MPs back calls for tighter fundraising rules says research

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Melanie May | 23 December 2015 | News Negative media coverage of fundraising practices means that the majority of MPs across all parties (63%) now support tighter regulations, according to the nfpSynergy Charity Parliamentary Monitor.The research surveyed 150 MPs in October, and found that 63% of MPs across all parties think stricter rules are needed. Half (49%) also think that it is a necessary move even if it results in charities raising less money, while 62% also agree that Parliament should be doing more to scrutinise charities and their activities.The research also indicates that MPs’ broader perceptions of charities have been affected by last summer’s negative media coverage. 43% of MPs overall say they find it harder to trust charities as a result of recent media stories, with 26% of MPs less likely to support charity campaigns in Parliament.Only 24% of those surveyed felt charities had defended and explained their fundraising practices well, while 23% said they had received a substantial number of complaints about fundraising practices from their constituents.Public opinion seems to mirror that of MPs according to further October research by nfpSynergy: the Charity Awareness Monitor, which regularly surveys a representative sample of 1,000 adults aged 16+.  According to this report, 71% of the general public also think that tighter regulation is needed even if it means that charities raise less money, while 68% of those surveyed thought that charities and their activities should come under closer scrutiny from Parliament. 30% thought charities have done a good job of defending and explaining their fundraising practices in light of negative media coverage.Tim Harrison, nfpSynergy director of tracking research said:“It’s worrying to see that recent media coverage of fundraising scandals has had such a negative impact on how MPs see charities. Public trust in charities has fallen this year, and it’s now clear that MPs from all parties are keen to respond to this by backing a crackdown on invasive fundraising practices.”  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img 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 www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: governance Research / statistics MPs back calls for tighter fundraising rules says researchlast_img read more

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Nominate Vermont’s Outstanding Businesses for the Deane C Davis Award

first_imgThe application is available online at www.vermontbiz.com/dcd, or on the Vermont Chamber Business EXPO website (www.vtexpo.com(link is external)).  The application deadline for the Deane C. Davis Award is March 13, 2009.Nominations may come from the business itself, another business, a government agency, or an interested individual.  Named for former Governor Deane C. Davis (1900 1990), the Award annually honors a Vermont business that demonstrates an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of Vermont s unique qualities.The award criteria for this Award are as follows:· Growth in sales or employment· Commitment of company resources for participation in community projects· Encouragement of employees to be involved in community events· Recognition of the importance of the environment to the state as a natural and economic resource· Addressing employee concerns/needs to create a positive work environment for all employees· Major accomplishment(s) in the past year in any or all of the criteria· Nominated businesses must have been based in Vermont for at least 10 yearsA Selection Committee nominates the three finalists and then quietly selects the recipient. Even the finalists themselves do not know who the winner is until it is announced by Governor James Douglas at the EXPO opening ceremonies.  Antonia Opitz, Vermont Chamber Events Director, noted, The process leading up to this award makes it even more prestigious, in light of the added suspense and excitement in anticipation of the announcement.Award winners from past years include Symquest Group, Inc., (2007); Cabot Creamery (1999);  and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (1994).Please contact Antonia Opitz at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce with any questions ([email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802) 223-0603). ###In business since 1912, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business organization with 1,500 members, collectively employing 45,000 people, representing all sectors of the state s economy.  Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Vermont Business Magazine, published since 1972, is the state’s first and only statewide business to business publication. It is also the publisher of the Vermont Manufacturers Directory & Guide to Major Businesses, the Book of Lists and the annual glossy magazine for all high school students, NextUp, Your Guide to Life after High School in VT. Nominations are now being accepted for the 19th Annual Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine.  The winner will be unveiled during the May 20, 2009, opening ceremony of the region s largest business-to-business trade show, the annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO.  Three award finalists will be profiled in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine.last_img read more

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