Voluntary sector toolkit registers as a charity to bolster its reach

Online toolkit the Charity Excellence Framework (CEF) has successfully registered as a charity as it looks to increase the reach of its support to the sector and boost its access to funding.

The CEF was founded by charity sector expert Ian McLintock three years ago to offer advice to the sector on issues such as funding and improving performance.

But McLintock says “now’s the time to scale-up even further”.

A board of trustees has been set up for the charity, that comprises fundraising consultant Jonathan Badger, charity interim specialist Marie Davies and marketing and communications professional Sarah Swaysland.

The trustees are now looking for strategic partners “with the aim of creating multiple CEFs that will be owned by sector leads, large charities and grant makers, plus digital shareholders and more”, says McLintock.

McLintock added: “This will also enable CEF to improve its existing system significantly, by bringing in additional technical expertise and potential access to funding.”

“CEF welcomes approaches from all potential partners, which may be infrastructure bodies, charities or private companies. However, all will need to demonstrate a passion for the improving the sector’s governance, be able to think strategically and act, not just talk. They will bring influence, expertise or funding, but there will also be diverse voices.

“We now need the partners and funders to help shape and deliver our future. If you are or know an organisation that may wish to be part of that, do, please, get in touch.”

The CEF hit a milestone of 20,000 members this year and aims to boost this number to 30,000 by the end of 2022.

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