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Number of Scots giving to charity down 8 percentage points year-on-year: Scottish men and the middle-aged notably thrifty

“Recession has made Scots philanthropically cautious” although “dip in giving may have flattened out”, vies nfpSynergy’s BakerThe number of Scottish people claiming they “donated to charity in the last 6 months” has dipped from 79% in April 08 - before the full felt force of the economic downturn - to just 71% in April 09, according to new data out today. Scottish males and the middle-aged (35-64 year olds) seem to have fronted the slump.

Who volunteers? November 2008

This presentation looks at the state of volunteering in the UK, including detailed data from our research, and some suggestions for where volunteering could go next.

Public expects ideal charity to be even more 'supportive' in a recession

“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.

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Party conferences of limited use for lobbying, MPs & Peers tell charities

 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.

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What charities can learn from the Obama campaign

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.

nfpSynergy Scottish charity research

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.

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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MPs advise charities on high-impact, cost-effective lobbying

Build rapport with priority MPs and mobilise public to lobby them locally, parliamentarians tell cash-conscious charities“Avoid the scattergun; think targeted, personal and local,” think tank counsels Over half (55%) of MPs say “building a relationship with 10 key MPs” is the most effective way to spend a limited lobbying budget, with just 3% and 2%, respectively, advising using constrained resources to hire a public affairs agency or run a party conference fringe event - according to figures out today.

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Public put off more by how a charity spends its money than how it raises it

Top public charitable gripes: amount actually going to causes, and amount spent on adminPublic least perturbed by charities campaigning for change“Sector must reassure public that income reaches causes and that costs are relatively low and necessary,” vies SaxtonThe public is more put off by how a charity spends its income than how it generates it - according to new research out today.

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