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Survey: the use of charity accounts in grantmaking decisions

In awarding grants or other financial support to charities, most grantmakers ask applicant charities to submit a copy of their accounts, which will usually be prepared in accordance with the standard known as the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (the SORP). As a reporting standard for the sector, the SORP functions as a robust, trusted and regulated framework for charities to demonstrate their impact. For those making decisions on grants, it offers consistency in how information is prepared, presented, and assessed. But does the SORP in its current use actually lead to accounts that are helpful for you in making grant decisions?

Please click here to complete the survey. The deadline for responses is 8 November 2020.

This survey is about the accounts of charities that apply seeking grants or other support from you (not the accounts of your own charity or foundation). Please therefore arrange for this survey to be completed by someone in your organisation who is actively involved in grantmaking awards, and who regularly reads accounts from charities applying to you.

The survey is being conducted by ACF and Scottish Grantmakers, with the support of Philanthropy Ireland. The organisers of the survey will prepare a report which will summarise the results. Both ACF and Scottish Grantmakers are represented on a SORP Engagement Panel concerned with the view of Major Funders and Donors: the views of the Panel will feed into the development of the next Charities SORP. The results of this survey will support that process.

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