The main focus of the FSI is to build a world filled with independent, efficient, effective and accountable small charities with the belief, passion and capacity to achieve their objectives.
The relationship between civil society and the state is a measure of the political and social health of the UK. Is it flourishing? Does it have the support and space to grow? Does the Government respond to the concerns raised by civil society and the organisations that represent it?
Small charities are the grassroots of civil society. Over the last nine years civil society organisations, have been hit by the financial recession, increasing demand for services, static income revenues, increased workload due to static staff resource, the transition between grant funding and commissioned contracts (in some cases payment by result) and importantly the changing structure of the environment they work in.
Cuts in funding have created an ‘outsourcing boom’ with commissioners wanting more “bang for their buck”. This has made the marketplace that small charities work in almost unrecognisable and increasingly small charities are competing for funding with both larger charities and large corporate private sector entities.
The critical question for small charities and their future is how they build strong, resilient and sustainable organisations that are able to manage complex relationships with the public sector, the private sector and other civil society organisations. A key factor in the small charity sector’s ability to deliver services to those in society who are the most vulnerable will be their ability to act autonomously in the best interests of those they seek to serve.
To find out how the FSI will support small charities to be sustainable read out Trustee Strategy below.
CEO Foundation for Social Improvement
Trustee Strategy to 2020 (Revised 2016)