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New Ways of Fundraising

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 […]

By |November 3rd, 2022|news|0 Comments

Small Charities: Time for Change

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 […]

By |October 10th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Charities & The Cost of Living Crisis

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 […]

By |September 6th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Charities and Inflation

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. […]

By |August 4th, 2022|news|0 Comments

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

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 […]

By |July 10th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Another Side to Charity Regulation

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 […]

By |June 10th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Avoiding Charity Commission investigations

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 […]

By |May 16th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Post-Covid Fundraising

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 […]

By |April 5th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Should grant-making trusts and foundations give more money to charities?

Should grant-making trusts and foundations give more money to charities?

The UK benefits from more than 4,000 charitable foundations, many of which were set up centuries ago. Indeed, the concept of charitable foundations has its roots in ancient Greece, although they became more significant during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Some UK foundations have reserves running […]

By |March 7th, 2022|news|0 Comments

Gifts & Charities

Acceptance of gifts from dubious, or sometimes simply unpopular, sources is a perennial challenge facing charities.

Endowment of charitable projects by individuals who whose morality or source of wealth is open to criticism is nothing new. For example, how many schools are there in the UK endowed by, and named after, King Henry VIII – hardly […]

By |February 8th, 2022|news|0 Comments