At NAVCA, we use evidence to demonstrate the value and impact of our members. At the end of the 2022/23 financial year, we asked our members about their priorities, concerns, funding, and changes in income and expenditure.

We found that our members support over 165,000 small charities and community groups in their local area. Collectively, their top priorities were 'leadership, partnership working and capacity building', and 'support and funding for organisations delivering frontline cost of living support'. Their top two concerns were 'securing sustainable funding', and the 'impact of the cost of living crisis' on the VCSE sector.

We also found that, with an income under £1 million, 71% of our members are classed as small charities themselves, whilst also providing crucial infrastructure support to other small charities.

Our members' core work is often funded by local authorities, grant-makers and health systems, but this funding can be precarious and often does not cover the full costs. This means that the remaining costs might be subsidised through commercial income, contracts or other grants.

We will continue to use research, data and analysis to build a clearer picture of the state of local infrastructure in England, supporting our members by focusing on their priorities and concerns.

Exploring the research further: