Employees doubt innovation claims

Ordinary members of staff in charities do not believe in the sector's reputation for innovation, new research has found.

The vast majority of chief executives think their organisation is innovative but workers on the ground say bureaucracy is a problem, according to the survey by nfpSynergy.

"All too often, innovation is a word that charities are merely stringing on the end of a grant proposal," said Elisha Evans, project manager at nfpSynergy.

More than 40 per cent of both general staff members and middle managers criticised their organisations for being overly bureaucratic. "Often organisations are reinventing the wheel instead of doing background research," said one.

By contrast, more than 60 per cent of chief executives said they felt innovation was important to their charity.

Respondents singled out charities Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the British Institute for Brain Injured Children as exceptions to the general lack of innovation.

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