Six out of 10 charities currently buy services from outside organisations, according to research from management consultancy Charity Business and ACEVO, published at Charityfair this week.
The survey, based on a questionnaire sent out to ACEVO members, also found that 20 per cent of charities are currently considering outsourcing, while another 23 per cent are likely to consider it in the next 12 months.
Twenty six per cent have considered outsourcing, but decided that it wasn't appropriate at the present time. Only 3 per cent rejected the concept of outsourcing.
However, the research also revealed that of those organisations currently outsourcing, more than a third don't have service level agreements with suppliers, which set out how a service is to be delivered and the quality required.
Examples of services that charities can outsource include accountancy, payroll, and grant applications.