Observing the collaborative response of seven prominent charities to the Grenfell Tower fire (the June 2017 accident in a West London housing development that killed 71 people and was blamed on shoddy safety standards), William wondered aloud whether or not collaboration might not suggest consolidation:
Instead of setting up more individual charities working in the same fields, I wonder if we could do more to explore ways of combining forces, working and innovating together?
He also mentioned the planned merger of two British charities devoted to exactly the same cause—Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer—to press home his point. “I do wonder at times if the compassion which leads people to set up or maintain charities could not be equally well directed at first finding opportunities to work with existing charities. Competition for funds between an ever-growing number of charities, and the confusion it can cause among donors, can lead to the silo-ing of expertise and, at worst, territorial behavior.”
William’s wife Kate and his brother Harry are singing from the same hymnbook. The three young royals work together on an initiative called Heads Together, a mental health campaign that brings eight different charities under the same umbrella.
There’s something to all this. Redundancy breeds inefficiencies.
Read the full article on Prince William by Travis LaCouter at Philanthropy Daily
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