Share

Navca income has almost halved in the last year

Joe Irvin, CEO of Navca
News

Navca income has almost halved in the last year

Finance | Niki May Young | 15 Nov 2012

Navca has seen its income drop by 43 per cent in the last financial year.

The membership organisation, whose members voted yesterday to merge with Community Matters, has suffered an overall drop of almost £1.38m of funding, taking its income from £3.2m to £1.827m in the year ended 31 March 2012.

A significant proportion of the income loss has been the result of cuts to grants. Navca had a last run of funding totalling £637,962 from the now-defunct Capacitybuilders in the year to March 2011. A number of other organisations providing funding in that year also discontinued these grants in 2011/12 and in total over £1m was lost this way. 

Of the funders that have continued their support, the majority lowered their awards, reducing Navca's income by a further £500,000. This includes a £223,000 drop in funding from the Big Lottery Fund and an £80,000 drop in strategic partner funding from the Office for Civil Society.

Members not spending on services

Incoming resources from members also dropped. While membership took a mild hit of less than £7,000, membership services provided just over £55,000 for the organisation - a drop of more 50 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile Navca increased the value of grants issued to its members from £108,500 to £124,906.

Some new funding helped to buffer cuts. Children England more than doubled its grant to the umbrella body for its training services to support and development organisations on child poverty and business planning, providing nearly £100,000. The Home Office, while discontinuing a £108,000 grant to the organisation, provided a new grant of £160,000 to help fund Navca's support of the Safer Future Communities initiative which will allow community groups to play an active role in the new arrangement for police and crime commissioners, who are being elected in communities across England today.

Staff feel the force of cuts

Staff at the organisation were not immune to the cuts, having dropped from an average of 37 employees in 2011 to 20.5 in 2012. Eight of these staff were lost across representation, learning and development and support services to members.

Acknowledging the difficulties faced, Navca trustees said in its accounts: "Navca continues to work toward a more secure and sustainable financial position. A more sustainable financial base will allow Navca to make longer-term plans which will increase its efficiency and effectiveness in delivering its strategic aims.

"The new chief executive (Joe Irvin) is undertaking a strategic review to ensure that Navca has the vision, mission, structure and resources needed to deliver its strategic aims. The strategic review will be completed in July and the recommendations implemented as appropriate."

Since submitting these accounts, Navca and Community Matters announced the intention to merge, which has now been approved by both sets of members. The organisations hope to be officially working as one in the spring of next year. 

 

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Teenager with incurable cancer raises £1.6m for Teenage Cancer Trust

24 Apr 2014

A teenager with terminal cancer has raised more than £1.6m for the Teenage Cancer Trust, including £1m...

FRSB calls for new rules on asking elderly and vulnerable for donations

24 Apr 2014

The Fundraising Standards Board has recommended the Institute of Fundraising develops additional guidance...

ASA: “I wish I had breast cancer campaign” did not breach guidelines

23 Apr 2014

The Advertising Standards Agency has not upheld criticism over a series of controversial adverts by Pancreatic...

Horse charity faces closure amid claims it is owed £70k by council

23 Apr 2014

A horse charity in Northern Ireland has said it may have to shut because of a massive bill it believes...

Oxfam International to relocate HQ abroad

23 Apr 2014

Oxfam’s international secretariat has made the decision in principle to move its headquarters from Oxford...

Shawcross terror warning in national press

22 Apr 2014

Terrorist abuse of charities is “potentially the most deadly” problem the Charity Commission faces,...

'Technology can offer charities more than just online donations'

10 Apr 2014

Charities are focusing too much on using digital tools for fundraising instead of how technology can be...

Amnesty calls for 'full and frank disclosure' on alleged US surveillance

9 Apr 2014

Amnesty International has warned that alleged mass surveillance by the American intelligence agency NSA...

Virgin Money Giving launches app following year of growth

1 Apr 2014

Virgin Money Giving has launched an app for users after reporting that 30 per cent of traffic to its platform...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance