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Association of Volunteer Managers hire first employee in partnership with nfpSynergy.

  • Recruitment of events manager will boost activity for training and development of volunteer managers
  • Growth in AVM activity will support growing demand for support and development of volunteer manager professionalisation
Press Release
13 May 2016

Past Imperfect: How successful have charities been over the last few decades

Are we doing a good job? This is the single most important question a charity, or any other organisation, can ask itself.

Free Report
April 2016

Law firm Stone King legal opinion on fundraising self-regulation

Leading charity Law firm Stone King have been spearheading a debate as to what trustees should be considering when assessing how to fundraise.

Press Release
30 March 2016

Charities have the highest number of people who wanted to complain but didn't

New research on public attitudes to charity marketing, complaints and the fundraising preference service shows:

Press Release
16 March 2016

Public, media and MPs’ attitudes towards campaigning

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:

Free Report
March 2016

A blueprint for restoring the sector's reputation

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.

Free Report
March 2016

Charities at Christmas

 

The run up to Christmas 2015 was a busy period for charities. Giving Tuesday, big TV adverts and multiple Christmas appeals meant that people had even more contact with charities than usual. But how do the UK public feel about charities at Christmas? Which campaigns are the most successful and why?

Free Report
February 2016

New report calls for more action to minimise the effects of frontline spending cuts on charities

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

Press Release
15 January 2016
Warning sign which reads 'Cut here for emergency exit'

Challenging Cuts - Investigating the Response of Charities to Frontline Service Cuts

Has the charity sector been doing enough in response to government funding cuts? ​Local authorities have been subjected to a high level of cuts in the last five years, ​with the Autumn 2015 spending review ​promising to go even further. 
 
Free Report
January 2016

12 Free Reports of Christmas 2015

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.

Free Report
December 2015

New research shows that MPs & public want tighter regulation of charity fundraising

  • 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
Press Release
20 December 2015

Long live the digital revolution in charities

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.

Free Report
December 2015

Facts and Figures - Public’s Favourite Causes

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
December 2015
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In Good Company - Taking Corporate Partnerships into New Dimensions

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?

Free Report
September 2015

New research shows that charities face tough battles ahead on campaigning with MPs

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.

Press Release
18 September 2015

Facts and Figures - UK Charity Sector

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? 

Free Report
September 2015

The Big Society: Are charities setting up where there is greatest need?

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.

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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.

Press Release
25 August 2015
Graph showing trust in charities over time

Trust in charities falls again - Interactive Chart

  • 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
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