Small charities have fewer staff but more to do, says FSI
Small charities have seen the number of staff they employ fall, but volunteers increase, according to the Foundation for Social Improvement.
Speaking at yesterday’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering, organised by NCVO, Pauline Broomhead, chief executive of the Foundation for Social Improvement, said that her organisation’s research demonstrated the pressures small charities, with income less than £1.5m, were under.
The Small Charity Index 2014 revealed that in the four quarters to May 2014 there had been a decrease in staff resources by between 9 and 13 per cent.
She also said that many of FSI’s members were currently considering “whether they can or should start to charge for their services” to some people, or if they could develop new services that they could charge for.
“Over the same period that we saw staff reduced there was an increase in the number of volunteers,” she said. According to Broomhead, the other key issues for smaller charities were cashflow and increased demand for services.