Towards Charity Accountability: Narrowing the gap between provision and needs?

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Although charities currently play a rich and varied role in modern society, their continued success is dependent upon the public's trust. With respect to charity accountability, two key questions emerge: to whom is a charity accountable; and what form should that account take? Despite the widespread acceptance that charities should discharge accountability, there is limited knowledge of the relative importance of different stakeholder groups and whether the information currently being disclosed meets their needs. Using extensive document analysis and a survey of stakeholders, this research explores these issues in the context of the top 100 UK fundraising charities. Furthermore, it compares the results with much earlier research to identify changes over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-968
Number of pages24
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number7
Early online date18 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • Accountability
  • charities
  • stakeholder theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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