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Innovation in Fundraising – A Cause4 Glance at our Favourite Innovations

19th October, 2018 | By Cause4 staff






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. 


The taxing reality of tax

6th June, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

New research, undertaken by financial services leader JP Morgan, has been released focusing on the motivations and barriers affecting philanthropist’s giving habits in the UK. The survey, which was conducted amongst 200 of JP Morgan Private Bank’s ultra high net worth clients, has collated the opinions of 78 respondents worth an estimated collective wealth of £6 billion.

Hats off to the new Education Endowment Fund

26th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

In November 2010 Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, announced the Government’s allocation of £110 million to establish the Education Endowment Fund (EEF). Drawing upon President Barack Obama and Secretary Duncan’s ‘Race to the Top’ programme, which invites states to apply for funding to encourage bold approaches in schools across the country, the EEF will seek innovative proposals from schools, teachers, local authorities and charities in a bid to improve performance within the country’s lowest performing schools.

Sunday Times Rich List reaction 2011

26th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

According to the Sunday Times rich list 2011, ‘Britain’s super-rich are making light of the age of austerity, achieving an 18% rise in their collective wealth over the past year.’ The 1,000 multimillionaires quoted in this year’s rich list are reportedly £60.2 billon wealthier than they were in 2010.

Living Legacies – Death by Omission?

26th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Whilst applauding the government’s recognition of legacy giving, expressed through recent measures in the 2011 budget when it was announced that inheritance tax on estates leaving more than 10% to charity would be reduced to 36%, Cause4 is slightly surprised that the recent Government White Paper on Giving omits reference to Living Legacies – one of the hallmarks of US giving.

The Giving Summit

26th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

One of the most interesting proposals in the Government’s White Paper on Giving is its plan to channel the energy and creativity of multiple partners across society, including businesses, charities, faith groups, social enterprises, academia, philanthropists and others, by providing funding for game-changing ideas and a Giving Summit in the Autumn of 2011.

What now for Arts fundraisers?

16th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

In December 2010, when Jeremy Hunt announced plans to promote philanthropy amongst the arts, including his £80m matched fund scheme and ‘year of corporate giving’, two-thirds of arts companies welcomed the government’s plans, with 85% of the music and opera sectors strongly favouring the initiative.

So, four months on – how are developments unfolding? Research conducted by Arts Quarter as part of Culture 2020 based on the final figure of 587 recipients, are as follows:

Philanthropist of the month - Sir Steve Redgrave MBE CBE

16th May, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Five times Olympian gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave is one of the greatest athletes to grace sport.

Redgrave has recently set a new milestone in charitable fundraising earning the title of the London Marathon's top celebrity fundraiser. Redgrave raised well over £1.7m for the Steve Redgrave Trust from his participation in the 2006 Flora London Marathon.

Philanthropist of the Month: Dame Vivian Duffield

3rd April, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Dame Vivien Duffield has once again demonstrated unsurpassed generosity for the arts. Her recent donation of £8.2 million announced last week to 11 organisations throughout England includes grants exceeding £1m destined respectively to The National Theatre, Tate Britain and the RSC.

Budget it or fudge it?

1st April, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Last week, George Osbourne announced the second budget of his chancellorship, introducing new changes to benefit the charity sector:

A final academic tilt at the Big Society?

30th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The Financial Times recently published a report that confirmed the success that British universities have achieved in launching successful fundraising campaigns and developing their donor bases. The 2009-2010 Annual Rose-CASE survey, which evaluates philanthropy amongst UK universities, noted a significant increase in donors over the past year - with numbers rising by 12% and new donations increasing by 10%. Long may this trend continue. As we all appreciate universities are increasingly vulnerable to cuts and will need to extend their income to retain independence.