This means that the cost of an Adult Membership of the Trust buys 30 seconds of conservation time for Scotland's heritage.
The National Trust for Scotland is a charity. As can be seen from the chart we are responsible for raising most of our own funding and to do that we depend on your generosity.
The largest part of our income comes from our members – simply by becoming a member of the Trust you are helping to conserve and support our nation’s most treasured heritage.
We also depend on the legacies people leave us as a lasting memorial to the special places they and their loved ones enjoyed. Recent bequests, for example, have allowed us to undertake major conservation and restoration works at Drum Castle, Inverewe Garden and to re-open Leith Hall in Aberdeenshire to the public.
Our commercial and investment activities are also vital sources of support. Simply by buying from one of our shops, or eating in one of our restaurants or cafes, you are helping to fund conservation.
We also receive generous and much-needed support from the Scottish Government, its agencies and other partner organisations.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support for conservation projects throughout Scotland provided by our principal funding partners:
• The European Regional Development Fund • The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund • The Heritage Lottery Fund • The National Heritage Memorial Fund • Historic Scotland • Scottish Natural Heritage
Receipt of financial assistance from Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Companies and other companies, Trusts and individuals is also gratefully acknowledged.
As a charity we are acutely conscious that the people who support us through membership fees, donations and bequests expect their money to go directly to the cause of conserving Scotland’s cherished heritage. For that reason, we aim to keep our organisational running costs to a minimum and use most of the income we receive to support our properties and to undertake conservation projects.
The costs of conservation, because they arise from specialist and scarce traditional skills and techniques, always run ahead of inflation and we have to work hard to raise enough money even to stand still.
We need to do more than this though: we have calculated that we need to spend an extra £4.6 million every year for the next ten years to meet our conservation ambitions. Also, we want to invest too in projects that will improve visitor experience, our environmental efficiency and our education and learning services.
We have ambitious targets to raise more funds to achieve all that is needed and deserved by some of the most significant places in Scotland. We need your help to realise those ambitions for the sake of current and future generations.