Disputes involving charities and not-for-profit organisations can have an immediate and lasting impact on how they operate. Personal issues such as differences amongst trustees and staff about values, leadership, and strategy are common; as are the usual organisational challenges of employee and volunteer relationships, funding and service delivery contracts. And yet, most do not have the capacity to absorb the consequences of conflict - unresolved discord is at best an unwelcome distraction from achieving core charitable objects; and at worst can cause a damaged reputation, lost funding support and a ruined financial position.
The quick and cost effective resolution of these conflicts is thus particularly important in this sector. Processes such as mediation provide a faster, lower cost and more flexible alternative to litigation. Facilitation and independent chairing can provide a new framework for important discussion and debates; and independent investigations and reviews can bring valuable expertise to complex situations.
CEDR Solve's expert team not only bring with them professional and legal experience in this field, but many are themselves also trustees of one or more charities, and are thus intimately familiar with the issues that emerge within the sector.
Our mediation services for charities practice has a number of mediators and neutrals available for appointment on a wide range of assignments:
Our highly experienced mediators and neutrals can also assist with consultancy assignments to develop organisational capability and capacity for resolving conflict including dispute systems design, introducing mediation, developing formal policies and procedures, establishing informal communication protocols and coaching managers and teams through change.
For advice on selecting the most appropriate mediator or neutral to meet your needs contact the CEDR Solve team on +44 (0)20 7536 6060, email firstname.lastname@example.org or search our online mediator directory.
Many of our clients choose to support us through CEDR Membership, allowing them access to preferential fees, dedicated ADR advisers, bespoke scheme design and regular seminars and theatres, while contributing to the support of CEDR's not-for-profit mission.