Highlighted stories

Celebrating Trustees in Honour of Trustees Week

12th November, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

To mark Trustees Week – a fantastic annual event showcasing the great work that Trustees do – we thought it would be a good opportunity to bring back to the limelight all of those Trustees we have celebrated over the last year.

How can we better support families setting up charities ‘in memoriam’

20th February, 2019 | By Tom Hoyle

For four years a discussion paper has circulated within Cause4 that grapples with how best to serve charities forged in tragedy. We’ve publishing a distilled version of this analysis to shed light on a collection of charities (who are strangers to each other) which we consider rather special for society for their compelling messages but also their extra vulnerability. 

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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.

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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.

All Work No Pay: Charities’ Unpaid Interns

15th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

A former development intern, Rachel Woodford, previously wrote a blog on ‘Unpaid Internships: Experience or Exploitation’ in 2012. Having read this, I was inspired to see how much this situation has evolved within the last four years. Indeed, more than ever in our current climate, job hunting is challenging and presents high expectations for prospective employees.

Philanthropy in Business - An Interview with Chirag Golwala, Founder & CEO of Let's Travel Services

8th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

In today’s world, philanthropy is almost demanded of the wealthy in the same way that socially responsible behaviour is expected of companies. With such deep-rooted inequality, society is increasingly expectant that large sums of wealth are directed to help serve a public good. I recently spoke with Chirag Golwala, Founder and CEO of TripCenter.NET and Lets Travel Services.