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Charity Trustee Challenges

By |July 1st, 2024|

CharityConnect has an excellent online community that enables professionals, Trustees, and other volunteers in the sector to exchange experiences, ask questions, and offer solutions to the problems faced by others.

Recently there’s been an increase in issues involving Trustees and the trustee/executive interface. Challenges have ranged from the use of Trustees’ relatives in paid professional or […]

The New Government & the Charity Sector

By |June 3rd, 2024|

A leading question on everyone’s minds at present is: “What will the new Government’s attitude be towards the Charity Sector?”. To this I would add: “And what will their attitude be specifically towards small charities?”

Those of us who can remember back to the early days of this century will recall the new opportunities which opened […]

Charitable Giving Remains Resilient

By |May 7th, 2024|

There is a widespread – and understandable – assumption that as the economic situation has worsened and competition for both charitable and statutory grants has intensified, people have cut back substantially on their charitable giving.

In fact, a report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) concludes that although giving levels have declined in recent years, […]

The Economic Plight of Small Charities

By |April 8th, 2024|

The Budget and its impact on the Third Sector have inevitably led to wide-ranging comment in the charity, local and national media.

The economic situation is making life difficult for charities, especially for small charities like those Minerva supports. Sadly, a number of charities have closed their doors recently, with the likelihood of more to come. […]

The State of the Charity Sector 2024

By |March 7th, 2024|

An election year has, unsurprisingly, resulted in a raft of reports on the state of the charity sector in general, and on their fundraising and financial challenges in particular.

The batting was opened in November 2023 with an open letter to the CEOs of UK banks from the Chief Executives of the Charity Commission for England […]

Time for Reduced-Cost Services for Charities?

By |February 9th, 2024|

Should businesses, utilities, local authorities and other organisations offer reduced-cost services to registered charities and CIOs?

The public at large not only support charities and their work but also support the concept that charitable organisations, many of which are run entirely by volunteers, should benefit from services provided at below the commercial rate.

Of course, many organisations […]

Charitable Giving & The Cost of Living Crisis

By |January 9th, 2024|

The economic state of the country and the effect of this on standards of living has given rise to yet another round of “doom and gloom” media reports about levels of charitable giving.

It would certainly be unusual if everyone kept on giving when money is tight at the same level as they had achieved when […]

Unsolicited Funding Applications

By |December 11th, 2023|

A refusal to accept unsolicited applications is a particularly unfortunate attitude which prevents small – and often volunteer-led and run – charities from accessing grants. In a recent blog in the New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) newsletter entitled “Why funders need to champion small charities”, Kate Symondson of the Symondson Foundation stresses on the one hand […]

Are Grant-Making Trusts Holding Back?

By |November 8th, 2023|

The UK is fortunate in having over 60,000 grant-making trusts on whose generosity many charities – especially small ones – largely depend for funding core activities, projects, vehicles and other equipment items.

Many of these trusts give out their entire income to charities each year, and those that do not make a range of substantial grants […]

Children England Closes

By |October 11th, 2023|

All of us were saddened by the announcement last month that Children England is to close. It is always a cause of enormous regret when any longstanding charity (81 years in Children England’s case) comes to an end, particularly when it is doing such demonstrably important work.

However, it is a particularly British trait that when […]