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Number of young volunteers has nearly doubled over the last decade

Over a quarter of UK adults say they have volunteered in the last three months"It’s particularly good that young people are finally becoming more involved in volunteering. Charities have to make sure the idea appeals to a variety of ages and isn’t just stereotyped as elderly people staffing charity shops and tombolas.

Strength in numbers; how independent hospices can raise more income from voluntary and donated sources to fund their work

In 2010, the think tank Demos published a report entitled ‘Dying for Change’ highlighting some of the challenges facing hospices in the future. Help the Hospices responded to this by setting up the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care to provide guidance, information and options for hospices to inform their strategic position and offerings in the next 10 to 20 years.

Trust in charities up for third year running

Charities still fourth most trusted UK insitutionScouts and Guides now second behind Armed Forces“Charities need to capitalise on their high levels of trust. It’s time the sector abandoned its laissez-faire approach and started tackling some issues head on.

Beyond Eeyore: growing your influence as a charity director

Written by Jonathan Taylor as part of the Clore Social Leadership Programme we've been supporting, this report looks at the role of charity directors and whether they can achieve a balance between leadership responsibilities and participating in their senior team. It summarises the views of 12 individuals, half of whom are ex-financial directors and half of whom are current senior members of charity management teams.

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Money for good causes can be increased if stifling legislation and regulation are changed, say researchers nfpSynergy

New nfpSynergy report calls for win/win on charity lottery regulationCharities are missing out on vital funds because their lotteries are being stifled, a new report argues. ‘A Chance to Give’, published by research consultancy nfpSynergy, is calling for an overhaul of unnecessary legislation they say “has not kept up with the real world” and is hurting a vital fundraising tool.

Volunteering levels still flat despite Britain’s ‘golden summer’

Olympics fail to inspire 7 in 10 adults to volunteer, but half of young people now keen"The time to act was right away to build on the momentum of the games and it looks like the government and the Olympic legacy organisations have either tried and failed, or missed the opportunity completely.

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A Chance to Give

It's fair to say that lottery deregulation for charities has been an issue for decades. Lotteries have been a staple part of the fundraising scene for years, but they are restricted by legislation and regulation from reaching their full potential.

Spring Insights 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended our Insights event. If you couldn't make it, thank you for your interest in the event and we hope to see you next time.

Public give their opinions on charity staff pay

More than half of people are against paying trustees and a third are against paying CEOs“I wonder if the paid CEOs who happily say trustees shouldn’t be paid because of public trust will take any take any notice of the public’s reticence to pay CEOs.

Scottish independence could have a big impact on UK-wide fundraising strategies

Half of English and Welsh people less likely to give to charities working in an independent Scotland“The recent report from the Carnegie Trust shows that many charities in Scotland aren’t thinking about what independence might mean. I dread to think how little UK-wide charities have done regarding the ramifications for them.

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Innovation (still) Rules

The not-for-profit sector is, by its very nature, innovative. Charities exist to respond to an unmet need or to drive change.

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