Membership of a charity such as PPEF can bring real benefits both to the work of the charity and for society in general. When a charity’s members are active in shaping the agenda and objectives of their charity, the trustee body is refreshed and its accountability to its members is improved.
Membership is a common governance model in the Charity sector. It’s popularity looks likely to continue – The Charity Commission estimates that approximately 80,000 charities have a membership structure.
Their research indicated that charities with members overwhelmingly saw the role of membership as positive, with 84% of charities with individual members and 81% with corporate members stating that their members made a useful contribution to the running of the charity.
Individual members were valued more for their participatory role and their diversity of opinion. The findings of the Charity Commission show that membership charities receive wide-ranging benefits from their members, including:
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