From Corporate Social Responsibility to Responsible, Purposeful Business

5th August, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Certified B Corporations must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental responsibility. Cause4 and the ninety-six other UK businesses that have achieved B Corporation status must consider the impact of their decisions. This requires looking beyond shareholders to their stakeholders, including workers, suppliers, consumers and also the community and the environment.

Should Charities Commit to Crowdfunding?

3rd August, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

A recent report by Nesta seeks to understand the opportunities and challenges in crowdfunding for good causes. The research surveyed more than 450 charities, community groups and social entrepreneurs on their perceptions, awareness and usage of crowdfunding.1

When the whole is greater than the sum of the parts

27th July, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

This article is authored by Alex Day, Director of The Big Give.

More people are likely to donate to charity and give more money if they know their donation will be match-funded, a new report has found. In this blog post, Alex Day delves deeper into research the Big Give recently commissioned about the power of match-funding.

Public Trust in Fundraising Methods Falls: What Can Charities Do?

15th July, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

The recent Charity Commission Report into public trust and confidence in charities has shown that the overall level of trust and confidence that the public has in charities has fallen to the lowest level since the report began in 2005, a decrease from 6.7 to 5.7 out of 10.

Break it Down: How Charities Approach the Insurmountable

1st July, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

The Cause4 office is often a forum for lively debate: from football results to politics, we can always find some topical issue to challenge each other on. However, as our recent Brexit blog showed, the team is unanimous on the unequivocally negative effects of Brexit on the UK charity sector.

Charities Aid Foundation UK Giving 2015 Report

30th June, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has recently published its latest 2015 UK Giving Report, which acts as a great temperature-check for charitable giving in the UK. As always, there are some essential facts and figures for everyone to factor into their fundraising strategies. The ones that caught my eye as an arts and cultural charity specialist were as follows:

The Reality of Brexit for the Charitable Sector

28th June, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

The outcome of the historical EU Referendum has sent Europe (as well as our Facebook newsfeeds) into a frenzy, as the UK's future appears more uncertain than ever. As our Twitter poll suggested in May, Brexit has become a reality, meaning our economy and professional environment - not least the charitable sector - face inevitable change.

Fintech is making Pennies count in the UK charity sector

15th June, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

This article is authored by Alison Hutchinson CBE who is the CEO of Pennies, the digital charity box.

squareBack in 2013, Cause4 recommended that the Pennies’ way of giving to charity should ‘become everyday practice, with the option of rounding-up being available each time a purchase is made.

Young People in the Arts - Better Lives: the Social Impact of the Arts

7th June, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Today, creative and cultural organisations across the UK are increasingly investing their time and money in engagement and learning work. This involves taking work out of conventional spaces like galleries or auditoriums and into the communities surrounding them, inviting access from new audiences and breaking down barriers to participation.

A Home-Run Approach to Donor Stewarding

31st May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

How does your organisation view your donors? Our “close friends of the charity” and “generous supporters” might well be how we publically refer to them, but are we treating them well enough?

Our prospects are people we likely approach with our nicest smiles and most considerate ears. However, when they become donors, we seem to transition into comfort zone far too quickly. We no longer email as often, if at all, and assume that they’ll stick around with the kind of dedication parents do at the side-lines of their offspring’s amateur sport competitions.