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Talk to MPs early and often in election run-up, new report urges charities

Regular personal contact and credible campaigns key to getting politicians’ attention and supportIt is vital for charities to talk to MPs early, often and about credible campaigns, according to a new report out today. ‘Nine campaign tactics for charities to consider before a General Election’ is written by research consultancy nfpSynergy and urges charities to act quickly and effectively.

A short briefing on corporate gift aid

Corporate Gift Aid was reformed in the year 2000 to provide a tax benefit for the company making the donation. Prior to this, charities had been able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations made by companies.


The Politics of Charities

As the Lobbying Bill trundles through Parliament, the nightmare of charities being severely limited in politically representing their beneficiaries threatens to become a reality. So what exactly do the public think about charities having the right to lobby?

Public happy for charities to lobby in Westminster

Majority of MPs wary of charities ‘being political’, journalists more neutralMore than half (58%) of the public agreed ‘charities should be able to campaign to change laws and government policies relevant to their work’, while only 10% disagreedJust 4% said that a charity’s campaigning to change the law put them off donating, compared with 62% who would be put off by ‘too little money going to the cause’When we asked 157 MPs about what it means to them for a charity to ‘be political’, 78% of Conservative MPs said it was a negative thing2

Volunteering at Christmas has real potential for growth, new research suggests

Volunteering at Christmas has real potential for growth, new research suggestsMore than a quarter of people (28%) plan to volunteer over the Christmas period this year (slide 2)Charities are set to be the biggest recipients of Christmas volunteering time (12%), ahead of Churches and community organisations (both 9%) (slide 2)The most popular reason for volunteering is existing volunteers carrying on over Christmas, but only a third of people said this (36%) (slide 3)Other major motivations included a third of people (32%) who feel Christ

The 12 Insights of Christmas

As it's the season of goodwill, we're giving away The 12 Insights of Christmas. They look at some of the key issues facing the charity sector and include research, interviews and advice from charities and from us.

‘Too little money going to the cause’ remains people’s top reason for not donating

More than half of people now concerned about high staff salaries and are unclear on how donations are spentPeople’s most common reason for not giving to charity is “too little money going to the cause” (62%) (slide 2)“Too much being spent on staff salaries” is now the second most common reason for not donating on 53%, up 6% from last year.

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