Business leaders understand sector better and give more after volunteering
Volunteering changes the negative attitudes of business leaders towards charities and increases their willingness to donate, new research finds.
The report, Philanthropic Journeys, published today, is based on a survey of 227 business leaders and philanthropists from England and Scotland, and in-depth interviews with ten of the people polled.
Before they volunteered, they were asked what put them off supporting good causes, and 44 per cent said they were reluctant because they thought charities were badly managed.
In addition, 66 per cent of business leaders said a main barrier preventing them giving time and/or money was a lack of confidence that the skills and experience they gained in the private sector would be useful to charities.
All the respondents in its survey had taken part, or continue to participate in, the volunteering placements provided by Pilotlight, which matches directors from charities and social enterprises that tackle disadvantage with senior businesspeople to grow and develop their organisations.
The survey showed 81 per cent were put off supporting good causes because they have a lack of time due to commitments at work and 63 per cent blamed commitments at home.
Sixty six per cent of respondents said they were not aware of opportunities to get involved in charity work.