The focus of this report (2014) is understanding current funding resources in small to medium-sized voluntary organisations in the North East (NE), and what funders and others can do to help build a sustainable future funding base. It presents a unique picture of current income trends amongst frontline local voluntary organisations. Recent research has shown the negative effects of statutory spending cuts on local voluntary incomes, staffing and services in North East England.
The region scores highly on measures of deprivation, and while some areas have seen recent growth, unemployment is high and many families are at the sharp end of economic and austerity pressures. It is a challenging environment for fundraising, yet paradoxically large charitable funders are experiencing low levels of funding applications. The findings are likely to apply to several other areas.