This could be OT, but my impression from UK charities over the years is that the ones run by volunteers are better, and have a culture that's more focussed on achieving things rather than maintaining their salaries. I don't want this to sound like I'm saying that people working in charities don't deserve a salary, but I do have a concern that having paid staff can alter the culture of a charity in unhelpful ways. That Action for ME is the big ME charity with paid staff might hammer home that point, but it is also the impression I get from other health/mental health/etc charities too. Maybe my impression is wrong though, and it is just a hunch from personal experience. I wonder if just having short-term contracts for specific tasks might be a way of supplementing volunteers with paid staff without it risking a long-term change in the way an advocacy group works? I don't really know what I'm talking about, but thought I'd share my views anyway. Ideological COI declaration: I hate the culture to be found amongst most of the largest UK charities, and think that the corrupting influence of professionalisation, along with ties to government and industry, have played an important role in some of the countries problems. Thanks to everyone working hard to try to improve things.