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Charity experts hear first hand account of the current issues facing UK Charities

| Duncan & Toplis | 31 March 2023

Charity experts from Kreston Global recently heard from Rebecca Yorke, Director at the Brontë Society and Brontë Museum about how the charity had to pivot during the pandemic to stay afloat through innovative means, including the use of technology as an enabler, novel job interview techniques, and future plans to boost revenue.

Rebecca also recounted the charity’s challenges with diversity, how international restrictions impacted revenue, and how the charity’s risk register has transformed from a relatively dormant document into a dynamic ‘to-do’ list, becoming a crucial element of securing grant funding.

The session also included an overview of the key findings of the recent Kreston Charity Report, including:

  • Technology and cyber security – as many as one in eight charities have fallen victim to cybercrime in the last 12 months; Chris Beaumont of Clive Owen recounted some cautionary tales.
  • Diversity, recruitment, and pay – Jane Marshall of BHP explained how some charities are missing the point when recruiting for their boards and may need to review their hiring criteria.
  • Finance, reserves, and costs – Mike Bath of James Cowper Kreston told us why 2022 was a tumultuous year for charities with the pandemic, wage pressures, and an equity market slump all playing their part, and how sustainability has suffered as a result.

The session concluded with discussions around the increasing requirement for charities to report on their environmental and sustainability activities when securing grant funding.

You can download the latest Kreston Charity Report here.

You can re-watch the recording below.


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