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Jul122017

Does property matter to voluntary organisations? Yes - for better and more cost effective services

It's just a building right? A place where you do stuff... It looks after itself, mostly... I don't have to think about it... Until it goes wrong...

No?  Have your say here http://bit.ly/2ritAY3

Not convinced? Read on... No, please do.

Such were my - inaccurate - perceptions of 'property' (aka buildings and land) before I was asked to get involved in transforming online property education for the charity sector.

The horror stories are chilling.
  • Organisations which didn't pay attention to contracts (leases) and then paid a very large price when the time was up.
  • Organisations moving to new premises without thinking through what they needed and being very disappointed six months in - shades of IT projects there.
  • No one taking responsibility while the little issues build up into a catastrophe like the roof - literally - caving in.
  • Or sheer neglect of attention to detail which meant paying over the odds - money which came from donors and could have been better spent on beneficiaries.
Did you know:

  • 58% of voluntary groups  find difficulty in sourcing property funding
  • One third of charities feel that a lack of space is holding them back from delivering effective services
  • 43% have experienced unforeseen property costs
  • 45% feel that property is the biggest risk to their organisation
  • Property is, after people, the biggest way voluntary groups deliver for their cause. So rather than just panic or ignore it, how about you get involved in our survey of what charities and community groups might need from property information and advice online. It's here and it will only take you ten minutes to complete - less than the time you would spend finding an emergency plumber or swooning from an outrageous solicitors bill. Thanks. We will make this better.

    Take our survey and help improve property education (and property) http://bit.ly/2ritAY3

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