Third Sector and nfpSynergy launch third biennial survey

State of the Voluntary Sector wants charities' views on the challenges they are facing

The views of charities and voluntary organisations on matters such as the recession and the coming general election are being canvassed from today in a survey by Third Sector and research organisation nfpSynergy.

The third biennial State of the Voluntary Sector survey includes questions on subjects ranging from the effectiveness of government initiatives to the provision of public services and the challenges facing fundraisers.

The results of the survey, which closes on Friday 4 December, will be published in January next year in a special feature in Third Sector and on Third Sector Online. Respondents will be entered in a prize draw for Champagne and Amazon vouchers.

Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, said: "We want to take the temperature of the sector at this crucial moment, when a golden decade is fading and a more austere time is setting in.

"The survey will also help us trace how people's views and mood have changed since we last did it two years ago."

Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy, said the survey was an opportunity for people across the sector to give their views on ten years of investment in the sector.

"We want people from organisations large and small, rural and urban, community groups and campaign groups to complete the survey," he said. "It will uncover how a range of sector initiatives are making a difference, and what the big pressures are on organisations."


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