Public trust and confidence in charities falls to lowest recorded level

first_img Tagged with: Charity Commission public perception Research / statistics About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 28 June 2016 | News Public trust and confidence in charities falls to lowest recorded level AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis73center_img In response to the findings, NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington commented:“Charities have listened to public concerns and have taken concerted action to ensure that members of the public can have complete confidence in what they do. This year, charities have established a tough new fundraising regulator. A new fundraising preference service means people who have found themselves on a large number of mailing or call lists and feel unable to get off them, or who have relatives in this position, will have a way to opt out. And charities are now working towards ensuring that they always have clear consent before they contact anyone.“Charities are also working to strengthen their governance, including reviewing the sector’s Code of Good Governance practice. They are also working with their representative bodies to explore better ways to explain how they work to ensure the public can have confidence in them.”Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising also commented, saying;“Individual charities understand how vital it is to maintain public support and have responded to concerns over the last year by improving fundraising practice. We have seen charities work to strengthen the connection between donors and the charities they support, and evidence shows that existing donors are choosing to continue supporting their charities. Putting the donors at the heart the way charities fundraise, building long-term relationships between the public and the cause, is a strong basis for rebuilding public trust in the future.”  399 total views,  1 views today  400 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis73 Public trust and confidence in charities has fallen to the lowest recorded level since monitoring began in 2005, according to the Charity Commission.According to a report produced by Populus for the Charity Commission, based on surveys of a representative sample of over 1,000 people and discussions with four focus groups, trust in charities has fallen from 6.7 out of 10 in 2014 to 5.7 this year.Reasons for the decline revealed in the report are: critical media coverage of charity practices, distrust about how charities spend donations, and a lack of knowledge among the public about where their donations go. According to the report, perceptions of aggressive fundraising tactics have also played their part.The five main reasons given for trusting charities less were:Media stories about a charity/charities generally (33%)Media coverage about how charities spend donations (32%)Don’t trust them/ I don’t know where the money goes (21%)They use pressurising techniques, including in fundraising (18%)Too much money is spent on advertising/wages (15%)The report reveals that in terms of trust, 63% of the public’s trust is based on five factors – whether charities make a positive difference to the cause they are working for  (16%), ensure that a reasonable proportion of donations make it to the end cause (13%), are well managed (12%), ensure that their fundraisers are honest and ethical (12%), and make independent decisions to further the cause they work for (10%).Three key issues raised in the report are accountability, management and fundraising. 67% of those questioned thought that charities spend too much of their funds on salaries and administration, up from 58% in 2014. Focus groups participants talked about a perceived lack of progress on many of the causes charities fight for, and a lack of feedback from charities explaining what they have done with donations, something that makes the public less likely to donate.For 9%, the most important factor in their trust and confidence in charities was effective management, with management accounting for 12% of the drivers of trust and confidence.Many also highlighted issues with fundraising techniques, with 74% saying that some fundraising methods make them feel uncomfortable. This has been on the increase since 2010 (60%), reaching 66% in 2014. The public also agreed that high-pressure fundraising techniques such as phone calls and street fundraising made them feel uncomfortable which, in turn, made them feel less inclined to give money.The report also showed that although most be people agreed that charities are regulated either fairly or very effectively, trust and confidence in the Charity Commission fell from 6 to 5.5.Sarah Atkinson, director of policy & communications, said:“A fall in trust is not unexpected after a very difficult year for charities. The public wants to see charities explain more and account better for how they manage and spend their money. There are positive signs in the sector already, with a new fundraising regulator, a new Charities Act, and with many charities responding positively to the challenge to address public concerns. But there is more work to do to win back trust.” Advertisementlast_img read more


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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Man in Father’s Boca Raton Killing

first_imgState prosecutors have announced they are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of stabbing and strangling his father while he was sleeping in a Boca Raton parking garage last month.A notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Jared Noiman was filed Thursday.The police report states that Noiman was “covered in blood” when officers stopped him in Delray Beach several hours after the murder. He “claimed to have been in an altercation in Boca Raton.”The document continues, “Noiman would not elaborate on who was involved in the altercation and did not wish to report a crime.”He was subsequently arrested on a charge of driving without a license and taken into custody. Investigators said at the time there was no probable cause to charge him with the killing.However, Noiman went to the Boca Raton Police Department the next day and confessed to killing his father.“He said the two lived together out of his father’s vehicle and they slept in the parking garage at One Ocean Plaza,” according to police. “Noiman said he did not like the way his father treated him and he started having thoughts about killing him. Noiman continued his statement with a detailed description of how he stabbed his father and then strangled him while he was sleeping in the parking garage.”The notice of intent cites the crime as being “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel.”Read the notice of intent here:last_img read more

Selects send message to rest of zone with lopsided win at Creston Blitz tourney

first_imgThe Nelson Selects looked good in a tune up for the Kootenay Zone Playoffs by sweeping away the competition in the U14 Boy’s Division of the Creston Blitz Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in the East Kootenay City.The Selects, defeating Columbia Valley 4-0 in the Final, outscored the opposition 17-1 in the tournament.Micah May and Sam Woodward, jumping on a rebound from a James Miller shot, scored late in the first half to give Nelson all the goals it would need.May and Nolan Percival completed the scoring in the second half.“This was a dominant performance by Nelson over the team that knocked them out at provincial playdowns last season,” said coach Dan Szabo.
Trevor Giles registered the shutout in goal for Nelson.The Selects host the Kootenay Zone playdowns June 11-12 at Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.The Selects opened the tourney with two wins Saturday, overcoming very poor field conditions.Spencer Szabo scored three times to lead the Nelson past Kootenay East of Cranbrook 4-0. Percival had the other goal.Nelson then advanced to the final with a one-sided 9-1 rout of Kootenay South.The Selects were no match for Kootenay South, scoring the first goal a minute into the contest. Nelson added two more goals before the five-minute mark.Percival, U13 call-up Quinn Dawson and May each scored twice while Nicholas Wethal, Galen Boulanger and Szabo added singles.Four teams, including Nelson, Columbia Valley, Kootenay East and Kootenay South, will meet for the Kootenay title.The winner represents the zone at the B.C. Provincial B Cup in July. The tourney is hosted in [email protected]last_img read more

Teams book tickets to Soccer Championship Finals

first_imgThe finalists are set in Nelson Soccer Playoffs.In Mallard’s Men’s Open, Oso Negro will try to knock off defending champion Hume Innkeepers after the squad outlasted Old Dogs 5-2 in semi-final action Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch. Hume, which defeated Old Dogs last season to clinch the title, had an easy time reaching the final after blasting Nelson Selects 5-0.In Ladies League, Red Dog shutout Wink Wink Wild Cats 3-0 to advance to the final against Yom Chi Ninjas.The Ninjas edged Dirty Dozen 1-0.Meanwhile, in Jackson’s Hole Masters Men, regular season champion Bia Boro shutout Retallack 2-0 while Jackson’s hole advanced to the final with a 3-0 victory over Ted Allen’s.Mallard’s Men’s Open Final goes Saturday at Lakeside while the Ladies and Masters Men Championship Games are set for Sunday.last_img read more

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