How to run a charity : lesson 9

A summary of lesson 9 is to make the people in your parent organization your friends.

Many locally run charities are part of a larger collective and there is a umbrella organization which is nationally or internationally recognized. The role of the parent organization are as varied as there are charities. Some like the Citizens Advice Bureau set and enforce quality standards, but are governed at a local level. Whatever the nature of the relationship, it is absolutely vital you get to know the people you should interface with. The parent organizations can help in the following ways :-

  • Whatever your problems are, they have probably seen them before and can advise based on experience of what works
  • If they have not seen your problems, they will probably know someone who has
  • They be able to offer various forms of training
  • Put you in touch with potential funders or collaborators to apply for funding
  • Give informed advice on governance, accounting, legal, employment, etc, etc issues

Again Clive was a lucky boy as this relationship was already in place and he would have sunk like a stone with out it. I did go out of my way to attend an evening Anniversary event at the Welsh Assembly Government in Cardiff to meet some of the other people involved which was a good use of time.

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