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Abolishing the Slave Trade; the first global campaign

When Granville Sharp found escaped slave Jonathan Strong outside his brother’s surgery for the poor in Cheapside in 1765, it was the spark that started the campaign to end the slave trade. Strong’s face had been beaten to a pulp by a pistol-whipping from his owner.

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Seen and Not Hurd; what awaits Brooks Newmark, the new Minister for Civil Society?

As Nick Hurd leaves the sector to applause and acclaim from sector leaders, all eyes shift to Brooks Newmark MP, the new Minister for Civil Society. Apart from a name as unconventional as his background – he was born in the United States and lived there until he was nine – little seems to be known about him as he moves into the third sector hotseat.

Public uncertain of implications for charities if Scotland votes ‘Yes’

Scottish parties split over impact of independence on charities19 of the 20 SNP MSPs surveyed believe that Scottish independence would have a positive impact for charities, a new report finds Seven out of 15 Labour MSPs and four out of six Conservative MSPs surveyed raised concerns that charity funding in Scotland would be adversely affected by independence30% of Scottish public said they ‘didn’t know’ what impact Scottish independence would have on charities, pressure groups or voluntary organisations26% agreed that ‘the future could become less cer

2 in 3 people think rebrands and London offices are a waste of charities’ money

Donors are reassured when no one earns over £50,000 or travels on first class rail69% of people think London-based offices and rebrands are ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ wasteful (slide 2)Over a third of people think lobbying government or other organisations is ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ worthwhile (slide 2)54% feel the same way about advertising, while 61% say that about developing a website (slide 2)The best way for charities to make people feel confident they’ll spend a donation well is to not allow staff to travel first class on expenses according to 52% (slide 3)Half of people would feel confident if the organisation was run mostly by volunteers (50%), no one earned more than £50,000 a year (47%) and no one got a bonus (46%) (slide 3)One in three said they’d feel confident if a charity had no offices in London, while 23% would if staff paid for their own Christmas party. One in ten would if staff worked a day a month for free (slide 3)

Charities hit by significant drop in trust levels over the past year

10 percentage point drop sees them fall to 7th most trusted institution, Armed Forces remain topPublic trust in charities has fallen for the first time since 2011. 56% of people now trust charities ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a great deal’, compared to 66% in 2013 (slide 3)Charities drop to 7th in the list as they’re overtaken by schools, small businesses and the Royal Family (slide 3)Armed Forces remain top with 70% despite a fall of 8%, while Scouts and Guides remain in the top three on 64% (slide 3)Political parties are still bottom on 12%, with 51% trusting them very little (slide 2)Only a quarter trust the Fundraising Standards Board, while 28% have never heard of it (slide 4)People were also asked which statements a charity could make that would reassure them about making a donation or would convince them the charity was doing a good job (slide 8)70% chose ‘every new charity has to be scrutinised by the Charity Commission before it is approved’ and 68% selected ‘every charity’s accounts are on the Charity Commission website’ (slide 8)68% opted for charities reviewing their costs every year to keep them low (slide 8)