Global trends in giving report, Pope raises alarm for rise in hunger, CID’s new website and lots of events coming up

Posted on 19 February 2019

+ Global Trends in Giving Report
  • 54% of people worldwide prefer to donate online with a credit card
  • 45% are enrolled for monthly payments 
  • 20% are more likely to give if they are given a free gift
  • Which means 80% are not!
  • 69% of donors prefer to be thanked by email (so don't send a letter please!)
  • 41% have donated via crowdfunding sources
  • Raising fund for medical expense is the most popular crowdfunding topic (27%)
  • Disaster relief is only 10%
  • 33% give tribute gifts to family and friends
  • 31% give to charities 
  • 41% give in response to natural disasters
  • Social media and email are the best ways of inspiring people to give, and Facebook tops the charts
  • 92% of donors think it is very important that you protect their data
The Global Trends in Giving Report is a research project that sets out to understand how donors prefer to give and engage with their favourite causes and charitable organizations.

Sponsored by the Public Interest Registry and researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving. The report also examines the impact of gender, generation, ideology, religion, and donor size upon giving and volunteerism.   
Thank you to Russell Brown from Digital Stream for sharing this with us.
+ Pope raises alarm for rise in hunger 

Pope Francis painted a harsh portrait of the situation facing most farmers around the world.

"They live in precarious situations: the air is contaminated, natural resources are depleted, the rivers polluted, the soils acidified," the pope explained, "they do not have enough water for themselves or their crops; their sanitary infrastructures are very deficient, their houses scarce and defective." 
+ Pacific update  

Australia's 'step up', Vanuatu's Convention Center, eruptions in the ocean, and the Economist examine China in the Pacific.

The latest from the Lowy Institute's Pacific Links.
+ 'Don't let counter-terrorism be a barrier to humanitarian relief' 

The head of the United Nations humanitarian agency has called for “enhanced dialogue” between donors and aid groups to ensure that counterterrorism measures do not become “obstacles” to humanitarian relief, writes Sophie Edwards of Devex.
He also said in a Q&A session which you can read in full here, more funding needs to be directed to less well-publicized humanitarian emergencies.
+ Kindness: A Competency for Conflict Resolution

Like any sector, conflict occurs in NGOs. 

And there is some belief that 'soft skills' are not always given the same level of investment as technical capacity is some corners of the sector.

In our sector, there is a diversity of value-driver identities. For many people, these values constitute a significant part of their professional being. In David Brookes opinion piece 'Kindness Is a Skill' he argues that many aspects of disagreement are often about 'tribal identity' more than substance.

Brooks provides practical tips on negotiating disagreements and resolving a conflict. While some of the suggestions might feel a bit awkward, or even twee, when imagining how they might play out with a 'hard-to-crack'/ self-effacing New Zealand work culture, they do serve as a creative proposition that there is always a way through even the toughest organisational discord. Along with many other bridging techniques, Brookes suggests the below:

1. Less meetings around a problem: have a  conversation based on possibilities, and how assets can be used for constructive mutual benefit.

2. Remember "your narrative will never win": Often each side wants the other to adopt its narrative and admit wrongdoing or belief. Brook states "This will never happen. Get over it. Find a new narrative".

3. Agree on something: find a preliminary thing that you can agree on so you can begin a discussion in a space of shared reality.

4. Presume the good: a disagreement will go better when you work on the basis that the other person has good intentions (although don't 'fake this' in extreme cases).
+ CID's New Website

CID has started the process of building a new website.  After a process of going out for a request for proposal to six organisations, CID has reviewed the responses and is excited to have selected Hot House as our provider.

We will be working towards a brand refresh and rebuild of our website.

We will go out with a survey to members over the next few weeks to collect your thoughts on what a new and improved website should include.  We look forward to your input!
+ Open Government reps to visit NZ

Open Government Partnership's Regional Secretariat will be visiting New Zealand in mid-March.  It’s hoped that a few forums will be held with civil society, and we'll be in touch about dates shortly. Open Government is very important for the delivery of SDG 16 but remains a piece of government work few are familiar with.

It's also helpful for us to understand what’s happening with civil society in the countries where we work.

For more information go here, or contact Phil Newman at Tearfund
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