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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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.

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.

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

nfpSynergy report lists five ways for trustees to be more effective

Trustees are getting too bogged down by the bureaucracy of a charity to address the big, strategic issues, a new report by nfpSynergy founder Joe Saxton suggests.   

'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.

Shawcross: 'Too often charities respond defensively'

Sector leaders warned yesterday that charities need to get better at answering the public’s questions if the sector is to hold on to high levels of trust.

CharityComms launches new drive to improve public understanding of charity

CharityComms is establishing a working group to look at how charities can be more proactive in explaining how they work and respond to criticism, in a bid to maintain public trust and confidence in the sector.

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