Charity income and independence, public service contracts, the government’s record and the regulation of fundraising are among the questions in Third Sector’s biennial State of the Sector survey, launched today.
The survey, run with the research consultancy nfpSynergy, is intended to assess how sector professionals view recent developments and current conditions in charities and voluntary organisations as the 2015 general election approaches.
The survey was last published in 2012, when it showed the sector struggling to come to terms with a funding environment that had changed completely after spending cuts by the coalition government.
"A great deal has happened in the past two years," said Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector. "There are some who say that the sector is coming to terms with a new reality, but others who are less sanguine.
"We want to obtain an evidenced view of the situation from those involved in the day-to-day running of charities, so we’re urging readers to click on the link and take a few minutes to let us know what they think."
Joe Saxton, head of nfpSynergy, said the survey was a barometer of how attitudes and priorities in the sector were changing over time. "One of its main strengths is that many of the questions were asked in earlier years, so we’re able to make clear comparisons," he said.