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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.
Are we doing a good job? This is the single most important question a charity, or any other organisation, can ask itself.
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.
In January I went to Milton Keynes from Penrith. The ticket machine at Penrith offered me a single choice of return off-peak ticket, shown in the picture below.
Robbie joined nfpSynergy as a Research Assistant in January 2016. He provides research support for our tracking research, particularly the Charity Awareness Monitor. He also provides administrative support and works with the projects team
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.
New research on public attitudes to charity marketing, complaints and the fundraising preference service shows:
This report looks at the key trends in how the public engage with politics and how they perceive charity engagement with the political process. It draws on nfpSynergy’s research with a range of audiences, including the general public, MPs and journalists.
The report includes the following sections:
The charity sector has had 12 months unlike any other it has ever seen. We have been under the spotlight in the eyes of the media, public and politicians more than ever before, and rarely for the right reasons. The response of the sector has been varied, and largely ineffective.
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.
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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