Highlighted stories

Innovation in Fundraising – A Cause4 Glance at our Favourite Innovations

19th October, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Curious

Ambitious

United

Straight-talking

Enterprising

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.

The power of the press

31st July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Two weeks in and the Evening Standard Fund for The Dispossessed to fight poverty in London is flying. In making a donation of £100,000 donation, Pierre Lagrange, head of a substantial hedge fund, explained yesterday, ‘It was important for me that we do something about the less privileged who can be living next door to us, that we don't sweep them under the carpet and forget about them.’

To merge or not to merge?

28th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last week Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils released plans to merge their education departments in ‘what they admit is a high-risk attempt to shave millions from their budgets.’ It is a move which has been welcomed by Eric Pickles, the Government’s Community Secretary and new co-chair of the Big Society Ministerial Group. It also has interesting relevance perhaps for charities.

Change for the Better?

25th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has recently axed the £75m budget provided by the government for the marketing of the Change4Life campaign, launched last year to tackle obesity by encouraging health through sport. In doing this, he has encouraged the corporate sector to take a lead in bridging the gap.

Civil servants for civil society?

25th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

This week Greg Clark, Decentralisation Minister, (is this title something of a contradiction?) put forward plans to offer community groups the support of senior civil servants to help them in their discussions with local authorities over support for grassroots projects. The move is part of the wider ‘Big Society’ plan to enable communities to “shape them(selves) in their own vision”.

Crowdsourcing - the power of multiple individuals

21st July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Since the phrase was coined in 2006, Crowdsourcing has risen in popularity. It is the trend of leveraging the mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0 technologies to achieve organisational goals, made famous in the charitable sector by JP Morgan Chase. Their campaign Chase Community Giving utilised over 2 million people on Facebook to get directly involved in the promotion of the campaign and even allowed users to act as Trustees helping to decide where funds were allocated.

Libraries and The Big Society

19th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

On 1 July 2010 new culture minister Ed Vaizey outlined the Conservative vision for libraries, which he believes have a "home at the heart of the 'big society'". Vaizey’s championing of libraries is important.

A recent article in The Bookseller suggests that libraries are at a critical stage, vulnerable to changes in funding arrangements and under threat from perceptions that they fail in stimulating widespread local use. So Vaizey’s recognition of what libraries can offer is timely.

Is the Lottery too much of a Lottery?

18th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Encouraging public philanthropy is high on the agenda for our new government. Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, urged the public last week ‘towards a higher level of generosity,’ citing 1% of income as a suggested sum to be donated to charitable causes.

The motivation of celebrity - altruism or column inches?

18th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Prince Charles has just launched his 19th Charity – the Prince’s Countryside Fund. It aims to improve the sustainability of British farming by raising the profile of countryside issues with the general public and by providing emergency funding to farmers when crises occur.

Twitter and the art of story-telling

18th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

With current membership standing at 100 million users, the popularity of Twitter since its creation in 2006 is immense. Nor does the phenomenon shows any signs of slowing down.

Some charities are actively ‘tweeting’ whilst others for a variety of reasons - lack of technical ‘know how’, lack of resource, uncertainty, perceptions that ‘it’s all a bit silly’ – prefer to watch and wait.

Those charities deploying Twitter do so with variable success. Too often tweets are seemingly ‘off the cuff’ comments made carelessly without considering wider implications.

An impressive legacy for 1 Goal?

15th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

As the World Cup reached its conclusion it is now that people begin to examine the charitable legacy that it will leave. This blog looks at a campaign that is spreading throughout the globe utilising the momentum of the World Cup for a charitable campaign.