New fact sheet will help charity workers tackle common myths about the sector

The Directory of Social Change says it hopes the publication will be particularly helpful for voluntary sector staff in conversations over the Christmas period

A fact sheet that will help charity workers deal with many of the most common myths about charities has been published online.

The policy and publishing charity the Directory of Social Change has produced #CharityFacts to arm charity staff and volunteers with information to challenge misconceptions about the voluntary sector. 

The document contains nine facts, including "charities don't pester people for money", "charities don't spend your donation on big salaries" and "charities spend your donation on the cause" alongside supportive statistics and arguments.

Jay Kennedy, director of policy and research at the DSC, said #CharityFacts would be particularly useful at Christmas gatherings when conversations "wander into the weeds of uninformed opinion".

Kennedy added: "There’s no shortage of opinions flying around about charities and fundraising, which either aren’t true or massively lack context.

"#CharityFacts gives people working or volunteering in the sector a simple and easy-to-read set of arguments and information in one place."

Kennedy said the DSC decided to call it #Charity Facts rather than something along the lines of "myth-buster" because it wanted to adopt an affirmative and educational tone rather than a confrontational one.

The document is available here.

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