This week the news featured Dame Elisabeth Hoodless’s criticism of the coalition’s programme of cuts and the adverse affect it was having on the BIG Society plans (a coalition initiative). The former head of CSV was and is supportive of the idea of a BIG Society but now fears that it is under threat, particularly in light of so many voluntary organisations struggling as their government funding is reduced.
So how are organisations going to meet the significant gap brought about by recent cuts? And, perhaps more importantly, can organisations rely solely on fundraising to plug the gap?
There are definitely worrying times ahead and some organisations will inevitably fail. Even those who continue to have an element of government funding as well as in-house fundraising resources will struggle – but it’s even worse for those who have little or no current donors that they can call upon to help them out. How can they hope to achieve their ambitions?
Do you think there are still opportunities for small or local organisations to raise more philanthropic income and sponsorship? Or do you think that philanthropists will lend their support to better known ‘causes’?