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The Effect of Coronavirus on Charity Findraising

By |April 12th, 2021|

As we start the long haul out of lockdown, it’s worth pausing to consider the effect of coronavirus on charity fundraising in the UK – as well as the effect of that other game changer, BREXIT.

A recent survey carried out by NCVO, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University considered the projected changes in income […]

Digital Skills in the Third Sector

By |March 5th, 2021|

We have seen an increasing need for digital skills in the Third Sector in recent years. This need has increased dramatically in the last 12 months, thanks to the coronavirus crisis.

Arguably the basis for digital fundraising, and the one which has been around for the longest time, is the website. But many small charities’ websites […]

Funding Central Service Ends

By |February 10th, 2021|

Preoccupied with the continuing coronavirus doom-and-gloom and the added challenge of low temperatures, snow and rain, you may have missed a sad occurrence at the beginning of this month: NCVO is ending its widely used and appreciated Funding Central service.

This has been a vital lifeline for small charities and their advisers for many years and […]

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 […]