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Regulation

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 […]

By |March 6th, 2017|news|0 Comments

Interesting times

There’s an old Chinese curse which says: “May you live in interesting times!”

This is certainly true for the charity sector as 2017 unfolds – although not all the interest is as bad as the curse suggests.

What is clear, however, is that charities big and small need to embrace new technology and new methods of fundraising.

A […]

By |February 20th, 2017|news|0 Comments

Are you having problems with funders?

Some years ago I attended a seminar on the National Lottery.

The helpful team from different Lottery funds genuinely wanted to know how their audience felt about the application processes. They clearly weren’t expecting the minor tsunami which greeted their enquiry !

Speaker after speaker complained about the length and complexity of the application processes; the difficulty […]

By |January 20th, 2017|news|0 Comments

New from Parliament

New from Parliament
The Small Charitable Donations Bill has provided a welcome boost for charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs).

Key changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme mean that the administrative burden for charities and CASCs will be reduced, and they will also provide additional benefits for charities connected with community buildings.

Charities operating from […]

By |May 30th, 2016|news|0 Comments

Winners and Losers

Last month I attended the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s (NCVO’s) national conference in London. As usual, it was a well-worthwhile day with first rate speakers and good networking opportunities.

 

Other delegates I spoke to confirmed the results of NCVO’s research, published earlier in the month, that although the total income for the voluntary sector rose […]

By |May 1st, 2016|news|0 Comments

Proposed Fundraising Preference Service (FPS)

The consultation on the proposals for this service closed on 31 March, and comments were sought on a number of issues, including “The application of the FPS to smaller charities.”

Here at Minerva we work exclusively with small charities. We are only too aware of the pressures on small, often local charities which have few if […]

By |April 1st, 2016|news|0 Comments

Success Story: All Saints’ Church Wellingborough

Another repeat contract sees Minerva renewing its professional partnership with All Saints’ Church in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

In 2003-04 the Flame Alive Appeal at All Saints comfortably exceeded its £400,000 target for a new roof for the church, refurbishment and conservation of stained glass and window frames, the resurfacing of the car park and key […]

By |March 4th, 2016|news|0 Comments

Success Story: TRACKS autism

Minerva Fundraising has just agreed a new contract with Hertfordshire-based charity TRACKS autism – for the third time.

Following the successful fundraising campaigns in 2001-12 and 2013-14, the charity – which has been hosted at 10 Downing Street by Mrs Samantha Cameron – is signing a new deal with Minerva.

This will see Minerva seek […]

By |March 3rd, 2016|news|0 Comments

The Challenge for Small Charities

Scarcely a week, indeed scarcely a day, goes by without a media report from somewhere in the UK of a small charity struggling financially or threatened with bankruptcy or closure.

This strikes me as ironic, because small charities have not been in the media firing line during 2015 and 2016 so far. The tragedy of Olive […]

By |March 2nd, 2016|news|0 Comments

Look after your donors

The British aren’t very good at looking after their donors. The Australians, Canadians and Americans do it better.

We like to ask individuals, companies, trust and foundations for money; then (usually) we thank them; and then we forget about them until the next time we want their money.

The Chairman of Governors at a school where […]

By |February 1st, 2016|news|0 Comments