Funding challenges identified in two sector studies

A new report on the third sector in north east England draws on analytical material to provide “key statistics to improve sector intelligence” across the region. Part of the Northern Rock Foundation’s Third Sector Trends Study, it also gives headline statistics for each of its four sub-regions: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley.

This final report shows that the voluntary sector has in large part managed to sustain its work, despite enormous challenges and funding pressures over the last five years. Although the majority of voluntary organisations are keeping income levels stable and in some cases seen some rises, the picture is uneven with the poorest areas most likely to suffer reductions.

In pdf, 861KB, via Third Sector Trends Study publications page.

Nationally, Lloyds Bank Foundation (for England and Wales) has published ‘Expert Yet Undervalued and On the Front Line’, based on a survey of organisations receiving grants from the Foundation – some 800 small and medium sized charities. As reported by Civil Society News, just over 80 per cent of these are struggling to obtain enough funding and a further 63 per cent are “seriously worried” about ongoing income.

Get the full report (pdf, 1Mb) via the Foundation’s research publication page – or read their introductory blog article first.