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Critique of the government's "Citizenship Survey"

“Flabby” Government definitions exaggerate volunteering figures Pet-sitting, pub-pointing, child-cheering and picketing could all, officially, count as “volunteering”“Tighter definitions needed to uncover true volunteering levels; and to plan/evaluate Government strategy and investment,” vies nfpSynergy’s BakerLooking after a pet for a friend, pointing out a pub to a stranger, cheering your child at cricket or even joining a picket: these are all countable instances of volunteering according to Government

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"Unsung heroes of social capital”: Charity donors give more than mere money

“Of course volunteers are active citizens - but so are donors,” insists Saxton“Fundraisers should use indicators of social capital to identify likely donors”, urges SaxtonPeople who donate to charity are also significantly more likely than non-donors to boost “social capital” through greater involvement with local communities - according to new researchLeading not for profit sector think tank and research consultancy nfpSynergy’s Charity Awareness Monitor surveys a representative sample of 1000 16

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