Highlighted stories

How can we better support families setting up charities ‘in memoriam’

20th February, 2019 | By Tom Hoyle

For four years a discussion paper has circulated within Cause4 that grapples with how best to serve charities forged in tragedy. We’ve publishing a distilled version of this analysis to shed light on a collection of charities (who are strangers to each other) which we consider rather special for society for their compelling messages but also their extra vulnerability. 

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Green is the New Black: the Rising Tide of Climate-Consciousness

11th January, 2019 | By Emily Clarke

It’s an arresting sight: huge chunks of arctic ice stood melting into the polluted streets of Central London; disintegrating into the chill winter air.

The Cause4 Forecast for 2017

16th January, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

Last June, the Cause4 team pooled out collective ideas and perspectives in our post 'The Reality of Brexit for the Charitable Sector' and did our best to offer calm, collected views about what the referendum result meant for the future of charitable giving in the UK, and for the charitable sector itself. Now, six months and a whirlwind of political events later, we share our thoughts about what 2017 has in store.

The #iwill Fund: will it or won't it?

12th January, 2017 | By Cause4 staff

The £50m #iwill Fund was recently set up by Step Up to Serve and was made available in November 2016, with the aim to get 60% of 10-20 year olds involved in social action by 2020. This Seed Fund gives grants to create activities that will “transform the culture of community engagement”.1 Originally, £40m was provided by the Government and Big Lottery Fund, which was then topped up by £10m of match funding.

In Support of #GivingTuesday

29th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as today marks the UK’s 3rd #givingtuesday; the internationally celebrated day of giving that sees people across the world coming together to make a difference. Giving Tuesday has become a staple in our diary, partly in response to the rampant commercialisation and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

5 Techniques to Optimise your Online Fundraising Results

18th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

One thing that grabbed my attention when working on a recent project was that a number of non-profit organisations’ websites failed to maximise their online fundraising as a donation channel. This is something we have talked about before and which will continue to be relevant and important.

All Work No Pay: Charities’ Unpaid Interns

15th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

A former development intern, Rachel Woodford, previously wrote a blog on ‘Unpaid Internships: Experience or Exploitation’ in 2012. Having read this, I was inspired to see how much this situation has evolved within the last four years. Indeed, more than ever in our current climate, job hunting is challenging and presents high expectations for prospective employees.

Philanthropy in Business - An Interview with Chirag Golwala, Founder & CEO of Let's Travel Services

8th November, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

In today’s world, philanthropy is almost demanded of the wealthy in the same way that socially responsible behaviour is expected of companies. With such deep-rooted inequality, society is increasingly expectant that large sums of wealth are directed to help serve a public good. I recently spoke with Chirag Golwala, Founder and CEO of TripCenter.NET and Lets Travel Services.

Funding The Garden Bridge: public good or crossing into murky waters?

27th October, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Camilla TetleyThe Garden Bridge project has promised Londoners the luxury of a beautiful green space, filled with luscious trees and plants stretching 367 meters across the Thames.1 The bridge is currently estimated to cost £185m, and many questions surround its funding (via The Garden Brid

Challenging a Culture: Mental Illness in Males Campaigns for Change

24th October, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

This month on 10th October marked the 25th World Mental Health Day; a day dedicated to the education, awareness and activism against the social stigma associated with mental health issues.

Lunchbox - using tiny taps to feed the world

23rd September, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

This article is authored by James Wood at Lunchbox.

We arlunchboxe a society that loves giving to charity. In the UK, 80% of us donate on a regular basis, giving over £12 billion to charities each year. However, as technologies adapt and evolve, charities could be doing so much more to make donating a simple, effortless act.

Tangible Benefits: What is the true value of heritage?

11th August, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Georgina WadhamThe story of England is written in its stones, bricks and landscapes.

From period novels, dramas and films to descriptions like the above (from English Heritage) Britain’s long and turbulent history is something that has long captured the imaginations of both natives and tourists.