Charity collaboration - working together to deliver more

15 April 2019

Collaboration is a hot topic in the charity sector but operational, financial and strategic risks can act as a barrier.

Charity collaboration is more important than ever

Why should charities collaborate?

Public sector contracts are a prime example of how collaboration can achieve better results for charities. 57% of charities reported having to turn down public sector contracts because the operational risks were too high1. Successful collaboration between charities can create more efficient ways of managing administration, resources and ideas. By joining forces, charities have the potential to set ambitious goals and achieve more together.

How to manage collaboration between charities

Before you begin to collaborate, you should consider how responsibilities are shared between charities. Establishing who is accountable and for what will help to ensure nothing is missed. 

  • Ensure key people and trustees are in agreement before you start working together.
  • Ensure everyone, including volunteers, understands these responsibilities, and communicate with stakeholders before you start collaborating.
  • Take legal advice if you need help in documenting duties and liabilities.
  • Understand how the GDPR will affect your ability to share data between organisations.
  • Talk to your insurance broker, tell them about your collaboration plans and seek advice on possible changes to your charity insurance policy.
  • Ask the organisation you are collaborating with for a copy of their charity insurance, so your broker can check for any gaps or duplication.
  • Keep your insurer and broker up-to-date if anything changes or regarding any new arrangements.
When your charity business model changes, there are usually new risks to consider. Ecclesiastical has a reputation for helping customers to successfully manage and reduce risks. We provide a risk advice line so our charity customers can seek risk advice from our experts at any time.