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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Why we need an Ofsted for charities

Joe Saxton explains why he thinks charities need an Ofsted-style organisation to monitor their performance.

Report: ‘Public, media and MPs’ attitudes towards campaigning’

The majority of the public is comfortable with charities engaging in the political process, according to new research from nfpSynergy.

nfpSynergy report

Charities should be more proactive and learn from each other when fighting against frontline spending cuts, argues research consultancy nfpSynergy in a report published today.

Really agree with demonstrating impact in 15 words or less. Here at LCVS we have..................(sorry, ran out of words)

» Saxton revives idea of admin cost index

Three in five Conservative MPs consider charities 'too political'

More than three in five Conservative MPs think the charity sector as a whole is too political, while three in ten believe that charities should not be allowed to campaign in Parliament, according to a new survey.

Joe Saxton, founder, nfp Synergy

Public trust in charities is at its lowest since 2007 with just half of people saying that they trust not-for-profit groups, according to a survey by the research consultancy nfpSynergy.

Think carefully before changing your name, says free guide to rebranding

Charities considering changing their name must first find out exactly what their staff, beneficiaries and supporters think of the change before proceeding, according to a free guide published today.

Create a dedicated media team to promote the charity sector, says Understanding Charities Group

A draft strategy for “changing the way that the media cover charities” is calling for more informed charity spokespeople and the creation of a “relationship management team” to promote charities in the media.

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