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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.  

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.

3 tips for Legacy Giving to the Arts

8th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

On 16th March 2016, the South West Fellows were lucky enough to be able to attend a training session with the development team at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). With a varied and remarkable history, the BSO is the only major symphony orchestra in the UK which is not based in a major city. It takes world-class performances and education projects across the South and South West of England, covering an area of over 10,000 square miles.

The Ethics of Fundraising: The BP debate continues

7th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Fundraising ethics have hit the headlines once again. Most recently, the debate surrounding ethical corporate sponsorship has resurfaced with the news that BP is to end its sponsorship of Tate Britain after almost 30 years. Is this the beginning of the end for arts sponsorship from oil companies?

Tate must say goodbye to BP

Four lessons: How the StÌ_del Museum in Frankfurt inspired a whole city to fundraise

6th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

As a native Berliner my curiosity for fundraising practices in my home country is somewhat self-evident. In the minds of many, Germany will not be equated with game changing fundraising, not least because public support for the arts has traditionally been strong in the land of poets and thinkers. However, in recent years fundraising in Germany has undergone steady change. In this blog, I’d like to review the state of fundraising in the Republic and introduce lessons from an award-winning campaign by the StÌ_del Museum in Frankfurt.

Fundraising for the Long-term: Trends Revealed in the Latest Private Income Data from Arts Council England

5th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Arts Council England has now published its latest Annual Survey Analysis for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs) for the financial year 2014/15.

The Analysis looks at the breakdown of income from all participating NPOs, of which there were 683 in this financial year. Income is broken down across strands, with Contributed (i.e. fundraised) income as one strand. This includes philanthropic income from individuals and Trusts & Foundations, as well as business sponsorship.

Recognising your best assets as an arts organisation

4th April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

In a recent training session on ‘Planning a Fundraising Strategy’ Ruth Jarratt recommended identifying an organisation’s ‘Assets’ and ‘Constraints’ suggesting that determining these will help structure a fundraising strategy.

Assets: your work; your people; your physical location.

Constraints: lack of certain skills; lack of people power; lack of recognition.


During this activity I noticed that people:

A Deal with the Devil? Looking Back at BP’s Tate Sponsorship

24th March, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

“If [the Tate] can get any money from Satan himself, they should take it,” wrote Jonathan Jones in a 2010 Guardian column.

Securing Funding from Housing Associations and Developers

23rd March, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

As fundraisers, we are always looking to build better relationships and explore new fundraising opportunities. With this in mind, we (Dana, Cockpit Arts, and Jill, A New Direction) hosted a half-day event examining how to secure funding from the housing sector.

Capital Fundraising in the Regions – Protecting the Legacy of Cultural Regeneration

22nd March, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Since the 1970’s cultural buildings have played an integral part in the regeneration of Bristol.

Brexit and immigration’s role in philanthropy

21st March, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Britain’s decision on its future within the European Union (EU) will undoubtedly impact the non-profit sector. The Britain Stronger in Europe campaign has already released data that 249 charities received £217m in funding from the EU in 2014. If Britain leaves the EU we must consider all the possible funding implications including Britain’s eligibility to receive funding from Creative Europe, the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the cultural and audiovisual sectors.

Brexit: Implications for Social Enterprises and Charities

9th March, 2016

On June 23, the UK will hold a vote on whether to remain in the European Union or to vote for ‘Brexit’ (British exit). As such businesses, organisations, NGOs and individuals are now considering the potential impact that a Brexit would have. This blog looks specifically at the implications of Brexit for charities and social enterprises.