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Innovation in Fundraising – A Cause4 Glance at our Favourite Innovations

19th October, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Curious

Ambitious

United

Straight-talking

Enterprising

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.

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.

Philanthropist of the month – Lloyd Dorfman

4th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Lloyd Dorfman is persistent, loyal, a world-renowned entrepreneur and a multi-millionaire. He is also a philanthropist with which to be reckoned.

Chairman of the world's largest non-bank foreign exchange business Travelex Group, he was appointed CBE for services to business and charity at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008. He recently gave the National Theatre its biggest-ever private donation of £10m to support the organisation's £70m redevelopment plan.

With deep arts cuts on the horizon let’s seize the moment

1st November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Following the recent Comprehensive Spending Review, the Arts Council has announced that the majority of Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) will receive a cut of 6.9% to their funding this year. This is ‘despite the 14% cut to the Arts Council’s overall budget’ for 2011/12.

Give while you live!

26th October, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last month the plan to introduce “Lifetime Legacies” was discussed at a round-table meeting hosted by the European Association for Philanthropy and Giving (EAPG) formally known as Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs). Under proposals being developed donors will be able to support charities whilst being entitled to benefit from tax-breaks during their lifetime. They also mean that donors will be able to derive satisfaction from their giving and involve themselves in the causes that they support – rather than bequeath this privilege vicariously to their executors.

Throwing down the gauntlet to the UK’s richest...

21st October, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

This week The Metro reported that ‘the world’s richest couple (Bill and Melinda Gates) have congratulated Britons for their generosity towards the world’s poorest people.’ Praising the British people about campaigns such as Red Nose Day and their responses in looking to alleviate desperate situations in Haiti and Pakistan, Melinda Gates acknowledged that that even within a tough economic climate ‘British people continue to show generosity in times of need.’

How do we rank charities?

2nd October, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Martin Brookes, Chief Executive of New Philanthropy Capital, has this week suggested that ‘charities should be ranked according to their benefit to society to discourage self-interested and ill-informed giving,’ a suggestion quickly rebuked by many leading figures in the charitable sector.