People who have known me for a while have listened to me bang on before about charities wasting resources by not collaborating more with one another. So I was interested in an article contained in the Midlands edition of the latest Insider Media bulletin which contained the following paragraph:
" Earlier this year Coventry University joined forces with Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton to launch the West Midlands Combined Universities (WMCU). This collaboration between three like-minded institutions is intended to provide the recently formed West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) with a powerful resource with which it can meet its objectives around skills, employment and productivity."
Now universities are well known for being competitive with one another; not least in competing for good quality students so why this level of co-operation and what can charities learn from this?
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A recent article in Third Sector Finance published a report commissioned by the Charity Finance Group and others indicating that from their survey, most charities would be unable to add to their reserves. It made me ask another question; are they really unable or is the truth that they are not prepared to make some hard choices?
During a recent marketing exercise I was carrying out with local charities, I emailed approximately 250 charities, using their contact details on the Charity Commission Website. Of this sample, 22 bounced back (almost9%) as the contact details were incorrect. In addition 7 of the 22 when I checked via their website listed at the commission had out of date website addresses.As if this isn't bad enough, over 50% of them had their contact email listed as "info@" "enquiries@" or "admin@".
When I read a set of charity accounts, believe it or not I read the Trustees' report first and don't just look at the figures. Most of the time but not always there will be a small paragraph telling me that the trustees have either undergone some formal training or more often that not have undergone some sort of induction process which includes giving them some documentation to read which may or may not include some booklet or other issued by the charity commission.