Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations explores how smaller charity organisations and community groups are developing exciting new projects around the world, and how non-profit SMEs can learn from them in order to survive and thrive in a demanding, rapidly-changing world.
The global non-profit sector is vast, with over 1.5 million registered organisations in the US alone. In the UK, the charity sector rivals the motor industry in scale. However, organisations in the social sector – and smaller community groups in particular – face a number of challenges. While technology and social media have enabled previously unimagined levels of communication, rising inequality and funding cuts have made operations much harder to sustain. Against this complex and shifting landscape, Innovation and Change in the Social Sector brings together a group of highly regarded specialists to stimulate new ideas for innovation, community action and social enterprise. Together, these contributors reflect on their achievements, challenge conventional wisdom, explore best practice, and offer inspirational advice for learning and deploying new skills across a wide range of fields and contexts.
Even though austerity has hit the non-profit sector hard, the case studies in the book show the great value of non-profit services. Charles Fraser, who was CEO of St Mungos for twenty years, describes the difficulties St Mungos faced, how it developed comprehensive services for an unpopular group of clients and the team work approach underpinning this. Community Catalysts supports local self-help groups to bring communities together and take positive actions in very cost effective ways, as outlined by their CEO, Sian Lockwood. The campaigner Patrick Vernon writes about the Windrush campaign, the support from newspapers such as the Guardian and the great success achieved in combating the “hostile environment” imposed at all levels by the Government, while Clore Social Leadership’s CEO Shaks Ghosh describes how they train and support non-profit managers in an increasingly demanding operational milieu.