Charities might be tempted to compromise their values and be
opportunist in their bids for funding in an attempt to respond to
government policy initiatives, says a report by the Joseph Rowntree
The report states that charities often struggle to balance the
conflicting pressures of trying to achieve their own aims and
responding to external policy demands.
Changing political agendas and unpredictable events, such as the
resignation of staff, make the management of these different
tensions difficult to achieve.
The report says strategic planning is vital to ensure pragmatism
does not replace purpose. Such planning should be realistic given
the demands on the organisation.
The contribution of volunteers without formal qualifications
must not be forgotten when management systems are designed, it
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