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Charities and the Cost of Living Crisis

By |January 9th, 2023|

The cost of living crisis is upon us!  But what steps should small charities be taking?

Here are some ideas:

Costs

When did you last put domestic cleaning, vehicle servicing/maintenance, stationary supply or utilities out to tender? Now is the time to find out whether you are getting the best value for money.
How much is […]

Major Funder Obstacles

By |December 8th, 2022|

I make no apologies for keeping on about the problems and obstacles facing small charities in accessing grants, especially from major funders.

But it seems that I am not alone in my views. Earlier this month, the think tank Pro Bono Economics reported that small charities often feel “too scared” to approach large organisations for funding.

This […]

New Ways of Fundraising

By |November 3rd, 2022|

Now that the Sector is emerging from the coronavirus crisis and all the restrictions on fundraising which that created, it is a good moment for small charities to consider the future and create new ways of fundraising as well as building on established good practice.

The Fundraising Regulator’s recently published vision of how the sector will […]

Small Charities: Time for Change

By |October 10th, 2022|

Small charities – for so long overlooked – are now firmly back in the frame following the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIOF)’s National Convention earlier this year.

Katie Docherty, the CIOF CEO, published a paper last month Remembering our ‘why’: a new strategy for the Chartered Institute. In it she outlines some of her plans and […]

Charities & The Cost of Living Crisis

By |September 6th, 2022|

The worsening economic situation in the UK shows no signs of letting up. But what does this mean for the charity sector as a whole, and small charities in particular ?

Earlier this year Sumi Rabindrakumar, Head of Policy at the Trussell Trust, doubted that his charity’s vision for 2020-2025 – a future where no one […]

Charities and Inflation

By |August 4th, 2022|

Recently I received an e-mail featuring a piece by Paul Ridout of Hunters Law on the effects on UK charities of growing inflation.

Whilst the economic situation certainly doesn’t favour charities, Paul’s assessment that we are entering a period of political and economic turmoil similar to the 1970s seems premature – and a bit alarmist. […]

Do small charities get a raw deal from trusts and foundations?

By |July 10th, 2022|

This month saw the return of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIOF)’s National Convention to an in-person event for the first time since the start of the coronavirus crisis in March 2020.

It was a great occasion at The Barbican, and I had the pleasure of chairing a discussion on whether or not small charities get […]

Another Side to Charity Regulation

By |June 10th, 2022|

In our May blog, I talked about the importance of avoiding problems which would ultimately lead to a Charity Commission investigation.

This proved to be an appropriate subject for discussion in the light of the first speech given on 4 May by Orlando Fraser, the new Chairman of the Commission, after taking up his post.

In recent […]

Avoiding Charity Commission investigations

By |May 16th, 2022|

Almost as frequent as the Charity Commission’s investigations into charities up and down the country is the advice given to Trustees from different quarters about what steps to take to ensure a Charity Commission investigation doesn’t happen.

Kids’ Company is the most frequently cited example of where procedures go wrong – but sad to say, there […]

Post-Covid Fundraising

By |April 5th, 2022|

Methods of giving are a regular topic for discussion, the more so as we enter the post-coronavirus era.

So what’s best for charities? Perhaps more to the point, what’s best for our donors?

The coronavirus crisis has shifted fundraising towards digital technologies. Lockdown and the general feeling we should not be attending large – or even small […]