Policy & Research

The FSI works to promote a sustainable, knowledgeable, and represented small charity sector. In order to achieve its work to create a ‘represented’ sector, the FSI undertakes regular research into the small charity sector. This research underpins the FSI’s activities and ensures that our work is informed by our membership.

The policy work of the FSI is varied and ranges from responding to Government consultations, to running engagement events such as Small Charity Week which give small charities the opportunity to meet with Government and policy makers.

Launched in 2013, the FSI’s Small Charity Index is a quarterly ‘pulse of the sector’ report looking at key issues facing small charities, from income to workforce issues. The Index provides up-to-date information on the sector which will be important in informing decision-making on the small charity sector. Quarterly results are posted on our website, and an annual ‘trends’ report is published in Small Charity Week each June.

The FSI’s Small Charity Skills Gap Survey is published biennially, and examines the existing skills gaps in small charities, the impacts these have, and the solutions required.

Other pieces of bespoke research can be found here.

FSI Members are alerted when new research is published. If you’re not an FSI member but interested to hear, you can sign up to our Research mailing list.


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