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The Value of Well-Judged Reserves

11th November, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Cause4 responds to recent negative press about the reserves of military charities by considering the many factors that should influence a charity's Reserves Policy.

The Female Leadership Gap in Fundraising: What can we do?

28th April, 2020 | By Frances Campbell

The Institute of Fundraising’s latest report ‘Missing Out: Understanding the female leadership gap in fundraising’ provides detail on how gender is affecting the ability of women to reach the top jobs.

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.

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.

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%.

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.

Save the Arts

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

At long last the arts world gets its Superman in the form of David Shrigley. Shrigley has produced an animation ‘An Important Message About the Arts’ in which he seeks to demonstrate the importance of protecting the “vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world” and which has taken fifty years to grow. The video can be seen at http://www.savethearts.org/ accompanied by an online petition.

The University fundraising challenge

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The student population has huge potential to promote and facilitate charitable fundraising. Apparently 477,277 ‘freshers’ joined higher education in the UK in 2009. Another half a million will do the same later this month. If the means could be established by which every student donated £1 each year on top of what they might already give charitably, a sum not far short of £2m could be generated annually to support charities.