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Cause4's Pick of the Month - August 2019

1st August, 2019 | By Cause4 staff

It's a new month and the Cause4 team are excited to introduce another four inspiring individuals that are guiding the way in charity leadership, social entrepreneurship, Trusteeship and Arts Fundraising. Read on to meet our pick of the month for August. 

Cause4’s response to: The UK Civil Society Almanac 2019 Report

15th July, 2019 | By Cause4 staff

The UK Civil Society Almanac Reports, released by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), is a crucial source of data that has been providing insights into developments in the voluntary sector since 1996. NCVO has now released its latest annual report, of which the following response will outline key findings including positive growth in terms of grants and investments, whilst public donations and fundraising decline. Diversity in particular has been highlighted as an ongoing issue within the sector throughout the report.  

Pick of the Month - April 2020

3rd April, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

Somehow it has only been a month since our last Pick of the Month, but it has felt much longer! In that time, so much of what we take for granted in the arts and charities sector has changed, so we’re even more grateful for the individuals working hard to support these causes. 

April’s Pick of the Month includes a social enterprise bringing craft to the community, a mobile library travelling between refugee camps, and an Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy fellow who has used what she learnt across the arts and heritage sector. 

Pick of the Month - March 2020

3rd March, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

And suddenly, in the blink of an eye, it’s March! 2020 is zooming past, but we love having these monthly round-ups to remind us of the incredible impact that our colleagues across the charity sector are having year round. This month we’ve got a fabulous Young Trustee, an innovative charity seed funder and a social enterprise supporting…social enterprise!

'Selling your work' with Frances Tipper

28th February, 2020 | By Frances Campbell

 

Last month our Associate team here at Cause4 were lucky enough to attend a Selling your work workshop with Frances Tipper, which forms part of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Creative Entrepreneurs incubator programme. 

This half day training covered the basics of pitching, understanding your audience, and closing deals.

Amanda Parker Writes for The Guardian on Board Diversity

25th February, 2020 | By Frances Campbell

Leadership skills come in black too – even if most 'inclusive' boards can't see it

People like me too often get put on a board because we’re a colourful addition to the meeting, rather than for our acumen

I was first approached to join a management board when I was on maternity leave. I said yes, unaware that I would be joining as chair and that the role would give me ultimate responsibility for a £1.5m budget – and the health, education and life outcomes of tens of thousands of children under five in my area of London.

Pick of the Month - February 2020

14th February, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

Welcome to February’s Pick of the Month – this Valentine’s day, we hope our round up of charity sector heroes will make you remember why you love charities and social enterprises. 

You’ll notice that our Trustee for February is slightly different this month, after the Cause4 team attended a fantastic Young Trustees Movement event in the first week of February. We were so delighted to have many exciting conversations about diversifying charity boards!

 

Pick of the Month - January 2020

3rd January, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

Happy New Year! For some ultimate ‘new year, new you’ inspiration, check out our round up of the charity sector for January. This month we have sector leaders using hip-hop to combat loneliness, writing to build confidence, and business skills to support governance.

Social Entrepreneur of the Month – Charlie Blair, the Blair Academy

Fundraising in Times of Crisis

10th December, 2019 | By Frances Campbell

In 2018 fire ravaged the Macintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), causing extensive damage to the historically important building that was under renovation following a smaller but equally devastating fire in 2014.

Pick of the Month - December 2019

2nd December, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Somehow, we’ve reached our final Pick of the Month for 2019. Where has the year gone? 

We’ve saved some phenomenal work across the charity sector for our final Pick of the Month of the year, so heat up some mulled wine and scroll on… 

 

Social Entrepreneur of the Month: Alex Stephany, Beam

David Johnson writes for Ticketsolve

15th November, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Head of Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy's Programme at Cause4 David Johnson explains how to think about fundraising for your arts organisations and the best tools to reach your goals. 

The Value of Well-Judged Reserves

11th November, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Recent articles published by Sky News and the Times cast a negative light on the UK’s military charities, claiming that the largest in the sector were hoarding money whilst failing to support vulnerable veterans.