How we raise money

The bulk of Shelter Scotland's funding comes from donations made by individuals, organisations, charitable foundations and businesses.

Our income 

Money in £47 million



From running marathons to organising music nights, individuals and organisations take part in a wide range of fundraising activities for Shelter Scotland.

Many individuals also give one-off donations to Shelter Scotland, or regular gifts via Direct Debit, after having direct contact with our work or hearing about it through advertising or media coverage.

We also have a face-to-face fundraising team that goes out on to the street to sign up new Direct Debit givers. This is a very cost effective way of raising awareness and generating income for Shelter Scotland. All our fundraisers abide by a strict industry code of practice.

Donations from charitable foundations and trusts

Charitable foundations and trusts often provide support for a specific project or service. The Mercers' Charitable Foundation, for example, funds a project supporting ex-offenders after release, while the Big Lottery Fund supports our work with homeless children at the Newham Education Project.

Donations from businesses

Corporate partnerships bring much-needed funds to Shelter, and introduce new audiences to our work.

Funding from other sources

Aside from Government grants and legal advice contracts, Shelter Scotland's nationwide network of charity shops is another source of funding.

Our Enterprise team offer expertly run courses in housing, homelessness and benefits. They promote good practice in the housing sector at the same time as raising funds for Shelter Scotland.

  • Making the most of funds

    We invest in new projects and services when we identify a need, and evidence from our services staff at ground level confirms this.

  • Our fundraising standards

    Shelter Scotland is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) self-regulatory scheme.

  • Face-to-face fundraising

    Every day our teams raise money through street and door-to-door fundraising across the whole of Scotland.

  • Our partners

    Shelter has formed successful partnerships with some of the UK's leading companies.

  • Supporter charter

    Our supporter charter is our promise to you that we’ll use your donations carefully and responsibly.

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