here’s how we raise the money we need to support people with complex disabilities to live full, active and meaningful lives:

 

 

Pie chart showing the breakdown of total income in 2019/20 of £69.9m: £44.7m - Statutory supported living, residential care, community and day opportunities £2.2m - Statutory specialist education for 16-25 year olds £0.8m - Holidays & short breaks, arts, sport & wellbeing, specialist services for children and young people £0.8m – Sense International £0.4m – Sense TouchBase Pears community hub £10.2m – Fundraising and legacies £10.6m – Sense Trading £0.2m - Other