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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 […]

What’s your priority in when you give to charity?

By |April 8th, 2017|

In 2008, the Data Partnership carried out a survey of UK donors where responders were asked the question: “Which of the following causes would you consider donating to ?”

The answers were revealing.

280,000 people said that they would consider giving to Cancer (no surprise there !).

262,000 people said they would give to Children and 233,000 to […]

Regulation

By |March 6th, 2017|

Few people want much regulation – it’s not the British way!

 

However, events in the last 2 years leading to the setting-up of the Fundraising Regulator have fundamentally changed the fundraising scene in the UK.

 

The Fundraising Regulator is now seeking all of our views on a range of issues to do with the Code of Fundraising […]