Cause4 is a social enterprise and one of the first certified B-Corporations in the UK. Recently, we profiled the firm to discover more about the extraordinary services the team consistently provides to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved.
We’re celebrating 10 years as a social business at Cause4. As I reflect on where a decade has gone, with the various twists and turns of life including having two children, moving house twice and finally upping sticks to live in the country– it strikes me just how much has changed, not in my energy, ambition or commitment to the work we do, but in how different my perceptions are now about what’s important and what really constitutes a successful business.
Yvette Griffith, executive director of music organisation Jazz Re:freshed, has set up the Black Arts Philanthropy Project with the aim of tackling a “deficit” in donations to black-led companies. Griffiths is working in partnership with Michelle Wright.
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Should Trustees donate to their charities as standard? In this tough financial climate, with competition for funds at a peak, engagement in fundraising by trustees can be the difference between success and failure. However, there’s more than one school of thought about demanding that trustees should be donating themselves.
“Should we align with the ‘ethics of society’ or set our own code?” asked Michelle Wright, Founder and CEO of Cause4, a social enterprise that helps charities raise funds. “And when organisations have values that don’t always align with their employees or audiences – whose view should lead?”
Read all about our charity speed-dating event at the final session of our Spring London Trustee Leadership Programme, book your free place on the next Emerging Chairs Programme and check out all the latest Trustee news and upcoming Board vacancies in our June newsletter.
Nothing stays the same and, like anything in our ever-changing world, charities and philanthropic initiatives are unrecognisable from their bucket-shaking predecessors. The old days when a large organisation might hand over a cheque for a worthy cause are behind us and many corporations now prefer to establish a corporate foundation as a way to give back.
We now live in a continuous learning culture. Most of us recognize that we can access a wide range of learning material and we are making use of it. Whether it’s checking out how to fold a duvet cover on YouTube or virtually joining an international economics course at MIT, the plethora of eLearning, formal and informal, is endless.