We have a deep understanding of inequality and the power dynamics operating in society that perpetuate disempowerment. We now bring this lens to the charity sector itself, seeing clear parallels between the systemic challenges we repeatedly face as a small charity struggling to survive and the individuals we work with.
Purpose of Collaboration for Change
Collaboration for Change (CfC) is underlined by the idea that for all of society to flourish, we need to harness the expertise and reach of the charity sector with the wealth and knowledge of the business sector. At the same time, the business sector can benefit from a deeper and better understanding of the charity sector.
“In order to optimise the whole, we must improve relationships among the parts”
Some of the systemic difficulties experienced by small charities that Collaboration for Change aims to address are:
- Funders (trusts, foundations, corporations) gravitate towards large, well-established charities with well-oiled funding machines and large cushions of reserves. Big brands go for the big brands meaning that the established charities go unchallenged and innovative ideas get overlooked. It is often not possible for large businesses and corporations to work with smaller charities due to internal restrictions.
- Brutal budget cuts experienced by local government mean that there is minimal statutory funding available. Cue increased funding applications made to trusts and foundations leading to increased competition and increasingly low success rates.
- Charities are competing against each other for increasingly limited resources. Organisations we should be seeing as important collaborators are being viewed as our competitors. This is capitalism gone wrong.
Businesses and charities need to work more closely together than ever before. This is NOT about tokenistic corporate social responsibility. This is about us all taking responsibility for the social issues that affect the people walking the very same streets that we do.
Collaboration for Change will be a bi-monthly meeting consisting of a hackathon-style get together where people from both the business and charity sectors work on a goal identified from each side. Each event will provide the space for networking opportunities that harness what can be achieved when people come together for a common goal.
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