More than a third of small charities restructured last year, finds survey

02 Dec 2019 News

More than a third of small charities restructured last year, according to research published today.  

The third Small Charity Leaders Insight Report also found that 70 per cent of small charity leaders say that there is more uncertainty than before, with 37 per cent revealing that they have restructured their organisation in the past 12 months. 

In September and October 2019, the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight conducted an online survey, which received 271 responses from charity leaders running organisations with incomes under £5m. 

The biggest challenge of the last year, cited by 52 per cent of respondents, was ensuring that their charity complied with new legislation and best practice. 

Just over one-fifth (21 per cent) said uncertainty relating to Brexit was a challenge, while 36 per cent said they had struggled to recruit for a key role. 

Optimistic about the future

Slightly more than three-quarters of respondents (77 per cent) expect to help more people next year and 85 per cent expect their income to be stable or increase. 

This is in line with the findings from previous reports. 

Nearly half (48 per cent) of leaders said they were working to improve diversity on their trustee board, with a further 28 per cent saying that they were aware that they need to do so. 

The launch of the report coincides with the opening of applications to the Weston Charity Awards. 

Philippa Charles, director of Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “The resilience of small charity leaders is remarkable and should be celebrated. Smaller charities tell us they struggle to find the time and money to invest in long-term strategy, but they also fear the risks of failing to do so. That is why we are providing a package of leadership support and funding for ambitious charity leaders through these Awards to help them to help more people long into the future.” 

The deadline to apply is 10 January 2020. 

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