Posts By: Richard Litchfield

The Charity Commission should up its game on mergers – here’s how

Richard Litchfield EP

This week we published the second Good Merger Index, providing an unprecedented overview of not-for-profit merger activity in 2014/5.

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Contracting – a game of high risk

Earlier this month, National Council for Voluntary Organisations published its 2015 almanac, reviewing 2012/2013 data on the state of the voluntary sector and its 160,000 organisations.

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Mergers are worth funding – even if they don’t work out

Third Sector has reported that the Cabinet Office awarded £95,000 in grants to two pairs of charities that explored mergers and ultimately chose not to press ahead. To some this might have raised questions about why grant money was spent on mergers that appeared to be unsuccessful –but this is completely the wrong way to look at it. The sector desperately needs more money to support mergers, not less, and we also need a strong dose of realism about what funding can achieve. Read more on Mergers are worth funding – even if they don’t work out…