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2010 National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises

21 Jul 2011 - 11:55 by michelle.foster

The results of the 2010 National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises (NSCSE) have been released, providing a tool for citizens, communities, the sector and all levels of government to understand the environment within the sector and how this has changed since the 2008 publication.

This survey is the largest of its kind, gathering the views of over 44,000 sector organisations on a host of issues important to their success and vitality, and aims to provide all audiences with the information needed to support the sector in building a stronger civil society.

Full 2010 results are published at www.nscsesurvey.com, and demonstrate clear progress since 2008, in addition to highlighting opportunities for further support and action.

Key findings show:
• The sector has an increased role in delivering public services – a quarter (24%) of organisations reported this to be their main role in 2010, compared with 14% in 2008
• Improved relationships with local statutory bodies since 2008, with organisations feeling more valued, understood and respected and a greater proportion reporting local statutory bodies have a positive influence on their success. However, organisations wish to be more involved in developing policy that affects them and more able to influence local decisions
• Greater levels of mutual support within the sector, and greater levels of satisfaction with this support, however there are clear needs around support to find volunteers, apply for funding or bid for contracts and maintain sufficient financial reserves
• The importance of voluntary income to the sector, with nearly a third (31%) citing this as their most important income source. As in 2008, 37% of organisations reported receiving some form of statutory funding and 14% cite this as their most important income source
• A confident outlook over the next 12 months, with improved levels of resources since 2008. However those in receipt of statutory funding are less confident of success in the future

To read the full story, visit: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/2010-national-survey-charities-and-social-....

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