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Youth volunteering slumps by a quarter following continuous rise since 2008

Dip spearheaded by 17-19 year olds, and amongst males “Drop may reflect cuts to youth volunteering initiatives, showing need for better understanding of volunteer recruitment and retention strategies”, vies nfpSynergy’s Saxton The numbers of young people claiming to have volunteered within the last three months dipped by a quarter – from (slide 3) 19% in Nov 2010 to 14% in May 2011 – despite having previously enjoyed a steady rise since May 2008, according to new data out today.

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Public happier for foreign businesses, foreign governments, churches - even royals – to donate to political parties than for UK charities to do so

“Depth of public resistance to charities giving to political parties seems profound and unequivocal,” says nfpSynergy’s SaxtonThe British public are happier (slide 2) for foreign businesses (24%), foreign governments (15%), churches and religious organisations (15%) – and even the royal family (13% - 7% saying ‘probably’, 6% ‘definitely’) - to give money to support UK political parties than for UK charities (13% - 10% say ‘probably’, 3% ‘definitely’) to so do, according to new data out today‘Charities’ rank lowest out of a range o

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Red Nose Day spearheads youth-driven text-giving surge, report claims

SMS-giving hike largely driven by the young, and by high-profile campaigns like Red Nose Day Gift Aid and an ‘uncertain’ charity sector remain key obstacles to SMS-giving, despite recent successful slashing of VAT and mobile operator charges  “Charities can see the ever-increasing potential but aren’t yet reaping the rewards.

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Calling time on the Big Society?

The Big Society agenda has been a political battlefield since its launch early last year. Left and right, charities and businesses, rich and poor have all lined up to support, denounce or simply shrug in confusion.

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Social Media League Table

This is a report we wrote to compare the "social media presence" (index reflecting Facebook ‘likes’, Twitter ‘followers’ and YouTube ‘subscribers’) of all UK charities. The report also analyses the Top 50 UK charities by fundraised income - comparing the Top 25 of those against the 25 most popular UK shops, and the Top 25 FTSE companies by market capitalization.