Last weekend I facilitated a two day meeting to formulate a new strategy for an international learned society. The first day was spent considering where they were as an organisation and where they would like to be. The second day consisted of formulating ideas as to how to get there. This particular charity has 4 officers of a 15 strong executive committee who are mominated as trustees by virtue of their office but report to the executive committee who are responsible for setting the strategy. There is also a part time "Chief Executive" who is responsible for the day to day affairs of the charity. Other charities of course are organised in many different ways. However, the point which became clear on day 1 and which I want to discuss was that the strategy making body felt distanced from those making the day to day decisions i.e the "trustees" (operating as their nominees) and the Chief Executive.
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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?
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 In addition 7 of the 22 when I checked via their website listed at the commission had out of date website addresses.As if this isn't bad enough, over 50% of them had their contact email listed as "info@" "enquiries@" or "admin@".