Charity workers can have it tough sometimes. We deal with some of the worst aspects of life – cruelty to animals, abused children, natural disasters and war. It would fair to say that a certain degree of resilience is required to have a successful career in the charity sector. But how has the recession affected charity workers' stress levels and what can we do about it?
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Emma Watson’s eloquent and impassioned speech on gender equality for the United Nations went viral last month, sprouting the hashtag #HeForShe which was taken up by a number of high profile male celebrities. Although some may since have raised issues with her message, there is no doubt that her speech has widened the conversation about gender issues. If raising awareness is the main objective, then this is an excellent example of a successful celebrity endorsement of a social movement.
Bijal Rama takes a look at her experience of party conferences and how bringing your beneficiaries along can help get the attention of MPs...
Last month I was lucky enough to be selected to represent Girlguiding at the Labour Party Conference, where I discussed our new report – Girls Matter – with MPs.
I was lucky enough to be in Scotland last week and to experience the emotion and engagement of nearly every part of Scottish society in the independence referendum. The run up to the vote provoked unprecedented levels of debate about identity, culture and the future of a nation. The 85% turnout to vote was the highest we’ve seen in a long time and a level not seen in a UK general election since 1950, when 83.9% voted.
Having recently completed my masters’ dissertation – exploring the processes parents go through in choosing state primary schools for their children – the concept of choice has been on my mind, not only in relation to this subject but for the charity sector too.
In the wake of Brooks Newmarks comments about charities and knitting, Tim Harrison and Cian Murphy explore how MPs and the public feel about the political role of charities.
As I’d taken a bit of a hiatus from social media this summer (the equivalent of living under a rock in 2014), it meant that it was quite a while before I heard about the ALS Ice bucket challenge. It has been active in the USA since July, but has only really taken off in the UK in recent weeks, during which there have been numerous comparisons to the no make-up selfie.
Here at nfpSynergy, we speak to a lot of people about charities. Every year, we speak to 16,000 Brits about all manner of charity questions, along with 700 young people aged 7-16. We survey a further 6,000 adults about brand, plus 5,000 across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1,800 more in the Republic of Ireland. We also interview 150 journalists twice a year and 150 MPs four times a year. It’s quite tiring to read in a blog, but very satisfying to look at the complete collection of data.
With all the technology we have at our disposal, what place does the humble, traditional press release have in the modern world?
Well, according to journalists, a pretty fundamental one. This may seem surprising, particularly given the movement of media content to online platforms, but of the 163 who contributed to our Journalists’ Attitudes and Awareness Monitor, 59% said they preferred the traditional press release. All of them have covered a charity story in the last six months.
I had lunch last week with 10 of the most knowledgeable, analytical and perspicacious minds in the sector, all of whom lead the research function at very successful UK charities. Away from the office and with some delicious Indian food courtesy of the Cinnamon Kitchen, we mused over the findings of the first stage of nfpSynergy’s latest analysis into media expenditure, brand awareness and income.