nfpSynergy - research consultancy helping not-for-profits thrive
nfpSynergy speak to over 30,000 people about charities every year to bring charities the incisive data they need to inform their work. Occasionally, we break some of it down into a handy quiz. And no, we still haven't run out of songs to put the word 'poll' into for a title.
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.”
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
For over 20 years, Scope has offered a service called Face 2 Face to provide befriending for parents of disabled children. It is run by professionally trained volunteers who themselves are parents of disabled children and is funded in part by The BIG Lottery Fund. The BIG Lottery Fund put forward the money for Scope to commission an independent evaluation of Face 2 Face. The project aimed to ensure its impact was clearly evidenced and that areas of improvement were identified to enable decisions on further funding.
We conducted in-depth face to face and telephone interviews with parents of disabled children, as well as interviews with Face 2 Face volunteers and staff. Our experience of conducting research on sensitive subjects meant we treated participants with the very same values of care, empathy and non-judgement that underpin Face 2 Face itself. As a result, participants were willing to share personal and private details, thoughts and feelings about family life. This was essential in understanding their needs for such a support service and discovering how Face 2 Face meets those.
Our final report portrayed the lives and needs of the beneficiaries and the way in which Scope’s delivery of Face 2 Face meets those needs more effectively than any other single intervention. We also provided recommendations for ongoing evaluation, including the challenge of gaining hard measures of soft outcomes. Having submitted this report to a key funder with an initially positive response, Scope is now waiting to hear whether funding will be granted.
Charities are helping set the political agenda
These results show that charities continue to mount some of the most influential and memorable campaigns in Westminster, and that three sectors have made a particularly strong impression: International Aid & Development, Animal Welfare & Conservation, and Housing.
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Each year at nfpSynergy we aim to distribute a portion of our profits to our 20 or so staff. We have christened this ‘The Passion Pot’. The idea is that people spend it on something they are passionate about and it appears as a lump sum in November pay packets.