State of the Sector survey: what will matter in the future?

Income remains charities' principal worry

The need to maintain or increase funding was the top priority for the respondents, and many of their other needs were related to this. Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy, says the recession might have focused minds on finance, but it is unlikely to be the reason why funding is at the top of the list.

"It reflects the reality for a lot of organisations, particularly smaller organisations whose lives are mostly concerned with getting by," he says. This conclusion is reflected in the difference in view between respondents from small, medium-sized and large charities.

Fifty-six per cent of those from charities with annual turnovers below £1m felt access to funding or maintaining donations was their main priority for the years ahead, compared with 45 per cent from charities with incomes between £1m and £6m and 38 per cent of those with more than £6m.

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