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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 Rise of Digital Trustees

17th December, 2018 | By Laura Gabe

Following on from Cause4’s response to the Charity Digital Code of Practice, we wanted to expand the discussion on the need and the role of Digital Trustees in charities today.

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.

Sponsorship - a problematic area?

27th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The past week has seen significant controversy and chaos surrounding the Commonwealth Games. To add to the general state of unreadiness, there are to all accounts issues concerning the recruitment of sponsors. A recent report carried out by Business Standard suggests that ‘several potential sponsors... did not make a pitch due to the negative publicity generated by the event,’ a view shared by Ogilvy & Mather National Creative Director Piyush Pandey. ‘With all the negativity that has been shown, sponsors have chickened out,’ she points out.

Philanthropist of the month - JK Rowling

16th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

She needs no introduction. JK Rowling, who famously conjured up the world of Harry Potter, is not only one of the world’s leading authors with one heck of an imagination, she also happens to be one of the world’s most generous philanthropists. Rowling has been described as a ‘hyper-active’ philanthropist, giving up her time, money and celebrity status whenever she can.

Is volunteering alive and well in the UK?

15th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last week CAF released The World Giving Index 2010, a research project carried out in 153 countries worldwide and representing around 95% of the world’s population. It is an interesting piece of work which offers analysis of ‘global generosity in giving money, time as a volunteer and helping a stranger.’ It placed the UK 8th with a total ‘Giving Index’ of 53%.

Libraries in peril

15th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Cause4 blogged in July about Ed Vaizey’s championing of libraries and his insistence that libraries “have a home at the heart of the Big Society” - Libraries and The Big Society.

Fundraising dinners - all the rage?

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

There is no stopping Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Having successfully persuaded their American peers into donating billions through their ‘Giving Pledge’, they are now facing East. Shortly they will be hosting an exclusive dinner in Beijing for Chinese tycoons to exchange ideas about their philanthropic work ”Òout of which many predict a new rise in Chinese philanthropy. This prompts us to consider the place of Dinners and Events in the life of charities.