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Restricted vs Unrestricted Income Survey

In one of our newsletters, we asked readers to complete a survey giving us their views on restricted and unrestricted income. We've taken the results from the survey, turned them into charts and created a pdf of the results.

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"Innovation rules!" A roadmap to creativity and innovation for not-for profit organisations

Too few people have specifically addressed the voluntary sector's potential for innovation and the voluntary sector is often left feeling that the only time they can afford the luxury of innovation is when a funder specifically asks for it. It is our hope that this report will provide charities with a greater understanding about what innovation could do for them on a day-to-day basis.

Public dramatically overestimate charity admin and fundraising costs - but are more tolerant of the latter

Marked increased in public willingness for charities to invest in fundraising to boost future income“Charities need to better explain the true level of, and rationale for, all their costs,” vies Saxton“Charities should talk about ‘necessary management’, rather than ‘administration’,” Saxton addsThe public are dramatically overestimating charities’ admin and fundraising costs but are more tolerant of the latter - according to new research out today (see the figures by downloading file)

Paid or unpaid? That is the question. Or how the public is more likely to think that trustees are paid than fundraisers

A representative sample of the UK population was asked to identify which of a variety of groups involved with charities was paid or unpaid. The results showed that while the public was right about whether directors and chief executives were paid (around 90% thought they were definitely or probably paid) far less accuracy was seen for trustees and fundraisers (only 8% thought trustees were definitely unpaid and only 6% thought fundraisers were definitely paid).

HQ Imperialism or Regional Barons?

This study represents a snapshot of how well charities' Regional-HQ relationships are functioning, according to charity employees. The aim of this study was to develop some hard data on this important issue - the first public study of its kind in the UK that we are aware of.

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Running for the money

Running for the Money started out as research into the possible demand for a second marathon in London. However, as results came in, it became clear that the interest in a second London marathon was in fact part of a wider yearning for more accessible, more strategically-planned charity runs throughout the UK.

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21st Century Donor- Executive Summary

This report is the conclusion of several years of work by nfpSynergy researching and understanding donors in a whole variety of guises. We hope that the report will enable charities of all sizes to think about the future and the fundraising strategies they will need to maximise income so as to meet the challenges ahead.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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