Overall GiG Score: 20 based on 19 data points
Finance: 0
Governance: 9
Support: 11
Pension deficit: -3, Fundraising costs low: +3,
Good trustee age range: +3, Dynamic board: +3, Gender balanced board: +3,
Supporters: +11


Campaigning and lobbying.Raising Awareness.Day and residential schools with outreach.Registered adult care homes, plus supported living.A diagnosis and assessment centre, and diagnostic training.Resource Centres.Family support.Social groups.Early intervention and post diagnosis support.Helpline.Education Rights and Welfare Rights services.Supported Employment.Information.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government and a Community Foundation
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • Over half the Board have joined recently

Financial issues to consider:

  • There is a pension deficit of £15,218,000
Established: 48 years



0207 833 2299

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 1.5%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 1.5%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 4%
Highest pay band: £130,000-£140,000
Liabilities/Assets: 26%
Liabilities/Income: 21%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 51%
Reserves/Spending: 5.2 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 1.4
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Accommodation/Housing
  • Disability
  • Education/Training
Who works here?
  • 2,527 employees
  • 2,000 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • People With Disabilities
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Northern Ireland, Scotland, Throughout England And Wales,

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Department of Health and Social Care£1,011,266
The National Lottery Community Fund£493,566
Pears Foundation £417,000
The National Lottery Heritage Fund£245,104
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Devon Community Foundation
£2,000 07/02/2023
Funding for an accessible meeting place and to provide information and activity resources for people with autism.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£110,935 27/10/2022
Skills for Life
The National Lottery Community Fund
£9,538 06/09/2022
This group will use the funding to run fun digital workshops for autistic children aged 12-18 years in East Renfrewshire.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
£245,104 11/08/2022
Sixty years of the National Autistic Society - the story of autism so far: voices, journeys and lives
The National Lottery Community Fund
£194,630 14/07/2022
The group will continue to provide adults with autism with tailored one-to-one support and the opportunity to join social groups where they can interact with their peers in a supported environment. ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation
£70,000 01/04/2022
Mental Health Online Module
Pears Foundation
£92,000 25/03/2022
Mental Health Policy Officer
The National Lottery Community Fund
£10,000 22/09/2021
The National Autistic Society is using a £10000 grant to develop a Lending Library of items to help autistic children and their families across Northern Ireland. The library will include soft play ....more
Department of Health and Social Care
£178,321 01/09/2021
Current outcomes from the first six months include:100% of service users surveyed felt they were listened to and that they knew more about their loved ones entitlements.94% of service users surveyed ....more
Department of Health and Social Care
£91,700 01/07/2021
Through the HW Alliance, policy teams can work collaboratively with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, accessing the sectors expertise and connecting policy leads ....more
The Foyle Foundation
£50,000 28/04/2021
towards core funding, specifically towards the Educations Rights Service and Exclusions Service (awarded grant in response to coronavirus)
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
£29,940 01/04/2021
Develop new content on autism and loneliness to support a loneliness campaign on social media. This will help to reduce stigma around loneliness and support the target group to take action to help ....more
Foundation Scotland
£4,524 08/03/2021
To support the delivery of three Covid-19 webinar sessions to parents/carers with autistic children/young people under the age of 18.
Foundation Scotland
£4,524 08/03/2021
To support the delivery of three Covid-19 webinar sessions to parents/carers with autistic children/young people under the age of 18.
Wolfson Foundation
£175,000 09/12/2020
WF Covid-19 Support Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund
£69,070 11/11/2020
The National Autistic Society are using a £69070 grant over one year to create a new Autism Hub which will provide online guidance and support to help people with Autism and their families to cope ....more
Co-operative Group
£3,911 24/10/2020
We aim to be able to participate in activities that are available to neurotypical people without the stigma that comes with autism.
Co-operative Group
£7,746 24/10/2020
We would like to build a stronger network for autistic individuals and their families to come together in Bromyard.
£98,910 26/08/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
Joseph Levy Foundation
£9,429 03/07/2020
Covid-19: salary costs for Helpline advisor for autistic people, their families and carers
Joseph Levy Foundation
£9,429 03/07/2020
Covid-19: salary costs for Helpline advisor for autistic people, their families and carers
Department of Health and Social Care
£150,000 18/06/2020
The objective of the grant funding for the WDF is therefore to equip personal health budget holders and the PA workforce to make best use of PHBs and thereby secure improved outcomes, user experience ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£31,850 18/06/2020
The National Autistic Society has received £31850-to address the negative effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the autistic community in Wales. The pandemic has had a serious effect on ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£10,000 16/06/2020
The National Autistic Society is using a £10000 grant to introduce a Northern Ireland specific helpline to support people with autism providing them with information and support relating to ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£48,727 09/06/2020
This grant will allow the group to adapt its existing services so that they can be delivered during the COVID-19 lockdown and as the lockdown eases for the 15 local support groups in Scotland. It ....more
Department of Health & Social Care
£182,055 22/05/2020
Support for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs
Department of Health and Social Care
£60,000 28/04/2020
See HWA summary:Working with the VCSE sector - encourange two way flow of information and inteliigence betweeen the Sector and the System.
Pears Foundation
£175,000 27/04/2020
Autism and Mental Health
Department of Health and Social Care
£304,190 17/04/2020
The grant funding provided a period of support for charities providing vital services to ensure they could meet increased demand as a result of COVID-19, while continuing their day-to-day activities ....more
