Cath Lee, Small Charities Coalition


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Plenary presentation from Cath Lee, CEO of Small Charities Coalition at NCVO Sustainable Funding Conference 2011: Adpat, Gain, Grow.

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  • Limited data available One effect is a heads down approach – less time to contribute to consultations etc. Distinct drop off since last year in responses and contributions to surveys Throughout will draw on Charity Commission research into collaboration between charities (under £250k) Strength in Numbers
  • Only 40% receive govt funding – none know whether it’ll be cut but 66% of those receiving it think it is very likely or likely to be cut Impact will be to lose staff 66%, half changing the way provide the service and half saying the organisation will need to fold and quality of service will go down 80% have seen a drop in income generally and think they will experience a drop over the coming year Impact – losing staff, not able to provide the service considering mergers and partnerships, changing the way the service is provided Action taken: reducing staff hours, changing roles, cutting benefits, reorganising, recruiting additional volunteers, changing direction, getting into new ways of raising money (100%)
  • Cath Lee, Small Charities Coalition

    1. 1. Cath Lee CEO
    2. 2. <ul><li>Philanthropy &quot;the love of humanity&quot;— love in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, or enhancing; humanity in the sense of &quot;what it is to be human,&quot; or &quot;human potential.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Charity is the practice of benevolent giving and caring </li></ul>
    3. 3. Looked at in terms of a social business we are insolvent: we need £15k per month and are taking in £10k per month. Special fund raising efforts mitigate losses but we are transferring capital from the repairs reserve to stop gaps in monthly inc/ exp account. Of course we are also considering whether we can pare down the wage bill even further (we have no FT employee left now) but this would mean closing some days per week. We have a review group discussing how to relaunch but any solution calls for investment funds. We have connected governance issues .
    4. 4. Skills gaps <ul><li>Income generation/fundraising (56%) </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing/pr (45%) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring/evaluation/impact (33%) </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable strategy (31%) </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigning (29%) </li></ul><ul><li>Finance (27%) </li></ul><ul><li>Governance/charity law (19%) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Quote 1 “ Natalie's help has been fantastic. It's been like having my own tailored training in fundraising and marketing. We had an initial quite long conversation and then I sent her through some of the draft documents we had prepared which she looked over and made a series of really helpful comments on. I played about with them taking her comments on board and we eventually came to a version that she thought was a ‘serious improvement’ on the originals” “ Throughout she was exactly the sort of ‘critical friend’ that we really needed’. “ She really made me understand more clearly how to define our 'message' for potential donors to help us launch our first ever individual donor campaing. We went live in September using the work that Natalie did to support us”
    6. 6. Quote 2 “ Working with Jo has been invaluable personally and professionally. Through the questions and challenges she has put to me, she has taught me a great number of things, raising my standards, benefitting my charity and the people with I whom I interact.” “ In the time Jo has been my mentor we have achieved several grants, developed the charity website, trialled various avenues for promoting the charity, and even redefined our charity vision”
    7. 7. Quote 3 “ It has been interesting to see how some of the tools and techniques that I use at CRUK can be applied on a much smaller scale. I’ve found it very rewarding to learn that some the things that I have come to think of as common-sense are new and useful to the organisation, it’s made me realise how much I’ve learnt over the years.”
    8. 8. Quote 4 “ I volunteer because, small charities resources are usually limited, but what they have to offer is a wealth of expertise and experience. Sometimes we think that because we are small we cannot achieve change without a large investment in time or money, but as a collective we can network and cross fertilise, which may save us time and money, but will also help to build stronger bonds that might help us in the future.”