Impact Coalition's future under discussion

Head of policy at Acevo says the coalition's steering group will meet shortly

Ralph Michell, head of policy at Acevo
Ralph Michell, head of policy at Acevo

The Impact Coalition, part of the chief executives body Acevo, has made its only member of staff redundant and its steering group will hold a meeting later this month to discuss its future.

Acevo took over the coalition, set up to encourage charities to be more transparent about their spending and was originally based at the Institute of Fundraising, in May 2009. Last month, Liam Cranley, the coalition’s head and only employee, was made redundant.

It was previously funded by the Institute of Fundraising, the Charities Aid Foundation, the Charity Finance Directors’ Group and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, but they have not provided any money since making one-off grants in 2009.

The coalition’s steering group, which includes representatives of a number of charities as well as the IoF, the PFRA, the CFDG and the Fundraising Standards Board, will meet on 20 June to discuss what its role should be.

Ralph Michell, head of policy at Acevo, said one option would be for staff at several of the bodies on the steering group to take responsibility for the coalition’s work.

He said Cranley had focused his efforts on helping charities that wanted to become more transparent by running workshops and consultations for them.

In future, he said, the coalition was likely to have a bigger role in persuading other charities that transparency was a priority. It might also start encouraging and helping charities to measure the impact of their work.

"Charities are delivering more and more public services so there will be more pressure for them to be accountable," he said. "I hope the Impact Coalition will have a bigger role in campaigning for them to realise the importance of this."

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