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AI and Chat GPT in Fundraising – its role, uses and implications

22nd May, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

With technology continuing to embed itself in all aspects of our lives at great speed, much has been written about AI technology, and how this is likely to facilitate the biggest shift in our working practices since the industrial revolution.

This week, OpenAI chief executive (and the inventor of Chat GPT) Sam Altman lauded the new generation of digital chatbots for their potential to “improve nearly every aspect of our lives”. 

However, his positivity also came with words of warning, “if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong, we want to work with the government to prevent that from happening.”

With every great revolution, comes trepidation, but looking at such technology through the eyes of a fundraiser, we need to ask whether this is the future of fundraising, or merely a tool to support us in our journey to create positive change? In a series of articles, we aim to open up discussion and debate on this topic.

Pick of the Month – July 2024

2nd July, 2024 | By Lucy Pratt

This month we spotlight three changemakers: Leanne Pero, a breast cancer survivor who fights for Black and POC cancer patients through her foundation; Tom Allanson, who uses his social research expertise to advocate for equality with The Equality Trust; and Johannes Petersen, who founded Àban, a social enterprise providing free outdoor education for young people. Read their inspiring stories and learn more about their causes in July's Pick of the Month!

Fighting Online Fatigue

3rd March, 2021 | By Michelle Wright

Funders and audiences are losing their appetite for virtual events, writes Michelle Wright. What comes next for arts fundraising? 

Pick of the Month - February 2021

2nd February, 2021 | By Edward Drew

As we refocus and rebuild from 2020, we spoke to four people who are shaping the sector. From a Charity Leader who is connecting asylum seekers and English language volunteers, to a Trustee leading a student union through Covid-19.  

Lessons from Social Entrepreneurship in 2020

26th January, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

In 2020 Cause4 had the great pleasure of being inspired by our Social Entrepreneurs of the Month. Here, we look back at some of the Social Entrpreneurs we met in 2020.

What trusteeship in 2020 can teach us for 2021

15th January, 2021 | By Naomi Chapman

During 2020, we were delighted to feature a Trustee each month as part of our ‘Pick of the Month’, a publication highlighting the extraordinary people working across the charity sector. In the last year, the Trustees featured have supported charities across impact areas, from social care and cancer research, to publishing and youth leadership.

So what can we learn from these case studies of trusteeship, and how can they can inform governance practice going forwards?

Pick of the Month - January 2021

6th January, 2021 | By Edward Drew

This month we spoke to four people about how they plan to rebuild back from the experiences of 2020, including a Trustee helping implement an Equality Action Plan for their organisation and a Charity Leader developing an app for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and their parents to use in hospital. 

Three ways to onboard a Trustee inclusively

15th December, 2020 | By Edward Drew

It’s no secret that despite effort from many charities, Trustee Boards remain chronically unrepresentative of society. At Cause4, we believe that making the Trustee onboarding experience inclusive makes a crucial difference.  

Michelle Wright comments for Working Wise

11th December, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

Michelle comments for Working Wise on how to engage older volunteers. Engaging in voluntary work can be of enormous benefit to over-50s looking to change jobs or careers, especially when faced with so much competition in the jobs market right now.

Five things we’ve learnt from lockdown

3rd December, 2020 | By Michelle Wright

National and international research has examined the pandemic’s impact on fundraising, marketing and audience development strategies, but what do the findings mean for the arts, culture and heritage in 2021? Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy looks to the challenges that now lie ahead. 

Pick of the Month - December 2020

1st December, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

After a year like no other, December is here and with it 2020’s last Pick of the Month. This month, we feature the Chair of a publishing charity, a social enterprise using coffee to transform lives, and the new Chief Executive of Child.org.

The Elephant in the Room: Should Trustees Give?

1st December, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

Today is Giving Tuesday, an annual day of philanthropy designed to counter the individual consumption of Black Friday with generosity to charities a few days later. This year, we wanted to use this day to consider the debate around whether Trustees should give to the charities that they govern.

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