Jimmy

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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.

What’s your priority in when you give to charity?

By |April 8th, 2017|

In 2008, the Data Partnership carried out a survey of UK donors where responders were asked the question: “Which of the following causes would you consider donating to ?”

The answers were revealing.

280,000 people said that they would consider giving to Cancer (no surprise there !).

262,000 people said they would give to Children and 233,000 to […]

Regulation

By |March 6th, 2017|

Few people want much regulation – it’s not the British way!

 

However, events in the last 2 years leading to the setting-up of the Fundraising Regulator have fundamentally changed the fundraising scene in the UK.

 

The Fundraising Regulator is now seeking all of our views on a range of issues to do with the Code of Fundraising […]

Interesting times

By |February 20th, 2017|

There’s an old Chinese curse which says: “May you live in interesting times!”

This is certainly true for the charity sector as 2017 unfolds – although not all the interest is as bad as the curse suggests.

What is clear, however, is that charities big and small need to embrace new technology and new methods of fundraising.

A […]

Are you having problems with funders?

By |January 20th, 2017|

Some years ago I attended a seminar on the National Lottery.

The helpful team from different Lottery funds genuinely wanted to know how their audience felt about the application processes. They clearly weren’t expecting the minor tsunami which greeted their enquiry !

Speaker after speaker complained about the length and complexity of the application processes; the difficulty […]

New from Parliament

By |May 30th, 2016|

New from Parliament
The Small Charitable Donations Bill has provided a welcome boost for charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs).

Key changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme mean that the administrative burden for charities and CASCs will be reduced, and they will also provide additional benefits for charities connected with community buildings.

Charities operating from […]

Winners and Losers

By |May 1st, 2016|

Last month I attended the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s (NCVO’s) national conference in London. As usual, it was a well-worthwhile day with first rate speakers and good networking opportunities.

 

Other delegates I spoke to confirmed the results of NCVO’s research, published earlier in the month, that although the total income for the voluntary sector rose […]

Proposed Fundraising Preference Service (FPS)

By |April 1st, 2016|

The consultation on the proposals for this service closed on 31 March, and comments were sought on a number of issues, including “The application of the FPS to smaller charities.”

Here at Minerva we work exclusively with small charities. We are only too aware of the pressures on small, often local charities which have few if […]

Success Story: All Saints’ Church Wellingborough

By |March 4th, 2016|

Another repeat contract sees Minerva renewing its professional partnership with All Saints’ Church in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

In 2003-04 the Flame Alive Appeal at All Saints comfortably exceeded its £400,000 target for a new roof for the church, refurbishment and conservation of stained glass and window frames, the resurfacing of the car park and key […]

Success Story: TRACKS autism

By |March 3rd, 2016|

Minerva Fundraising has just agreed a new contract with Hertfordshire-based charity TRACKS autism – for the third time.

Following the successful fundraising campaigns in 2001-12 and 2013-14, the charity – which has been hosted at 10 Downing Street by Mrs Samantha Cameron – is signing a new deal with Minerva.

This will see Minerva seek […]

The Challenge for Small Charities

By |March 2nd, 2016|

Scarcely a week, indeed scarcely a day, goes by without a media report from somewhere in the UK of a small charity struggling financially or threatened with bankruptcy or closure.

This strikes me as ironic, because small charities have not been in the media firing line during 2015 and 2016 so far. The tragedy of Olive […]