The contrasting world of charities
- Document type
- Corporate author(s)
- Economic and Social Research Council
- Date of publication
- 1 February 2013
- Evidence Briefings
- Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
- Business and management
- Material type
This briefing summarises research funded by ESRC into the resourcing of charities in affluent and deprived areas in the United Kingdom. It is relevant to policymakers, managers in the public sector and charities as well as researchers interested in the feasibility and possible impact of the Coalition Government's Big Society agenda.
The research set out to find out more about the spaces where charitable activity takes place, the comparative distribution of resources, the distinctive features of charitable activity, barriers to organisational success, and the challenges organisations are likely to face. It combined an analysis of available accounts and annual reports of all the registered charities in selected case-study areas, alongside interviews with stakeholders and managers, chairs or treasurers of registered charities in these areas. It found that charities in the affluent area are more numerous, run by
volunteers, and handle a broad range of social, community and cultural needs of the community. It looks at the implications for wider policy and practice.
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