Save the Arts

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

At long last the arts world gets its Superman in the form of David Shrigley. Shrigley has produced an animation ‘An Important Message About the Arts’ in which he seeks to demonstrate the importance of protecting the “vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world” and which has taken fifty years to grow. The video can be seen at http://www.savethearts.org/ accompanied by an online petition.

Fundraising dinners - all the rage?

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

There is no stopping Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Having successfully persuaded their American peers into donating billions through their ‘Giving Pledge’, they are now facing East. Shortly they will be hosting an exclusive dinner in Beijing for Chinese tycoons to exchange ideas about their philanthropic work ”Òout of which many predict a new rise in Chinese philanthropy. This prompts us to consider the place of Dinners and Events in the life of charities.

Training the sector

2nd September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

A recent report by the Institute of Volunteering Research has highlighted the lack of formal training currently being undertaken within the Third Sector. Its paper Valuing Volunteer Management points out, for instance, that 42% of people managing volunteers have undergone no formal training.

Arts cuts - the show must go on

1st September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

August is the month of results. A-Levels and GCSEs are "the best yet" (again...). However, for the arts world it has been an uphill struggle. Many arts organisations have come under threat of closure and recently The Scottish Opera has announced that it has been forced to operate part of its operation part-time.

Making the case to Whitehall

24th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Think Tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has published a paper called ‘Proving your worth to Whitehall’. It is aimed at charities; strongly advising them to think seriously about their answers to the questions that the Treasury has posed to all Government departments in advance of what we know is going to be a brutal Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn.

Giving for all

11th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Recently much has been written about high level donors. Fuelled by stories of ‘The Giving Pledge’, more modest levels of giving have been overlooked. However, ignoring smaller donors, Cause4 suggests, is an oversight. Latest figures from the Disaster and Emergencies Committee Pakistan Floods Appeal confirm that over £6m has been raised. Most of this has come from modest individual donations.

A shining example from football

11th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Manchester United FC are giving fans the opportunity to watch the likes of Wayne Rooney take part in an open training session at Old Trafford to raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation’s work in the local community. Tickets sold to the public will not only allow fans to walk onto the hallowed turf of Old Trafford and watch their heroes show off their skills but they will also give access to a host of other activities and entertainment.

The Giving Pledge

10th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

In previous Cause4 post we have made reference to the The Giving Pledge launched by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. It was launched ‘to encourage billionaires and other wealthy people to make a moral commitment to supporting philanthropic causes and charities’. Last week it was announced that over 40 American billionaires by way of response had pledged to donate half their fortunes to charity. We are bound to wonder whether something similar could ever happen in the UK.

More for Less?

6th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last week Nick Hurd and Francis Maud published an open letter to the Third Sector asking for ideas about reducing the deficit. Nick Hurd explained, ‘We want to identify ways of doing things better and more efficiently.’ With funding cuts more apparent by the day, the most pertinent question for charities is how they can do ‘more for less.’

To be clear, doing ‘more for less’ does not mean increasing activity. Instead, it is about being smarter, producing better - not necessarily numerically greater - outcomes with reduced funding.

Making the case

4th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Recent rhetoric from the art world clearly outlines the disappointment felt by organisations facing budgets cut of 25% to 40%. This could mean that funding to 200 out of 880 Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) will be stopped altogether.