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Cause4’s response to: The UK Civil Society Almanac 2019 Report

15th July, 2019 | By Cause4 staff

The UK Civil Society Almanac Reports, released by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), is a crucial source of data that has been providing insights into developments in the voluntary sector since 1996. NCVO has now released its latest annual report, of which the following response will outline key findings including positive growth in terms of grants and investments, whilst public donations and fundraising decline. Diversity in particular has been highlighted as an ongoing issue within the sector throughout the report.  

The Rise of Digital Trustees

17th December, 2018 | By Laura Gabe

Following on from Cause4’s response to the Charity Digital Code of Practice, we wanted to expand the discussion on the need and the role of Digital Trustees in charities today.

Arts cuts - the show must go on

1st September, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

August is the month of results. A-Levels and GCSEs are "the best yet" (again...). However, for the arts world it has been an uphill struggle. Many arts organisations have come under threat of closure and recently The Scottish Opera has announced that it has been forced to operate part of its operation part-time.

Making the case to Whitehall

24th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Think Tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has published a paper called ‘Proving your worth to Whitehall’. It is aimed at charities; strongly advising them to think seriously about their answers to the questions that the Treasury has posed to all Government departments in advance of what we know is going to be a brutal Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn.

Giving for all

11th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Recently much has been written about high level donors. Fuelled by stories of ‘The Giving Pledge’, more modest levels of giving have been overlooked. However, ignoring smaller donors, Cause4 suggests, is an oversight. Latest figures from the Disaster and Emergencies Committee Pakistan Floods Appeal confirm that over £6m has been raised. Most of this has come from modest individual donations.

A shining example from football

11th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Manchester United FC are giving fans the opportunity to watch the likes of Wayne Rooney take part in an open training session at Old Trafford to raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation’s work in the local community. Tickets sold to the public will not only allow fans to walk onto the hallowed turf of Old Trafford and watch their heroes show off their skills but they will also give access to a host of other activities and entertainment.

The Giving Pledge

10th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

In previous Cause4 post we have made reference to the The Giving Pledge launched by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. It was launched ‘to encourage billionaires and other wealthy people to make a moral commitment to supporting philanthropic causes and charities’. Last week it was announced that over 40 American billionaires by way of response had pledged to donate half their fortunes to charity. We are bound to wonder whether something similar could ever happen in the UK.

More for Less?

6th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last week Nick Hurd and Francis Maud published an open letter to the Third Sector asking for ideas about reducing the deficit. Nick Hurd explained, ‘We want to identify ways of doing things better and more efficiently.’ With funding cuts more apparent by the day, the most pertinent question for charities is how they can do ‘more for less.’

To be clear, doing ‘more for less’ does not mean increasing activity. Instead, it is about being smarter, producing better - not necessarily numerically greater - outcomes with reduced funding.

Making the case

4th August, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Recent rhetoric from the art world clearly outlines the disappointment felt by organisations facing budgets cut of 25% to 40%. This could mean that funding to 200 out of 880 Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) will be stopped altogether.

The power of the press

31st July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Two weeks in and the Evening Standard Fund for The Dispossessed to fight poverty in London is flying. In making a donation of £100,000 donation, Pierre Lagrange, head of a substantial hedge fund, explained yesterday, ‘It was important for me that we do something about the less privileged who can be living next door to us, that we don't sweep them under the carpet and forget about them.’

To merge or not to merge?

28th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Last week Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils released plans to merge their education departments in ‘what they admit is a high-risk attempt to shave millions from their budgets.’ It is a move which has been welcomed by Eric Pickles, the Government’s Community Secretary and new co-chair of the Big Society Ministerial Group. It also has interesting relevance perhaps for charities.

Civil servants for civil society?

25th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

This week Greg Clark, Decentralisation Minister, (is this title something of a contradiction?) put forward plans to offer community groups the support of senior civil servants to help them in their discussions with local authorities over support for grassroots projects. The move is part of the wider ‘Big Society’ plan to enable communities to “shape them(selves) in their own vision”.