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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.

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 […]

Young People and Charities

By |November 9th, 2021|

Are young people connecting with charities?

In the 20th Century, young people’s involvement with charities was likely to consist largely of doing small-scale fundraising events – fun runs, laying a mile of pennies, etc – but few were expected to connect with charities, let alone wishing or being able to give to them.

The 21st Century has […]

Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations

By |October 6th, 2021|

Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations is easy – right?

Wrong !!

Too many charity staff and volunteers up and down the country assume that because trusts and foundations exist to give grants, all they need to do is to send a generic letter round to as many different trusts as possible. A sort of mass “give-us-your-cash” […]

Trustee Recruitment

By |September 13th, 2021|

Recruiting new Trustees is a challenge which faces all small charities from time to time.

Every charity knows that it should demonstrate diversity amongst its Board members, and recruit Trustees with the skill sets it needs. As with many things, these are easier said than done.

For a start, few small charities are trampled to death in […]

Remember to Say Thank You

By |August 6th, 2021|

Many years ago I was running a fundraising campaign for a school in the Midlands. The Chairman of Governors was the Vice Chancellor of a neighbouring university.

He told me one day that he had done a Masters degree at one of the American universities. Every year since, the university concerned had invited him to a […]

Restricted vs Unrestricted Grants

By |July 7th, 2021|

Restricted or Unrestricted? Is it reasonable for both grant makers and grant receivers to expect or insist on one or the other?

Grant makers understandably decide on what type of charitable activity they are going to support, and whether they expect their grant to be spent on a specific item or project, agreed in advance (restricted); […]

Charity Chief Executive Salaries

By |June 4th, 2021|

Just as we are coming out of the coronavirus crisis and we thought life for charities might become a bit easier, the report on Chief Executives’ salaries hit the headlines.

This is not a new subject. I wrote a letter to Third Sector in April 2015, criticising excessive pay packets for charity Chief Executives and other […]