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

30th November, 2018 | By Emily Clarke

Cause4 has launched the first Digital Code of Practice for charities – a brand new resource designed to help charities use digital to increase impact, develop skills and improve sustainability.

Innovation in Fundraising – A Cause4 Glance at our Favourite Innovations

19th October, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Curious

Ambitious

United

Straight-talking

Enterprising

U2 - music and philanthropy legends

28th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

This week it was announced that Irish Band U2 have helped to fund a nationwide music education project in Ireland.

Music Generation will give 10,000 children over the next three years opportunities to receive a musical education that would otherwise pass them by. The ‰âÂ7 million programme is to be funded by U2’s ‰âÂ5 million donation, the remainder coming from the Ireland Fund.

Philanthropist of the month - Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

25th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Born on 7 March 1944, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE has lived an eventful life. Son of a commanding officer in the Royal Scots Greys and with an ancestor who served as commander of the Norman army at Hastings, former soldier Fiennes has demonstrated the same traits of courage, humility and resilience as his forebears throughout his life as a renowned explorer and adventurer.

The Big Give’s Royal Wedding Challenge

24th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

29 April 2011, the date of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, continues to draw attention from the nation’s public and media alike. Charities should certainly not ignore it either.

The Big Give, a website founded by Sir Alec Reed which allows donors to support their favourite charity projects, has recently announced a commemorative Royal Wedding Challenge Fund. This will involve major sponsors, donors and philanthropic organisations - including The Reed Foundation - doubling all online donations made by the public to charities.

Action not words

13th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Last month the Funding Commission for the National Council for Voluntary Organisation (NCVO) released Funding the Future, its framework to ensure the financial sustainability of charities over the next decade.

It outlined the ambitious objective of increasing individual giving to £20bn by 2020, an increase of almost 100% from the current level of £11.3bn. The report suggests that this target can be achieved through ‘increased donor engagement,’ increased use of social media, digital initiatives and ‘better fundraising approaches.’

Giving on a shoestring?

3rd January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Inspired by the example of his parents, active volunteers in their local community, Marc Gold philanthropic instincts developed at an early age. Merging his interest in philanthropy with a passion for travel, he first visited India in 1989 where he encountered a local woman suffering from an ear infection. Seeing her in pain, Gold took her to a doctor who cured the infection with antibiotics for just $1 and he gave her an additional $30 to buy a hearing aid.

Givey - an answer for Gift Aid?

20th December, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Following the recent Gift Aid Forum Report by Peter Fanning, which detailed a number of recommendations aimed at improving the Gift Aid system, the HMRC has announced some overdue developments. These include setting up a Charity Tax Forum to make headway with the recommendations highlighted and introducing ‘intelligent forms’ in the New Year for charities to increase their accuracy and prevent common errors when applying for Gift Aid. However, the most intriguing idea is that of ‘Givey’.

Funding of school sports

7th December, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Coalition Government’s decision to cut the £162 million ring-fenced funding for the network of School Sports Partnerships is controversial and has sparked a backlash from prominent sports personalities, such as Sir Steve Redgrave, from headteachers and sports coaches across the country.

Nudge towards philanthropy

26th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

‘Nudge Theory’, established by the behavioural economists Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in their book ‘Nudge’, is currently fashionable amongst the new coalition Government. Its underpinning principle is that ‘bad choices and laziness are a large part of what makes people human’.

Cross-sector partnerships to power us through tough times?

24th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Back in June 2010 Cause4 highlighted the Annual Small Business Survey data from 2005 – 2007. It showed that the 62,000 social enterprises operating in the UK were making a profound impact on the economy and employment, generating over £20 billion and creating almost a million jobs. However, to develop social enterprises further in these more challenging economic times when unemployment figures are rising significantly profit-making businesses need further encouragement.

Coutts’ million pound donors – scaling up the impact of philanthropic giving

19th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Coutts has recently published its third Million Pound Donors Report written by Dr Iain Wilkinson Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice at the University of Kent and Maya Prabhu Head of UK Philanthropy, Coutts & Co.