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. 


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.

Friends or foe? The benefits of collaboration in fundraising

26th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Reading the line ‘still only able to fund 1 in 10 applications that are submitted’ (Paul Hamlyn Foundation) from Kathryn Worthington's Blog sends shivers down my spine when it comes to applying for funding from Trusts and Foundations. There are too many good applications being sent to Trust and Foundations which simply cannot support them.

So what does this mean in terms of our friends and foes in the arts fundraising world?

An interview with Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent

13th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Clare-McCullaghThe Centre for Philanthropy was founded in 2008 and is one the UK's leading centres for philanthropy research, teaching and public engagement. I was delighted to be able to interview Dr Beth Breeze, the Director of the Centre, in March 2016.

An interview with Dorothy Wilson of mac birmingham

12th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Rosy-Ross-I ask the Artistic Director and CEO at mac birmingham about the scope for city-wide strategic partnerships and how cultural organisations are stronger together.

Eight ways to make the most of your people

5th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

In 2011, a child called Caine set up a cardboard arcade in his dad’s garage. By chance, a filmmaker who stopped by to buy some car parts was inspired by Caine’s story. Five years later, Caine’s Arcade has had tens of thousands of customers and over $240,000 has been raised to send him to college. Caine isn’t the only person with a story.

Cut out the fundraising jargon

4th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

As we are all aware... the current funding climate is competitive. One example that illustrates this perfectly is the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. They give £25 million in funding each year but are still only able to fund 1 in 10 applications that are submitted to them. In this tough environment it is easy to feel pressured into being led by what we think funders want. This pressure can manifest itself in many ways, not least in our use of language when we describe ourselves and the value of our work.

Encouraging Legacy Giving to Arts & Cultural Charities

3rd May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Legacy giving can still feel like a taboo area for arts and cultural charities, but it really doesn’t need to be.

Legacies can offer fantastic opportunities to grow relationships with donors over a long period of time, away from the pressures of campaign deadlines or making very specific ‘asks’.

Firstly, why should a charity undertake legacy fundraising?