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It is hard to pinpoint the original impetus that prompted the creation of the charity. The simplest one is that there was a need, an unexpected need in a country that was supposedly firmly on the road of development. If I had known that the government statistics on poverty were falsified, it might have been less of a shock.
Having secured the 0.7% of aid target for the world’s poor, overseas aid charities have found themselves out of step with some right wing politicians and portions of the public. As a result, I worry that they are going to suffer over the next decade.
Here are my reasons why:
Start with the heart and soul of your organisation. Vision statements should come from the heart of the organisation. They are not a paper exercise out of a marketing textbook but the opportunity to distil and agree some of the essence of an organisation.
When taking our surveys, we want to make sure that all research participants feel valued and satisfied that their preferences for how they wish to describe themselves are being respected, not least in terms of gender.
Charity annual reports and accounts are one of the key unifying features of the charity world.
All but the smallest charities have to produce them. They set out their income, their expenditure, their reserves, their salaries above a certain level and much more. Indeed, the rules governing charity accounts are over 100 pages long.
At nfpSynergy we’re always working to give our clients the latest stats on what the public think of charities and how they interact with them.
When it comes to influencing government policy, UK-wide charities have tended to focus the majority of their resources on lobbying the powerful political institutions of Westminster.
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.
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.
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.
At nfpSynergy we’ve spoken a lot about negative media coverage of charities over the last year, with a particular focus on fundraising practices.
In the light of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) working group consultation, here are some questions that still remain.
Process and practicalities
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.
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.
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.
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