SCVO finds charities expect financial situation to get worse

A survey by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations discovers that most are worried about rising overheads, the impact of funding costs and increased demand on their services

SCVO headquarters
SCVO headquarters

Three in four Scottish charity workers expect the sector’s financial situation to worsen in 2019, a survey from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has found.

In a survey of 300 charity sector staff that was carried out in December, the SCVO found that everyone who responded was worried about rising overheads.

The survey also found that 82 per cent were worried about the impact of funding cuts and 81 per cent expected an increase in demand on their services.

The same survey in 2017 found that 72 per cent of respondents were worried about increasing demand, demonstrating rising concern this year about the pressure on charitable resources in Scotland.

A quarter of respondents said they had a difficult year in 2017, the SCVO said, with medium-sized charities the most susceptible.

Ninety-one per cent of respondents told the SCVO that planning for the next year was a challenge.

And a quarter did not feel confident planning for the next 12 months, the survey found.

Despite these concerns, two-thirds of respondents said they were confident about their charity’s future, the survey discovered.

According to the survey, 73 per cent expected greater collaboration between charities and 78 per cent wanted to develop new projects and services.

Two-thirds of respondents said they were considering changes to their funding strategies, with 40 per cent looking at investing in trading and enterprise.

Anna Fowlie, chief executive of the SCVO, said: "We are calling on Scottish communities to take action to champion their local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.

"Resilient charities still feel optimistic and are willing to innovate, but they cannot overcome the challenges they face alone."

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