Small Charities Coalition to close due to funding shortfall

The Small Charities Coalition has announced it will close in the spring because of a lack of funding.

The charity, which has more than 16,000 members in the UK, said it had “exhausted all possibilities to secure funding that would have put the charity on a secure, sustainable financial footing”.

Three people will lose their jobs as a result of the closure.

The SCC, which offers free membership to charities with annual incomes of less than £1m, was set up in 2008 with the aim of becoming the go-to place for small voluntary sector organisations.

But the charity said securing the financial sustainability of the organisation had been “a perennial issue”.

It said: “Like many charities, large and small, we faced our own challenges around finance and fundraising. Sourcing funding absorbs significant time which, with a small staff, made it difficult to meet our commitment to serve small charities.”

The organisation also said: “For the past six months we have been doing everything we can to secure the funding we need to put the organisation on a safe and sustainable footing for the long term. Sadly, we haven’t been successful and made the very difficult decision to close.”

The SCC said it planned to “close the charity responsibly in spring 2022 and secure ongoing support for small charities through other channels and organisations”.

It also said: “We are immensely proud of what everyone who has been involved with SCC has achieved since our inception in 2008, from our funders through to past staff, trustees, members, trainers, mentors, partners and supporters.”

The news was met by an outpouring of thanks and disappointment from people and organisations across the voluntary sector.

Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said on Twitter that it was “such sad news and a real loss for the sector” and pledged her organisation’s support.

“To the staff and trustees, you should be so proud of all you have achieved for small charities,” she said.

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising responded to the SCC’s tweet that it was to close by saying: “We are really sad to see this news. Lots of fundraisers and volunteers have been supported by @sccoalition, and you’ve always been strong advocates for small charities. All the best to your staff and volunteers.”

The Charity Finance Group said: “The team here is very sorry and sad to see this news today. The SCC team provided excellent support to small charities. We thank them for what they’ve done and wish them all the very best for the future.”

The Lloyds Bank Foundation said: “We are very sorry to see SCC close. At Lloyds Bank Foundation we are passionate about small charities and we have been pleased to have supported SCC’s work to influence policy in recent years. We wish everyone at SCC the best and will work to help them as they wind down.”

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