What we do

Small Charities Coalition

We are a networking, mentoring and support organisation for small charities. We work with trustees, staff and volunteers to help them find solutions to the challenges they face. If your charity needs support in a particular area of its work, do get in touch. We will either match you with a fellow small charity to share knowledge and experience, or we will try to find help for you through one of our supporters or partners.

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Our services

We offer tailored skills matching services for charities and trusteesaffordable training and events with our partners and free relevant advice. We also host resources for charities and trustees and run trustee recruitment services.

Have a look at all our services listed on our services page.

Our history

We started in 2008 and grew as a network for small charities. Following our merger with CTN in March 2011, we now have over 6,000 members benefiting from the services and support the Coalition offers them.

As a merged organisation, we have 14 years of experience and are constantly developing in response to the needs of our members. In order to appreciate where our members are coming from and how to support them best, we think it’s important to stay small too.

Our vision & aims

Our vision is for trustees, staff and volunteers of all small charities to have the skills, knowledge and resources they need to achieve their aims and best serve their causes.

Underpinned by an organisation that is resilient, flexible and open to new ideas our aims are:

1 - To build partnerships and collaborate with individuals, and supporter organisations to give access to the help and support small charities need to build and run resilient and responsive organisations.

2 - To increase the number of opportunities for small charities to help themselves by sharing their own skills, knowledge, learning and resources through peer support mechanisms.

3 - To reach out to more small charities in the UK so that they have the help and support they need.  We will work collaboratively and in partnership to achieve this.

4 - To listen to, respond and represent the needs of our members so that the world they operate in works to support them.

Our values

Effective – we will be focused in our activities, strive to be efficient and make informed choices about the best use of the resources we have at any given time to the benefit of our members.

Passionate – we will demonstrate our passion for the work of small charities, the individuals who work in them and the role they play in our society in all we do.

Independent – we will remain true to our vision and our members and ensure we respond to and speak out on their behalf.

Collaborative – we will always do what is best for our members and their beneficiaries, working with others in constructive and productive relationships to achieve this.


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Our Supporters

Anthony Nolan Trust logoBeatbullying logoBritish Red Cross logoCancer Research UK logoCharity Evalution Services logoCivil Society logoEsmee Fairbairn Foundation logoThe Media Trust logo