We like to think of ourselves as a generous nation in the UK - especially with the success of our national fundraising appeals like Red Nose Day and Children in Need. There is a lot of visible giving in this country, from high-street charity shops to fun runs and sponsored stunts. But actually, the culture of giving in the UK is not as strong as we think.
Earlier this month, the company I have the privilege of leading released its 2012 Charitable Giving Report. Although we look at giving all the time, releasing a charitable giving index every month (included above), this report was a time for us both to reflect on the year behind us and to hear from experts from a variety of nonprofit sub-sectors.
Recent actions in Washington and within our court system show that our charities are on the brink. Without leadership or public outcry there will continue to be slow creep at existing law and legal precedent. At present, this erosion of our legal and social contracts has manifested itself in two ways.