Highlighted stories

The Value of Volunteers – In Response to Art Fund’s News

28th January, 2019 | By Laura Gabe

With the news that Art Fund is disbanding its volunteer programme, many have questioned the value of volunteer programmes. However, at Cause4 we see the real value in volunteer support, for individuals and companies and we’re scratching our heads as to why the Art Fund would make such a move.

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.

The Big Give’s Royal Wedding Challenge

24th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

29 April 2011, the date of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, continues to draw attention from the nation’s public and media alike. Charities should certainly not ignore it either.

The Big Give, a website founded by Sir Alec Reed which allows donors to support their favourite charity projects, has recently announced a commemorative Royal Wedding Challenge Fund. This will involve major sponsors, donors and philanthropic organisations - including The Reed Foundation - doubling all online donations made by the public to charities.

Action not words

13th January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Last month the Funding Commission for the National Council for Voluntary Organisation (NCVO) released Funding the Future, its framework to ensure the financial sustainability of charities over the next decade.

It outlined the ambitious objective of increasing individual giving to £20bn by 2020, an increase of almost 100% from the current level of £11.3bn. The report suggests that this target can be achieved through ‘increased donor engagement,’ increased use of social media, digital initiatives and ‘better fundraising approaches.’

Giving on a shoestring?

3rd January, 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Inspired by the example of his parents, active volunteers in their local community, Marc Gold philanthropic instincts developed at an early age. Merging his interest in philanthropy with a passion for travel, he first visited India in 1989 where he encountered a local woman suffering from an ear infection. Seeing her in pain, Gold took her to a doctor who cured the infection with antibiotics for just $1 and he gave her an additional $30 to buy a hearing aid.

Givey - an answer for Gift Aid?

20th December, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Following the recent Gift Aid Forum Report by Peter Fanning, which detailed a number of recommendations aimed at improving the Gift Aid system, the HMRC has announced some overdue developments. These include setting up a Charity Tax Forum to make headway with the recommendations highlighted and introducing ‘intelligent forms’ in the New Year for charities to increase their accuracy and prevent common errors when applying for Gift Aid. However, the most intriguing idea is that of ‘Givey’.

Funding of school sports

7th December, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Coalition Government’s decision to cut the £162 million ring-fenced funding for the network of School Sports Partnerships is controversial and has sparked a backlash from prominent sports personalities, such as Sir Steve Redgrave, from headteachers and sports coaches across the country.

Nudge towards philanthropy

26th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

‘Nudge Theory’, established by the behavioural economists Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in their book ‘Nudge’, is currently fashionable amongst the new coalition Government. Its underpinning principle is that ‘bad choices and laziness are a large part of what makes people human’.

Cross-sector partnerships to power us through tough times?

24th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Back in June 2010 Cause4 highlighted the Annual Small Business Survey data from 2005 – 2007. It showed that the 62,000 social enterprises operating in the UK were making a profound impact on the economy and employment, generating over £20 billion and creating almost a million jobs. However, to develop social enterprises further in these more challenging economic times when unemployment figures are rising significantly profit-making businesses need further encouragement.

Coutts’ million pound donors – scaling up the impact of philanthropic giving

19th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Coutts has recently published its third Million Pound Donors Report written by Dr Iain Wilkinson Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice at the University of Kent and Maya Prabhu Head of UK Philanthropy, Coutts & Co.

Philanthropist of the month – Lloyd Dorfman

4th November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Lloyd Dorfman is persistent, loyal, a world-renowned entrepreneur and a multi-millionaire. He is also a philanthropist with which to be reckoned.

Chairman of the world's largest non-bank foreign exchange business Travelex Group, he was appointed CBE for services to business and charity at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008. He recently gave the National Theatre its biggest-ever private donation of £10m to support the organisation's £70m redevelopment plan.

With deep arts cuts on the horizon let’s seize the moment

1st November, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Following the recent Comprehensive Spending Review, the Arts Council has announced that the majority of Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) will receive a cut of 6.9% to their funding this year. This is ‘despite the 14% cut to the Arts Council’s overall budget’ for 2011/12.