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Convergence Lab

Research in the digital age

Thanks to digital technologies the speed with which we can complete research is faster than ever, and can be almost instantaneous in some cases.

Blog
20 July 2016

Gift Aid benchmark: What does good look like?

We have invited charity and non-profit professionals to take part in our short survey and share their wisdom on what a good level of Gift Aid looks like for them. Now we are feeding back the insights to the sector.

The results are free to download and include:

Free Report
July 2016
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The art of attraction: why competition and nudging may help raise more money

Listening to a recent BBC podcast, the Charitable Impulse, spurred me to write my first blog piece.

Blog
14 July 2016

Trust in charities bounces back after low last autumn

The latest wave of nfpSynergy research in trust in charities and other public institutions shows that charities have recovered from the media coverage in the second half of 2015. 

Below are the key findings. Please download the full report for more details.

 

Free Report
July 2016
trust game

Trust in who? Where is the charity sector with trust and why does it matter?

At nfpSynergy we published our six-monthly data on trust in charities this week. Last week the Charity Commission published their ‘every other year’ research on the same topic.

Blog
5 July 2016
children of Rwanda

How I set up a charity at 20

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.

Blog
29 June 2016
notes

Mission Impossible II

In 2008 we published the first Mission Impossible report, which brought together over 80 vision and mission statements from a range of  non-profit organisations. And now we did it again! 

Free Report
June 2016

Awkward development: why overseas charities face a difficult decade

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:

Blog
22 June 2016

How would the ideal charity spend its income?

This report aims to provide information about public views on ideal charity spending, the importance of CEO pay in the public eye as well as the public’s perceptions about which activities count as ‘charitable’.

There are three main conclusions:

Free Report
June 2016

Mission Impossible: creating a powerful essence for your organisation

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.

Blog
14 June 2016

We need (still) to find a better way to measure giving

The UK Giving report from CAF was released last month and in the sector

Blog
8 June 2016

Welcoming gender diversity to our surveys

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.

Blog
1 June 2016
paperwork

Why we need a key facts section in charity accounts: The new SORP consultation is our chance.

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.

Blog
30 May 2016

Where does the charity sector need more insight?

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.

Blog
24 May 2016

Association of Volunteer Managers hire first employee in partnership with nfpSynergy.

  • Recruitment of events manager will boost activity for training and development of volunteer managers
  • Growth in AVM activity will support growing demand for support and development of volunteer manager professionalisation
Press Release
13 May 2016
welsh assembly

Viva la devolution!

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.

Blog
11 May 2016

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

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