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Charity Commission offers new guidance on collaboration between charities

Charity Commission offers new guidance on collaboration between charities

In an effort to promote greater effectiveness in the sector, the Charity Commission is calling on charities to review regularly how they can deliver a better service for their users, and to think creatively about how they can best do this.

The Commission’s new ./guidance is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and gives an introduction to the subject for those charities interested in exploring collaborative working. It sets out what is involved in various types of partnership and merger and includes examples from charities that have achieved it.

Andrew Hind, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said: “Diversity and independence are important strengths in the charity sector – every charity has its own distinctive contribution to make to society. Equally however, there are many charities which could do more for their users by sharing expertise and experience through collaborative working. In some cases, charities may want to take this through to a merger.

“Today’s ./guidance will be a valuable tool for those contemplating collaborative working and will help make sure the common pitfalls and mistakes are avoided.”

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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