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Government’s own data shows no upward trend in volunteering since 2001

No evidence that targeting of young, old or other priority groups has been successful“Disappointing, given significant public funding”; “better research needed into what does and doesn’t work”, vies SaxtonLevels of at-least-once-a-month volunteering – the frequency deemed most relevant by Government - were steady across 2001-2008, with no discernable trend up or down, according to the Government’s own latest figures (slide 4, attached).

Research shows effective lobbying requires voluntary income

Financially independent charities most likely to engage with, and impress, MPsTop 30 MP-impressing UK charities’ average voluntary income is 61%, against 38% sector-wide averageOnly 5 of Top 30 MP-impressing UK charities have less than the sector-wide average (but still have large voluntary incomes)“Thriving and effectual voluntary sector requires independent income,” vies SaxtonCharities whose voluntary funding has given them significant financial independence from gover

Public trust in charities slumps nine points, 2006-2007

Scarce 2 in 5 British adults claim they trust British charities, according to latest figures (July 2007)Only the BBC and the Banks seem to have taken a bigger institutional batteringLower social grades (DEs), 55-64 year olds and those in Yorks/North East spearhead dip in confidenceSector should adopt “clear communications strategy” and stop being “ostrich-like”, counsels SaxtonPublic trust in charities slumped 9 percentage points (from 51% to 42%) between Sept 2006 and July 2007,

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Who volunteers? Volunteering trends 2000-2007

This briefing looks at some results from nfpSynergy's Charity Awareness Monitor to analyse volunteering trends over the last 7 years. While volunteering levels have remained fairly constant, the demographics of volunteers have changed.

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Unlocking potential; How offenders, former offenders and their families can contribute to a more effective Criminal Justice System

The Clinks Taskforce was set up to identify ways in which offenders, former offenders and their families can make a positive contribution to the policies, services and practices that affect them, both in prison and the community. It was formed in part because of recognition that in other fields of work, services are known to be more effective when users are consulted about how they should be developed and delivered.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

This report was written in collaboration with the Fundraising Standards Board, and it looks at the public's perceptions of charity direct mail, and how charities can work with these.

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The 21st Century Donor

This report is the conclusion of several years of work by nfpSynergy researching and understanding donors in a whole variety of guises. We hope that the report will enable charities of all sizes to think about the future and the fundraising strategies they will need to maximise income so as to meet the challenges ahead.

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Getting the Message Across

Not for profit think-tank nfpSynergy has teamed up with The ImpACT Coalition to produce a free, short, practical report and guide that will empower charities to formulate and communicate simple messages, including pithy pub facts, needed to dispel a range of debilitating misperceptions their stakeholders may have, both about themselves and the wider third sector.

The 21st Century Volunteer

Although volunteers began as the heart and soul of the voluntary sector, the rise of professional fundraising and the professionalisation of the sector as a whole over the past few decades have resulted in the role of volunteers often being downplayed. However, the important role played by volunteers, and therefore volunteer managers, is again coming to the fore.

Ten tips for lobbying MPs - nfpSynergy

nfpSynergy has a wealth of back-data regarding MPs' opinions of charities and their campaigns, comments from those who work in this area and experience of the sector. This has enabled us to compile a report containing ten tips, which extract the most salient issues to emerge from our research, to help you in your future charity campaigns and lobbying.

Share giving-sheer indifference, March 2004

A research report on the use of share giving by charities, a policy introduced in April 2000 which allows individuals to give shares and offset the value of the shares sold against their income tax liability and reduce their capital gains tax liability. This report is the result of research into the ways that charities are using share giving (alongside Gift Aid, covered in a separate report) and their success in promoting it.

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Disgusted or delighted? What does concern the public about charities? March 2004

A representative sample of the UK population was asked to think about charities and the work that they do and pick up to five issues from a prompted list that they found 'off-putting, worrying or irritating'. The biggest single response was 'concerns about the amount that goes to the charity' - 68% and only 5% of respondents said nothing irritated or concerned them.

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Touch and Go: The internet, digital TV and mobile telephony as tools for maximising the impact of charities

This report aims to help voluntary organisations better understand the nature of the current technological revolution and plan for the future accordingly. A key theme runs through the report; new communications technologies, including the internet, digital TV and mobile telephones, allow charities to do more with less, to punch above their weight, to reach new audiences, develop new services and to remorselessly achieve their goals more effectively.

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