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International Week of Happiness

25th September, 2019 | By Annie Jarvis

Annie Jarvis writes for International Week of Happiness

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.

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.

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.