Making the case to Whitehall

24 August 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Think Tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has published a paper called ‘Proving your worth to Whitehall’. It is aimed at charities; strongly advising them to think seriously about their answers to the questions that the Treasury has posed to all Government departments in advance of what we know is going to be a brutal Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn.

This is a golden opportunity for charities to get a head start on making their case for funding from the government in the face of the cuts but, more than this, it provides access into the way that the Treasury is prioritising how it allocates money.

The questions centre around the value of the products or services provided and also around whether these can be outsourced to external funders and devolved from government. It is not just a matter of relaying information to the government but ensuring that the most effective and impactful programmes are kept by talking the same language as those who are to decide where the axe will fall.

At the heart of the questions asked is the necessity for organisations to be prepared to think differently about their business models. Central to any internal analysis carried out needs to be a willingness to diversify and to create new partnerships outside of a reliance on the government and other statutory funders and one of the questions being specifically asked by the Treasury is “can the activity come from a non-state provider or by citizens, wholly or in partnership’.

The paper from NPC shows that it is necessary and possible for charities to spend time contemplating and preparing their answers to the questions emanating from the Government and also to consider now how their case could be made more compelling.

Indeed, it is certainly only a matter of weeks rather than months before they are faced directly with a version of the same questions themselves.

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