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"Unsung heroes of social capital”: Charity donors give more than mere money

“Of course volunteers are active citizens - but so are donors,” insists Saxton“Fundraisers should use indicators of social capital to identify likely donors”, urges SaxtonPeople who donate to charity are also significantly more likely than non-donors to boost “social capital” through greater involvement with local communities - according to new researchLeading not for profit sector think tank and research consultancy nfpSynergy’s Charity Awareness Monitor surveys a representative sample of 1000 16

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MPs advise charities on high-impact, cost-effective lobbying

Build rapport with priority MPs and mobilise public to lobby them locally, parliamentarians tell cash-conscious charities“Avoid the scattergun; think targeted, personal and local,” think tank counsels Over half (55%) of MPs say “building a relationship with 10 key MPs” is the most effective way to spend a limited lobbying budget, with just 3% and 2%, respectively, advising using constrained resources to hire a public affairs agency or run a party conference fringe event - according to figures out today.

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Public put off more by how a charity spends its money than how it raises it

Top public charitable gripes: amount actually going to causes, and amount spent on adminPublic least perturbed by charities campaigning for change“Sector must reassure public that income reaches causes and that costs are relatively low and necessary,” vies SaxtonThe public is more put off by how a charity spends its income than how it generates it - according to new research out today.

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Restricted vs Unrestricted Income Survey

In one of our newsletters, we asked readers to complete a survey giving us their views on restricted and unrestricted income. We've taken the results from the survey, turned them into charts and created a pdf of the results.

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"Innovation rules!" A roadmap to creativity and innovation for not-for profit organisations

Too few people have specifically addressed the voluntary sector's potential for innovation and the voluntary sector is often left feeling that the only time they can afford the luxury of innovation is when a funder specifically asks for it. It is our hope that this report will provide charities with a greater understanding about what innovation could do for them on a day-to-day basis.

Public dramatically overestimate charity admin and fundraising costs - but are more tolerant of the latter

Marked increased in public willingness for charities to invest in fundraising to boost future income“Charities need to better explain the true level of, and rationale for, all their costs,” vies Saxton“Charities should talk about ‘necessary management’, rather than ‘administration’,” Saxton addsThe public are dramatically overestimating charities’ admin and fundraising costs but are more tolerant of the latter - according to new research out today (see the figures by downloading file)

Paid or unpaid? That is the question. Or how the public is more likely to think that trustees are paid than fundraisers

A representative sample of the UK population was asked to identify which of a variety of groups involved with charities was paid or unpaid. The results showed that while the public was right about whether directors and chief executives were paid (around 90% thought they were definitely or probably paid) far less accuracy was seen for trustees and fundraisers (only 8% thought trustees were definitely unpaid and only 6% thought fundraisers were definitely paid).

HQ Imperialism or Regional Barons?

This study represents a snapshot of how well charities' Regional-HQ relationships are functioning, according to charity employees. The aim of this study was to develop some hard data on this important issue - the first public study of its kind in the UK that we are aware of.

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