The Charity Commission has urged charities to consider merging or collaborating with other third sector organisations after a poll revealed that fewer than one in 10 has recently considered either step.
A commission poll of 1,001 charities in July and August showed that only 9 per cent had considered collaborating, forming a consortium or merging with others in response to the economic downturn.
Although the figure was up six percentage points on the commission’s previous poll, published in March, the survey also found that 77 per cent of charities had not considered such a move, despite the economic conditions making life increasingly difficult.
"We’re urging every board of trustees to look creatively at ways of collaborating with others in order to make their funds work harder and to provide better value for their beneficiaries," said Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission.
In response, the regulator has today published two new guides to help charities make more informed decisions about merging or working in collaboration with other organisations.
The findings contrast with the NCVO's most recent quarterly survey, published this week, which found that almost three-quarters of respondents planned to collaborate more over the next 12 months.