New CGAP Research

The idea of “charity deserts”

Geographical maps of the distribution of registered charities have occasionally led to suggestions that there are "charity deserts", areas which have very few charities, but what does the evidence suggest? Work by John Mohan and Rose Lindsey in Spoke 2 of CGAP is investigating this issue by tracking flows of charitable funds into and out of areas with contrasting socioeconomic circumstances. Case-studies are being undertaken in two areas which, though only a few miles apart within the same local authority, are in very different positions in socioeconomic terms, one being among the 20% most deprived areas in the country and the other being in the 20% most prosperous. Findings show that there are important contrasts in terms of the mix of charities, their resource base (in particular the degree of dependence on statutory funding and the reliance on professional staffing drawn from outside the community), the extent to which they can draw on support from neighbouring areas, and the availability of the right quantity and quality of voluntary resources in a context of substantial reductions in public funds. This research raises questions about whether all communities are in a position to benefit from policies introduced under the banner of the “big society”.

Rose Lindsey presented a paper based on initial findings from this work at the recent NCVO/VSSN conference. Read ‘Exploring local hotspots and deserts:  investigating the local distribution of charitable resources’ (pdf)

Read more on “charity deserts” on the CGAP website.

New working paper series

CGAP’s Tom McKenzie and Peter Backus have launched a new working paper which explores the relationship between charitable expenditure and levels of household giving at the local level.
Read 'CGAP working paper 1: The market for charity in England and Wales' (pdf)

New Family Foundation research

Family foundation Giving 2011 will be launched in November. Read the previous editions on the CGAP website and see details of the new annual report in November’s newsletter.

Media overload and the role of ‘disaster porn’

Beth Breeze’s latest blog provides an update on her research on the use of images in fundraising for the homeless.

Read Kent Philanthropy – a blog about philanthropy research

Special issue of Public Management Review

Jenny Harrow and Tobias Jung have been editing a special issue of Public Management Review (PMR) on Philanthropy and Public Policy. The special issue explores the multiple ways in which philanthropic action engages with, supports and challenges public management and policy. It will be published in December.  
Public Management Review website

Conferences
NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference 2011

CGAP researchers presented in a session entitled ‘Aspects of Giving and Philanthropy’ at the NCVO/VSSN Conference on 7thSeptember 2011.
Tobias Jung presented findings from CGAP’s donor cultivation research project at the ‘Aspects of Giving and Philanthropy’ session. The research project, co-produced by CGAP with Arts & Business Scotland, has led to the development of a reflective practice framework for donor cultivation. The framework is now being explored with a range of arts organisations in Scotland, and will shortly be available as a CGAP Occasional Paper. To read it first follow us on twitter @givingcentre

Presentation ‘Developing a Culture of Giving? Donor cultivation in theory and practice’ (pdf)

ERNOP 2011

John Mohan gave an invited plenary lecture to the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) conference in Vienna, on “Foundations of the “big society”: charity deserts, the civic core, and the impacts of deficit reduction policies”, see the presentation (pdf).

Other CGAP researchers presented at the conference. Beth Breeze and Iain Wilkinson were joined by Theo Schuyt and Barbara Gouwenberg for ‘Does public policy make sense in promoting philanthropic funding?’ (pdf), and ‘Letting go of the past and going for the future? Community foundations’ responses to the changing socio-political landscape across the United Kingdom’ (pdf)by Jenny Harrow, Tobias Jung and Susan Phillips was presented by Tobias Jung.
 
Reminder: International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Call for Papers

CGAP are hosting a Special Track on Philanthropy, Public Services, Policy: ‘New’ Localism and ‘Big Societies’ at the 2012 IRSPM conference in Rome. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1stOctober.
Read the call for papers (pdf)

Upcoming Events
September

16th September Museums Galleries Scotland conference 2011‘Collaborating to Compete’. Hannah Pavey will be presenting donor cultivation research from the CGAP and Arts and Business Scotland project (see above).
20th September CGAP/Arts and Business Masterclass ‘Getting your Board on Board’ University of Edinburgh Business School. Masterclass programme (pdf)
October
12th October Westminster Briefing The House Magazine. ‘Investigating the Future for Charitable Giving and Fundraising: The Implications of the Giving White Paper’
18th October ACF Conference for funders, London. Cathy is presenting new research on the scope and scale of international development funding by UK trusts and foundations, commissioned jointly by the Nuffield, Paul Hamlyn and Baring Foundations.
19thOctober 5.30-6pm ‘The Art of Refusal: the experiences of Grant Makers and Grant Seekers’ (pdf). Launch of new research at Cass Business School, London, which was funded by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) at Cass’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) and looks into the experiences of grant makers’ and grant seekers’ communications at the point of grant refusal. The report by Jenny Harrow and Jon Fitzmaurice sets out a new series of guidelines to help charities reduce the time spent on unsuccessful applications.  To register for this free event please contact Rachel Rachel.cgap@city.ac.uk
November
2nd November 11am-1pm ESRC Festival of Social Science. CGAP will be hosting an event entitled ‘Co-producing Research: working together or falling apart’ at Cass Business School. Further details Registration available on the CGAP website soon.
4th November ESRC Festival of Social Science. CGAP will be hosting ‘Sustainability reporting for third sector organisations’ in Edinburgh. See the ESRC website for further details
15th November EAPG Roundtable‘Women and Philanthropy: what advisors and charities need to know about this influential group’
17-19 November ARNOVA conference, Toronto. CGAP will be leading a colloquium on the theme of ‘A Critical Discussion on Philanthropy: topics, themes, trajectories’.
22 November NAVCA Annual Conference, London. Information and booking form (pdf)
24 November NCVO Sustainable Funding Conference. Cathy will be joining the discussion on online giving ‘Giving 2.0: who gives and why’
December-February
1 December 2011 Innovation Lecture Series, Massey University, New Zealand. Eleanor Shaw is giving a keynote lecture entitled ‘From Entrepreneurial to Social Innovation: the role of philanthropy’. Read More (pdf)
11-13 February 2012 IRSPM conference. CGAP are hosting a philanthropy track at the 2012 conference. See the call for papers (pdf).

Around Philanthropy

Innovation in Giving Fund launched

The Innovation in Giving Fund was launched by the Office for Civil Society on 7thSeptember. The £10 million fund will award grants to innovative ideas that have the potential to increase the giving of time or money. The fund will be managed by NESTA more information and application details are available from the NESTA website

Spring

The Big Society Network’s  programme for innovation in giving will be launched soon.
Read more on the Big Society Network website

Pathways through participation

The final report of Pathways through Participation has been launched today, this explores how a range of social actions, including giving to charity, are encouraged and maintained.
Read the report (pdf)and the summary report (pdf)
For further information on the project see the Pathways through participation website

Fundraising from Philanthropy in European Universities
‘Giving in Evidence: Fundraising from Philanthropy in European Universities’ is the first study of the scope and effectiveness of fundraising from philanthropy for research in universities across the European Union. Based on a survey of 164 universities in 24 countries, the study was funded by the European Commission and written by Beth Breeze and Iain Wilkinson at the University of Kent, who also work within CGAP, with colleagues from VU University in Amsterdam.
Read Giving in Evidence: Fundraising from Philanthropy in European Universities (pdf)

Articles
Cathy’s third sector column
Read Cathy’s Third Sector column following the English riots.
Cathy Pharoah: Youth causes can be a hard ask, but a tax break for donations might help
 



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