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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.

Support Small Charities

By |January 8th, 2021|

I make no apologies for returning to the theme of Small Charities (i.e. those with an annual income of less than £1 million).

This is not only because we at Minerva work almost exclusively with Small Charities, but also because Small Charities represent 96% of the UK’s 166,000 charities. Their voices and their needs deserve to […]

Baroness Stowell to leave the Charity Commission

By |December 7th, 2020|

The decision of Baroness Stowell to stand down as Chairman of the Charity Commission in February 2021 has predictably generated a lot of media comment.

Her appointment in 2018 provoked much controversy, partly because of her political connections with the Conservative Party and partly because she had no previous experience in the charity sector.

However, having a […]

Charities – Obeying the Law?

By |November 5th, 2020|

The UK media has rightly highlighted the behaviour of some MPs and other political figures who have flouted coronavirus lockdown restrictions because, apparently, they thought they were above the law.

In the Third Sector, we often think that we are above such behaviour, and that the actions of a few charity executives or trustees in cases […]

The Future for Fundraising

By |October 5th, 2020|

As the coronavirus crisis shows no signs of a solution, two valuable surveys of UK charities have recently been published: “What does the future hold for fundraising in the UK?” from UK Fundraising; and ProBono Economics’ joint survey with the Chartered Chartered Institute of Fundraising and Charity Finance Group: “Weathering the storm: PBE Covid Charity […]

Ten Commandments for Fundraising

By |September 8th, 2020|

If you’re looking for advice on fundraising, it’s unlikely the Church Times would be your first port of call. It is a publication known for informed and independent reporting of Church and world news, but not necessarily for fundraising home truths.

Step forward the Very Revd Dr Michael Higgins, who is a former Dean of Ely […]

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 CIOF, 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 […]