So 2020 has arrived! A new year with a majority government equals new challenges and opportunities.

Over the Christmas period, I have been thinking about what may lie ahead for the charity sector. What direction will the Government take in prioritising health and social care?  What funding will local authorities have for essential services and how much of the “slack” will charities need to pick up?

As a hands-on bid writer, I have seen small but significant changes last year from trusts and foundations. A reduction in the funding available for larger (over £500k income) charities. I have also noticed several trusts “on hold”, closed until maybe the storm passed and investments were more secure. The challenge of demonstrating that your services are not “services that should be funding by statutory funding” is getting harder by the day. As John Tizard states in the Civil Society article below, it is also important that charities hold the Government to account.

I am a firm believer that charities need to consider and plan where their funding comes from. Years ago, working for a local Mind association, we would think about the opportunities that lay ahead. These included through traditional fundraising, Corporates, Major Donors and Trust and Foundations but also CCG, Local Authority and Housing Associations.  Thomas Fowler a consultant who will be working with me this year around helping organisations maximise their partnerships, offers this advice:

The Government’s majority and initial workload is likely to lead to a period of relative stability at a community level. This ‘calm’ presents an opportunity for the charity sector to help stitch a new community fabric. One that brings together the public sector, agents of the new economy* and charities to work as one system at a local level. Only this level of strategic cohesion will begin to repair some of the damage caused by austerity and political divisions.

The public sector are largely willing and actively exploring new and creative commissioning models to fit. This requires a mindset shift from both charities and commissioners – moving from subordinates to peers – with mutual accountability. Charities will need to demonstrate both their appetite and value to make this viable. Thankfully this is one of the things Marsha Miles Consultancy can help with. 

This year, at Marsha Miles Consultancy, we will be focusing on how to help charities to think strategically about the different funding sources available to them. My main focus is on passing on our knowledge and expertise through both one-to-one and group coaching, and through training and events.

I have included some key reading here to help your organisation think about sources of income and I will be sharing information about our events through our newsletter and social media throughout January. You can sign-up here.

Health Foundation – Health priorities for the next government: Click here to read.

Civil Society – John Tizard 14 critical questions for charities post-election: Click here to read. 

*this is a good place to start on the new economy – but be assured you will find it already happening, even at a micro-level in your community: Click here to read. 

Written by Marsha Miles
Managing Director