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Small charities top agenda in roundtable with Minister for Civil Society

Small charities top agenda in roundtable with Minister for Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson (pictured), is meeting with the charity sector today to explore ways of encouraging greater giving to local charities.

The roundtable is hosted by the Cabinet Office and chaired by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), and will bring together leaders from civil society, businesses and academia to put at the top of the agenda.

This is the first in a series of events called ‘The Giving Roundtables’ which will discuss topics including how to encourage further giving by high-income individuals and employers.

The event will be attended by a range of organisations including the Cabinet Office, NCVO, Localgiving, Institute of Fundraising, Santander, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, Small Charities Coalition and Leathersellers.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“Small charities represent the overwhelming majority of the sector, directly serving their communities. This is why I am making them front and centre for the and Innovation. I want to make sure that these responsive, locally engaged and committed organisations receive the recognition and support they deserve.”

Pauline Broomhead, CEO of The FSI commented:

“Our research over the last 33 months shows small charities have seen a decline in funding and an increase in demand for services. It is now more important than ever before to collaborate and discuss how to increase giving to local and small charities.”

The FSI’s Taking the pulse of the sector report is available at: www.thefsi.org/policyresearch/scindex/.

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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