The impact of contractual funding on UK charity organisations

Springdal, Kent and Kiwanuka, Keefa (2011) The impact of contractual funding on UK charity organisations. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2011: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in a Challenging Environment; 13-15 Sep 2011, Birmingham, U.K. ISBN 9780954960834


This paper examines the impact of recent contractual funding on three major UK charitable organisations. Through a detailed and longitudinal case study of these organisations, the current research examines how the change in the nature of funding has impacted on the goals, missions and organisational values of these charitable organisations. This study has found that the impact of contracts and market based competition on the core mission, traditional values and ethos of the voluntary sector corresponds to the extent that charitable organisations face threats to their survival because of such competition. The impact on organisational values seemed to be proportionate to the dependency on resources from the environment, were an organisation had to mimic the normatively sanctioned values of the institutional framework, in order to ensure organisational survival.

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