I suspect you may have seen the bleak forecast made by charity chief executives in the latest National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) survey published today. 97% of those surveyed said they expected economic conditions to be negative and 55% advised that they would be reducing their staff. Tough times indeed. And so this seems an opportune moment … Continue reading A 'silver cloud' with a dark lining? – medical research charities in the recession
At our AGM last week, I held a workshop with our newly launched small charities network. When asked their top concern, they almost all pointed to the difficulties of raising funds in the current climate. Funds and fundraising are always the top headache for charities but in this sort of economy the difficulties are accentuated. … Continue reading Charity donations stutter to life in recession; medical research remains most popular cause
Today's article in the Law Society Gazette ('Charities may be in for a difficult year, but there remains cause for hope') prompts me to report on the results of AMRC's latest survey of its member charities and how they are faring in the recession. As you may remember AMRC's survey in March last year attracted … Continue reading Charity research in the recession
Today's 'exclusive' in the The Times online headlined 'Cancer research at risk in scramble for care funds' has caused understandable concern and outrage. It is an interesting piece based on comments made to The Times by the Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP. But some background may help us get a better perspective on … Continue reading 'Health research cuts'
An email popped into my inbox last night advertising yet another conference aimed at helping, guiding, supporting charities and other organisations survive, weather, capitalise on the recession, economic downturn, credit crunch. The terms are interchangeable of course. But you won't have much loose change left afterwards that's for sure. The invitation I got yesterday cost over … Continue reading Recession profiteering v drop-down menu
I was quite pleased with the media coverage that we got yesterday for our press briefing on the effects of the economic downturn on medical research charities. I felt that we had got the difficult news out but had also managed to convey some positive messages about what our members are doing and what the public and … Continue reading Charities in the recession part 2