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Charity collaboration - Charities Commission

New research undertaken by the Charities Commission suggests that the quality of service small charities provide can be improved when they collaborate with each other.

The sample surveyed was made up of charities with annual incomes of less than £250,000 and asked general questions about their experiences of working with others. A common finding was that many small charities do collaborate on an informal basis by sharing advice and information.

It found that 45% of the charities sampled had worked with at least one other charity over the past 2 years. Of these, 84% believed that they had gained benefits as a result of collaborating. Benefits identified include improved services provided, enhanced reputation, cost savings and better access to funding opportunities.

Critical success factors for such collaborations to work were found to be the presence and availability of other charities in the local area and the quality of relationships with these charities before the collaboration. Reasons given for not collaborating with other charities included a lack of knowledge of any potential partners as well as not being approached by other charities.

In response to their findings, the commission is now recommending small charities to actively get in touch with others in their local area and to consider how they might benefit from working together. Finding a collaboration partner could benefit your charity by enabling it to become more effective, informed and better resourced.



Date: 8th February, 2011
Author: Wendy Bambrick


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