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Reserves policy or closure plan?

The Charity Commission recently released a revised Charity Reserves guidance.

It is entitled Charity Reserves – Building Resilience (Hereafter CC19), and, as the name suggests, it is reflective of the criticism that some charities have faced this past summer in terms of financial security.

Blog
4 May 2016

What can charities campaigning in Parliament expect from Brexit?

 

With the EU referendum just around the corner and polls showing a tightly-fought contest, both sides are arguing fiercely about what the future of the UK would look like outside of the EU.

Blog
25 April 2016

Don’t believe the statistics, shared parental leave is working

It’s been a year since the government’s new Shared Parental Leave came into force. The change enables eligible men to share up to 52 weeks of parental leave with their partner and has been held up as one of the key contributions of the Lib Dems to the coalition government.

Blog
20 April 2016

Taking care of your supporters

At nfpSynergy we’ve spoken a lot about negative media coverage of charities over the last year, with a particular focus on fundraising practices.

Blog
14 April 2016
Vuvuzela

How can charities change the world?

Our new report Past Imperfect, developed over the last 18 months examines data from the fields of Cancer, heart disease, disability, poverty, and the environment to try and see what changes, for better or worse have

Blog
5 April 2016
question time

Question time: there are still a lot of answers needed about the Fundraising Preference Service

In the light of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) working group consultation, here are some questions that still remain.

 

Process and practicalities

Blog
1 April 2016
Disabled people protesting

Confusion, complexity and a conservative car-crash

During the last few decades there have been some fundamental changes in the rights of disabled people with legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) coming into force in 1995.

Blog
30 March 2016
Courtroom gavel

A legal opinion on fundraising self-regulation

At nfpSynergy we have been very interested in the effect of the new fundraising regulation on charities.

Our research shows it is likely to be popular with the public, but every conversation we have had with charities shows a deep level of concern about the impact of the Fundraising Preference Service.

Blog
30 March 2016

Taking responsibility: the public needs persuading on the Syrian refugee crisis

At last week’s MRS Conference, Baroness Neuberger mentioned that politicians should take more initiative and leadership and pay less attention to the worst examples of public opinion.

Blog
24 March 2016

If you like it, you should have put a price on it. How economists helped a charity

How often do we think of economics as a tool that can help solve every day social problems? Not that much I guess. Yet, economics is about almost everything that people do. And sometimes we can see elegant solutions to very complex social problems that affect ordinary people in their everyday lives that were designed by economists.

Blog
17 March 2016

Understanding families – How can charities engage with parents and their children?

We’ve been running research with children and young people for years at nfpSynergy, but in the last few months we launched Families Insight, expanding this research to include parents.

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10 March 2016

How will the Welsh differ from the Scottish and Northern Irish in their views towards charities?

Next month nfpSynergy will be running its first ever research to find out how the people of Wales view charities. This will sit alongside our research in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and we are excited to find out how Welsh perceptions of charities differ to those of their Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts.

Blog
3 March 2016

Ten things the charity sector needs to do to restore its reputation

1. Better fundraising regulation

We need better fundraising regulation. I have been writing about inadequacies of the current system since 2012. So the new regime of a stronger, better funded regulator with control over the Code of Practice is very welcome.

2. Trusteeship needs a revolution

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3 March 2016
Videographers

Media scrutiny of charities is going to continue – and what to do about it

2015 marked a sea change in the media’s coverage of charities. Over are the days when charities could feel confident that the occasional story about chief executive pay during the slow news summer cycle could be weathered and quickly forgotten by the public.

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23 February 2016

Campaigning is not a diversion from the cause. Why the Government is getting it wrong.

The Government has recently announced a new clause that will be added to grant agreements, meaning that no proportion of a grant awarded to a charity can be used for lobbying Government and Parliament.

Blog
18 February 2016

Four tips any charity media team should know

Last Friday, communications professionals from a wide range of charities joined us for another successful media training day at Scope’s London HQ.

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18 February 2016

Fundraising once again. Should Irish charities ask for more?

The charity sector in Ireland has had a hard time of it lately.

Blog
10 February 2016

Five campaigns that made me emotional

Secil Muderrisoglu, nfpSynergy’s lead on brand, shares her favourite charity campaigns from 2015.

Blog
3 February 2016

Nepal’s two earthquakes in 2015

Samiksha Rai is a former nfpSynergy Research Assistant with an MBA from Johnson and Wales University in the US. She now runs a small credit chasing agency in Nepal whose clients include nfpSynergy. This is her blog about what life was like in Nepal in 2015.

 

The natural earthquake

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25 January 2016

Should you give?

 

Freddie Pattisson did work experience with nfpSynergy in December 2015. Here are his thoughts on the morality and effectiveness of charity

Blog
19 January 2016

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