The main focus of the FSI is to build a world filled with independent, efficient, effective and accountable small and local charities and community groups 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 and local charities and community groups are the grassroots of civil society. Over the last 10 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.
The critical question for 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 their 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.
Pauline Broomhead CBE
CEO Foundation for Social Improvement
To find out how the FSI will support – read out Trustee Strategy below.
To find out how the FSI will implement our Trustee Strategy – read our Business Plan below.