/Jimmy James

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.

Are Grant-Making Trusts Holding Back?

By |November 8th, 2023|

The UK is fortunate in having over 60,000 grant-making trusts on whose generosity many charities – especially small ones – largely depend for funding core activities, projects, vehicles and other equipment items.

Many of these trusts give out their entire income to charities each year, and those that do not make a range of substantial grants […]

Children England Closes

By |October 11th, 2023|

All of us were saddened by the announcement last month that Children England is to close. It is always a cause of enormous regret when any longstanding charity (81 years in Children England’s case) comes to an end, particularly when it is doing such demonstrably important work.

However, it is a particularly British trait that when […]

Charity Commissiion & Small Charities

By |September 7th, 2023|

I make no apology about returning to the issues faced by small charities in the UK – this is where the core of Minerva’s work exists.

I have drawn attention in the past to the short straws sometimes drawn by small charities at the hands of trusts and foundations, corporate donors – and even individuals.

However, I […]

Lankelly Chase Foundation to close

By |August 3rd, 2023|

Charity giving and fundraising has been an important part of British life ever since the Statute of Queen Elizabeth in 1601 – and probably even before that.

The coronavirus crisis highlighted so much of what is good in our society, with individuals raising substantial sums for charity or for other groups of people less fortunate than […]

Small Charities Sustainability

By |July 4th, 2023|

Last month SmallCharity Week came and went, with predictable – and understandable – concerns expressed about small charities’ long term sustainability.

Cue a letter from representatives of some small charities to the Prime Minister, warning him of staff burn out and indeed damage to the mental health of staff and volunteers.

For those who have spent most, […]

Fundraising with Millennials & Gen Z

By |June 8th, 2023|

Fundraising professionals – like those in other fields too – need to be constantly aware of their target audiences and their views.

This was brought home to me in a recent article in Fundraising Magazine about young philanthropists. The author, Lynda Harwood-Compton, opened with the view that millennials and Generation Z are “…likely to inherit unprecedented […]

Should charities “get political”?

By |May 9th, 2023|

Should charities “get political”?

The debate about this, fuelled by remarks by Charity Commission Chairman Orlando Fraser, has generated a considerable amount of comment by, and in, the media during the past month. For example, much has been made of Mr Fraser’s past links with the Conservative Party.

Most, if not all, of us have political […]

Fundraising Recruitment Difficulties

By |April 7th, 2023|

Post-coronavirus, charities are finding that recruitment is tough, especially in fundraising. There are many more vacancies than there are fundraisers at all levels wishing to fill them.

For small charities this is a particularly challenging situation. After all, would you not prefer to be Head of Fundraising at a major national or international charity with a […]

Small Charities & Energy Bills Crisis

By |March 6th, 2023|

Small charities have been hard hit by recent increases in utility costs – of 60% or higher in many cases – and these often have led to charities recording annual budget deficits and the need to use reserves simply to pay for monthly energy bills.

Equally, many small charities have found that their beneficiaries are […]

Charities Act 2022

By |February 7th, 2023|

The Charities Act 2022 is upon us, with its provisions coming into effect on a rolling programme which started last Autumn and is expected to be complete in Autumn this year.

Some of the key points likely to affect small charities include:

Paying Trustees in certain circumstances for goods provided. This was a widening of the […]