Could the social media silo shrink philanthropy?

The Giving Thought blog from Charities Aid Foundation has an interesting piece ‘Is technology making us care less about each other?‘, with a focus on the “siloing effect” of social media’s echo chamber. Could one of the key motivating factors in philanthropy be eroded: awareness of need?

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Sector tackles challenges in new N Ireland survey

A new survey of third sector organisations in Northern Ireland reveals that they are confident about their prospects, despite a challenging environment and significant decreases in government funding.

The Ulster Bank & CO3 Third Sector Index found that in the last quarter government funding fell for almost a third of those surveyed, and over three quarters saw the operating environment as “very or quite challenging”. The index is based on a quarterly survey of CO3 members.

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The state of the criminal justice sector

Clinks, the body for organisations working with offenders and their families, has published ‘The state of the sector 2016‘ (pdf, 1.5MB).

The executive summary leads with:

The survey responses show that the voluntary sector continues to be diverse – in terms of its size and the services it provides, as well as the geographical locations served. The majority of organisations work either locally or regionally rather than nationally and the majority of organisations are small and employ less than 50 members of staff.

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