Peter Stanford: Does the charity sector need a revolution?

Revolution or evolution? It was a question that came up at a trustee board I sat on. We were debating a 10-year plan for the charity. Passionate voices were raised urging us to "go for it", "seize the day", "take a risk" and expand rapidly. They were very persuasive.

I wondered, as eventually I sided with the majority of more cautious souls who preferred a more gradual, incremental expansion, if I was just a coward, or one of nature’s tortoises rather than hares. That vote was a few years ago, and for that particular charity the evolutionary path is proving smooth and upward. Yet there is still a part of me that wonders if collectively we should have been bolder.

I suspect Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith would have opted for the latter course. She has told a charity conference run by the ICSA (the Governance Institute) that our sector needs nothing short of a revolution to equip it to thrive in the 21st century. Read more...

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