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About Jimmy James

Jimmy James BSocSc has been a Member of the Institute of Fundraising since 1995, and holds the 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 Institute of Fundraising’s Codes of Practice, and works in partnership with its clients to achieve each charity’s fundraising aims.

The Value of Saying Thanks

By |August 3rd, 2020|

It’s a truism in fundraising that you can never say “thank you” too often. Thanks on receipt of a grant or gift; and thanks on later occasions such as the completion of the project or purchase of the equipment for which the grant was made.

I favour thanks as well when a later application for funding […]

Charity Governance in a Pandemic and Beyond

By |July 4th, 2020|

Wherever we look – well, perhaps not quite wherever we look – coronavirus seems to be at the top of the charity menu.

Whether it’s the IoF, NCVO, CAF or NPC, helpful briefing and strategy documents are flowing out, advising us all on how we should be handling the coronavirus now and what we should be […]

Surviving Coronavirus

By |June 8th, 2020|

Looking back over the last month, it is clear that the doom-and-gloom merchants have not been proved right after all – at least as far as the Third Sector is concerned.

In the same way that an apparent majority of those who have sadly died from coronavirus were suffering from pre-existing conditions, so many of the […]

Too Few Fundraising Sources?

By |May 4th, 2020|

Last month I wrote about the challenges facing charities during the coronavirus crisis, in particular the small charities that form the majority of Minerva’s clients.

Harold Wilson once said, “A week is a long time in politics” – to which we might now add “A month is a long time in a virus epidemic”.

One of the […]

Charities in the time of coronavirus

By |April 7th, 2020|

Looking back at my March blog, I realise how much has changed in just one month.

Brexit, which seemed so important then, has now virtually disappeared from the news – along with much else. Coronavirus is the issue – for page after page in all the main national dailies and on news websites.

Understandably we’re all concerned […]

Not all charities will be able to access coronavirus loan scheme

By |March 17th, 2020|

Charities that are hit financially by coronavirus will only be able to apply for government loans if more than half their income comes from trading activity.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, was announced in last week’s Budget as one of the measures to support SMEs that experience financial difficulties […]

Funding Challenges

By |March 3rd, 2020|

Most small charities are facing funding challenges, if not crises, these days.

Is this the result of Brexit ? Or are people individually giving less to charity? Or is the corporate sector tightening its belt?

Martyn Drake, writing in Third Sector earlier this month, offers 3-4 options for charities suffering an income loss owing to the reduction […]

You’ve recruited the volunteers – but what about retaining them?

By |February 5th, 2020|

Most charities today rely on volunteers to deliver at least part of the services they provide. Some small charities are run entirely by volunteers.

Most of us would agree that recruiting volunteers is one of today’s charity key tasks. But how many of us who are paid take time off to consider what motivates […]

Restricted and Unrestricted Funding

By |January 3rd, 2020|

Ask many small charity CEOs what one of their New Year wishes would be – and a significant proportion would answer: “Make sure all our grants are unrestricted.”

Last year research indicated that at 5 selected charities, restricted funding made up 90% of their earned income. This trend seems to be the norm, although there have […]

Fundraising and Trustees

By |December 5th, 2019|

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is: should Trustees become involved in fundraising?

Many Trustees have said that they exist to give wise advice to their charity’s executive team, attend meetings and events – but they consider doing anything active like fundraising, or in some cases even giving to their charity (“I give my […]