Impact networks: Charities working together to improve outcomes

Charities are facing severe financial pressures, greater competition for fewer funds, and higher demand for their services as public spending is cut. Many charities are scaling back and even closing some of their activities. It is crucial that remaining resources are allocated to the activities most effective in delivering outcomes, so there is a strong incentive for charities to work together as part of an impact network.

Impact networks showcases some of the many charities that are already making a difference in people’s lives by working together as part of an impact network, and encourages more charities to follow their example. The report demonstrates that by recognising their position within a network, charities can ensure they use their resources as effectively as possible. Funders, too, can benefit from applying the concept of impact networks to charities to help them allocate their funds in the most effective way. In a difficult economic climate, it is essential to think beyond the boundaries of single organisations and recognise the complex relationships involved in achieving success.

Joe Ludlow is a 2010 Clore Social Fellow. He wrote this report during his Fellowship with the Clore Social Leadership Programme. The Programme aims to identify, develop and connect aspiring leaders in the social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK.