Charity Bank has published its inaugural UK Social Sector Health Check report.
How charities are finding the current climate and road ahead
They polled 182 social sector leaders to understand the challenges they face, and to assess the impact of the current climate on the sector’s ability to respond to the needs of people and the communities they serve. The results make for stark reading:
- They found that 85% of charities expect demand for their services to grow over the next two years. Yet 86% are concerned about future grant funding and 82% don’t think they’ll be able to sustain donations over that period.
- The continued uncertainty posed by Brexit does not help, with almost half of respondents believing that Brexit will prove to be a challenge:
- 46% don’t know what the effect will be on the social sector,
- while 63% of respondents feel that government policy could be a challenge,
- with just 33% seeing it as an opportunity.
- While social organisations are concerned about the pressure put on them to fill the gaps in public service provision, 69% of respondents believe those gaps can also be an opportunity. In the words of one respondent, “Challenging times often generate the most innovation.”
To find out what social sector leaders think, read the full findings.