Steady rider wrote:Shivaji Shiva
Charity Lawyer - Anthony Collins Solicitors
Yes you are right, the CTC bit was added in on purpose. I suppose readers of this site would want to know his connection with the CTC but the link provided does not include the CTC.
I would suggest you read my email , you are misleading people as to my action or inaction on the CTC Council.
That's fine and if you wanted to do that transparently you would add a comment in the pre-amble to note that he is also the CTC Honorary Solicitor. What you don't do is change it so that it looks like it was part of the original article. That is just deliberately misleading and making it look like he wrote the article in his capacity with the CTC.
This article can be found on LinkedIn and was written by Shivaji Shivapadasundaram who is the CTC Honorary Consulting Solicitor
It was not written nor commissioned nor endorsed by the CTC, it council or members of its council and does not represent their view or policy.
IMHO you can see how some could interpret this as a way to reduce CTC members control / Influence of the CTC by encouraging CTC Member groups to become affiliates groups.
It should be noted I understand there are 186 local member groups plus informal groups, whilst there is over 800 affiliate groups.
IMHO The writing on the wall for local groups, make them become affiliate groups so CTC members lose control and the Council will become self-appointed Oligarchyhttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/governan
By Shivaji Shivapadasundaram
Governance in Federated Charities
Mar 3, 2016
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Some of the highest profile social care charities in the UK - including Mind, Carers Trust and YMCA - have federated structures, where a network of independent local charities are overseen by a national charity.
Some have evolved organically from grass roots support groups and continue to be driven by the passion of local volunteers loosely coordinated by a national body with a particular focus on political influencing. Others have taken a more planned approach, delivering services locally through a tightly controlled national structure.
At their best, federated charities have the scale and influence to take a place on the national stage, while remaining responsive to local needs. Oft-cited challenges, include:
• the difficulty in securing quick change in a complex organisation
• friction over geographic ‘areas of benefit’;
• the need to manage service quality across a range of member charities that differ widely in size and nature;
• the need to communicate the value of the federal structure – and be transparent with funders about associated costs;
• the need for central bodies to demonstrate they give their members value for money;
In the current financial environment, many of these challenges are brought into relief. As social care charities of all sorts seek to increase their income, diversify income streams and reduce costs, they face important questions, including:
• How to work together to bid for and win contracts to deliver public services?
• How can the central office add most value? What role should it play in helping local members reduce costs?
• How can the central charity help member charities to be more effective, while encouraging innovation?
• How can the members and the central body best co-operate to develop and market new branded services?
• What are the implications for governance of a federated structure – how can the members of a federation and its national body work together to achieve change?
We will be exploring these issues above at a workshop on 10 May 2016 from 10:00 - 14:00 at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP - Get Directions.
This practical workshop provides an opportunity to consider recent legal developments in the context of federated charities and share knowledge and ideas with people from other federated charities.
To develop the agenda I have consulted people from a number of national federations - and there is still time to refine it. If you have thoughts on the issues that are most important to federated charities, please get in touch - or comment below.
For more information
Contact Shivaji Shiva.