The Charity Commission might look to sources other than government to fund some of its core work from 2014, according to its chief executive, Sam Younger.
During a webchat hosted by The Guardian, Younger said the commission was looking for "better and more stable means of funding [its] activity in the longer term".
He said its strategic review aimed to help the commission cope with an £8m cut in its government funding over the next four years. But he added that, in the longer term, the commission might be funded using an "alternative model" or a "hybrid".
A spokeswoman for the commission said this would involve receiving funds from non-government sources. No further details could be provided because the consultation on the commission's future was still under way, she said.During the online discussion, Younger also said the regulator might work with other organisations that carried out functions similar to its own.
"In a cash-strapped future, collaboration is going to be the name of the game – for us, as well as charities themselves," he said. "We can be more effective in signposting to others when we are not ourselves in a position to help."
Younger has previously said that the regulator has considered charging charities for some of its services, but said this would require a change in legislation, which would be unlikely during this government's term.