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, driver of ideas, nfpSynergy

Two recent public surveys indicate that charities should communicate better and file accounts on time to maintain support from individuals.

CEO salaries increase in line with charity income, study finds

The salaries of the chief executives at Britain’s 50 best-known charities has increased at nearly the same pace as the increase in income at those charities, according to a new report.

Charity lotteries – time to liberate the potential

Joe Saxton argues that charities must unite in a campaign for charity lotteries to ensure a healthy income stream for the future.

Joe Saxton, nfpSynergy

Research by nfpSynergy has found that just 3 per cent of the public consider charity chief executives’ salaries as money being spent on the cause.

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

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, has launched a strong riposte against Charity Commission chair William Shawcross who today has said the leaders of some of the UK's biggest charities risk bringing the sector into “disrepute” by taking large salaries while income is falling.

Trust in charities up for third year running

Charities are still the fourth most trusted UK institution and public trust in them has increased for the third year running, according to nfpSynergy’s annual survey of 1,000 UK adults.

Who's top dog? Fundraising's 50 Most Influential 2013

The fundraisers have spoken. The annual poll of the fundraising world’s 50 Most Influential people is revealed.

Mark Astarita tops 50 Most Influential poll

For the second year running, the British Red Cross director of fundraising Mark Astarita has been voted the most influential person in fundraising.

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