Corporates and NGOs invest more in partnerships

C&E Advisory has created a new report revealing that as Brexit fear recede corporates and charities are investing more in partnerships with each other.

Respondents to the annual C&E Corporate–NGO Partnerships Barometer report, are now less worried about the likely impacts of Brexit than they were a year ago with a third (34 per cent) expecting Brexit to have a negative or significantly negative impact on cross-sector partnering compared to 42 per cent last year. There has also been a strong increase (10 per cent year on year) of those that expect Brexit to have no effect on partnering; now standing at two-thirds.

The report reveals a marked increase in the scale of resources invested in or secured from partnerships by corporates and NGOs over the last year, with the proportion of organisations investing or securing resources of over £10m per annum in corporate-NGO partnering increasing by 9 per cent. There is an expectation that this will continue, with partnerships between corporates and NGOs becoming more important and that investment increasing over the next three years.

The study also shows that there is a trend for creating deeper, problem-solving partnerships, with 42 per cent of respondents identifying as having created such partnerships, representing some 18 per cent uplift on the 2016 figure.

The report also identified the corporate-NGO partnerships that practitioners most respected. The 2017 most admired corporate-NGO partnerships were:

GSK and Save the Children
M&S and Oxfam
Innocent and Age UK

The C&E Corporate–NGO Partnerships Barometer is available for download here.

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