Joe Saxton

Joe Saxton

Driver of ideas, nfpSynergy

Joe Saxton is driver of ideas at nfpSynergy, an organisation which conducts market research on behalf of the non-profit sector.

He first became involved with the sector at the age of 14 by volunteering for Save the Whales and got his first paid role as a co-ordinator for the Harambee Centre for Development and Education, Cambridge, before joining Oxfam as a fundraiser in 1988.

In the early 90s he divided his time between the charity sector and the private sector, as a trustee for the RSPCA and an account director at marketing agency EHS Brann. In 1997, the RNID hired Saxton to be its director of communications. He finished there in 2000, and moved on to the Future Foundation, a think-tank that specialises in consumer and business trends.

In 2003, he launched nfpSynergy as a subsidiary of the Future Foundation, and later led a management buyout.

From 2005 to 2008 Saxton chaired the Institute of Fundraising and since 2005 he has been chair of student campaign body People & Planet.  In 2007 he founded CharityComms, a membership body for communications professionals working in the sector.  He is also a member of the Office of the Third Sector Advisory Group.

Saxton has a zoology degree and a Masters in development from UEA.

He has published a number of books; Its Competition, But Not As We Know It? (1997), What Are Charities For? (1998), Polishing the Diamond (2002), Mission Impossible (2004), The 21st Century Volunteer (2005), The 21st Century Donor (2007).

 

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Lord Grade ‘nuclear option’ does not exist, says Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has said it cannot de-register charities for breaches of fundraising practice, after the chair of the Fundraising Regulator threatened it last week - prompting angry responses from within the sector.

Fundraisers remain concerned about how FPS will work

Sector representatives have said that they have ongoing concerns about how the Fundraising Preference Service will work, following the publication of the working group’s recommendations last week.

Fundraising sector worried by proposed 'Fundraising Preference Service'

The wider fundraising sector has offered mixed responses to the recommendations of the Etherington Review, with particular concern reserved for recommendations which could limit contact with donors.

Invest in people and long-term strategy to grow awareness and income, says free report

Raising awareness and strategic planning are key to growing income through fundraising, according to a report published today by nfpSynergy.

Wouldn't it better if at least some of this wrath on charity Chief Exec salaries was redirected to low pay in the sector, including ensuring charities consistently pay staff the living wage and avoid using the bad practice of zero hours contracts?

» Shawcross slams charity chief exec pay

Telephone and doorstep fundraising 'most annoying', survey finds

Almost half of people find it “very annoying” when charity fundraisers ask for money on their doorsteps or over the phone, according to a new set of survey data from nfpSynergy. 

Understanding Charities Group launches to improve public trust in the sector

A cross-sector alliance of charities has formally launched the Understanding Charities Group, aimed at improving public trust and confidence in charities.

National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes'

A report released today by nfpSynergy has called for National Insurance to be treated as a tax for gift aid purposes, so that more people will eligible for gift aid.

'Charities better at talking transparency than actually being transparent' nfpSynergy report finds

Charities are not taking steps to improve their transparency, with information about admin costs, trustee expenses and chief executive salaries “in a pdf and difficult to find”, new research by nfpSynergy has found.

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