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The New Alchemy - how volunteering turns donations of time and talent into human gold. Part 1

This is our second major report on volunteering. We published The 21st Century Volunteer in 2005 and it was our most popular free report for many years. But over time, many things in the world of volunteering, charities and the wider economic, social and political climate have changed. 

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August 2014
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Walking the Tightrope - Five recommendations for charities to engage with Scotland’s changing future

Whether or not Scotland votes for independence, the future of the country is set to change. As politicians continue to debate what independence could mean, we have analysed what MSPs and the general public think the impact of a ‘Yes’ vote would have on Scottish charities.

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July 2014
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The Six Reports of Summer

We've been sending out quite a few free reports recently, so we thought we'd put them all in one convenient place. Here's a preview of what's available:

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June 2014
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Thanks for everything! How do charities recognise and say ‘thank you’ to their key donors

Charities have always relied on fundraising to survive, coming up with new and exciting methods alongside the staple ones that have existed for years. But how do they recognise the impact donors have on their work? And how do they say thank you?

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May 2014
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Nine campaign tactics for charities to consider before a General Election

We have combed through the comments we received from MPs in this year’s Charity Parliamentary Monitor to get a sense of which campaigning tactics used by charities are the most effective.

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May 2014
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A Healthy Audience: does the number of people who have a medical condition or a disability dictate the size of charities that support them?

A frequent cry from medical and disability charities is "our problem is that not many people suffer from our condition." This worry reflects the belief that the fewer people affected by a condition, the lower the income of its relevant charities.

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May 2014
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A short briefing on corporate gift aid

Corporate Gift Aid was reformed in the year 2000 to provide a tax benefit for the company making the donation. Prior to this, charities had been able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations made by companies. 

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May 2014
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Global Digital Fundraising - a world of opportunity

Global communication has created possibilities and connections, but also some problems. It has, however, opened up new opportunities for non-profits everywhere to engage with their communities and key audiences. We know digital fundraising is an area for growth, but what does this mean for non-profits in different environments?

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April 2014
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The Politics of Charities

As the Lobbying Bill trundles through Parliament, the nightmare of charities being severely limited in politically representing their beneficiaries threatens to become a reality. So what exactly do the public think about charities having the right to lobby? And what does it mean to MPs and journalists for charities to 'be political'?

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January 2014
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The 12 Insights of Christmas

As it's the season of goodwill, we're giving away The 12 Insights of Christmas. They look at some of the key issues facing the charity sector and include research, interviews and advice from charities and from us. Unwrap our 12 free reports just in time for Christmas.

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December 2013
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The Right Attitude

Segmenting your key audiences enables you to reach the right people with the right messages – the ones that will inspire people to make a difference will help you to grow your organisation and meet your objectives.

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November 2013
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A chief concern: how CEO pay has changed in the UK’s best known charities over the last five years

 
Charity chief executives have recently found themselves under the spotlight in one area more than any other; their salaries. Plenty has been said about the public objecting to anyone at a charity earning over £100k a year, but we have been looking at how we got to this stage.
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November 2013
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Strength in numbers; how independent hospices can raise more income from voluntary and donated sources to fund their work

In 2010, the think tank Demos published a report entitled ‘Dying for Change’ highlighting some of the challenges facing hospices in the future.

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September 2013
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What do the public think about charity costs and CEOs salaries?

This is a presentation of our data on the public's opinion about charity spending. We also have a video of this presentation here, presented by Joe Saxton, with some great insight and explanation of what the data means for charities.

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August 2013
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Inside the mind of a grant-maker: Useful stuff on how grant-making works

This is the second of our reports on the relationship between grant-makers and charities. The first report focused on the grant-maker and charity relationship from charities’ points of view.
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June 2013
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nfpSynergy How To guides

This page contains four free guides on how to tackle several different aspects of research. They're short, quick-fire and easy-to-read and pose some of the questions you need to be asking, along with the answers you'll need to know. There's also a handy glossary.

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April 2013
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A Chance to Give

It's fair to say that lottery deregulation for charities has been an issue for decades. Lotteries have been a staple part of the fundraising scene for years, but they are restricted by legislation and regulation from reaching their full potential.

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March 2013
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Innovation (still) Rules

The not-for-profit sector is, by its very nature, innovative. Charities exist to respond to an unmet need or to drive change. But what does innovation actually mean? And what are charities really doing to develop innovation processes, cultures and, more importantly, results? 

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January 2013
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12 Free Reports of Christmas

1. A Hidden Gem - Resilience report from the Clore Social Leadership Programme

The Clore Social Leadership Programme aims to develop and connect aspiring leaders in the  social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK.
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December 2012
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Branding Inside Out; a best practice guide

In today's world, a charity's brand has become a vitally important part of its appeal. Branding Inside Out, produced by CharityComms, has been compiled with the guidance of a steering group of brand experts.

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December 2012

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