Charity Commission endorses PQASSO mark

Regulator lends seal of approval to evaluation system

The Charity Commission has thrown its weight behind the PQASSO quality mark.  

PQASSO, which stands for Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations, was created 12 years ago by Charities Evaluation Services to help charities assess their own performance and run more effectively. More than 13,000 copies of the system have been sold.

The commission announced last week that charities achieving level two or three of the quality mark would be able to display a Charity Commission-endorsed stamp of approval.

Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the commission, made the announcement last week. She said the mark would demonstrate to donors that charities that held it were well run.

Leather said she was "delighted to welcome the PQASSO quality mark to our growing family of endorsed quality standards".

She added: "Without evidence of both beneficiary need and a charity's ability to meet that need in terms of quality and fitness for purpose, there is no compelling reason for a funder to hand over cash or a commissioning authority to award the contract."

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