Should cash-strapped NGO's Get Better Value For Money?

Through casual discussion recently, I discovered our auditor has no sympathy what-so-ever for our cause. Since then I have been asking myself, should my organisation  be giving hundreds of hard-gotten EUROS to someone who has no interest in what we are trying to do?

Shouldn't we be employing some auditor who has some sympathy for the environmental, social and economic destruction that is taking place worldwide at the time?

Comments would be welcom.


Tom R.


paul.meade's picture

In a word Tom, yes. Now more

In a word Tom, yes. Now more than ever, it's crucial for all community and voluntary groups to get bang for their buck! Shopping around on all of your services is recommended: this should include everything from the premises you rent to the printing services that you utilize. Most service providers are willing and ready to provide reasonable discounts where they can and, as you are already aware, you are right to question those who seem indifferent to doing so.

That's not to suggest you can demand whatever price you like of course, but I think it's fair to say that, even in the best of economic times, we should always strive make every euro stretch as far as we can - but in a recession like this, it is an absoloute necessity and responsibility for us all.

To that end, you might want to check out The Wheel's Recession Toolkit, which has some other practical suggestions on ways you might be able to cut costs in the current climate: