Experts contribute to new Lords' report on charity

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Researchers based at the University’s Centre for Philanthropy have had an input to a new report on charities from a House of Lords committee.

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities report, entitled Stronger charities for a stronger society, draws on written and oral evidence from Dr Beth Breeze and Dr Eddy Hogg.

The report, which emphasises the crucial role of charity as ‘the eyes, ears and conscience of society’, has been warmly welcomed by charity leaders across the UK.

Evidence from Dr Breeze and Dr Hogg helped inform recommendations relating to the importance of covering core costs incurred by charities and to the need for caution on proposals that charities should help to fund the Charity Commission.

They also provided evidence on the role of social media in enabling fundraising by smaller and less popular charitable causes and the importance of trust in charities.

The report contains 100 conclusions and recommendations designed to help charities respond to diverse pressures resulting from economic, social and technological change, with the overall goal of enabling charities to have greater confidence in successfully achieving their missions.

The Centre for Philanthropy is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.