/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 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 […]

Look after your donors

By |February 1st, 2016|

The British aren’t very good at looking after their donors. The Australians, Canadians and Americans do it better.

We like to ask individuals, companies, trust and foundations for money; then (usually) we thank them; and then we forget about them until the next time we want their money.

The Chairman of Governors at a school where […]

New Year – New Challenges

By |January 4th, 2016|

Charities start 2016 facing some of their toughest tests in recent history.

Charities in Crisis, the Great British rake-off and Charities are the last bastion of corporate greed are just a few of the headlines in 2015.

A report from the Charities Aid Foundation in September indicated that only 57% of the public now trust charities. In […]

Welcome to the new Minerva website

By |October 24th, 2015|

We have upgraded our website, we hope you like it.

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