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The new report – Challenging Cuts – Investigating the response of charities to frontline service cuts – has three main sections which have the following key points.
Part 1: The effect of government spending cuts
We would like to thank our clients and partners for inspiring us to keep researching the topical issues in the sector. As part of our Social Investment programme we regularly produce Free Reports and feed our finding back to the sector so any charity regardless its size or sector can find something useful.
- Two thirds of MPs think that we need tighter regulation of charity fundraising
- Conservative MPs are particularly unimpressed with how the sector has responded to recent media coverage and are less likely to support charity campaigns in parliament
There is little doubt that digital technology has transformed the lives of people in the UK. Alongside the digital giants such as Google and Yahoo who exist purely because of the digital world, startups like Uber or WhatsApp have incorporated technology into their business models and now thrive.
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.
The charity world has a conflicted attitude towards companies. Our concern is that the relationship between companies and charities is becoming ever blander. For charities and companies to make the most of each other we need innovation and courage. So what might new ideas look like?
Charities face tough battles ahead on campaigning with many MPs – particularly Conservatives – new research shows. Two thirds of Conservative MPs think that the charity sector is too political, and one third think that charities should not campaign in Parliament at all.
Have you ever wanted a few facts and figures about the sector at your fingertips? Have you wished you could give a journalist a few nuggets of info to show how important the sector is to society?
The Conservative Party rarely talks about the Big Society agenda any more since its peak in 2011. Nevertheless, the idea that communities should step in where the state has retreated remains a core feature of Conservative policy in government. This raises serious questions.
Trust in charities now at lowest for eight years Scotland and Northern Ireland have higher trust in charities than rest of Great Britain.
The public’s trust in charities has fallen to its lowest level in almost a decade, new research shows. Barely half of people now trust charities; a figure that sees them drop to 8th in a list of Britain’s most trusted institutions as the Armed Forces, the NHS and schools continue to lead the way.
- Trust in charities falls from 53% in Spring 15 to 48% in Autumn 2015
- Charities have fallen from 8th place to 12th place in just 6 months in the list of trusted public institutions
- Now behind supermarkets and TV & Radio stations in levels of trust
There has been much soul-searching in the charity sector in recent weeks about how it is perceived by external audiences. Do the public, or even politicians and journalists, really understand how charities work today? Do they know that many charities these days are large, professionally run and impactful organisations?
Three times a year, we get some of our clients together for some presentations and discussion. We also run networking sessions afterwards and this one was another great success, with some great conversations going on.
You can download all the presentations we delivered below.
Are you a charity? Ever had difficult issues or questions from the media or the public? We're putting together some training for around 50 people in the sector. Find out more below.
The press has focused a lot of criticism recently on charity fundraising. But just how annoying do the general public find their interactions with fundraising? Our latest interactive graphic allows you to explore different methods of fundraising and how annoyed different groups of the general public are by each.
We're launching our first interactive data visualisation. The tool below incorporates data from 16,000 respondents to our surveys of the general public over the last 12 months. What’s more, it allows you to explore one of the simplest and most important questions we ask in our surveys – who is giving to charity?
The latest round of our Journalists’ Attitudes and Awareness Monitor research asked 150 reporters and broadcasters across the media about how well charities understand their needs when approaching them with stories.
Two thirds of people think that charities spending money on rebranding or London offices are wasting donations, new research shows. The study, published by research consultancy nfpSynergy, reveals that people feel websites and advertising are a better use of vital funds, while half prefer it when charities are run by volunteers.
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