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Major donors need to take risks if charities are to tackle social problems

Major donors need to take risks if charities are to tackle social problems | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Foundations that go beyond plugging funding gaps to finance innovation help tackle the root causes of social problems

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Article cites findings from the ESRC part-funded Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

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Economist Finds Formula for the 'Perfect Ask' in Online Fundraising

Going it alone and setting targets are part of the ‘perfect ask’ fundraising formula to generate the most online donations for charity events, according to research.


Economist Professor Kimberley Scharf, from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, led a team who analysed data from the online fundraising site JustGiving to discover what determines fundraising success.

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The article references research from the ESRC-funded CAGE at the University of Warwick

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Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising

Going it alone and setting targets are part of the 'perfect ask' fundraising formula to generate the most online donations for charity events, according to research.

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This article cites research by the ESRC-funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy at the University of Warwick.

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Northern Rock Foundation CEO calls for more data about foundation giving

Northern Rock Foundation CEO calls for more data about foundation giving | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Collecting and analysing more data about foundation giving at a local level is "imperative", the chief executive of the Northern Rock Foundation has said.

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The report was produced with the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy, which is an ESRC funded centre.


This article appeared in the press on 2 May 2014.

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Charities should trust volunteers’ fundraising expertise - UK Fundraising

Charities should trust volunteers’ fundraising expertise - UK Fundraising | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The fundraising expertise of thousands of volunteers is being overlooked by charities, according to research presented at the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science.


The majority of charities in the UK (53%) have no paid employees, while a further 30% have fewer than 10.  Therefore, 130,000 charities around Britain rely on untrained volunteers to raise money.

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Article refers to an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Economist finds formula for the "perfect ask" in online fundraising

Economist finds formula for the "perfect ask" in online fundraising | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Going it alone and setting targets are part of the "perfect ask" fundraising formula to generate the most online donations for charity events, according to research. Are there business lessons to be drawn from this?

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Article discusses research from CAGE at the University of Warwick.

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Subsidising social inequality

Subsidising social inequality | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place. If the complete abolition of private schools in Scotland appears unlikely at present, however, the removal of their charitable status is a moral necessity."

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The article cites findings of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.


Article originall published on 6 September 2014.

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Scientists back widow's mite theory

Scientists back widow's mite theory | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In a study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, set out to explore whether people who earn a higher income are more likely to give when placed in an environment in which earnings depend on luck, but not in a manner that makes its contribution obvious to them.


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The study, by researchers at the University of Southampton, was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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