When times get tough it is good to know that charities are there to help to provide much needed support and assistance. But if there is one lesson that we learnt from the last financial crisis it is that when resources are stretched charity donations can suffer, leaving charities facing the challenge of trying to do more with less. That’s why UK Charity Week, which started on 5th December 2022, is so important; helping to promote the good work which charities do across the country.
UK Charity Week
The week starts with a look at the challenges which charities have faced throughout the past year, before going on to celebrate their successes. Other highlights of the week include a charity big bake, a ‘wear your Christmas jumper to work’ day, and a chance to thank all the volunteers without whom so many charities would not be able to function. There is also a ‘Give 5 Day’ which challenges people to support their favourite charity by, for example, donating £5, or volunteering for five hours.
On first glance UK Charity Week may just seem like a good way to promote charitable projects in the run up to Christmas. But it does have a serious side. A report released by the Charities Aid Foundation at the end of November revealed that just over half of charities surveyed felt they did not have the resources to meet existing commitments. In addition, twenty-four percent of charities surveyed said they had made as many cuts to their services as they could and were concerned that they had no room to cut further. This at a time in which 63% of charities reported that demand for their services had increased when compared to the previous year.
As a result, 40% of charities are now drawing on vital reserves in order to continue to operate. Even larger charities are not immune with Age announcing that it is releasing £5m from its reserves to support local subsidiaries across the country.
Telephony solutions for charities
Callagenix recognises the important role which charities have to play in the life of the UK. In order to support this work, we offer charities a generous discount on call costs and hosted telephony services. Whilst acknowledging that some charities are more telephone based than others, these discounts could help charities to cost-effectively maintain a help line, or simply keep in contact with those in need of their services.
Alongside these discounts we can offer charities a range of 0300 charity phone numbers. These 0300 numbers are reserved for charities and other non-profit making organisations, helping charities to stand out from the normal run of business numbers. And with these numbers being charged at a local rate, people with an inclusive minutes telephone package won’t have to pay any extra when they phone a charity to offer their services or to ask for help.
If you would like to learn more about our the Callagenix offering for charities, take a look at our website or give us a call.