State of the Sector survey: which skills and talents do charities lack?

Fundraisers, trustees and strategic planners are in short supply

The survey highlighted fundraising as the area with the biggest skills shortage, with 42 per cent of respondents naming it as one of the five areas where skills were in short supply.

The other top five areas where respondents identified skills shortages ranked fairly equally, with each being named by about a third of respondents. There were noticeable differences of opinion between respondents from charities of different sizes.

Forty-seven per cent of people from charities with incomes below £1m a year felt fundraising was the area with the biggest skills shortage, but organisations with annual turnovers between £1m and £6m cited governance as the main problem. Strategic planning topped the list for charities with annual turnovers above £6m, with 38 per cent naming this as the main area where they lacked skills.

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