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As one of the most tumultuous years in recent history draws to a close, we've been thinking about what charities should expect in 2017. What will Brexit, Trump, rising oil prices and various domestic issues mean for the sector? Discover our predictions in this week's blog.
The RCT is often considered the gold standard for a clinical trial - but can this methodology be applied successfully in the charity sector for impact and evaluation measurement? Joe Saxton explores the challenges and complexities of trying to replicate this method.
With the support of charities, disabled people have gained legislative successes over the last two decades; but misinformed and problematic perception of disability persists. We reflect on campaigns shaking things up and challenging the way able-bodied people might think about disability in this week's blog.
2016 has been a year of political and social upheaval on an unprecedented scale. What do Brexit and the election of Donald Trump say about the divisions in our society? And most importantly - what can we learn, and how can charities help to heal the divide?
We carried out our national trustee survey in September this year working with Third Sector magazine and the Charity Futures programme. We got nearly 550 responses and some preliminary results were published last month. Here are twenty nuggets of information we gleaned from the survey.
From trying to obtain an HMRC Gift Aid reference to getting your head around which donations are eligible - claiming Gift Aid can be a daunting and time consuming process, especially for small volunteer run organisations. Joe Saxton shares his experience of the process, complete with useful insights, tips and tricks (some with varying results!)
The success of online shopping cannot be contested - a fifth of all non-food items and over a quarter of all clothes are sold online in the UK, and the worth of our e-commerce market has increased significantly every year since 2014. This week's blog asks - where do charities come in to this, and what can they learn from online retailers? Is the future of charity shopping online?
The majority of the British public who currently give to charity plan on giving the same amount (or more) over the next 12 months; but will this always be the case? And how can charities ensure they remain on good terms with supporters amidst looming change in the world of charity fundraising?
It's not unusual for people to loathe politicians; it is remarkable, however, that this year's US presidential race has managed to cause reputational harm to the charity sector, and celebrity charitable foundations in particular. This week's blog asks - how many more celebrity charitable foundations do we need? Is it time for celebrities to resist the trend of starting their own foundations, and simply donate to trusted established charities instead?
- What is the most popular cause in the UK?
- Which cause attracts the largest proportion of individual donations?
- Which causes are gaining in popularity, and which are going down?
Discover answers to these and more questions in this free report
This week's blog explores how responsibility for social and environmental issues is distributed between citizens, government and business; whose job is it to make a positive difference in a problematic society?
Westminster has become a crowded environment for charities, with numerous organisations campaigning and competing for MPs' time. Compounding this, our latest research reveals that just under 1/4 of Conservative MPs state that charities should not campaign in parliament. So how can charities best navigate this difficult landscape and get their voices heard by key decision makers?
Families are a valuable pool of support, but they are often neglected when charities are looking for potential supporters. Find out how and why your charity could benefit from engaging this valuable support group.
We’re constantly developing and refining the research methods we use in order to continue to deliver high quality insight for charities. In December last year, we piloted the use of online communities for market research in the not-for-profit sector; now we reflect on what we've learned and explore different ways charities can use online communities to optimum effect.
The children and young people charity sector has seen a marked decline in popularity over the past few years. Our latest blog explores contextual factors and public perceptions affecting this sector; what, if anything, can individual charity brands do to restore a favourable view?
Micro-volunteering has been heralded as a way to benefit a worthy cause on your own terms to suit your lifestyle with ‘absolutely no commitment’. I decided to try this out and see if I could make a difference micro-volunteering at short notice, without leaving the comfort of my own home.
In the words of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world”.
Indeed, in many ways last week’s opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was a great celebration of humanity.
Individual giving is the largest source of fundraising income for charities.
Young people are the most likely to volunteer, yet they make up only 0.5% of trustees. How can charities address this?
The age gap on trustee boards
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