Improving charity sector fitness and reputation

Two reports drawing on charity experiences to come up with thoughts for future action to restore sector reputation and be effective.

Making the sector fit for purpose

As part of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, a new discussion paper asks ‘Is the Charity Sector fit for purpose?’.

It examines the challenges ahead of us, including climate change, forced and economic migration, youth unemployment, loneliness, ageing, the changing demographic of society and the ever widening gap between the poor and the rich. Are we ready?

The paper engages with eight charity leaders, looking ahead to the next 20 to 30 years, reflects on what needs to change to achieve intended purposes.

As reported by Civil Society News (which also has key findings), the summarised conclusions are

  • The core of the charity sector’s purpose should be advocacy on social justice.
  • We need to re-educate the general public about who charities are and what charities do.
  • We need to redefine the sector’s relationship with government.
  • Full Cost Recovery must be implemented by all donors.
  • We must replace the ‘short-termism’ model of funding and programming that pervades the sector.
  • It is vital that the sector’s leaders possess the requisite passion and courage to deliver their organisation’s mission.

Or download ‘Is the Charity Sector fit for purpose?‘ via Clore Social Leadership website (pdf, 1.5MB).

Restoring sector reputation

Drawing on more than 25 years experience in the non-profit sector, Joe Saxton of nfpSynergy has written ‘A blueprint for restoring the sector’s reputation’.

He believes the problems the sector faces are much deeper and widespread than just fundraising. He looks at a bigger picture and talks about the need to modernise the sector to make it fit for the 21st century, as well as about the importance of bringing our key stakeholders with us on this journey.

Download the report (registration required), or view in scribd, via nfpsynergy page‘.