Ihator Brown, a PhD student in London UK, has many years of management experience, which aids him in exploring the potential of financial sustainability youth charity whilst maintaining a high level of accountability by accessing the perception of stakeholders towards youth charity.
According to Ihator, while there is a developing interest in growing new investment approaches to social issues, transforming these interests into propositions for investment has been difficult. Statistically, 40% of charities have a hard time surviving on a single stream of funding. Furthermore, given that most charities lack access to multiple streams of funding, the number of charities able to sustain their finances is dwindling.
While recent years have witnessed a continuous shift of government responsibility for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to youth charities, there is a growing concern about these charities’ ability to responsibly positively impact their local community.
Local authorities and their voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) partners face significant financial pressure.
This has raised questions around the ability of youth charities to financially sustain themselves as they display difficulties in addressing issues and implementing their action plans, primarily due to limited access to funding.
Ihator Brown posits that his research into financial sustainability and accountability assessment will show that youth charities can put young people at the centre of major government reforms.
The PhD student believes youth charities have strengthened accountability by challenging local authorities, local governments, and local communities to develop more programs and activities. This, according to Ihator, has increased the support available to disadvantaged young people and afforded them more investment opportunities in their local communities.
Ihator Brown says he has always been interested in adding value to the charity sector and has 15 years of experience in management working as a senior manager for two of Europe’s leading electrical retailers – DSG International Plc and Home Retail Group.
Currently, Ihator is a Trustee on Skill for Life Trust that manages five schools and the KAS Youth Hub. His role ranges from ensuring resources are used efficiently in maximising growth to managing fundraising events and international youth exchanges. He has also mentored several international young entrepreneurs in Europe under the British Council Erasmus plus umbrella.
Ihator’s background shows he enjoys taking on new challenges, which presents an opportunity that capitalises on his management expertise that results in his successful track record of leading three prestigious organisations in a very competitive market. His career highlights managing a flagship store turnover of £25M with 96 staff at DSGi and Skills for Life Trust of a £30M budget that enrolled 3,041 pupils. He has received 18 certificates of recognition and awards from past employment. He now looks forward to breaking new ground in the charity sector.
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