The publications have been announced as the Charity Commission published its third annual Economic Survey of Charities. This survey of 1,001 charities in England and Wales found that only nine per cent of charities have considered collaborating, forming a consortium or merging with other charities in response to the economic downturn. Although charities with an income of £1 more or more are more likely to have considered these issues, 77% have not.Andrew Hind, Charity Commission Chief Executive, said: “It is vitally important, particularly at a time when economic uncertainty requires all organisations to work smarter, that charities think regularly and imaginatively about how they can do more for those they help.“We’re urging every board of trustees to look creatively at ways of collaborating with others in order to make their funds work harder and to provide better value for their beneficiaries. Our new collaboration toolkit is designed to be a practical resource for trustees deciding how collaboration can work for them. Some charities may wish to go further and merge; for them, the mergers toolkit will be invaluable.”www.charitycommission.gov.uk Howard Lake | 18 September 2009 | News Tagged with: Charity Commission Law / policy New Charity Commission guidance on collaboration and mergers 70 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission has published two new toolkits for charities on collaborative working and merging; Choosing to Collaborate and Making Mergers Work.The toolkits are designed to provide charities with a clear framework within which to decide whether collaborative working or merging would help them and their beneficiaries. They include practical tips and case studies to set out the risks, challenges and opportunities that collaborative working and mergers can bring.They draw on the experience of the Commission which set up a mergers unit in 2005 to assist charities on the legal and constitutional aspects of merging. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.