Highlighted stories

Green is the New Black: the Rising Tide of Climate-Consciousness

11th January, 2019 | By Emily Clarke

It’s an arresting sight: huge chunks of arctic ice stood melting into the polluted streets of Central London; disintegrating into the chill winter air.

Looking Ahead: Cause4’s predictions for the charitable sector in 2019

14th December, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

2018 has been filled with some exciting developments as well as major challenges for the UK charitable sector. As the year comes to a close, the Cause4 team is looking to the future with their predictions for 2019.

Philanthropist of the Month: Dame Vivian Duffield

3rd April, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Dame Vivien Duffield has once again demonstrated unsurpassed generosity for the arts. Her recent donation of £8.2 million announced last week to 11 organisations throughout England includes grants exceeding £1m destined respectively to The National Theatre, Tate Britain and the RSC.

Budget it or fudge it?

1st April, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Last week, George Osbourne announced the second budget of his chancellorship, introducing new changes to benefit the charity sector:

A final academic tilt at the Big Society?

30th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The Financial Times recently published a report that confirmed the success that British universities have achieved in launching successful fundraising campaigns and developing their donor bases. The 2009-2010 Annual Rose-CASE survey, which evaluates philanthropy amongst UK universities, noted a significant increase in donors over the past year - with numbers rising by 12% and new donations increasing by 10%. Long may this trend continue. As we all appreciate universities are increasingly vulnerable to cuts and will need to extend their income to retain independence.

2011 - desperation in corporate philanthropy?

18th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The Financial Times informs us that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to send handwritten letters to a number of FTSE 100 chief executives in a bid to coax corporate investment into the arts and ‘offset culture budget cuts’. As part of his drive to make 2011 the Year of Corporate Giving, Mr Hunt wishes to encourage companies to integrate the arts within their social responsibility agenda.

Slim pickings?

11th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Forbes magazine recently published 2010’s World’s Rich List results and, for the first time since 1994, an American has been demoted from top spot. Microsoft’s Bill Gates, worth $53.5 billion, has been usurped by Carlos Slim - a Mexican, with a vast telecommunications empire.

Next Generation Philanthropists

9th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The Big Give has recently delivered a pilot scheme at The Dragon School in North Oxford. Designed to educate pupils about philanthropy and ‘promote the benefits of intelligent charitable giving’ during formative years, it encourages students to research charities to learn more about the plethora of good causes and make informed decisions about opportunities to give.

Big boys and minnows

20th February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The National Theatre has announced that it is to offer free guidance to two regional theatres in a pilot scheme designed to “unlock local philanthropy”. This arrangement is in line with Arts Council England recommendations that major institutions should be ‘required to take on greater responsibility for the sector.’ For what it’s worth, it is also in line with Cause4’s recommendations sent to the DCMS in November 2010. Such prescience!!

Cutting Dependency and The Big Society

13th February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

As each day goes by, we hear more and more about The Big Society. It’s fair to say, we sense, that the number of sceptics wondering exactly what the Big Society is and questioning exactly how its amorphous concept might translate into clear action led by the charitable and voluntary sector is growing apace.

Music Education in England - Cause4 review

9th February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Yesterday the Government published Darren Henley’s Review of Music Education and along side it, its response. This, as a prequel to a National Plan for Music Education, seeks to build on the Government’s commitment that ‘every child should experience a rounded cultural education, including the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to sing.’

A League of Bankers?

2nd February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Last week The Times announced plans by the UK government ‘to embarrass banks and their staff into donating more to charities by producing a league table of bankers’ donations.’

The newspaper claimed that sources within the government believe that in compiling a league table of charitable donations from staff bonuses, this would encourage bankers to donate more.