Our Finances


At Battersea, we make sure every penny raised goes towards creating a better future for dogs and cats.

Our Wonderful Supporters Raised

£

M

For us in 2020


Income and Expenditure

Our wonderful supporters raised over £52m for us in 2020. For every pound we spent on fundraising last year, we turned it into £3.17 to ensure we can continue to be here for every dog and cat, and we’re constantly striving to increase that figure.


How we raised our money. £28.5m Donations and fundraising events Includes all fundraising events, corporate income, philanthropy, donations, government grants, Gift Aid and Paw Draw Lottery. £22.6m Legacy income This is from people leaving a gift to us in their Will. £0.6m Rehoming and claim fees. The fees charged when people rehome a rescue animal from Battersea or reclaim a lost dog/cat through our Lost & Found services. £0.5m Trading Funds raised through admissions to our sites, royalties, and sale of merchandise via internet sales, mail order and on-site shops. £0.5m Income from investments This includes bank interest and dividend income from listed investments. £52.7m total income from all activites

How we raised our money. £28.5m Donations and fundraising events Includes all fundraising events, corporate income, philanthropy, donations, government grants, Gift Aid and Paw Draw Lottery. £22.6m Legacy income This is from people leaving a gift to us in their Will. £0.6m Rehoming and claim fees. The fees charged when people rehome a rescue animal from Battersea or reclaim a lost dog/cat through our Lost & Found services. £0.5m Trading Funds raised through admissions to our sites, royalties, and sale of merchandise via internet sales, mail order and on-site shops. £0.5m Income from investments This includes bank interest and dividend income from listed investments. £52.7m total income from all activites

Every penny raised for Battersea goes a long way towards helping our dogs and cats, and many thousands more beyond our gates.


How we spent our money. £21m Care of animals Includes the operational costs of running our three centres and two veterinary clinics, as well as the running costs of our volunteering, fostering and communities programmes. £15.7m Fundraising activity Continued investment in a variety of initiatives in order to fund our vital work well into the future. £6m Campaigning and raising awareness We campaign for changes to improve the lives of dogs and cats and raise awareness of the issues most important to them. £0.9m Grant giving and academy During 2020, we awarded 41 grants to other rescue and rehoming organisations and welcomed 467 delegates from 146 UK and international organisations onto our Academy programmes. £27.9m total on charitable and trading activities £43.6m total expenditure

How we spent our money. £21m Care of animals Includes the operational costs of running our three centres and two veterinary clinics, as well as the running costs of our volunteering, fostering and communities programmes. £15.7m Fundraising activity Continued investment in a variety of initiatives in order to fund our vital work well into the future. £6m Campaigning and raising awareness We campaign for changes to improve the lives of dogs and cats and raise awareness of the issues most important to them. £0.9m Grant giving and academy During 2020, we awarded 41 grants to other rescue and rehoming organisations and welcomed 467 delegates from 146 UK and international organisations onto our Academy programmes. £27.9m total on charitable and trading activities £43.6m total expenditure

A legacy of love for dogs and cats

Jenny Rodley (pictured with her mum in the 1940s) had a lifelong love for dogs and cats.

A gift of any size to Battersea makes a big difference, but in November 2020 we were notified of an incredible legacy left by one very special supporter.

The daughter of a much-decorated World War Two RAF pilot, Wing Commander Rodley, Jenny Rodley had a love of dogs from a young age, thanks to her family owning Scottish Terriers and Shnauzers. Donating to Battersea throughout her lifetime, Jenny not only had a longstanding passion for animals but a great love of the arts — from Shakespeare to Bruce Springsteen.

During his career as a commercial airline pilot in the 1960s, Jenny’s father amassed some very special souvenirs including a flight menu signed by The Beatles. Along with his impressive decoration of war medals, Wing Commander Rodley auctioned off his collection in later life and subsequently passed his estate onto Jenny, who had settled in Guildford.

Sadly, Jenny passed away in 2020, and we were blown away to find out she had left an extraordinary gift of almost £2.8 million to the dogs and cats at Battersea. We’re always inspired by our kind supporters who leave a gift to Battersea in their Will, no matter how big or small it may be, as their commitment and generosity helps ensure we can continue to be here for animals that need us for many more years to come.