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The power of dreams, the burden of leadership: Report on the Barclay's "Britiain 's Most Admired Charity" Survey- October 2008

"The power of dreams, the burden of leadership" is a report disseminating the "Britain's Most Admired Charity" survey data. It concentrates on a number of important issues for any charity that wants to increase its effectiveness including: the key attributes of successful charities; skill and expertise shortages; government initiatives that have impacted (or not impacted) the sector; and the key challenges for effective charities and charity leaders.


Public sector claims to prefer charities to deliver its services yet fights shy of contracting them

Majority of Councillors & Local Authorities rate charities at least on par with public sector for service provision - yet only use them for 14% of services3 in 5 rate charity provision of public services at least on par with delivery by companies – yet still use companies for 26% of services“Public sector spirit willing, conversion into charity contracts weak,” cautions Saxton58% of Councillors and 50% of Local Authority staff think “charities are able to deliver public services as cost-effect


Review and development of the Code of Good Governance

The Code of Good Governance had been in existence for a number of years helping to improve the governance practices of organisations in the Voluntary and Community Sector. The Governance Hub asked us to review the impact of the Code, and to look at changes that might be needed to improve take up and usage.


Fluctuations in GDP hit charities’ average voluntary income - after 10 month lag

UK economic fluctuations effect charity incomes, voluntary ones first – though not seen straight away, analysis showsAverage charity income growth will slow or become static in downturn, though actual average incomes won’t fall, experts predict“Don’t accept or expect defeat”; but be cautious and “ensure resilience against income volatility”, think tank urgesGrowth in charities’ average voluntary income rises or falls 10 months after any rise or fall in GDP growth, followed by peak impact on overal


Institute of Fundraising asks Joe Saxton to forge a campaign coalition to reduce SMS text charges for donations

Current charges render text-donations “cost-ineffective”, says AmadiPotential for fundraising via SMS “substantial”, not least amongst the young, vies SaxtonThe Institute of Fundraising has invited its outgoing chair, Joe Saxton, to forge a coalition of all parties keen to reduce current prohibitive fees the telecoms industry charges charities who seek donations via SMS text messaging.


Councillors & Local Authorities rate charities highly for public service provision - but doubt Compact

The majority of Councillors and Local Authority staff rate charity provision of public services at least on a par with a Local Authority’s ownAround 3 in 5 rate charity provision of public services over delivery by companiesScarce a quarter think Compact has made a big difference58% of Councillors and 50% of Local Authority staff think “charities are able to deliver public services as cost-effectively as local authorities”, respective figures rising to 63% and 59% when comparing charita


Volunteering levels flat since 2003

Older volunteers decline by a third (since 2001), despite campaignsGovernment strategy fails to deliver rising volunteer numbers thus farVolunteering levels have been fluctuating (18-20%) but remained broadly flat since 2003, with a notable slump amongst 54-64 year olds (down by a third, from 23% in 2001 to 16% in 2007), as the Government’s strategy thus far fails to deliver rising volunteer numbers - according to a new briefing out today.

New report says online fundraising needs more than “donate now”: donors must be engaged on their own terms in online world

“Donate now” buttons forget all rules of fundraisingExploit modern e-habits via social networks and blogs, or “painlessly” as donors surf and shop, experts urge“Passion, persistence and partnership” lucrative cyber keys for charities, large and smallMany charities overly rely on passive online fundraising tactics like “donate now” buttons that are, in isolation, a decade out of date; failing to more proactively engage with habits, interests and lifestyles of the 21st Century donor - according to a

Smaller charities grow at a third the rate of large or medium-sized ones; and are more likely to see incomes actually shrink in a downturn

Medium-sized charities grow their specifically voluntary incomes even more strongly than larger ones [8% compared to 7%]Yet large charities still retain the edge over medium-sized ones, in terms of overall income growth“Lower profiles and fundraising budgets, reluctance to take risks plus lack of economies of scale, leave smaller charities struggling – not least in a downturn,” says nfpSynergy’s BakerCompared with large and medium-sized voluntary organisations, smaller charities struggle to grow t