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Four Christian organisations on top 100 most loved charities

by Cara Bentley

Four charities with a Christian ethos are on the top 100 list of most loved charity brands in the UK.

A poll by Savanta found Macmillan Cancer Support is the most admired, followed by Cancer Research UK and Dogs Trust.

Christian international aid charity World Vision is at number 96 and Christian Aid at 64. The Children's Society is at 51 and the Salvation Army at 27.

The list includes charities that support specific diseases, animals, children and mental health.

The taxonomy was ranked by asking 60,000 people ‘How would you describe your opinion of the following charities?’. The top box was ‘love’ and the table is created by ranking the organisations by people's love for each brand.

Salvation Army, the highest ranking Christian charity, has been going for over 150 years, helping those in poverty but also running churches across the world. It was started in London by Methodists in the 1860s.


The Children's Society was started by an Anglican Sunday school teacher who went to look for two boys who didn't turn up one week and found them begging for food on the streets.



Speaking about the list, Daniel Jones from Christian charity Stewardship, who encourage Christian generosity, told Premier he felt encouraged by the household-name Christian organisations who feature on the list: "It's a nice reminder that the Christian community in the UK is alive and thriving and we see that through the work of these particular ministries - and that they've come to the attention of the wider public.

"I'm also reminded that there's a lot of Christian charities doing fantastic work that wouldn't feature on a list like this mainly because of their size. There's thousands and thousands of churches and Christian charities up-and-down the country who are doing amazing work but probably are not big enough to feature in a kind of national survey of this scale."


Third on the list is Dogs Trust, followed by the RSPCA, both slightly more loved than BBC Children in Need and Great Ormond Street Hospital at fifth and sixth.

Speaking about whether Christians should give to animal charities, Jones said: "I wouldn't necessarily want to place any form of judgment on who chooses to give to what...What we see in terms of the people that use us and come to us for advice on giving is that they have a very clear, considered, thought-out plan for that and they've gone through a very clear, Biblical discernment process.

"If as a result of that process a Christian decides that they really feel called to support animal charities then who am I to judge that? I would say, however, that we typically don't see that as a kind of behaviour within the community that we serve. What we see is a lot of people wanting to very actively give to and support either their local church, or churches that have been part of their faith journey, support individuals who are doing Christian mission work and then responding to the words of Jesus and the practices of the early church."



The top 100 includes many cancer charities and several health organisations such as St John Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, St George’s Hospital Charity and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Jones said the poll reveals interesting characteristics about people’s cares and why individual's choose a specific brand: "It talks about wanting to have an affinity with organisations that are trusted, that are committed to the cause, that are passionate about the cause they're addressing, that have a sense of friendliness and openness to them and also honesty.

"There's a real drive towards better integrity...more and more we're being asked those questions - to provide more guidance so people can make wise decisions and find and connect with organisations that they, hopefully, will have a long-standing lifetime relationship with."

You can view the whole list here. 

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