There's a lot to be said for being small . . .

4:18pm Wednesday 1st April 2009

By Helen Bulbeck

There’s a lot to be said for being small and smart . . . .

52% of charities say the credit crunch has affected the work they do, according to a report by the Charity Commission. Almost two-thirds of charities with an annual income of £1 million-plus also said they were concerned the downturn would have a significant impact on their work. Just over one in 10 have upped their fundraising efforts and 6% have taken to drawing on their financial reserves.

Charities face that double whammy of a drop in income as well as an increased demand for services.

Source: Sky News 17-03-2009 And yet . . .

Comic Relief defies the credit crunch Comic Relief defied the recession by raising a record £57 million for charity. The BBC1 extravaganza broke the previous record of £40.5 million, set in 2007.

Source: Mail on Sunday 15-03-2009 So who is right? From brainstrust's perspective we just need to keep being smart – smarter about using our database, smarter and more imaginative about our fundraising efforts and smarter in our approach to potential supporters. Being small let’s us do this, so there’s a lot to be said for being small and smart.

But brainstrust doesn't always feel small! And neither do the issues wth which we deal. Have a go and then you will see what we are up against: Blog back in one or two words. What do you think when you hear the words brain cancer?

Helen

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