“Smaller charities in particular are not benefiting from the economic recovery. They are experiencing a ‘capacity crunch’ that limits their ability to adapt, or to even engage with funder programmes designed to improve their sustainability.”
So says the Financial Sustainability Review that looked into change and adaptation in the voluntary sector. In short, times are getting harder and organisations are finding it harder to make ends meet.
This conference gave attendees an opportunity to find out more about this issue, to raise their concerns and to hear about how they might want to try and buck the trend and increase their sustainability.
The national perspective
The first presentation was from Andrew O’Brien from the Charity Finance Group and one of the principle authors of the Financial Sustainability Review.
The County perspective
Sue Grace, the Director of Customer Service and Transformation at Cambridgeshire County Council outlined what their plans are and what the impact of the cuts they need to make will have on the future.
What sustainability might mean
Finally we heard from Dr Neil Stott, the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation at the Judge Institute. He will give some insights into how organisations can embrace change and continue to be sustainable into the future.
We would like to thank our sponsor, the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team. Find out more about the the work they do. (More information and a signup form can be found here)
CCVS Photo Competition
The winners for the 2015 photo competition were announced at the conference. The winners and all the entrants can be viewed here.
Many thanks to our sponsors Irwin Mitchell
The CCVS AGM was held as part of the conference. The Chief Executives presentation was based on the 2014-15 annual review that is available here.
Other documents that are also available for you information include:
- The AGM agenda
- The minutes from the 2014 AGM
- The annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015