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Public more likely to see small charities as “friendly” but “amateur”, large ones as “professional” but “wasteful". Public more likely to see small charities as “friendly” but “amateur”.

“Small, local charities especially well-placed to harness goodwill of loyal hardcore donors,” vies nfpSynergy’s MolyneuxThe public are more likely to perceive smaller charities as being “friendly” but “amateurish”; and larger ones as being “professional” but “wasteful”, according to data out today. However, smaller charities may just have the edge - from a “loyal hardcore” - when it comes to attracting donors.

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Scottish donations for Scottish beneficiaries, Scots increasingly urge during downturn

Men, the better-off and the young spearhead growing Scottish desire for charity to stay “at home” “Scottish charities should stress local spend and identity to boost domestic donations”, vies nfpSynergy’s BakerAs the economic lull has worn on, the Scottish public has increasingly felt that charitable donations made north of the border should also be spent there, according to new data out today.

Trust in charities bounces back whilst faith in banks wilts

Two thirds (65%) of British adults claim they trust charities, according to latest figures (Nov 2008)This 23 percentage point rise since July 2007 marks the largest increase in trust in any kind of public institutionBanks show nine percentage point slump in public confidence over the same period“Public and voluntary sectors appear trustworthy compared with failing private sector, epitomised by propped-up banks,” touts Saxton“Happily, despite downturn, public probably trusts a

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Online social networking vastly prevalent amongst young people - especially those claiming regular charitable involvement

 Facebook easily the most popular, not least amongst those of university age “Engage with potential young campaigners and donors via their own online social milieu”, says nfpSynergy’s Baker5 out of 6 (83%) of all 11-25 year olds use at least one social networking site, with Facebook easily the most popular - according to data out today. Significantly, those claiming regular involvement with charities, and those of university age, are especially likely to use such online media.

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Charities now drive moral agenda, research shows

Bullying, discrimination and buying the fruits of child labour: amongst activities that society adjudges most immoralCohabitation and sex before marriage: amongst least unethical activities, say public“Charities working at front line of moral relevancy, tackling what public deem to be our ‘modern-day sins’”, claims SaxtonCharities and campaigners are tackling the activities society most deems unethical, whilst issues still vexing many religions have less moral relevancy - according to new data

Number of Scots giving to charity down 8 percentage points year-on-year: Scottish men and the middle-aged notably thrifty

“Recession has made Scots philanthropically cautious” although “dip in giving may have flattened out”, vies nfpSynergy’s BakerThe number of Scottish people claiming they “donated to charity in the last 6 months” has dipped from 79% in April 08 - before the full felt force of the economic downturn - to just 71% in April 09, according to new data out today. Scottish males and the middle-aged (35-64 year olds) seem to have fronted the slump.

Who volunteers? November 2008

This presentation looks at the state of volunteering in the UK, including detailed data from our research, and some suggestions for where volunteering could go next.

Public expects ideal charity to be even more 'supportive' in a recession

“Fantastic opportunity for courageous charities to respond to this public plea”, rallies nfpSynergy’s BakerThe public are keener than ever for charities to be 'supportive', 'sympathetic' and 'responsive', now that the UK has entered recession, according to new data out today: demands that pose an interesting challenge to an already struggling third sector.

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Party conferences of limited use for lobbying, MPs & Peers tell charities

 Last year 1 in 4 MPs didn't even bother going, rising to almost 1 in 3 Labour MPs  "More persuasive to lobby politicians face-to-face in Westminster or at constituency level" says nfpSynergy's Lincoln As the party conference season gets underway, only 13% of MPs and 9% of Peers rate attending such gatherings as one of the best ways for charities to influence them, trailing almost every other lobby tactic - according to a poll out today.

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What charities can learn from the Obama campaign

This presentation, from our 2009 Scottish seminar, examines the 'Obama effect', and the way his election campaign combined new online methods with tried and tested campaigning techniques. It includes examples of his campaigning and fundraising emails, and looks at what charities can learn to use in their own work.

nfpSynergy Scottish charity research

A presentation from our 2009 Scottish seminar looking at which charities have the highest awareness in Scotland, how the Scottish charity sector compares to the UK as a whole, what charities can do to impress MSPs, and more results from our Scottish research.

Critique of the government's "Citizenship Survey"

“Flabby” Government definitions exaggerate volunteering figures Pet-sitting, pub-pointing, child-cheering and picketing could all, officially, count as “volunteering”“Tighter definitions needed to uncover true volunteering levels; and to plan/evaluate Government strategy and investment,” vies nfpSynergy’s BakerLooking after a pet for a friend, pointing out a pub to a stranger, cheering your child at cricket or even joining a picket: these are all countable instances of volunteering according to Government

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