CRUK to back coalition of small charities

The Small Charities Coalition has secured backing from the UK's largest fundraising charity. Cancer Research UK will provide support for the coalition's members.

The coalition, which has had interest from between 200 and 300 charities, has also won a £50,000 grant from the Tudor Trust to fund its start-up costs.

Other charities that will be represented on the coalition’s board include Shelter, the Media Trust, the Dyslexia Association and the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (see below for a full list of board members).

The coalition’s founder Patrick Cox, who is chief executive of the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, said he was looking for “three more dynamic board members”.

“Cancer Research UK and Shelter should be applauded for supporting this initiative,” said Cameron Watt, deputy director of the Centre for Social Justice, whose Breakthrough Britain report this year championed smaller charities. “I hope that through the coalition they will share their expertise in areas such as fundraising, which is becoming increasingly specialised.

“The launch of the Small Charities Coalition is an exciting development. Existing umbrella bodies are doing vital work on behalf of small charities, such as Navca’s Sustaining Grants campaign. The new coalition can bolster such lobbying.”

The board members

Debra Alcock Tyler, chief executive, Directory of Social Change
Caroline Diehl MBE, chief executive, the Media Trust
Henny Braund, resource director, Shelter
Richard Davidson, director of policy, Cancer Research UK
Lynne Rawlings, chief executive, Dyslexia Association of London
Graham Leigh, chairman, Male Cancer Awareness Campaign
D’Arcy Myers, chief executive, Dreams Come True
Emma Langbridge, head of public affairs, the Princes Trust (acting in a personal capacity)

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