UK voluntary organisations should follow the example of their
counterparts in the developing world by raising income through business and trading activities rather than relying on fundraising, according to a leading international activist.
Mechai Viravaidya, an influential charity founder and social
entrepreneur from Thailand, will tell delegates at next month's International Fundraising Congress that funding challenges for charities and voluntary organisations in the developing world are just as demanding as those in the west. He believes that this is because all charities and NGOs are chasing a static or even declining pool of donations. "