Pears Foundation
£50,000 14/04/2020
COVID19 capacity grant
Foundation Scotland
£5,000 06/04/2020
To contribute to the additional costs caused by the coronavirus pandemic of running the Daldorch House Residential School in Catrine (East Ayrshire) for 17 children with severe autism from across ....more
Co-operative Group
£7,354 15/11/2019
We want to organize events and introduce and develop treatments that support families with Autistic children in Carmarthenshire.
Co-operative Group
£5,098 15/11/2019
We want to grow our support networks, promote awareness and acceptance, and offer more days out for the children that attend our groups.
Pears Foundation
£100,000 06/08/2019
The Autism Act 10 years on: Research, policy and campaigning
The National Lottery Community Fund
£8,816 24/06/2019
Project Summary :_x000D_ The National Autistic Society will support up to 60 autistic people in Cardiff and Newport through social groups that allow them to share their experiences, reduce isolation, ....more
Ministry of Justice
£103,202 01/04/2019
To provide ‘A Tailored Approach for People who May Be Disadvantaged because of Discrimination and/or as a Consequence of Protected Characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010 or Other People ....more
Department of Health and Social Care
£45,000 01/04/2019
The Health & Wellbeing Alliance consists of 21 organisations from the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. These organisations engage in intensive co-production with system ....more
Community Foundation for Surrey
£3,085 22/01/2019
Courses for parents / carers of children on the autistic spectrum.
Co-operative Group
£4,513 19/11/2018
We would like to be able to provide inclusive activities for children and adults with autism such as clubs and support groups.
Co-operative Group
£2,776 19/11/2018
Funds will help to develop the sensory garden at Saxon Hall and to carry on the great work so many communities have started.
Co-operative Group
£5,164 19/11/2018
We need funds to set up a hub for sensory activities in Hereford.
Quartet Community Foundation
£5,000 07/09/2018
A contribution towards a parent-led group for parents of autistic children.
Barrow Cadbury Trust
£50,000 07/07/2018
To better understand the experience of young adults with autism in the Criminal Justice System (CJS).
Ministry of Justice
£76,038 06/07/2018
To provide a tailored approach for people who may be disadvantaged because of discrimination and/or as a consequence of protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010 or other people ....more
£41,720 03/04/2018
The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund pilot aims to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK's booming cyber security sector.
Department of Health and Social Care
£45,000 01/04/2018
The Health & Wellbeing Alliance consists of 21 organisations from the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. These organisations engage in intensive co-production with system ....more
Department of Health and Social Care
£23,975 01/04/2018
The aim of the Alliance will be to facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£9,830 20/12/2017
This project will run a Young Ambassadors programme, providing opportunities for autistic young people to develop skills and lead campaigns to help transform the way society views the autistic ....more
Wolfson Foundation
£50,000 04/12/2017
Autism centre in Belfast
The National Lottery Community Fund
£10,000 09/11/2017
The group provides support to people with autism and their families in the Omagh area. The project is using a £10,000 grant to fund a programme of activities, outings, training, and therapy sessions ....more
Co-operative Group
£5,054 04/08/2017
We want to transform the way society views people with autism by developing their skills and increasing their opportunities.
Sussex Community Foundation
£3,340 14/07/2017
National Autistic Society Bexhill and Hastings are a parent-volunteer group that provides support to families across both Bexhill and Hastings with children / young adults who suffer from the ....more
Ministry of Justice
£69,723 14/07/2017
To deliver a pilot project to improve awareness of learning disabilities/autism spectrum conditions, identification of offenders affected, and enable better provision for their needs.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£176,522 17/05/2017
This project will create opportunities for autistic people to make friends and socialise. NAS will use the funding to support 250 adults over the age of 26 who are on the autistic spectrum, they will ....more
Department of Health
£45,000 01/04/2017
Health and Wellbeing Alliance
Pears Foundation
£124,000 16/11/2016
Women and Girls on the Autistic Spectrum
Three Guineas Trust
£50,000 02/06/2016
Towards Teen Life, a parent training course about teenagers with ASD.
City Bridge Trust
£40,000 23/09/2015
£40,000 as a third and final year’s contribution to a project helping young people with autism transition from school into adulthood.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£273,185 17/12/2014
Not Available
The National Lottery Community Fund
£116,315 26/11/2014
Not Available
Three Guineas Trust
£8,000 08/09/2014
Donation in lieu of honoraria for trustees' adviser Uta Frith (2 yrs worth, 2013/14 and 2014/15, at £4,000 p.a.).
Three Guineas Trust
£113,021 16/01/2013
Towards the specialist helpline adviser and related costs.
Three Guineas Trust
£77,500 06/09/2012
New parent training course "Healthy Minds".
The National Lottery Community Fund
£555,320 14/09/2011
This grant will enable the National Autistic Society to deliver a new project that will provide advice, guidance and personalised support to parents and carers of children who have been diagnosed ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£311,281 15/06/2011
The project will support young people with autism and Asperger Syndrome mainly from the West of Scotland. The project will be delivered through coaching sessions focused on improving life and ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (12)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 10/12 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 42-76
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 15/08/1975, number: 269425
  • Registered at Companies House on 27/03/1975, number: 01205298
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Event History
Other Regulators
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
  • Ofsted (Office For Standards In Education)
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Recent reorganisation events:
  • Asset transfer in from SWANSEA AND NEATH AUTISTIC SOCIETY on 30/04/2021
  • Asset transfer in from THE CANDLE TRUST on 03/08/2023
  • Asset transfer in from ADHARA AUTISM TRUST on 24/08/2023
Main office

The National Autistic Society
391-393 City Road



Defined Area of Benefit: NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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