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We launch the 2018 Charity Property Matters Survey

07 November 2018


Increasing number of charities fear property poses risks to their charitable mission.

Austerity sees shift from local authority landlords to commercial rents.

Low levels of property knowledge are a challenge for trustees.

Today the findings of the fourth Charity Property Matters Survey are published by the Ethical Property Foundation, in partnership with the Charity Commission and Charity Finance Group. The findings show that:
  • More charities than ever before (33%) stated they rent from a commercial landlord – up from 21% in 2014. More rent than own their premises (31%).
  • 32% of charities have had trouble in finding funding for property costs while a further 26% anticipate this will be a challenge in the future.
  • 30% of charities say property is a barrier to delivering their charitable objectives, almost double the proportion in 2016 (17%)  
  • More than one third of charities (36%) believe that property poses a high or very high risk to their organisation  
  • 66% of charities do not have a strategic property plan (up from 52% in 2016)  
  • 41% say no-one is specifically responsible for property within their organisation
  • 44% do not report regularly on property to trustees  
474 voluntary sector organisations responded to the survey between its launch on 23 January and its closing date of 15 Jul, 12% more than in 2016.

Click here to download our latest findings

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