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Young Trustees – Are We Really Doing Enough?

25th January, 2019 | By Cause4 staff

This month, Tate announced the appointment of 28-year-old Anna Lowe as the new Youth Engagement Trustee and the youngest serving Trustee of a national UK museum or gallery.

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.

Philanthropist of the month - a more charitable outlook on the World Cup

14th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

This month the eyes of the world lie upon the very southern tip of Africa , upon a country whose history is fraught with woe and where millions of its people contend with the degradation of poverty and ill-health on a scale that defies belief.

Will the Big Society bring new ideas to support scaling up?

14th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

We read the recent New Philanthropy Capital paper - Scaling up for the Big Society with interest. The paper is a guide for civil servants in assessing the merits of charitable projects suitable for scaling up under the new Big Society brief for engaging charities in the delivery of key services.

Philanthropist of the month

7th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Sir Alec Reed through the Reed Foundation has partnered with Arts and Business to contribute an initial fund of £500,000 to the ‘Big Arts Give’, a new challenge fund designed to act as a catalyst for helping cultural organisations increase income from on-line donations from Major Donors, Trusts & Foundations and Corporate Engagement. Reed is the founder of the Big Give website which matches charities with potential donors and philanthropists and is now seeking to widen the scope of the website to match donations raised by arts organisations from the project fund.

The Third Sector needs First-Class People

6th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Never in the history of modern Britain has the charitable sector been so important. We hear more and more about the emergence of social enterprises and new charities by the day (alongside the 168,000 charities that are already registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales). As Government talks about partnership with the charitable and voluntary sector, you can be certain that the pace with which new organisations materialise will not slow down.

What do we mean by social enterprise?

6th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

In the past 10 years we have seen an explosion of new organisations branding themselves as social enterprises. Government figures estimate that there are 62,000 (social enterprises) in the UK, contributing over £24bn to the economy and employing approximately 800,000 people. With their importance growing, a crucial question to ask is what do we exactly mean by the term ‘social enterprise’?

Why can’t we get tax breaks for philanthropy right?

24th May, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

It’s been an extraordinary week as the new bed-fellows within a new coalition Government plump up their political duvets.

Pertinently we have heard Jeremy Hunt, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport make his first speech at Camden’s Roundhouse, Camden on 19 May about the future of Arts and Culture. Cuts are inevitable but we should not expect culture to be singled out as a soft target.

Will we now see the Big Society unfold?

18th May, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Now that we have the Conservative/Liberal coalition in situ we wait to see how the concept of The Big Society emerges.

The parlous state of the economy and public finances clearly creates opportunities to unleash a new entrepreneurial spirit and to give charities and social enterprises a lead in providing services across areas such as health and welfare. The possibilities are exciting and if the prize is a dramatic reduction in bureaucracy and increased accountability and efficiency, there is plenty to play for.

Is the Rich List 2010 a sign that philanthropy might be on the up?

26th April, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Philip Beresford, compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List published on Sunday 25th April, would have us assume that economically we are ‘rising from the rubble'. Britain’s super-rich have added some £77bn to their wealth in the last year - an increase of almost a third.

Should executives be philanthropically accountable too?

11th April, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Most recently, Bart Becht's - Reckitt Benckiser's Chief Executive - the brand behind Mr Sheen and Cillit Bang has donated £110m to charity.

Similarly within financial services, as anger over bankers' bonuses has engulfed the City, some of the highest-paid executives have publicly mollified an angry public by personally donating bonuses to worthy causes.