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About Jimmy James

Jimmy James BSocSc has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising since 1995, and holds the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Diploma in Fundraising (MInstF Dip). In 2004, he became one of the first people in the UK to achieve the Certified Fundraising Executive qualification from CFRE International. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). Minerva abides by and endorses the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Codes of Practice, and works in partnership with its clients to achieve each charity’s fundraising aims.

Charities & The Cost of Living Crisis

By |September 6th, 2022|

The worsening economic situation in the UK shows no signs of letting up. But what does this mean for the charity sector as a whole, and small charities in particular ?

Earlier this year Sumi Rabindrakumar, Head of Policy at the Trussell Trust, doubted that his charity’s vision for 2020-2025 – a future where no one […]

Charities and Inflation

By |August 4th, 2022|

Recently I received an e-mail featuring a piece by Paul Ridout of Hunters Law on the effects on UK charities of growing inflation.

Whilst the economic situation certainly doesn’t favour charities, Paul’s assessment that we are entering a period of political and economic turmoil similar to the 1970s seems premature – and a bit alarmist. […]

Do small charities get a raw deal from trusts and foundations?

By |July 10th, 2022|

This month saw the return of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIOF)’s National Convention to an in-person event for the first time since the start of the coronavirus crisis in March 2020.

It was a great occasion at The Barbican, and I had the pleasure of chairing a discussion on whether or not small charities get […]

Another Side to Charity Regulation

By |June 10th, 2022|

In our May blog, I talked about the importance of avoiding problems which would ultimately lead to a Charity Commission investigation.

This proved to be an appropriate subject for discussion in the light of the first speech given on 4 May by Orlando Fraser, the new Chairman of the Commission, after taking up his post.

In recent […]

Avoiding Charity Commission investigations

By |May 16th, 2022|

Almost as frequent as the Charity Commission’s investigations into charities up and down the country is the advice given to Trustees from different quarters about what steps to take to ensure a Charity Commission investigation doesn’t happen.

Kids’ Company is the most frequently cited example of where procedures go wrong – but sad to say, there […]

Post-Covid Fundraising

By |April 5th, 2022|

Methods of giving are a regular topic for discussion, the more so as we enter the post-coronavirus era.

So what’s best for charities? Perhaps more to the point, what’s best for our donors?

The coronavirus crisis has shifted fundraising towards digital technologies. Lockdown and the general feeling we should not be attending large – or even small […]

Should grant-making trusts and foundations give more money to charities?

By |March 7th, 2022|

Should grant-making trusts and foundations give more money to charities?

The UK benefits from more than 4,000 charitable foundations, many of which were set up centuries ago. Indeed, the concept of charitable foundations has its roots in ancient Greece, although they became more significant during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Some UK foundations have reserves running […]

Gifts & Charities

By |February 8th, 2022|

Acceptance of gifts from dubious, or sometimes simply unpopular, sources is a perennial challenge facing charities.

Endowment of charitable projects by individuals who whose morality or source of wealth is open to criticism is nothing new. For example, how many schools are there in the UK endowed by, and named after, King Henry VIII – hardly […]

Fundraising Diversity

By |January 7th, 2022|

Earlier this week I was reading a sad story of a successful local charity not too far from Minerva’s Northamptonshire base faced with an uncertain future as a result of funding cuts.

Not an unusual scenario, given the coronavirus crisis and the economic state of the country.

But could it have been avoided?

A quick glance at the […]

Fundraising Uncertainty

By |December 6th, 2021|

Few people would deny the enormous effect which the coronavirus crisis has had on all our lives up to now, heightened by the uncertainty of what will happen next – new variants, new vaccines, relaxation or reinforcement of restrictions, to name but a few.

We experience this overall uncertainty in our day-to-day fundraising. During the early […]