News from NCVO
NCVO Research Team
Last rounds focus was on the role of digital technology in our daily lives, along with general outlook, services and finances, here’s some of the headlines:
- 69% of organisations expect to see an increase in demand for their services over the next month
- 37% reported an increase in their range of services compared to last month
- 22% reported a deteriorating financial position in the last month
- 35% expect the number of their volunteers to increase over the next month
Behind the headlines: While, for most organisations, the early stages of the pandemic were extremely turbulent and required decisions to be made quickly, participants reported a mixed picture of the way organisations lived with the pandemic in the subsequent months. This was due to a wide range of factors including which subsector they were working in, who their beneficiaries were, where they were based, whether they were still able to deliver their services.
For many organisations, it was also a case of living with the pandemic, which meant an increased need for flexibility and learning from the first lockdown. Organisations made strategic plans, set up or developed IT systems, and already knew what worked and what didn’t in the event of future lockdowns. As a result, later restrictions and lockdowns didn’t create the same level of upheaval as the first. You can check out what these were and find out more by reading our free full report. And as ever, you can let us know your thoughts by getting in touch with the team or if you have yet to do so – take part in the latest round of the barometer survey (now open until 27.09.2021).
Our reports have already been shared with policy makers and industry leaders. The results of the study have also been presented recently to All-Party Parliamentary Group and DCMS’ Civil Society Stakeholder Group.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the organisations who have taken part in and/or shared the seventh monthly Respond, Recover, Reset barometer survey so far – and those promoting the study to their networks (please get in touch if we can assist with any promotional materials
|Take this month’s survey|
The more organisations that complete the survey the more impact it has. It is quick, easy and only takes a few minutes to complete. Each round has a set of general questions, with some focussing on a theme (for example, this month we are looking at volunteering). Also, as a small thank you to everyone who takes part, each month there is the option to enter a draw to win £200, and a £2000 prize draw at the end of the project (see here for more info)
WHAT WE THINK THE CULTURE SECRETARY GOT WRONG ABOUT CHARITIES
In the Sunday Telegraph, Oliver Dowden claimed that charities were being ‘…hijacked by a vocal minority seeking to burnish their woke credentials’, ultimately suggesting they were being distracted from their core missions and wasting huge sums of money in the process.
We agree with the Secretary of State that charities and volunteers play an important part in our ‘national fabric’ and that the pandemic has shone a spotlight on their vital contribution to individuals, families, and communities.
But our agreement with the culture secretary is limited.
Charities will always focus on delivering powerful change
Last year, with our infrastructure partners, we campaigned for the £750m emergency support that DCMS established to support charities and, as we did then, we thank the government for this vital support. But the Secretary of State is wrong in his description of charities as too reliant on government funding.
Our data shows that 29% of all charity income comes from the government (both central and local), compared to 48% coming directly from the public. Where charities are more reliant, they are often delivering competitively tendered commissioned services on behalf of local government. And they are uniquely placed to do so given their role within communities.