Viewfinder 13

26 Nov 2012 Andrea Thornbury    Last updated: 8 Aug 2014

This viewfinder survey focuses on the current economic environment, funding, the new charity regulations and governance.
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Viewfinder is a NICVA survey, distributed to members four times a year which focuses on issues that currently affect the sector.

In October 2012 the Viewfinder 13 questionnaire was made available online to 906 NICVA member organisations. In total 198 organisations responded, generating a response rate of 22%.

Key findings include:

  • The economic environment continues to impact heavily on member organisations with 41% reporting that their financial situation has worsened over the past 12 months.
  • 57% of responding organisations have been affected by the public sector funding cuts.
  • Over four in ten respondents (44%) stated that they receive some level of funding from government, 38% funding from charitable trusts, 34% from councils and 33% from the health boards and trusts.
  • The majority of organisations have either no earned income (32%) or earned income makes up 10% or less of their income (28%).
  • 50% of respondents are reviewing their governance arrangements in preparation for new charity regulations.
  • 50% of respondents are reviewing their governance arrangements in preparation for new charity regulations.
  • Two thirds of organisations that have used the Code of Good Governance resources indicated that the resources had helped them improve governance practice.

Previous Viewfinder surveys are available on our Research page.

by Andrea Thornbury

Project Coordinator, Detail Data, ODI Belfast

[email protected]

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