Thursday November 14th 2019 12.00 – 2pm @ Brewin Dolphin, 9 Colmore Row, B3 2BJ
WM Funders Network AGM followed by Talk: The Future Development of Small Charities
Guest Speaker: Rita Chadha, Chief Executive, Small Charities Coalition
Following the formal business of the AGM, guest speaker, Rita Chadha, CE Small Charities Coalition spoke about the work of the Small Charities Coalition and their new strategy. Rita joined as Chief Executive in July 2019 having spent most of her career working for small community organisations. Key to their future approach is to re-define ‘small’ is income of no more than £350,000 pa rather than up to a £1million, and who they will prioritise working with and support. Many small charities lack the confidence and understanding of how to approach and engage with funders. The challenge of many membership based organisations on how they reflect in their advocacy and influencing role the diverse view of members was raise. Smaller organisations also can be more prone to founder syndrome – even when they are no longer involved – their influence continues setting the culture of the organisation that is not necessarily relevant to context they are operating in now and for the future. She particularly highlighted a fundamental question on what the role of charities is in the 21st century and the role of infrastructure support bodies. A copy of her presentation can be found here.
Small Charities Coalition: Founded in 2008, it has over 9,000 UK-wide members and its mission is to provide them with relevant support and make their voices heard.
There are 168,000 registered charities in the UK and countless micro charities that don’t qualify to register. 97% of these have less than £1 million annual income, sharing less than 20% of the money that goes to the charity sector. The Small Charities Coalition also provides a network where small charities can belong, share knowledge and support one another.
In the West Midlands around 80% of VCS are micro to small organisations that work in neighbourhoods, within communities of place and interest – the backbone of the sector and civil society. Find out how the pressures of austerity, public sector cuts have affected smaller groups and their future development.