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.

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 Giving Summit

26th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

One of the most interesting proposals in the Government’s White Paper on Giving is its plan to channel the energy and creativity of multiple partners across society, including businesses, charities, faith groups, social enterprises, academia, philanthropists and others, by providing funding for game-changing ideas and a Giving Summit in the Autumn of 2011.

What now for Arts fundraisers?

16th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

In December 2010, when Jeremy Hunt announced plans to promote philanthropy amongst the arts, including his £80m matched fund scheme and ‘year of corporate giving’, two-thirds of arts companies welcomed the government’s plans, with 85% of the music and opera sectors strongly favouring the initiative.

So, four months on – how are developments unfolding? Research conducted by Arts Quarter as part of Culture 2020 based on the final figure of 587 recipients, are as follows:

Philanthropist of the month - Sir Steve Redgrave MBE CBE

16th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Five times Olympian gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave is one of the greatest athletes to grace sport.

Redgrave has recently set a new milestone in charitable fundraising earning the title of the London Marathon's top celebrity fundraiser. Redgrave raised well over £1.7m for the Steve Redgrave Trust from his participation in the 2006 Flora London Marathon.

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!!