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Charity lottery de-regulation / Charities and executive pay

by Joe Saxton – Driver of Ideas, nfpSynergy How lottery deregulation could raise more money for charities. Society lotteries are the most regulated part of fundraising: the prize money, the amount of money, the profitability and much more of charity lotteries are regulated.

How charities can make the most out of social media

by Vicky Browning - Director, CharityComms Just like when King Arthur asked a few of his mates to sit round in a circle for a chinwag, a number of myths have grown up around social media. Vicky Browning, director of CharityComms, looks at whether some of these assumptions are stifling charities' abilities to use it as an effective communications channel.

Proportion of satisfied donors up by 12 percentage points overall since 2006

The proportion of donors claiming to be satisfied overall with their charitable giving experience is up by 12 percentage points (up 8 percentage points re ‘moderately satisfied’, up 4 percentage points re ‘very satisfied’), from 80% in June 2006 to 92% in Nov 2011 (slides 2-3) Specific donor-experience aspects showing a notable increase (slides 4-7) in claimed satisfaction over this period include: ‘having contact with other supporters of the charity’ (up 9 percentage points); ‘having an ongoing relationship with the charity’ (up 8 percentage points);

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Less than half (43%) of the public think they have heard of the Charity Commission

Less than half (43%) the public think they have heard of the Charity CommissionLess than a third (30% - slide 3, attached) of the public have definitely heard of itOnly a quarter (25%) of public are definitely aware that the Charity Commission regulates and monitors the activities of charities​Public see the Charity Commission’s prime functions (slide 4) as keeping a charity register; and investigating fraudulent/bogus charities

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More Than Shaking an Online Tin

The digital landscape is once again rapidly changing, presenting fresh challenges for everyone serious about exploiting it. For charities, the challenges are particularly stark; for whilst the large majority of charities endeavour to get a healthy return fromtheir existing efforts (which for many means their websites and emails) the whole experience of digital consumption and digital transactions is changing.

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State of the sector 2011

You know what the key challenges and priorities are within your own organisation – but how are contemporary economic and political challenges impacting your colleagues in the third sector? Exploring the key findings from our regular survey into what the sector is thinking and prioritising right now, drawing on data gathered in Autumn 2011.

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How does the public judge best practice when it comes to charities spending their donations wisely?

55% of public say best way to prove donations are well spent is a veto on first-class travel for charity staffAlmost half (46%) also say a £50k charity staff pay cap would reassure with just over 1 in 3 (37%) suggesting a £100k cap43% say a charity staff bonus ban would engender confidence42% cited a ‘charity mostly run by volunteers’Just 7% say nothing would make them feel confident that a charity would spend a donation wellSOURCE: nfpSynergy’s Charity

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Coalition Government yet to impact positively on charities, say public

Only 1 in 10 of public think the Coalition has had a positive impact on charities so far, with four times that number saying they have not seen a positive impactOnly 1 in 20 of public think Lib Dems have most influence in Coalition decisions, three quarters saying Tories ‘wear trousers’Labour seen as most pro-charity party – despite majority of people still saying they don’t know which party is most supportive of charities “Our voluntary sector has neither rarely been more needed by the public, nor mo

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1 in 3 people fear future dependence on state handouts, 1 in 5 fear charity aid

Younger people and women generally more anxious than older people and men“Dangerous irony: state & charity face ‘Big Society’ cuts just as many people fear they’re about to be most needed”, warns nfpSynergy’s SaxtonA third (34%) and a fifth (20%) of the public say (slide 2) they are fairly or very worried about needing future financial assistance, from the state and from charities respectively, according to new data. Younger people and women are generally more worried about this than older people and men.

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Unlocking the pot of gold in legacy giving

Legacy giving is an area of crucial importance but presents a myriad of challenges for charities. Bringing together new data from the Charity Awareness Monitor and our experience of researching legacies in a focus group setting, we look at public perceptions of this difficult topic and how charities can grow this important income stream with sensitivity.

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To Affinity and Beyond!

Measuring awareness levels is the first step, but to find the best ways of engaging your target audiences, you also need to know how they understand your brand and work, how they feel about you and how those views and perceptions affect their likelihood of taking action.

Public think charities are reaching for higher professional standards

“Fundraising should be as effective as possible whilst being as unintrusive as possible - not always an easy circle to square,” Saxton commentsThe proportion of charity supporters who see their charities as “striving to achieve the highest professional standards at all times” has risen steadily (slide 2), from 47% in 2007 to 55% in 2010 - according to new data out today.

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