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Child issues dominate top public concerns tackled by charities

5 of the top 10 of a wide range of issues of greatest public concern that are tackled by charities are child-relatedPublic seemingly least naturally concerned about issue of sensory impairment, and the impact of drink“Public worries about children and young people from a variety of angles, fuelled by media delivering related stories,” vies nfpSynergy’s Joe SaxtonHalf the ‘top ten’ of a wide range of issues of greatest public concern that are tackled by charities are child-related - according to new data

Most MPs embrace business support for political parties, but say such backing from charities should remain banned

Labour MPs least keen on businesses supporting political parties, being completely split down the middle on the issueLabour MPs keenest on charities supporting political parties, although still broadly against it“The government review of red tape should see a re-analysis of the restrictions placed on charities, so they can join businesses in advancing their agendas in the way they - with trustees’ and supporters’ backing - see fit,” says nfpSynergy’s SaxtonMost MPs believe that businesses should b


New people still to write wills afford charities the largest legacy potential

Young, single and childless who have still to write wills are amongst those most amenable to charity legacy-giving Those most amenable to legacy-giving are also most open to letting a charity draft their will for free (no obligation to give)“Charities should especially target younger legacy-givers to help create a culture of legacy-giving,” vies nfpSynergy People yet to write a will comprise a larger potential new legacy market for charities than those who have already written one currently without a bequ

Scottish Charity Presentations 2010

This presentation includes three talks on the day - highlights of our work in Scotland, how much do people trust charities and how to create a powerful charity brand.

Will the ‘Big Society’ agenda be split down party lines?

Public support for specific charitable 'causes' varies significantly, depending on political outlookOverall level of public giving/volunteering is 'party neutral'"Interesting to see how differences in different parties' supporter's specific charitable sympathies might sway coalition policy, as the Big Society unfolds," nfpSynergy commentsSupport for specific charitable causes varies with political outlook, according to  out today

Understanding Misunderstood Youth

nfpSynergy has created this report to contribute to the knowledge of charities, policy makers and community organisations work¬ing to support young people involved with and affected by street violence, explore the facts about young people’s involvement in street violence and identify the groups most at risk and examine the solutions proposed by charities and not-for-profit organisations working to sup¬port young people with their needs and aspirations to prevent them becoming offenders.

State of the Third Sector in 2009

The third sector is poised for huge changes. There is an upcoming general election, government budgets are about to shrink, and the economy remains fragile.


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.


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


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.


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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