In my last post I spoke about stress and simplistic responses to the call to make public sector budget cuts. Well we are seeing a lamentable expression of that now.This morning the BBC had feature illustrating this:
Charities have warned cuts in local authority funding in England may threaten services they provide.
The case of Croydon Accessible Transport, a charity quoted in the item, despite mobilising a large a critical volunteer workforce, has had its local government funding withdrawn. Quoting the BBC article:
Martin Brookes, of think tank New Philanthropy Capital, said voluntary groups would need to prove their worth.
"There are some charities that are simply not doing good enough work or they can't prove how good their work is - they're more vulnerable than others," he said.
"The vital thing for charities to do is to invest in demonstrating their impact, proving that they deliver vital, valuable services and that they should be exempt from cuts."
This is exactly the point I would make. In these austere times, the Business Case now becomes crucial, even in the charity sector. The trick is producing measurable contributions that keep in step with public agency strategic objectives. Make clear how your charity helps my council meet its service levels needs to be clear and the case powerfully made.
Then the discussion could become, "If you withdraw my funding, this will be the social impact of it, and the additional demands on your service delivery."
Let's have some joined-up thinking here, rather than panic measures.