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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.
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.
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.
We are often asked what the relationship is between the various different measures of awareness, such as prompted awareness, spontaneous awareness and understanding of which cause a charity works in, and their other real world measures, like total or voluntary income and media spend.
Just one in 17 people think charities should save more than a year’s expenditure for a rainy day, a new study shows. A third of people favour reserves of less than six months’ spending, while only one in ten agree it should be whatever a charity decides.
Almost one in two people find it ‘very annoying’ to be asked to give to charity on their doorstep or over the telephone, according to new research. A third of people also dislike being approached to sign up to a charity in the street, with collection buckets the preferred way to be asked for money.
Donors, volunteers and beneficiaries should be consulted before a charity changes its name, a new report warns. It also says the best charity names are “memorable, inviting and can’t be shortened.”
Changing name is a huge decision for a charity. Getting it right can secure the long term future of a charity and boost awareness, reputation and income. Getting it wrong can be an expensive disaster and too often the decision is made without the proper care or research.
Fewer than one in two people agree with charities paying their chief executives, according to a new poll. The results also reveal that the public are still confused about who is actually paid in charities, with many thinking presidents, trustees and patrons draw a wage.
Networking and knowledge sharing is important to us and we love to see a room full of charities talking about the challenges they're facing. With this in mind, we organise several client events a year to give presentations and hold a networking session at the end.
This is a paper to set out the issues and create a strategy for the next three years for ‘Improving media coverage’, Strand 3 of the Understanding Charities group. The idea of the paper is very much to try and reach a clear strategy for how we move forward on Strand 3.
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.
With our 100th free report on the way in the next few months, we thought we'd take a look at some of our recent ones. All 99 reports are available free on our website, but here's a snapshot of the top 10 most downloaded in 2014.
1. The New Alchemy - our huge in-depth report on volunteering
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