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The 2019 Charity Digital Skills Report highlights urgent need to develop tech-savvy Boards

20th June, 2019 | By Poppy Facer

For three years now, the Skills Platform, in partnership with Zoe Amar Digital has released a national report to assess digital competence across the charity sector. This year's survey received 540 responses from charities with income ranging from below £10,000 to above £10million and disappointingly, several key points measured demonstrated very limited progress or a decline in overall digital skills and preparedness.

Innovation in Fundraising – A Cause4 Glance at our Favourite Innovations

19th October, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Curious

Ambitious

United

Straight-talking

Enterprising

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.

2011 - desperation in corporate philanthropy?

18th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The Financial Times informs us that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to send handwritten letters to a number of FTSE 100 chief executives in a bid to coax corporate investment into the arts and ‘offset culture budget cuts’. As part of his drive to make 2011 the Year of Corporate Giving, Mr Hunt wishes to encourage companies to integrate the arts within their social responsibility agenda.

Slim pickings?

11th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Forbes magazine recently published 2010’s World’s Rich List results and, for the first time since 1994, an American has been demoted from top spot. Microsoft’s Bill Gates, worth $53.5 billion, has been usurped by Carlos Slim - a Mexican, with a vast telecommunications empire.

Next Generation Philanthropists

9th March, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The Big Give has recently delivered a pilot scheme at The Dragon School in North Oxford. Designed to educate pupils about philanthropy and ‘promote the benefits of intelligent charitable giving’ during formative years, it encourages students to research charities to learn more about the plethora of good causes and make informed decisions about opportunities to give.

Big boys and minnows

20th February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The National Theatre has announced that it is to offer free guidance to two regional theatres in a pilot scheme designed to “unlock local philanthropy”. This arrangement is in line with Arts Council England recommendations that major institutions should be ‘required to take on greater responsibility for the sector.’ For what it’s worth, it is also in line with Cause4’s recommendations sent to the DCMS in November 2010. Such prescience!!

Cutting Dependency and The Big Society

13th February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

As each day goes by, we hear more and more about The Big Society. It’s fair to say, we sense, that the number of sceptics wondering exactly what the Big Society is and questioning exactly how its amorphous concept might translate into clear action led by the charitable and voluntary sector is growing apace.

Music Education in England - Cause4 review

9th February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Yesterday the Government published Darren Henley’s Review of Music Education and along side it, its response. This, as a prequel to a National Plan for Music Education, seeks to build on the Government’s commitment that ‘every child should experience a rounded cultural education, including the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to sing.’

A League of Bankers?

2nd February, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Last week The Times announced plans by the UK government ‘to embarrass banks and their staff into donating more to charities by producing a league table of bankers’ donations.’

The newspaper claimed that sources within the government believe that in compiling a league table of charitable donations from staff bonuses, this would encourage bankers to donate more.

U2 - music and philanthropy legends

28th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

This week it was announced that Irish Band U2 have helped to fund a nationwide music education project in Ireland.

Music Generation will give 10,000 children over the next three years opportunities to receive a musical education that would otherwise pass them by. The ‰âÂ7 million programme is to be funded by U2’s ‰âÂ5 million donation, the remainder coming from the Ireland Fund.

Philanthropist of the month - Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

25th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Born on 7 March 1944, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE has lived an eventful life. Son of a commanding officer in the Royal Scots Greys and with an ancestor who served as commander of the Norman army at Hastings, former soldier Fiennes has demonstrated the same traits of courage, humility and resilience as his forebears throughout his life as a renowned explorer and adventurer.