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State of the Sector 2014

Every two years, Third Sector magazine canvasses the opinions of charity sector professionals in a survey. It's intended to find out how they view developments and conditions in the sector.

Charities hit by significant drop in trust levels over the past year

10 percentage point drop sees them fall to 7th most trusted institution, Armed Forces remain topPublic trust in charities has fallen for the first time since 2011. 56% of people now trust charities ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a great deal’, compared to 66% in 2013 (slide 3)Charities drop to 7th in the list as they’re overtaken by schools, small businesses and the Royal Family (slide 3)Armed Forces remain top with 70% despite a fall of 8%, while Scouts and Guides remain in the top three on 64% (slide 3)Political parties are still bottom on 12%, with 51% trusting them very little (slide 2)Only a quarter trust the Fundraising Standards Board, while 28% have never heard of it (slide 4)People were also asked which statements a charity could make that would reassure them about making a donation or would convince them the charity was doing a good job (slide 8)70% chose ‘every new charity has to be scrutinised by the Charity Commission before it is approved’ and 68% selected ‘every charity’s accounts are on the Charity Commission website’ (slide 8)68% opted for charities reviewing their costs every year to keep them low (slide 8)

The Six Reports of Summer

We've been sending out quite a few free reports recently, so we thought we'd put them all in one convenient place. Here's a preview of what's available:The Politics of CharitiesWhat do the public think about charities having the right to lobby?

Talk to MPs early and often in election run-up, new report urges charities

Regular personal contact and credible campaigns key to getting politicians’ attention and supportIt is vital for charities to talk to MPs early, often and about credible campaigns, according to a new report out today. ‘Nine campaign tactics for charities to consider before a General Election’ is written by research consultancy nfpSynergy and urges charities to act quickly and effectively.

A short briefing on corporate gift aid

Corporate Gift Aid was reformed in the year 2000 to provide a tax benefit for the company making the donation. Prior to this, charities had been able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations made by companies.

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The Politics of Charities

As the Lobbying Bill trundles through Parliament, the nightmare of charities being severely limited in politically representing their beneficiaries threatens to become a reality. So what exactly do the public think about charities having the right to lobby?

Public happy for charities to lobby in Westminster

Majority of MPs wary of charities ‘being political’, journalists more neutralMore than half (58%) of the public agreed ‘charities should be able to campaign to change laws and government policies relevant to their work’, while only 10% disagreedJust 4% said that a charity’s campaigning to change the law put them off donating, compared with 62% who would be put off by ‘too little money going to the cause’When we asked 157 MPs about what it means to them for a charity to ‘be political’, 78% of Conservative MPs said it was a negative thing2

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