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English voluntary organisations: subjective perceptions and financial realities

Kendall, Jeremy, Mohan, John, Yoon, Yeosun, Brookes, Nadia (2018) English voluntary organisations: subjective perceptions and financial realities. Voluntary Sector Review, 9 . pp. 233-253. ISSN 2040-8056. E-ISSN 2040-8064. (doi:10.1332/204080518X15428929809816) (KAR id:70971)

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The financial position of English social policy charities has received much attention, with a particular focus on the difficulties that small- and medium-sized organisations are experiencing. However, in this article we show that the evidence base has a number of limitations. We then demonstrate, analysing data from a survey of more than 1,000 charities, that organisational size, per se, is only one dimension of the problem: perceptions that the operating and financial environment is challenging are related to other organisational characteristics. We then add to the survey data indicators of financial vulnerability to investigate whether there is a relationship between perception (responses to questions about the resources available to charities) and financial reality (the recent financial history of these charities). Somewhat reassuringly, however, we demonstrate that there is a degree of consistency between the perceptions that organisations report and we discuss the implications of the findings.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204080518X15428929809816
Uncontrolled keywords: charities; resources; financial vulnerability; trends in funding
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Jeremy Kendall
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 13:47 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:00 UTC
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