Save the Children UK to absorb subsidiary charity

20 Mar 2019 News

Save the Children UK is to incorporate a former subsidiary charity into the main organisation, to help it become “financially sustainable”.

Save the Children UK will merge with The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a charity that provides humanitarian consultancy to international partner organisations.

A spokesperson from the Academy said that the charity had faced “turbulent times” and that the change will help the charity benefit from being part of a bigger brand.

“Fundraising is difficult and we are also trying to become more sustainable,” they said.

They added that they believed they would be able to reach out to more people. They also said merging would mean they would benefit directly from Save the Children’s fundraising capabilities.

The Academy was set up in 2012 and became a subsidiary organisation of Save the Children in 2015. Since then, the Academy worked to reach full independence as it believed it would be able to reach more local partner organisations. However, the spokesperson said that that due to financial and strategic considerations, they have decided to move closer to Save the Children.

They said: “In recent months the Academy and Save the Children entered into strategic discussions to understand what this would mean in practice for both organisations. There has been a lot to consider and we concluded that in these turbulent times, consolidation rather than separation was the best approach."

The Academy will sit within a Save the Children UK department and it will retain its own branding and identity. The two organisations are still developing the governance structure.

Prior to this, the charity had its own board of trustees that governed the day to day operations of the charity, with Save the Children acting as an umbrella organisation, providing structure and grants to the Academy.

Humanitarian Leadership Academy, chief executive, Saba Al Mubaslat, added: “The merger with Save the Children UK is the next phase in our journey. It secures our future, and will help us to gain strength, reach more people and save more lives.”

The merger will happen on 30 April 2019, and the charity will retain its offices, which are already based in Save the Children UK’s offices. The Academy has confirmed that no jobs will be lost as a result of this merger. Its latest reported income was £6.4m. 

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