FUNDRAISING NEWS: Survey shows schools willing to donate more

JOHN PLUMMER

A new NOP survey has paved the way for improved schools-based giving by revealing that pupils and teachers want to increase charitable activity.

The study, funded by The Giving Campaign, shows 57 per cent of young people aged 11 to 16 want to do more for charity through their schools even though 80 per cent already give money to a cause that they think is "OK".

Teachers harbour equally positive sentiments towards fundraising with 82 per cent recognising it as a popular activity within their school and 73 per cent saying they would welcome a national event celebrating giving and community action.

Plans for such an event are already under way with the launch of Giving Nation, a Giving Campaign initiative that through the citizenship curriculum promotes giving as a concept and explores the role played by charities.

Amanda Delew, director of the Giving Campaign, said: "The results of the survey are encouraging for charities which raise funds in schools and the sector in general. Clearly young people are interested in charity and are positive about getting involved.

"Giving Nation will build on this enthusiasm, providing young people with a framework to consider charity and their role as givers. It will provide a focus for charity in the classroom and could give a boost to fundraising in schools."

Letters promoting Giving Nation have been sent to every school in the UK. Those that respond will receive a free schools pack with guidance on how to run a Giving Nation event.

Minister for Young People Ivan Lewis said: "This survey demonstrates there is a wealth of enthusiasm and goodwill among young people keen to play a positive role in the life of their communities.

"Giving Nation provides an ideal opportunity for them to explore their interest in charity work, develop their potential and get involved to make a positive difference."

The research supports the findings of a previous survey in March that revealed 65 per cent of seven to 16 year olds had handed over money to charity within the past six months.

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