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Cause4's Pick of the Month - September 2019

4th September, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Cause4's September Pick of the Month

Looking Ahead: Cause4’s predictions for the charitable sector in 2019

14th December, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

2018 has been filled with some exciting developments as well as major challenges for the UK charitable sector. As the year comes to a close, the Cause4 team is looking to the future with their predictions for 2019.

Friends or foe? The benefits of collaboration in fundraising

26th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Reading the line ‘still only able to fund 1 in 10 applications that are submitted’ (Paul Hamlyn Foundation) from Kathryn Worthington's Blog sends shivers down my spine when it comes to applying for funding from Trusts and Foundations. There are too many good applications being sent to Trust and Foundations which simply cannot support them.

So what does this mean in terms of our friends and foes in the arts fundraising world?

An interview with Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent

13th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Clare-McCullaghThe Centre for Philanthropy was founded in 2008 and is one the UK's leading centres for philanthropy research, teaching and public engagement. I was delighted to be able to interview Dr Beth Breeze, the Director of the Centre, in March 2016.

An interview with Dorothy Wilson of mac birmingham

12th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Rosy-Ross-I ask the Artistic Director and CEO at mac birmingham about the scope for city-wide strategic partnerships and how cultural organisations are stronger together.

Eight ways to make the most of your people

5th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

In 2011, a child called Caine set up a cardboard arcade in his dad’s garage. By chance, a filmmaker who stopped by to buy some car parts was inspired by Caine’s story. Five years later, Caine’s Arcade has had tens of thousands of customers and over $240,000 has been raised to send him to college. Caine isn’t the only person with a story.

Cut out the fundraising jargon

4th May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

As we are all aware... the current funding climate is competitive. One example that illustrates this perfectly is the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. They give £25 million in funding each year but are still only able to fund 1 in 10 applications that are submitted to them. In this tough environment it is easy to feel pressured into being led by what we think funders want. This pressure can manifest itself in many ways, not least in our use of language when we describe ourselves and the value of our work.

Encouraging Legacy Giving to Arts & Cultural Charities

3rd May, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Legacy giving can still feel like a taboo area for arts and cultural charities, but it really doesn’t need to be.

Legacies can offer fantastic opportunities to grow relationships with donors over a long period of time, away from the pressures of campaign deadlines or making very specific ‘asks’.

Firstly, why should a charity undertake legacy fundraising?

7 Tips for Crowdfunding Success

29th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

There has never been a better time to crowdfund. The ‘alternative finance’ market has doubled in the past year and this pace is expected to continue throughout 2016, according to research by Nesta. In fact, crowdfunding became so established in the last 12 months that the word was finally accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2015 (alongside hangry, man spreading and wine o’ clock!)

The Expense of Excellence – New tax relief for Orchestras

26th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

A key factor which I think all the Arts Fundraising Fellows have been learning over the past seven months is that in the funding game, every little helps. Therefore, I’ve observed how important it is to keep abreast of current affairs both social and political, so that arts organisations can always make the most of any new trends or opportunities as they arise.

How to fundraise with digital tools

22nd April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

A review of “How to fundraise with digital tools”, a presentation given by Howard Lake for the Dorset Fundraisers Network at Dorchester Arts on 3 March 2016.

When I first mooted the idea of a digital fundraising training day with AMA Bespoke, the question in my mind was: “The range of digital platforms is incredibly overwhelming, so is it really possible for fundraisers working in the arts to use digital platforms efficiently and effectively to achieve their fundraising objectives?”

Self-Compassion for Fundraisers

21st April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

6 months into life as a Fundraising Fellow and what an adventure it is. There have been wonderful moments of success but, inevitably, not everything always goes as planned. I am using my third blog to explore the experience of a disappointing outcome, and suggest how to move forward.

Over the past two months I have been submitting considerably large trust applications for a project. Despite feeling extremely enthusiastic about the project, as a chronic ‘over-thinker’ I have frequently doubted my capabilities and experience with writing applications.