State of the Sector survey: how has the recession affected your charity?

Charities report falling income, job losses and cuts to services

State of the Sector survey
State of the Sector survey

A fall in income was the biggest effect of the recession, according to respondents, 67 per cent of whom said their organisation's income had fallen a little or a lot. Services and jobs weathered the hard times better.

Organisations with annual turnovers in excess of £6m were reported to be affected more than smaller organisations by falls in income, job losses and cuts to services.

The Government's recession action plan did little to help, in the view of respondents: 29 per cent felt it had not helped the sector at all, and 65 per cent said it had not helped their own organisation at all.

Only 3 per cent said it helped the sector as a whole very much or a lot, and only 2 per cent said it helped their organisation very much or a lot.

"Few appear to have benefited, which isn't really surprising, given its size," comments Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy.

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