supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
OSCR Charity Survey 2016-2022
Created: 06/11/2023 News/Events Category: Governance This item will show under the following categories: Volunteering
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) Scottish Charity Survey measures trust and confidence in the charity sector, including awareness of the Scottish charity regulator.
The survey considers the perception of OSCR among charities in terms of its effectiveness, usefulness, and supportiveness. The most recent survey was carried out in February 2022, providing the first opportunity to consider how COVID-19 impacted the relationship between the Scottish public and charity sector.
The latest report on the 2022 survey examines how variables such as charity income, number of paid staff, and age of charity influences:
The public's trust in charities and how this varies between those engaging paid staff and those involving volunteers only
The proportion of charities involving trustees only versus trustees and other volunteers
The extent to which volunteer recruitment is an issue for charities
The survey compares the new 2022 data to previous surveys from 2016, 2018 and 2020 where this has been possible.
The key findings include:
Net trust in charities has increased between 2020 and 2022, but there are crucial differences between the two types of charities
For charities run by volunteers and paid staff, net trust has almost doubled. However, there is a higher increase in distrust for volunteer-led charities
Recruitment of both volunteers and trustees features in the top three issues faced by charities in 2022. Both volunteer and trustee shortages are more acute for smaller income charities, charities with no paid staff, and longer established charities