Turning a Corner: Transition in the Voluntary Sector 2012-13

IVAR's snapshot of the frontline of social welfare voluntary organisations.

Turning a corner draws on a year of IVAR’s research to offer a detailed snapshot of – and our reflections on – life for senior staff and trustees in frontline social welfare voluntary organisations.

In February 2013, IVAR assessed what we had learned from our year in the field by collectively analysing 25 research reports. In particular, we wanted to shed light on what our findings tell us about the current operating environment for voluntary organisations, including what helps them to survive or thrive, as well as the implications of this for charitable trusts and foundations.

The report looks at:

  • The current operating environment for voluntary organisations – the risk of paralysis, working with others, staying rooted.
  • What helps voluntary organisations to thrive – understanding mission and fit with the bigger picture, tailored support and flexible funding.
  • Funders and the voluntary organisations they support – strategic approaches and building relationships.
IVAR - Institute for Voluntary Action Research
July 2013