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Councillors & Local Authorities rate charities highly for public service provision - but doubt Compact

The majority of Councillors and Local Authority staff rate charity provision of public services at least on a par with a Local Authority’s ownAround 3 in 5 rate charity provision of public services over delivery by companiesScarce a quarter think Compact has made a big difference58% of Councillors and 50% of Local Authority staff think “charities are able to deliver public services as cost-effectively as local authorities”, respective figures rising to 63% and 59% when comparing charita

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Volunteering levels flat since 2003

Older volunteers decline by a third (since 2001), despite campaignsGovernment strategy fails to deliver rising volunteer numbers thus farVolunteering levels have been fluctuating (18-20%) but remained broadly flat since 2003, with a notable slump amongst 54-64 year olds (down by a third, from 23% in 2001 to 16% in 2007), as the Government’s strategy thus far fails to deliver rising volunteer numbers - according to a new briefing out today.

New report says online fundraising needs more than “donate now”: donors must be engaged on their own terms in online world

“Donate now” buttons forget all rules of fundraisingExploit modern e-habits via social networks and blogs, or “painlessly” as donors surf and shop, experts urge“Passion, persistence and partnership” lucrative cyber keys for charities, large and smallMany charities overly rely on passive online fundraising tactics like “donate now” buttons that are, in isolation, a decade out of date; failing to more proactively engage with habits, interests and lifestyles of the 21st Century donor - according to a

Smaller charities grow at a third the rate of large or medium-sized ones; and are more likely to see incomes actually shrink in a downturn

Medium-sized charities grow their specifically voluntary incomes even more strongly than larger ones [8% compared to 7%]Yet large charities still retain the edge over medium-sized ones, in terms of overall income growth“Lower profiles and fundraising budgets, reluctance to take risks plus lack of economies of scale, leave smaller charities struggling – not least in a downturn,” says nfpSynergy’s BakerCompared with large and medium-sized voluntary organisations, smaller charities struggle to grow t

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Youth volunteering levels flat, 2006-7 and show “engagement watershed” around age 16

17-25 year olds seem most regularly engaged with charities, not least re volunteering11-16 year olds seem least regularly engaged, possibly due to exam pressures“Start where young people are at,” counsels SaxtonYouth volunteering levels fluctuated but remained broadly flat for the 18 month period Mar 2006 – Nov 2007, with 13%-19% 11-25 year olds claiming to have volunteered for a charity “in the last three months”, according to latest figures released today (see attached summary slides).

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What kind of supporter marketing strategy does your non-profit have?

Whilst in reality charity marketing strategies are carefully crafted and multidimensional, in the public eye they all too often appear simple and unsubtle. Recent debates about incentives in mailing and media dislike of face-to-face fundraising on the street has only served to heighten the negative image of charity marketing.

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Government’s own data shows no upward trend in volunteering since 2001

No evidence that targeting of young, old or other priority groups has been successful“Disappointing, given significant public funding”; “better research needed into what does and doesn’t work”, vies SaxtonLevels of at-least-once-a-month volunteering – the frequency deemed most relevant by Government - were steady across 2001-2008, with no discernable trend up or down, according to the Government’s own latest figures (slide 4, attached).

Research shows effective lobbying requires voluntary income

Financially independent charities most likely to engage with, and impress, MPsTop 30 MP-impressing UK charities’ average voluntary income is 61%, against 38% sector-wide averageOnly 5 of Top 30 MP-impressing UK charities have less than the sector-wide average (but still have large voluntary incomes)“Thriving and effectual voluntary sector requires independent income,” vies SaxtonCharities whose voluntary funding has given them significant financial independence from gover

Public trust in charities slumps nine points, 2006-2007

Scarce 2 in 5 British adults claim they trust British charities, according to latest figures (July 2007)Only the BBC and the Banks seem to have taken a bigger institutional batteringLower social grades (DEs), 55-64 year olds and those in Yorks/North East spearhead dip in confidenceSector should adopt “clear communications strategy” and stop being “ostrich-like”, counsels SaxtonPublic trust in charities slumped 9 percentage points (from 51% to 42%) between Sept 2006 and July 2007,

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Who volunteers? Volunteering trends 2000-2007

This briefing looks at some results from nfpSynergy's Charity Awareness Monitor to analyse volunteering trends over the last 7 years. While volunteering levels have remained fairly constant, the demographics of volunteers have changed.

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Unlocking potential; How offenders, former offenders and their families can contribute to a more effective Criminal Justice System

The Clinks Taskforce was set up to identify ways in which offenders, former offenders and their families can make a positive contribution to the policies, services and practices that affect them, both in prison and the community. It was formed in part because of recognition that in other fields of work, services are known to be more effective when users are consulted about how they should be developed and delivered.

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