From spending on admin to over simplifying - what's the not for profit to do!
September usually brings with it a breath of fresh air and a renewed energy for developing our skills and looking at new ideas or rediscovering old ones!
We've used this weeks newsletter to look at a few things that we've been tweeting about in more detail than 140 characters.
The first was a recent article by Giving Evidence Good charities spend more on administration than less good charities spend there's also a really interesting TED talk on this subject by Dan Pallotta. Both talk about the language and barriers charities face because of a public dialogue which says that charities shouldn't spend on over heads. We know this is a reoccurring problem for organisations, with grants and funders not being willing to pay for salaries or administration costs and the subsequent impact of this constant race to be "admin free", but at what cost to the sector and the things they provide.
The second ideas read was an article by What's the Point blog, Which looks at the Newsworthiness of death. Biased towards the simple and spectacular In this article they try and unpick the notion that simple is always best, it's often easy to understand, but at what consequence? We know that for many of you telling your story without loosing much of the nuances is a real challenge.
We often are aware anecdotally about the impact of austerity, it comes as no surprise to us, but often the articles around it can give impact to your statements and anecdotes - This article from the Guardian talks about the impact of austerity, the rise in food bank use and the depletion of stocks.
This info-graphic by The Health Foundation talks about how our surroundings impact our health, something community organisations have long talked about, complaining about the loss of a club or a play ground, this takes that further and looks at the knock on impact on health (and the subsequent cost to society). Finally the Joesph Rowntree foundation have created a report on inclusive growth as a model for the future to develop a better future for all.
Finally we know that personal development within the sector is key, but finding time and space is often as hard as finding the courses you want to look at! This article from the Globe and Mail looks at how human, interpersonal skills are going to be key as the world becomes more automated. These are skills which the third sector has in spades - will there be an opportunity to reap the rewards for the sector, or a skills drain?
At many cafes, we talk to CEO's and managers who tell us about feeling overloaded by responsibility, time, requests, money etc we found this article in the Harvard Business review about managing overload which we thought had some interesting ideas. Getting skills specific we know that many of you have tenders looming or are starting to work on them, take a look at this e-book from Tender's Coaches which has some great tips. And finally looking at your websites? then take a look at Katy's (from the Wheel Exists) latest blog post.