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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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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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