Using Conflict as a Catalyst for Change

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 charity. 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 charities.

The report covers the following topics:

  • Conflict with Your Trading Subsidiary
  • Conflict of Leadership
  • Conflict Between the Needs of Today with the Demands of Tomorrow
  • Conflict Between the Board and the CEO
  • Managing Priorities
  • Conflict Amongst Your Trustees
  • Conflict can be Just What you Need
  • Conflict with Third Parties
  • Treasurers and Finance Directors
  • 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.

Read the full report: Using Conflict as a Catalyst for Change – A Guide for Embracing, Managing and Mitigating Conflict Within Your Charity

If you have any questions about the issues raised in this report or if you would like to discuss your accounting and business advisory needs with one of our sector specialists, please contact Hannah Farmborough or call on 0207 429 4147 to be put in contact with a member of our Not for Profit team.