Transparency in Reporting on Charities’ Efficiency: A Framework for Analysis

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In recent difficult economic times, the efficiency with which a charity spends the funds entrusted to it has become an increasingly important aspect of charitable performance. Transparency on efficiency, including the reporting of relevant measures and information to understand, contextualise and evaluate such measures, is suggested as important to a range of stakeholders. However, using a novel framework for the analysis of efficiency reporting in the context of transparency and stakeholder theory, this research provides evidence that reporting on efficiency in UK (United Kingdom) charities lacks transparency, both in terms of the extent and manner of disclosure. It is argued that efficiency reporting in UK charities is more concerned with legitimising these organisations rather than providing ethically-driven accounts of their efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-865
Number of pages22
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number4
Early online date04 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


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