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What are your chances?

By |November 6th, 2019|

Research carried out by both the University of Bath and Brevio – a group founded by Marcelle Speller OBE – has found that 63% of grant applications by charities result in failure.

On average a charity applies for 22 grants a year, spending 18 hours completing each application.

Grant applications forms contain between 21 and 193 […]

New Code of Fundraising Practice Launches

By |October 3rd, 2019|

This month sees the long-awaited new Code of Fundraising Practice, which has been produced by the Fundraising Regulator after much discussion and debate, finally becoming effective.

Incidents in recent years involving governance and other shortcomings by a number of medium size and large charities including Kids’ Company, 4U and Oxfam have confirmed in everybody’s minds the […]

Why retain a Fundraising Consultant?

By |September 2nd, 2019|

Minerva has been providing a wide range of consultancy services to charities in the UK and overseas for over 20 years. Whilst we have majored in our work with small charities, we’ve also worked with some very large players in the Third Sector.
What is it that makes a charity retain our services?
Many of the charities […]

Lessons from Oxfam

By |July 29th, 2019|

I’ve just been reading Baroness Stowell’s report on the Charity Commission’s statutory inquiry into Oxfam GB.

It certainly makes very sobering reading – and Lady Stowell does not pull any punches. In particular, she highlights the fact that although Trustees of Oxfam GB were made aware of events involving their staff in Haiti in 2011, the […]

The relationship between trusts and small charities

By |July 16th, 2019|

I’m following on from the Minerva June blog to look at the relationship between trusts and small charities.

A recent article by Peter Curbishley (11 July 2019), Trustee of Wessex Community Action and of South West Advocacy Network, highlighted the lack of feedback provided by trusts and foundations when they decline applications from charities (not just […]

The challenges of trust fundraising

By |June 3rd, 2019|

Many of the charities I talk to and work with were set up in the last 2 decades of the 20th Century or the first decade of this one.

Their finances were based on grants, or sometimes Service Level Agreements (SLAs), from national or local government. Many of these charities existed happily for many years on […]

Should Charity Trustees get paid or unpaid time off work?

By |May 7th, 2019|

There have been complaints over many years that too many charity trustees are white, 60+ males.

In my experience, that’s true. Most of the trustee boards Minerva works with fall into that category, though truthfully the majority are making a major effort to recruit more women, and younger people generally. Equally importantly, the small charities we […]

Do small charities get a fair deal?

By |April 15th, 2019|

At Minerva we work almost exclusively with small charities, many of which UK-wide are suffering from the reduction in statutory funding in recent years. Nowhere is this more noticeable than our Northamptonshire base, where we live in the only (as yet!) bankrupt county council in England.

Small charities have long found it difficult to raise corporate […]

Annual Report and Accounts

By |March 4th, 2019|

Following on February’s blog about Trustee Boards, this month’s blog continues the governance theme and looks at charities’ annual accounts.

Some of the small charities Minerva works have an annual income of £25,000 or less. These charities do not have to have their accounts independently scrutinised.

But the majority do have to do so, and it’s worth […]

How’s your Trustee Board?

By |February 11th, 2019|

I am often asked for advice about the organisation and recruitment of Trustee Boards by the charities where I’m working.

Getting this wrong can have serious consequences, as anyone reading the Charity Commission’s feature on the weekly Gov.uk e-mails will know. This week alone, 2 charities are being investigated owing to alleged shortcomings or mismanagement by […]