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Working On Sunshine; 5 ways to make the most of charity internships this summer

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As summer approaches with the first tantalising signs of sun, now is the time to start planning for summer internships. Despite controversy about pay, charity summer internships can be a brilliant exchange of experience, skills and work between charity and intern. At nfpSynergy, a regular intake of summer interns and research assistants provides both a brilliant environment for gaining experience and, crucially, a culture of innovation and fresh insight within the company.

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The New Alchemy

This is our second major report on volunteering. We published The 21st Century Volunteer in 2005 and it was our most popular free report for many years. But over time, many things in the world of volunteering, charities and the wider economic, social and political climate have changed.

With this in mind, we spent six months working on this new report, surveying over 500 volunteer managers and carrying out more than 20 in-depth interviews. The result is The New Alchemy and it's available in full and free from this page.

It is divided into seven parts:

Part 1 - The political and social landscape for volunteering

Part 2 – Volunteering trends over the last decade

Part 3 – Harnessing volunteer motivations

Part 4 – The changing mechanics of volunteering

Part 5 – Engaging the young, the old and the family to volunteer

Part 6 – How do we manage the 21st Century Volunteer?

Part 7 – Conclusions and recommendations

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Diffusing Confusion; how research can help donors and charities understand each other

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Our extensive research with the general public gives us a great insight into how people see charities. From within the sector it’s easy to forget that most people have little experience of how charities really work and spend very little time thinking about it! For many of them, views on how charities work are stuck somewhere in the last century, with even large national brands running multi-million pound operations expected to operate out of a church hall with few to no paid staff.

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Majority of people disagree with charity lottery regulations, new report shows

Three in four people feel that charity lotteries should be free to raise as much money as the National Lottery, new research shows. Just the Ticket, written by research consultancy nfpSynergy, also reveals that most people feel lotteries run by good causes should not be capped and do not affect their other donations.

The report, based on a survey of 1,000 British adults, shows that 74% of people feel there should be no laws to stop charity lotteries raising as much money as the National Lottery. Several were unsure, leaving just 8% in favour. 63% were also opposed to any regulations that made it difficult for charity lotteries to compete with the National Lottery.

The report argues that the National Lottery does great work, but it is “too big, too well-known and too well-established” to need to worry about its charity counterparts and does not need protecting. It also criticises the existence of regulations as they should be reserved “to support the weak and the vulnerable, not those too strong and dominant to need it.”

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SlideZone - Do campaigns inspire?

Charity campaigns have inspired just one in seven people to take political action in the last year, according to our new research. Just 14% signed a petition, 3% wrote a letter to their MP and 1% went to meet their MP face-to-face. 16% said they had spoken to friends or family about an issue as a result of a charity campaign, but more than half had done nothing. 
Whilst charities play an important role in encouraging political engagement, over half (57%) of the public still report having taken no action following charity campaigns.
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Charity Awareness Monitor

The Charity Awareness Monitor (CAM) enables charities to find out how they are perceived by the most vital of audiences; the general public. It also gives an insight into what the public think about volunteering, campaigning and donating to charity, whilst providing an accurate

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What others say

The research project was very well delivered and met our expectations and objectives. The team were experts in their fields and the project was a pleasure to work on. The findings are being directly applied to a range of sponsorship product and related promotional change and improvement projects.

Justin Wylie, Head of Business Development, Plan International

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