Sustaining your organisation: principles and practices

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Online meeting for members of York's voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

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We're hosting an online meeting for York's voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in partnership with Wren and Greyhound.

This one-hour, participatory workshop introduces the principles and practices of sustainable charities and organisations. Based on the popular Lasting Difference toolkit, it explains how survival and sustainability are more manageable than they often appear.

The workshop begins by reframing the commonest sustainability challenges as a set of paradoxes that everyone can recognise and do something about. After introducing five simple principles, participants will have the chance to identify the practices that can be adopted in their own organisations. The workshop concludes with a short overview of the Lasting Difference toolkit and the five capabilities of sustainable organisations:

• Involvement

• Income generation

• Innovation

• Improvement

• Impact measurement


By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

• Broadened their understanding of sustainability

• Identified ideas for improving their charity’s sustainability

• Benefited from sharing learning among supportive peers.

About the toolkit and facilitator

The Lasting Difference toolkit was launched in 2016 and has now been used by over 7000 charities around the world. The toolkit supports organisations to assess and take action on organisational sustainability. Jen Curran is Lead Associate at the Lasting Difference consultancy (formerly Wren and Greyhound), a small team of charity specialists based in Scotland. She has 25 years’ non-profit sector experience. Jen has a background in community involvement and public policy at national and European level and is a qualified community development practitioner.

During the meeting we'll hear about the toolkit followed by a live Q&A. Booking is essential.

Any questions contact Jane Granville Funding and Development Officer

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