National news: Research finds local charity branches merging due to economic pressures
Civil Society news article reporting on the findings of research by Sheffield Hallam University, involving 19 charity federations including the RSPCA, Groundwork, Mind and Girlguiding.
The report finds economic pressures are challenging most federations’ traditional operating model, raising questions of consolidation, rationalisation and other forms of collaboration.
Rob Macmillan, principal research fellow from Sheffield Hallam University, said: “Federations are widespread and incredibly diverse in their size, structure and operation but our research showed that they have the potential to deliver impact far greater than the sum of their parts.
“Federated charities undoubtedly face challenges, but, we also found that they offer unique benefits to both their members, through strong governance, leadership and brand recognition, to their stakeholders and to wider society through driving social action locally and beyond.”
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