The power of little


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.

  1. There are a lot of them – but we don’t know much about them
  2. They know their place
  3. Their funding structures are very different
  4. They are often about connection for connection’s sake
  5. They can bridge the divide between helper and helped
  6. Small doesn’t have to mean conservative

Our Knowledge Guru, Nicola Frost has written an article for Civil Society Futureson 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