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Innovation in Fundraising – A Cause4 Glance at our Favourite Innovations

19th October, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Curious

Ambitious

United

Straight-talking

Enterprising

The Charity Digital Code of Practice – Helping charities join the Fourth Industrial Revolution

30th November, 2018 | By Emily Clarke

The first digital code of practice for charities launched this month – a brand new resource for our sector to improve our tech skills and increase the use of digital in our organisations. With rapid advances in technology worldwide, what is becoming known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is sweeping the globe – but charities are struggling to keep up.

Are single-donor museums the solution to private giving of art?

7th July, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

Recent articles from the American publication Inside Philanthropy show a growth in single-donor private museums in the US. Whilst art collection-come-museums are nothing new, it is surprising to read that 80% of all single-donor museums were created in the 21st century.

Is the charity sector scaring off good candidates?

6th July, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

This article is authored by Jean Merrylees, a freelance content writer and editor.

The solution to a good job advert lies in keeping things simple. It needs to be easy for those talented, motivated people to apply without redirection and without asking them to reproduce information already available in their CV or their LinkedIn profile. So here’s some advice on what you can do to make sure you’re holding onto the good ones from the very beginning...

CV/cover letter, form or on-line application?

Has storytelling come of age in Arts Fundraising?

12th June, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme has worked over the last four years to transform fundraising by developing innovative and efficient solutions for cultural fundraisers’ needs. Underpinning our work has been a commitment to providing quality affordable professional development and training to help support individuals and organisations develop their capacity to generate more income.

Party manifestos ignore the potential of the charity sector

7th June, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

As the snap 8 June 2017 election draws near, and with Brexit front of mind, the recently published main party manifestos are perhaps not surprisingly light on content about the potential for the charity sector to offer solutions, despite the importance of charities to the economy and job creation.

Commitment to the aid budget

Is your Board on board?

16th February, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

One thing that hasAnnie Jarvis grabbed my attention since I started working in the charity sector four years ago is the lack of understanding at Board level about the importance of fundraising. Yes, there are thousands of charities out there whose success is admired across the world, but there are also organisations whose own Trustees don’t seem to grasp the importance of fundraising in keeping a charity alive.

Making Funds Count for Digital Success

7th February, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

The Transform Foundation has just announced its 2017 Charity Website Grants Programme, giving £18,000 to charities to redevelop their websites.

The Cause4 Forecast for 2017

16th January, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

Last June, the Cause4 team pooled out collective ideas and perspectives in our post 'The Reality of Brexit for the Charitable Sector' and did our best to offer calm, collected views about what the referendum result meant for the future of charitable giving in the UK, and for the charitable sector itself. Now, six months and a whirlwind of political events later, we share our thoughts about what 2017 has in store.

The #iwill Fund: will it or won't it?

12th January, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

The £50m #iwill Fund was recently set up by Step Up to Serve and was made available in November 2016, with the aim to get 60% of 10-20 year olds involved in social action by 2020. This Seed Fund gives grants to create activities that will “transform the culture of community engagement”.1 Originally, £40m was provided by the Government and Big Lottery Fund, which was then topped up by £10m of match funding.

In Support of #GivingTuesday

29th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as today marks the UK’s 3rd #givingtuesday; the internationally celebrated day of giving that sees people across the world coming together to make a difference. Giving Tuesday has become a staple in our diary, partly in response to the rampant commercialisation and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

5 Techniques to Optimise your Online Fundraising Results

18th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

One thing that grabbed my attention when working on a recent project was that a number of non-profit organisations’ websites failed to maximise their online fundraising as a donation channel. This is something we have talked about before and which will continue to be relevant and important.