Challenges to the charity sector and how to respond

There has been plenty of press coverage of the “rather ill-conceived” research (if it merits that label) by the True and Fair Foundation on how much of charity income was being spent on charitable activities.

Here are some helpful sector responses.

New Philanthropy Capital has a short piece ‘How to avoid hornet stings‘ (the report was called ‘A Hornet’s Nest’), with some points on how the research was flawed, but also advocating more transparency by charities.

A blog item by the Civil Society News editor also calls for a more pro-active approach by charities, giving evidence of effectiveness. “And not just individually, either. There must be a collective standard.” The item has attracted a number of comments.

NCVO’s Director of Public Policy has written ‘How to talk about the True and Fair Foundation report‘, tackling some implications of the Foundation’s approach.

Demonstrating social impact

A timely article from Social Audit Network, ‘The need for social audit‘ wonders whether there is now “almost epidemic proportions of social impact reporting amongst organisations”. The need to integrity in the process could mean a ‘social audit’ approach.

Sector under extraordinary combination of threats

Gareth Morgan marked retirement from his Sheffield Hallam University post as Professor of Charity Studies with a lecture titled ‘The End of Charity?’. This largely focuses on regulatory issues in England and Wales, and is available to read (pdf, 1.3MB) – don’t be put off by the stack of footnotes! Or you can see Civil Society News article instead.

Prof Morgan continues to be on the VoluntaryNews mailing list, so perhaps this isn’t his last contribution to the sector.

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