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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.

Cause4’s response to: The UK Civil Society Almanac 2019 Report

15th July, 2019 | By Cause4 staff

The UK Civil Society Almanac Reports, released by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), is a crucial source of data that has been providing insights into developments in the voluntary sector since 1996. NCVO has now released its latest annual report, of which the following response will outline key findings including positive growth in terms of grants and investments, whilst public donations and fundraising decline. Diversity in particular has been highlighted as an ongoing issue within the sector throughout the report.  

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.

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.