PEOPLE, PARTNERSHIP AND PURPOSE: HOW THE SOCIAL IMPACT SECTOR IS EVOLVING
By Saxton Bampfylde
With the privilege of meeting many remarkable leaders, we at Saxton Bampfylde see huge potential for social impact organisations to step up during times of uncertainty, when leadership can seem in short supply in public life.
Some in the media have seen charities as easy targets, but despite the significant challenges, we see stronger governance in Boards and robust fundraising strategies where donors are closer to the outcomes sought. Can the sector respond still further?
We see a real opportunity for social impact organisations who can be innovators and partners. Able to respond to the environment and with highly committed leadership in executive and non-executive, there is an opportunity to bring solutions to some massive intractable societal UK and global issues, as government is distracted with the small issue of Brexit.
Social impact organisations including charities, policy makers and regulators old and new are having to undertake considerable review, reshape and repair - including of donor and beneficiary trust. With an estimated £40bn contribution to the UK economy each year and almost 50% of adults volunteering, the power of the sector is very significant.
With 15 million people in the UK living with long term health conditions, the challenges facing health and social care are well documented and the charity sector is well placed to help shape our response and future provision in this part of society.
Through the breadth of its service delivery, care and support, Macmillan Cancer Support has developed extensive knowledge, experience and an ability to innovate. As one of the best-known health charities across the four nations of the UK, Macmillan’s voice is influential, but the strength of the collective voice with large and small charities working together is proving more powerful, and indeed, more useful for healthcare providers and policy makers alike.
Lynda Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support, has an instinctive understanding of this collective opportunity. Having worked with the charity since 2001, she has witnessed how Macmillan, the sector and the health service have changed. She talks to Canvas about how the sector is moving forward and why working together is the most important goal for the future.