|Northern Rock Foundation to Fund Second Phase of Research on Northern Charities|
The Northern Rock Foundation has awarded £110,000 to Teesside University for a second phase of research to discover the size and needs of third sector organisations in Cumbria and the north-east of England.
The Third Sector Trends Study was established to provide free information on not-for-profit activity in the region to help underpin policy. Trends in the North, an evaluation of findings from the first wave of research, was published last month.
The findings show that there are 4,760 charities in the North East – 3 per cent of all UK charities – as well as 9,000 ‘below-the-radar’ voluntary organisations not registered with the Charity Commission or Companies House.
Penny Wilkinson, chief executive of the foundation, said the second phase would be completed by Teesside University by March 2013. Wilkinson said that by then a picture would have emerged about which organisations in the region were best surviving the economic downturn and "what kind of support the voluntary sector will need in future".