Posted by: alexswallow | March 23, 2014

And the greatest of these is charity

A really important and beautifully written article from someone with a deep understanding of the sector. Plus of course, I’m very much in favour of the bit about smaller charities!



It’s a month since I moved on from being the Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness. 

It was a very special experience and it feels a good time to reflect on what I learnt about the role charitable activity plays in our society and the opportunities and challenges it faces in the future. 

Charities have an enormous amount to offer both psychologically and practically in modern society.

Charities provide a sense of ambition about how the world could and should be different.  “Make poverty history” or “Together we can end cancer” are the kind of bold statements which reflect the lifeblood which motivates the best of what charities can achieve.  In our postmodern era charities have become the holding place, especially for young people, for much of the sense of hope and idealism still left in our society.  As cynicism overtakes other institutions such as religion and democratic politics it…

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