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Just the Ticket: Public attitudes towards the regulation of charity lotteries

nfpSynergy has long held the opinion that the National Lottery does not need protecting from charity lotteries and that the regulations in place are stifling what could be a very effective fundraising mechanism for good causes.

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March 2015
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The Lobbying Act: A Waste of Time and Resources?

The Lobbying Act has been a source of controversy in the charity sector since its introduction in January 2014, but what has it actually changed?
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February 2015
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The 12 Reports of Christmas 2014

It's Christmas time and as per tradition we're giving away 12 more of our reports. They address key issues like lobbying, fundraising and trust, plus a couple of niche ones like Gift Aid and media spending. Enjoy!

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December 2014
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The New Alchemy Part 7: Our Final Thoughts and Conclusions

This is Part 7 of our huge report into volunteering.

Part 1 – The political and social landscape for volunteering

Part 2 – Volunteering trends over the last decade

Part 3 – Harnessing volunteer motivations

Part 4 – The changing mechanics of volunteering

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December 2014
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The New Alchemy Part 6: How do we manage the 21st century volunteer?

Part 6 of this report looks at managing the 21st century volunteer. This instalment examines the views of some of the people closest to the changing landscape of volunteering; the volunteer managers themselves.

Part 1 – The political and social landscape for volunteering

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November 2014
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Getting the Message Across - Practical strategies to tackle public concerns about donating to charity

In 2006, we wrote a first edition of Getting the Message across, but eight years later it is clear that the gap between how 21st century charities work and how the public think they work remains substantial.

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November 2014
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A Trusted Role: The challenges of creating an effective trustee board

Charities exist to do great work and a large part of that is having great trustees make the big decisions. But this is easier said than done, so what is the secret of success?

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October 2014
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The New Alchemy Parts 4 & 5: Mechanics and engagement

Parts 4 and 5 of our volunteering report look at motivations,engagement and retaining your volunteers.

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October 2014
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Give and Let Give

A comprehensive look at the history of Gift Aid and how a few changes could make it even better.

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October 2014
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Searching for Answers

An overview of how transparent 50 UK charities are, based on the investigations of nfpSynergy's researchers.

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October 2014
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Ad Infinitum: charity advertising and media usage

Adverts are everywhere we look these days and it's hardly surprising when the UK advertising market stands at over £14bn. But how much of that is spent by charities? And what do they actually spend it on? 

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September 2014
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State of the Sector 2014

Every two years, Third Sector magazine teams up with nfpSynergy to conduct a survey of around 600 charity staff to find out their thoughts on the sector.

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September 2014
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The New Alchemy Parts 2 and 3: Trends and motivations

This is the second part of our new volunteering report and you can download it free in the top right hand corner of this page. It's being released in seven parts:

Part 1 – The political and social landscape for volunteering

Part 2 – Volunteering trends over the last decade

Part 3 – Harnessing volunteer motivations

Part 4 – The changing mechanics of volunteering

Part 5 – Engaging the young, the old and the family to volunteer

Part 6 – How do we manage the 21st Century Volunteer?

Part 7 – Conclusions and recommendations

This is Part 2.

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September 2014
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The New Alchemy Part 1: How volunteering turns donations of time and talent into human gold

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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