Charities must be tougher to sustain growth, says guru

Charities should be prepared to "kill programmes" to become more entrepreneurial, sector executives were told last week.

Speaking at a seminar jointly organised by the Department of Trade and Industry and NCVO, American social enterprise guru Jerr Boschee said that voluntary organisations needed a "sharpened focus" if they were to become more sustainable.

Boschee said they should expand some programmes while killing others, "either by finding a home in other voluntary organisations for programmes that no longer fit, or allowing others to die a natural death".

He also claimed that charities would have to "outplace" some loyal members of staff as part of the culture change necessary to become more entrepreneurial.

In order to make social enterprise worthwhile, voluntary groups needed to develop a policy of aggressive pricing of services for the state, he said.

- See Sector Urged to Sell Services, p6.

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