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Major overhaul needed in Charity Audits

8th October, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Cause4 analyses two worrying trends in Charity Account auditing: the simultaneous lessening of quality and increase in prices.

Pick of the Month - May 2020

1st May, 2020 | By Naomi Chapman

Cause4 has been blown away by the response of the third sector to the pandemic, so this month we’re looking at how four leaders across the sector are adapting to COVID-19 in amazing ways. 

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”.

Change for the Better?

25th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has recently axed the £75m budget provided by the government for the marketing of the Change4Life campaign, launched last year to tackle obesity by encouraging health through sport. In doing this, he has encouraged the corporate sector to take a lead in bridging the gap.

Crowdsourcing - the power of multiple individuals

21st July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Since the phrase was coined in 2006, Crowdsourcing has risen in popularity. It is the trend of leveraging the mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0 technologies to achieve organisational goals, made famous in the charitable sector by JP Morgan Chase. Their campaign Chase Community Giving utilised over 2 million people on Facebook to get directly involved in the promotion of the campaign and even allowed users to act as Trustees helping to decide where funds were allocated.

Libraries and The Big Society

19th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

On 1 July 2010 new culture minister Ed Vaizey outlined the Conservative vision for libraries, which he believes have a "home at the heart of the 'big society'". Vaizey’s championing of libraries is important.

A recent article in The Bookseller suggests that libraries are at a critical stage, vulnerable to changes in funding arrangements and under threat from perceptions that they fail in stimulating widespread local use. So Vaizey’s recognition of what libraries can offer is timely.

Twitter and the art of story-telling

18th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

With current membership standing at 100 million users, the popularity of Twitter since its creation in 2006 is immense. Nor does the phenomenon shows any signs of slowing down.

Some charities are actively ‘tweeting’ whilst others for a variety of reasons - lack of technical ‘know how’, lack of resource, uncertainty, perceptions that ‘it’s all a bit silly’ – prefer to watch and wait.

Those charities deploying Twitter do so with variable success. Too often tweets are seemingly ‘off the cuff’ comments made carelessly without considering wider implications.

The motivation of celebrity - altruism or column inches?

18th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Prince Charles has just launched his 19th Charity – the Prince’s Countryside Fund. It aims to improve the sustainability of British farming by raising the profile of countryside issues with the general public and by providing emergency funding to farmers when crises occur.

Is the Lottery too much of a Lottery?

18th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Encouraging public philanthropy is high on the agenda for our new government. Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, urged the public last week ‘towards a higher level of generosity,’ citing 1% of income as a suggested sum to be donated to charitable causes.

An impressive legacy for 1 Goal?

15th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

As the World Cup reached its conclusion it is now that people begin to examine the charitable legacy that it will leave. This blog looks at a campaign that is spreading throughout the globe utilising the momentum of the World Cup for a charitable campaign.

Philanthropist of the month - Charles Saatchi

15th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

At the beginning of July Charles Saatchi announced that he would on his retirement donate his gallery in London, no less than 200 works of art worth in excess of £25 million, as a gift to the nation. The gallery, Saatchi has told us, will no longer be known as The Saatchi Gallery but re-named instead The Museum of Contemporary Art. As such, Saatchi’s philanthropic gift is all the more admirable in his modestly not choosing to perpetuate his own name with the new museum whose future is assured through his own personal giving.

So what will the impact of a hung parliament mean for the third sector?

10th July, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

There are many within the charitable sector feeling gloomy about the prospect of a hung parliament. The gloom-mongers predict bad times ahead and, sensing that decision-making will be slow and that policy will take time to emerge, anticipate that statutory funding for the third sector will be much less available. But are they missing the point?

Firstly, regardless of which party or combinations of party had formed or will form a Government,