There has been a lot of talk about increasing giving and much debate about creating a giving culture in the UK. There are even some who say there is little left that can be done to increase giving across the sector.
It is common sense to think of the non-profit sector in developed countries as being independent from the state and generally self-sufficient. This is why charities in the West ultimately rely on public trust and the culture of giving.
This year, Scotland will be voting whether or not to become independent from the UK. On a recent trip to Edinburgh, I spoke to a number of charities about the potential implication of this to the sector.
Our new report, ‘The Politics of Charities’, pulls together our research on the attitudes of the public, journalists and MPs to charities campaigning and 'being political'. From the data, we have drawn five broad conclusions.
As the Lobbying Bill trundles through Parliament, the nightmare of charities being severely limited in politically representing their beneficiaries threatens to become a reality. So what exactly do the public think about charities having the right to lobby?