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Jobs blow for leading sector bodies

 

Income losses due to pandemic

NCVO has put 40% on its staff on notice of redundancy following a significant drop in income.

Some 22 jobs will be lost from a total workforce of 107.

The umbrella body’s leadership team will be cut from three directors to two, while its wider management team will be reduced from 17 to nine.

Karl Wilding, chief executive of the NCVO said: “Like many other organisations right now, we are delivering more, but facing the reality of having to do this with less money and fewer staff. 

“Our plans have been informed by a year-long strategic engagement process and I’m confident that we are proposing a structure that will enable NCVO to support its members and wider voluntary sector long into the future.”

He added: “We need to structure ourselves to focus on where we can make the most impact for charities and volunteering.

“We must marshal our resources better than ever to support the people and organisations out there who every day make such a difference to communities,” he said.

It comes as the Institute of Fundraising said a quarter of its staff are at risk of redundancy as the membership body restructures to manage the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Some 13 of its 53 staff were at risk of losing their jobs as part of a consultation that will run until the end of October. 

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said: “This is a decision that we hoped we would not have to make – but like so many of our members across the charity sector, we have no choice but to take this action now due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our organisation.

 “These are not changes we wanted to put forward, but ones that we are forced to, and need to, in order to  best be able to serve our members and the wider fundraising and charity sector in the months and years ahead,” he said. 

“At a time where the services, campaigns, and research delivered by charities are needed more than ever – and the fundraising and fundraising skills that will fund that work are more important than at any other time – it is incredibly sad to have to reduce our capacity to deliver that essential support.”

The IoF is expected to begin putting the new structure in place from early November.

 

 

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