At our ‘State of the sector’ event, Ruth Sutherland of the Relate put forward an elegant defence of charity campaigning. A service can help solve an individual’s problems, but it won’t affect the circumstances that gave rise to that problem in the first place—charities therefore need to treat the symptoms and the cause. Noble stuff, undoubtedly. But I think one of the factors driving criticism can be found in what my colleague Rob Abercrombie calls our ‘individually strong, collectively weak’ approach.
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