What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Tessa Tyler-Todd from the Small Charities Coalition shares her hopes for small charities in 2019, and why policy organisations should keep small charities in mind when sharing their work.
Small charities play a vital role in supporting communities across the UK and have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of beneficiaries’ needs. At the Small Charities Coalition, we represent over 9,000 small charities and provide them with support and also representation.
Although 97% of the sector are small charities, this is rarely reflected in conversations about the sector. We regularly see events, policies, processes and documents that are inaccessible for small charities. A priority for us in the year ahead, is to produce more policy documents specifically aimed at, and accessible for those small charities who are so often overlooked.
But for now we’d like to shine a light on the organisations who have designed materials specifically for small charities. All of these were well received by our members, showing the appetite out there for digestible policy-related content:
- Lloyds Bank Foundation’s, Value of Small report – it was great to see a page of quick facts, stats and stories tailored for small charities following on from the research report on their value and distinctiveness.
- The Charity Digital Code – we worked with Zoe Amar to design a number of small charity resources from the code. Zoe produced a quick video and Lightful designed a great infographic.
- Cyber Security, Small Charity Guide – The National Cyber Security Centre produced a fantastic infographic explaining how small charities can protect themselves from cyber-attacks.
At the Small Charities Coalition, we understand what makes small charities tick. As shown in our Christmas Advert small charities work across a wide variety of issues and locations. We know that 91% of small charities are run by volunteers who, as well as keeping communities going, are trying to maintain their backroom operations and fundraising functions.
Small charities don’t always have time to read long policy documents or work out how and why a policy issue affects them. It’s our job, as a membership organisation to help make their lives easier and if we gather their opinions and present policy in an accessible way, small charities can focus on doing what they do best. Being part of the Small Charities Coalition gives them a louder voice so they can focus on the work that matters most to them.
If you’re a small charity and interested in becoming a member, you can join here.