New research from the Charity Commission has revealed that
just 9% of charities have considered collaborating, forming
a consortium or merging with other charities in response
to the economic downturn.
Although charities with an income of £1m or more
are more likely to have considered these issues, 77% have
This news comes as the Charity Commission publishes two
new toolkits for charities on collaborative working and
merging; Choosing to Collaborate and Making
The toolkits provide charities with a clear framework within
which to decide whether collaborative working or merging
would help them and their beneficiaries.
They use practical tips and case studies to set out the
risks, challenges and opportunities that collaborative working
and mergers can bring.
Andrew Hind, Charity Commission chief executive, said: “It
is vitally important, particularly at a time when economic
uncertainty requires all organisations to work smarter,
that charities think regularly and imaginatively about how
they can do more for those they help.
"We’re urging every board of trustees to look
creatively at ways of collaborating with others in order
to make their funds work harder and to provide better value
for their beneficiaries. Our new collaboration toolkit is
designed to be a practical resource for trustees deciding
how collaboration can work for them. Some charities may
wish to go further and merge; for them, the mergers toolkit
will be invaluable.”
The toolkits include checklists – part of the Commission’s
Big Board Talk initiative – setting out the 20 questions
trustees should ask themselves when considering collaborative
working or mergers.
To see copies of Choosing Collaboration and Making
Mergers Work, visit the Charity Commission’s
website – www.charitycommission.gov.uk.
The Commission has also published new research on the work
of its mergers unit, Charity Mergers: Experiences from the
Charity Commission, which highlights the details of the
merger process, including the benefits and barriers.