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2017 predictions

Four predictions for how the outside world will buffet charities in 2017

As one of the most tumultuous years in recent history draws to a close, we've been thinking about what charities should expect in 2017. What will Brexit, Trump, rising oil prices and various domestic issues mean for the sector? Discover our predictions in this week's blog.

6 December 2016
Random control trial

Random Control Trials for charities - another false dawn for evaluation?

The RCT is often considered the gold standard for a clinical trial - but can this methodology be applied successfully in the charity sector for impact and evaluation measurement? Joe Saxton explores the challenges and complexities of trying to replicate this method.

30 November 2016
disabled access

Campaigns that are challenging public perceptions about disability

With the support of charities, disabled people have gained legislative successes over the last two decades; but misinformed and problematic perception of disability persists. We reflect on campaigns shaking things up and challenging the way able-bodied people might think about disability in this week's blog.

23 November 2016
charity sorp transparency

Please help make the charity sector a little more transparent by responding to the SORP consultation

A consultation to decide what should be included in the new charity SORP is currently underway and open to public response. Please respond and help us ensure a new 'Key facts' section designed to improve transparency is included.

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Brexit Trump

How should charities respond to Brexit and Trump-in?

2016 has been a year of political and social upheaval on an unprecedented scale. What do Brexit and the election of Donald Trump say about the divisions in our society? And most importantly - what can we learn, and how can charities help to heal the divide?

16 November 2016
Trustee meeting

National Trustee Survey Charts

We carried out our first National Trustee Survey in September this year, working with Third Sector magazine and the Charity Futures programme. All the charts are available on this page to download for free.

Free Report
November 2016
National Trustee Survey nfpSynergy

Twenty things we learned from our National Trustee Survey

We carried out our national trustee survey in September this year working with Third Sector magazine and the Charity Futures programme. We got nearly 550 responses and some preliminary results were published last month. Here are twenty nuggets of information we gleaned from the survey.

9 November 2016

What would encourage people to give to charity? A survey of public attitudes

Our latest research looks at what encourages people to give to charity – the flip-side of our last research two weeks ago which looked at what put people off giving.

Press Release
4 November 2016

Facts and Figures - Volunteering

At nfpSynergy we have been tracking the proportion of the UK public that volunteer for over ten years. This free report reveals some of our most interesting findings.

Free Report
November 2016
Gift Aid

What’s doing a Gift Aid claim for a small charity really like? Eight nuggets from the frontline

From trying to obtain an HMRC Gift Aid reference to getting your head around which donations are eligible - claiming Gift Aid can be a daunting and time consuming process, especially for small volunteer run organisations. Joe Saxton shares his experience of the process, complete with useful insights, tips and tricks (some with varying results!)

1 November 2016
Charity Shopping Online

Charity shops: Is the future online?

The success of online shopping cannot be contested - a fifth of all non-food items and over a quarter of all clothes are sold online in the UK, and the worth of our e-commerce market has increased significantly every year since 2014. This week's blog asks - where do charities come in to this, and what can they learn from online retailers? Is the future of charity shopping online?

26 October 2016
Fundraising press release

Public irritation with fundraisers declines

Our latest research with the public has revealed that public irritation with fundraisers has declined. 

Press Release
21 October 2016
Alpha Bravo Charlie

As easy as Alpha, Bravo, Charlie… How to communicate better with your supporters

The majority of the British public who currently give to charity plan on giving the same amount (or more) over the next 12 months; but will this always be the case? And how can charities ensure they remain on good terms with supporters amidst looming change in the world of charity fundraising?

19 October 2016
Donald Trump rally

Donald Trump and the problem with celebrity foundations

It's not unusual for people to loathe politicians; it is remarkable, however, that this year's US presidential race has managed to cause reputational harm to the charity sector, and celebrity charitable foundations in particular. This week's blog asks - how many more celebrity charitable foundations do we need? Is it time for celebrities to resist the trend of starting their own foundations, and simply donate to trusted established charities instead?

12 October 2016
nfpSynergy facts and figures free report

Facts and Figures - Public's Favourite Causes 2016

  • What is the most popular cause in the UK?
  • Which cause attracts the largest proportion of individual donations?
  • Which causes are gaining in popularity, and which are going down?

Discover answers to these and more questions in this free report

7 October 2016

Facts and Figures - Public's Favourite Causes 2016

There are over 160,000 charities in the UK1, benefiting a wide range of causes from hospices to international development. We explore facts and figures to try and determine which of these causes appeal most to the general public, but find that the outcome depends on the criteria used.

Free Report
October 2016
Making a Difference

Is it my job to change the world, and who is going to help?

This week's blog explores how responsibility for social and environmental issues is distributed between citizens, government and business; whose job is it to make a positive difference in a problematic society?

29 September 2016
Westminster Parliament

Working in constituencies is the key to influencing MPs

Westminster has become a crowded environment for charities, with numerous organisations campaigning and competing for MPs' time. Compounding this, our latest research reveals that just under 1/4 of Conservative MPs state that charities should not campaign in parliament. So how can charities best navigate this difficult landscape and get their voices heard by key decision makers?

20 September 2016

All for one and one for all - why should charities engage families?

Families are a valuable pool of support, but they are often neglected when charities are looking for potential supporters. Find out how and why your charity could benefit from engaging this valuable support group.

13 September 2016

5 ways to make the most of online community research

We’re constantly developing and refining the research methods we use in order to continue to deliver high quality insight for charities. In December last year, we piloted the use of online communities for market research in the not-for-profit sector; now we reflect on what we've learned and explore different ways charities can use online communities to optimum effect.

6 September 2016

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