6 things you need to know about…
small and micro-community organisations
Large and medium-sized organisations often dominate what we hear about the charity sector. But the world looks very different for small and micro organisations – so different, in fact, that frequently it doesn’t even make sense to talk about them in the same breath. We urgently need a better understanding of their role and contribution in a healthy and diverse society, and how they differ from their bigger cousins.
Serving a rural county with a dispersed population, these small organisations are our core focus at Devon Community Foundation. In 2016, three-quarters of our grants (just over half by value) were made to organisations with an annual income of £50,000 or less. Here are some of the ways we think smaller set-ups – not all, but many of them – can be distinctive, and why they matter.
- There are a lot of them – but we don’t know much about them
- They know their place
- Their funding structures are very different
- They are often about connection for connection’s sake
- They can bridge the divide between helper and helped
- Small doesn’t have to mean conservative
Our Knowledge Guru, Nicola Frost has written an article for Civil Society Futures, on the 6 things you need to know about small and micro-community organisations. You can check out the full article here: The power of little.