Welsh umbrella body WCVA has published two reports which show that a strong third sector in Wales has a vital role to play in securing a positive future for our society. However, action is needed now to prevent the sector becoming weaker and more fragmented.
Research for the reports explored what global trends might mean for Wales and its third sector. It revealed an increasingly uncertain and complex future, including through globalisation, climate change, fast-changing technology, demographic changes and new relationships between citizens, community groups and public services. » Continue reading news item ... “Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society”
The Giving Thought blog from Charities Aid Foundation has an interesting piece ‘Is technology making us care less about each other?‘, with a focus on the “siloing effect” of social media’s echo chamber. Could one of the key motivating factors in philanthropy be eroded: awareness of need?
The 2016 edition of the ‘Managing in the New Normal’ survey reports has been published by the Institute of Fundraising, Charity Finance Group and PwC.
Points highlighted in the summary article include:
- The majority of respondents reported improving their fundraising practice over the past year.
- In contrast to previous years, where concerns about charitable giving and financial sustainability dominated, 83% of charities said that public trust around fundraising practices was the biggest challenge for the sector as it looks to the public for support.
» Continue reading news item ... “Press and public scrutiny seen as biggest challenge”
A new survey of third sector organisations in Northern Ireland reveals that they are confident about their prospects, despite a challenging environment and significant decreases in government funding.
The Ulster Bank & CO3 Third Sector Index found that in the last quarter government funding fell for almost a third of those surveyed, and over three quarters saw the operating environment as “very or quite challenging”. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector tackles challenges in new N Ireland survey”
Clinks, the body for organisations working with offenders and their families, has published ‘The state of the sector 2016‘ (pdf, 1.5MB).
The executive summary leads with:
The survey responses show that the voluntary sector continues to be diverse – in terms of its size and the services it provides, as well as the geographical locations served. The majority of organisations work either locally or regionally rather than nationally and the majority of organisations are small and employ less than 50 members of staff.
» Continue reading news item ... “The state of the criminal justice sector”
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. » Continue reading news item ... “Improving charity sector fitness and reputation”