Not-for-profit legal team Bates Wells launches FREE ‘Crisis Decision Tool’ to help not-for-profits navigate financial challenges caused by COVID-19

Bates Wells, a charity and non-profit legal firm, has created a FREE decision tool to support charities and social enterprises  facing financial difficulty due to Covid-19.

Called the ‘Crisis Decision Tool‘, the free guide can be used by charities and social enterprises to help them through next steps on insolvency, merger, collaboration, cost cutting, and raising finance.

The tool provides tailored guidance on what options are available. The user must answer up to six questions to receive a report on the options.

The tool has been developed by the charity and social enterprise team at Bates Wells in response to the challenges faced by the sector as a result of Covid-19. 

Philip Kirkpatrick, head of charity and social enterprise at Bates Wells, said:

Charities and social enterprises are facing a reduction in income just when they are needed most. We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of calls to our sector helpline.  “Many organisations will have to make difficult decisions in the coming months and we have developed this tool to guide them. We hope it’s a resource that many find helpful in these challenging times.”

Research has found that UK charities face a £10.1bn funding gap over the next six months, with one in 10 organisations facing bankruptcy within the next six months. As a result of this, the number of organisations facing difficult financial and legal decisions is expected to rise.

The tool was developed after consultation with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) on the sector’s needs and is available on the Bates Wells website.

Source: Civil Society Media