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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.

Cause4's Pick of the Month - September 2019

4th September, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Cause4's September Pick of the Month

Throwing down the gauntlet to the UK’s richest...

21st October, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

This week The Metro reported that ‘the world’s richest couple (Bill and Melinda Gates) have congratulated Britons for their generosity towards the world’s poorest people.’ Praising the British people about campaigns such as Red Nose Day and their responses in looking to alleviate desperate situations in Haiti and Pakistan, Melinda Gates acknowledged that that even within a tough economic climate ‘British people continue to show generosity in times of need.’

How do we rank charities?

2nd October, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Martin Brookes, Chief Executive of New Philanthropy Capital, has this week suggested that ‘charities should be ranked according to their benefit to society to discourage self-interested and ill-informed giving,’ a suggestion quickly rebuked by many leading figures in the charitable sector.

Sponsorship - a problematic area?

27th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The past week has seen significant controversy and chaos surrounding the Commonwealth Games. To add to the general state of unreadiness, there are to all accounts issues concerning the recruitment of sponsors. A recent report carried out by Business Standard suggests that ‘several potential sponsors... did not make a pitch due to the negative publicity generated by the event,’ a view shared by Ogilvy & Mather National Creative Director Piyush Pandey. ‘With all the negativity that has been shown, sponsors have chickened out,’ she points out.

Philanthropist of the month - JK Rowling

16th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

She needs no introduction. JK Rowling, who famously conjured up the world of Harry Potter, is not only one of the world’s leading authors with one heck of an imagination, she also happens to be one of the world’s most generous philanthropists. Rowling has been described as a ‘hyper-active’ philanthropist, giving up her time, money and celebrity status whenever she can.

Is volunteering alive and well in the UK?

15th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last week CAF released The World Giving Index 2010, a research project carried out in 153 countries worldwide and representing around 95% of the world’s population. It is an interesting piece of work which offers analysis of ‘global generosity in giving money, time as a volunteer and helping a stranger.’ It placed the UK 8th with a total ‘Giving Index’ of 53%.

Libraries in peril

15th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Cause4 blogged in July about Ed Vaizey’s championing of libraries and his insistence that libraries “have a home at the heart of the Big Society” - Libraries and The Big Society.

Fundraising dinners - all the rage?

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

There is no stopping Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Having successfully persuaded their American peers into donating billions through their ‘Giving Pledge’, they are now facing East. Shortly they will be hosting an exclusive dinner in Beijing for Chinese tycoons to exchange ideas about their philanthropic work ”Òout of which many predict a new rise in Chinese philanthropy. This prompts us to consider the place of Dinners and Events in the life of charities.

Save the Arts

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

At long last the arts world gets its Superman in the form of David Shrigley. Shrigley has produced an animation ‘An Important Message About the Arts’ in which he seeks to demonstrate the importance of protecting the “vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world” and which has taken fifty years to grow. The video can be seen at http://www.savethearts.org/ accompanied by an online petition.

The University fundraising challenge

12th September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The student population has huge potential to promote and facilitate charitable fundraising. Apparently 477,277 ‘freshers’ joined higher education in the UK in 2009. Another half a million will do the same later this month. If the means could be established by which every student donated £1 each year on top of what they might already give charitably, a sum not far short of £2m could be generated annually to support charities.

Training the sector

2nd September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

A recent report by the Institute of Volunteering Research has highlighted the lack of formal training currently being undertaken within the Third Sector. Its paper Valuing Volunteer Management points out, for instance, that 42% of people managing volunteers have undergone no formal training.