Future Issues

 

This Future Issues chapter includes two sections:

  1. Cashless Giving Survey 2019
  2. UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Awareness Viewfinder 2019

1. Cashless Giving Survey 2019

As part of NICVA's State of the Sector research portfolio, each year a number of viewfinder surveys are undertaken to provide a snapshot of current issues that may potentially impact our member organisations and those they represent. In 2019, viewfinder surveys were issued on the topics of Cashless Giving and on awareness and use by the sector of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key findings from both surveys are reported below.

This survey was disseminated to all NICVA members in October 2019. A total of n=102 participants responded to the survey. This data represents a sample of the NICVA membership and is not necessarily fully representative of all VCSE sector organisations in Northern Ireland.

 1.0  Cashless Giving and Fundraising

  • Almost 40% of organisations had reported that they had incorporated cashless giving into their fundraising
  • The top three most used methods of cashless giving included online giving platforms (65%), directly through website (57.5%) and direct debit (52.5%)
Value Percent Number
Online giving platforms 65.0% 26
Directly through your website 57.5% 23
Direct debit 52.5% 21
PayPal 50.0% 20
Social media 37.5% 15
Contactless terminal 22.5% 9
SMS text 10.0% 4
Crowdfunding 5.0% 2
Credit card 2.5% 1
Standing order 2.5% 1
  • Over one quarter (26.2%) of organisations reported that they did intend to incorporate cashless giving into their fundraising
  • For those who had planned to incorporate cashless giving, plans included inserting a donate button on their website, Gift Aid, Just Giving and Easy Fundraising subscriptions and cashless collection buckets
  • For those who did not have plans to incorporate cashless giving, barriers included "the lack of a fundraising team in NI", "prefer to deal with cash" "lack knowledge", "guidance and support around cashless giving", "contactless machines are too expensive" and "did not feel that it was relevant to their organisation"
  • Participants provided examples of local, national, or international method of cashless giving which included SumUp, GoodBox, Text to donate, GoFundMe, Gift Aid, PayPal, and contactless collection boxes

 2.0  Advice, Support and Training Needs

Organisations were asked about advice, support and/or training needs around cashless giving. They indicated that they would like information on claiming gift aid on contactless payments, information on the benefits of incorporating cashless giving and information on the use of contactless machines. Additionally, information on associated costs, provision of practical tools for making cashless giving a reality, short training courses and accessing funding for the provision of cashless machine is also needed.

 

 

 

2. UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Awareness Viewfinder 2019

In January 2019, NICVA undertook a survey to determine our member organisations’ awareness and use of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This survey was disseminated to NICVA member organisations (n=1,033) using online survey software between January - February 2019 and achieved a response rate of 13% (n=134). This data represents a sample of the NICVA membership and is not necessarily fully representative of all VCSE sector organisations in Northern Ireland.

 1.0  Awareness and Alignment to the SDGs

  • Over half (51.9%) of NICVA membership were aware of the existence of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • 14.3% of organisations had intentionally set out to become aligned to the SDGs
  • Whereas, 70.2% of organisations had unintentionally set out to become aligned to the SDGs (i.e. their work aligned with them without any conscious decision to do so)
  • Good Health and Wellbeing (81.3%), Reduced Inequalities (53.7%) and Quality Education (51.5%) were the top three SDGs most relevant to organisations
Table 1: SDGs that were relevant to organisations
 

Frequency

Percent

Good Health and Wellbeing

109

81.3%

Reduced Inequalities

72

53.7%

Quality Education

69

51.5%

No Poverty

53

39.5%

Gender Equality

52

38.8%

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

50

37.3%

Sustainable Cities and Communities

47

35.0%

Decent Work and Economic Growth

43

32.1%

Zero Hunger

33

24.6%

Partnership for the Goals

32

23.8%

Affordable and Clean Energy

28

20.9%

Clean Water and Sanitation

25

18.6%

Climate Action

25

18.6%

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

24

17.9%

Responsible Consumption and Production

21

15.6%

Life on Land

19

14.1%

Life Below Water

15

11.2%

 2.0  Importance and Adoption of the SDGs

  • Nearly 9 out of 10 organisations believed the SDGs to be of at least some importance to their work
  • Over one fifth (20.5%) of organisations believed that the SDGs were very important to their organisation
  • Good Health and Wellbeing (76.8%), Gender Equality (56.7%) and Reduced Inequalities (60.4%) were the top three SDGs that organisations believed should be adopted by all
  • 40.1 % of organisations said they would consider undertaking more work to align with the SDGs
Table 2: SDGs that should be adopted by all organisations
 

Frequency

Percent

Good Health and Wellbeing

103

76.8%

Reduced Inequalities

81

60.4%

Gender Equality

76

56.7%

Quality Education

75

56.0%

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

73

54.5%

No Poverty

69

51.5%

Decent Work and Economic Growth

67

50.0%

Sustainable Cities and Communities

59

44.0%

Zero Hunger

58

43.3%

Clean Water and Sanitation

57

42.5%

Affordable and Clean Energy

55

41.0%

Responsible Consumption and Production

55

41.0%

Climate Action

55

41.0%

Partnership for the Goals

48

35.8%

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

36

26.8%

Life Below Water

34

25.3%

Life on Land

34

25.3%