Sector research update

Papers presented to the recent 2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference (8th/9th September) are now available on Google Drive. There is also an NCVO Storify of conference activity.

The Association of Charitable Foundations has published ‘Giving Trends Top 300 Foundation Grant-Makers 2015′. The total grants given in the year to March 2014 has increased, but is still 14 per cent lower than pre-recession levels, new research shows. Civil Society News coverage or go to ACF publication page for download link (pdf, 381KB).

A few readers may be interested in the state of ‘Corporate-NGO partnerships‘, as defined by the latest C&E Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer, which was started 6 years ago. The headline summary (pdf, 1.3MB) is:

For charities, cash remains king, but innovation and access to contacts become more important. For corporates, reputation and credibility reign supreme.