Policy paper

Charities and the economic downturn: parliamentary briefing

Parliamentary briefing of March 2010 on a MVA Consultancy report into how charities are dealing with the economic downturn.



The report, published in March 2010 and carried out by MVA Consultancy on behalf of the commission, highlights how charities are changing in order to deal with the economic downturn. In response to the downturn in the economy, charities are implementing income related changes, including:

  • increasing the number of volunteers
  • using their reserves as a source of income
  • merging and collaborating with other charities

Overall, support from the public and confidence has remained stable and in some cases even increased.