24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “This is a major issue for charities, which can only be addressed by changing the culture of giving which includes the need for charities to be much more transparent about what they do and the impact they have. Thecurrent lack of transparency in many areas in the sector is making it harder to reverse this long term decline in giving. Greater transparency will lead, we believe, to increased support for charities from donors and enhanced confidence in us”, said Ainger.Many charities were also failing to take advantage of the tax incentives currently provided by government. Mr Ainger said: “It is a scandal that only about a third of voluntary giving is tax effective. We must all seek to ensure that the government’s tax concessions are fully used.” Stephen Ainger also emphasised that the voluntary sector should build on itssuccesses.“Receipts in payroll giving, for instance, have grown by 118% since 1999. The government’s 10% supplement has clearly had a positive effect on this figure and the number of employers offering schemes has doubled from 5,000 to 10,000 over the last five years. Any plan to end the supplement at thisstage would be short-sighted.”Mr Ainger noted that public sector funding of voluntary organisations had now reached 40%, with some parts of the charity sector receiving well over 50% of all their funds from central and local government.“Charities need to examine how this growth in government funding might affect the behaviour of donors. Once again, transparency is central as it will be important that donors fully understand why some charities are publicly funded through contracts to this extent. Also, we need ensure thatthe initiatives and programmes of charities, which receive substantial government funding, are not dominated by a government agenda.” Despite a recent upturn, giving to charity has fallen by 25% as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP) over the last decade, according to Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).Speaking at the CAF annual conference today,Stephen Ainger, Chief Executive, highlighted the funding challenges facing the voluntary sector.Total individual giving declined year on year in the 1990’s and only startedto rise with the growth in more professional fundraising, and the introduction of new tax incentives in 2000. However, giving is still not increasing in line with the growth in the economy. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics Howard Lake | 13 November 2003 | News Charitable giving “down 25% over the last decade”, say CAF AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.