Anyone who runs a registered charity will know that it has become increasingly difficult to raise funds. Some of the large charities have enormous overheads to cover and as such are ‘ businesses.’
Many have relied on government funding, in some cases very large amounts of money, since that has been cut back there are many charities struggling to make ends meet, some unfortunately having to close their doors.
There are now more than 195,289 registered charities (stats from Nov 2014) many offering similar services, so we are now seeing an increase of charities merging.
On the face of it, it makes complete sense, to join forces to enable them to share personnel, expertise, resources and presumably assists when applying for funding, raising money has become very competitive.
I sat in a room once with many different charities and I was astounded at the antagonism between them. Each one vying for top spot, it made me feel very uncomfortable indeed. In some cases almost bullying tactics took place.
Just shows my naivety I suppose.
For me charity is about holding out our hands to help and support where we can.
So what happens when charities merge, do they forget the reasons they were founded in the first place? Do they diversify so much that the whole ethos of their organisation disappears altogether?
Once again it proves that remaining independent is right for Bristol Grandparents Support Group, to enable us to be, as far as I am aware, the only registered charity in the UK that is a support group solely for grandparents denied contact with their grandchildren, and being a voice for our grandchildren.
Personally I don’t think government should have monetary involvement within the charity sector, charities easily loose their identity and their independence.