At a time when preoccupied MPs are making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and when charity budgets are constantly under threat, what hope do charities have of getting MPs’ attention? At first impression, the answer seems gloomy.
“Fantastic opportunity for courageous charities to respond to this public plea”, rallies nfpSynergy’s BakerThe public are keener than ever for charities to be 'supportive', 'sympathetic' and 'responsive', now that the UK has entered recession, according to new data out today: demands that pose an interesting challenge to an already struggling third sector.
Last year 1 in 4 MPs didn't even bother going, rising to almost 1 in 3 Labour MPs "More persuasive to lobby politicians face-to-face in Westminster or at constituency level" says nfpSynergy's Lincoln As the party conference season gets underway, only 13% of MPs and 9% of Peers rate attending such gatherings as one of the best ways for charities to influence them, trailing almost every other lobby tactic - according to a poll out today.
This presentation, from our 2009 Scottish seminar, examines the 'Obama effect', and the way his election campaign combined new online methods with tried and tested campaigning techniques. It includes examples of his campaigning and fundraising emails, and looks at what charities can learn to use in their own work.
A presentation from our 2009 Scottish seminar looking at which charities have the highest awareness in Scotland, how the Scottish charity sector compares to the UK as a whole, what charities can do to impress MSPs, and more results from our Scottish research.