Using Conflict as a Catalyst for Change Guide for the Not for Profit Sector

Not for Profit

The essential report for Trustees of Not for Profit organisations

The Not for Profit sector is dealing with continued challenges from numerous directions. Changing legislation is placing a cost burden onto organisations already struggling with funding issues. Governance continues to be key in maintaining and developing a successful organisation, being alive to taxation changes has become imperative and the charity regulators are adopting a more rigorous approach. On top of this, charities are often constantly battling with internal and external conflicts.

It is essential to understand that conflicts affect all charities, large or small, simple or complex. Trustees have a legal duty to act in their charity’s best interests, they are expected to understand what conflict is, how it affects their organisation and to deal with any issue appropriately.

We have produced a comprehensive report, Using Conflict as a Catalyst for Change, which is a guide to help you embrace, manage and mitigate conflict within your organisation. Our guide recognises that conflict takes many forms over and above the guidance issued by the Charity Commission. It seeks to cover the various types of conflict that you could come across and recognises that some conflict can actually be a positive for the charity.

In each article we cover the issue, the good, the bad and the best practice advice, along with some practical hints and experiences. We hope you find this year’s guide useful and if you would like to discuss any of the issues raised with our experienced team, please contact one of our regional experts.

Our specialist advisors to the Not for Profit sector are able to draw on a vast wealth of experience and expertise encompassing the full range of NFP organisations, including those funded by donations or grants, those who deliver services or make grants to others, national charities and local charities all across a wide spectrum of charitable focuses.

Read the full report: Using Conflict as a Catalyst for Change

The report covers the following topics:

  • Conflict with Your Trading Subsidiary
  • Conflicting Roles
  • Conflict Between the Needs of Today with the Demands of Tomorrow
  • Conflict Between the Board and the CEO
  • Managing Priorities
  • Conflict Amongst Your Trustees
  • When Conflict can be Just What you Need
  • Conflict with Third Parties
  • Conflicts Between Treasurers and Finance Directors
  • Conflicts Between Transparency and Your Charity’s Reputation
  • Managing Conflict

At the end of the Guide we have included a handy checklist to help you evaluate your progress and implement small achievable steps to help you manage internal and external conflicts on an ongoing basis, harnessing conflict when possible. 

Don't worry if you don't quite get to where you want to be. If there is something that you are struggling with or would like some advice on, our specialist advisors to the Not for Profit sector are able to draw on a vast wealth of experience and expertise encompassing the full range of Not for Profit organisations, including education institutes, grant making bodies, religious organisations and a wide array of charitable focuses.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the issues raised in this report or would like to discuss your accounting and business advisory needs with one of our sector specialists, please contact Sudhir Singh, Partner and Head of Not for Profit directly, or send us an online enquiry.

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Using Conflict as a Catalyst for Change Guide

Not for Profit