Two thirds of volunteer managers want a more powerful representative body

More than two thirds of volunteer managers believe they need a more powerful representative body, according to a new report from the research consultancy nfpSynergy.

The paper, the sixth in a seven-part series, states that 69 percent of people surveyed agreed that a more powerful representative body was needed.

Twenty eight percent of those surveyed said they felt that representative bodies were very poor or not very good at driving innovation, and a quarter felt the same about their championing of volunteering.

24 percent said they were unhappy with the platforms provided for sharing best practice, although 60 percent thought they were good or excellent.

The paper states that volunteer managers were much happier with the representation of volunteering to government, with 69 percent of the opinion that it was good or excellent and only seven percent unhappy.

The report was based on in-depth interviews and an online survey, conducted in May, of 513 predominantly female volunteer managers from a mix of sectors and organisation sizes. 

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