Is our funding system still fit for purpose?

26 June 2015

As funding for the arts becomes ever more challenging, it seems that we require more and more from our arts leaders. They need to be excellent artistic implementers and curators as well as stellar politicians, fundraisers, marketers and entrepreneurs. Demonstrating an impressive breadth of skills also goes for our arts fundraisers. It is no longer sufficient to have a grounding in trusts, major gifts and corporates – fundraisers also need financial acumen and an understanding of business strategies and social investment. This sort of change management is often led by necessity.

ESA Arts Certificate - Brand new Arts and Culture Course

25 June 2015

The first-ever dedicated arts and culture certificate in sponsorship – The ESA Arts Certificate – has been launched by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and Cause4.

Cause4 is recruiting for an Arts Fundraising Fellowships Co-ordinator

15 June 2015

The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme

The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme delivers an England-wide collaborative series of training, traineeships, coaching, digital skills and innovative practice. The programme seeks to both improve the perceptions of the arts as a charitable cause and looks to enhance fundraising practice within the sector, with a key aim of encouraging leadership and entrepreneurial practice.

Cause4 wins SCOOT’s 2015 National Champion Award

15 May 2015

~ 200% growth and £40 million raised for charities leads to top prize ~

Leading online business directory, SCOOT, awarded social enterprise Cause4 its top award at the 2015 Headline Awards in recognition of its outstanding achievements on behalf of charities, employability and entrepreneurship.

Bad eggs: How SMEs can mitigate the recruitment risk

5 May 2015

This article was originally written by Michelle for WORKlab.

The biggest challenge for any small business owner lies in the area of recruitment, talent and retention. As a growing business without a definitely established brand and without the perks and salary cushion of more established businesses, it can feel like an uphill struggle to recruit the best talent.

Is Authenticity the Key to Responsible Enterprise?

26 March 2015

This blog was originally written for Authenticity Rules

The concept of responsible enterprise and socially-driven enterprise is very much in vogue. We are seeing a definite trend towards more socially-minded small businesses that are getting ahead not only through smart leadership and good products, but because they have been conscious about how they want their brand to be perceived from a social perspective.

The Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme has been rolled out nationally

24 March 2015

This article originally appeared in the Arts Council England News

The Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme, the first of its kind in the UK, offers a chance for participants to learn on the job about fundraising in the arts while being supported by a diverse training and learning programme.

Cause4 features in Everline Future 50 and receives the Future 50 Social Impact Award

10 March 2015

Cause4 was recognised yesterday as one of the UK’s most disruptive SMEs at the Everline Future 50 event, held in conjunction with Real Business.

Michelle writes an article for Arts Professional – Attracting a diverse workforce

27 February 2015

At a time when fundraising for the arts seems mostly to be done by white females, Michelle Wright speaks to development professionals about how we can face this diversity crisis.

Michelle Wright features in the Maserati 100 list

23 February 2015

Maserati and the Centre for Global Entrepreneurs announces the Maserati 100 list

Luxury Italian car manufacturer, Maserati, and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) recently launched a campaign to find 100 of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs who are supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.

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13 February 2015

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Cause4 announces new charity sector partnership with Axiom

12 February 2015

~ more than 30 charities to get pro bono support during 2015 ~

Approximately 30 charities will have access to pro bono legal support thanks to a new partnership between London-based Social Enterprise Cause4 and Axiom, the world’s largest provider of tech-enabled legal services.

The initiative – a part of Axiom Engage, the firm’s CSR programme – will provide Axiom staff the opportunity to impact the community at large and to receive training and mentoring through volunteer and pro bono opportunities.

Michelle writes for The Guardian: myths about women and work

6 February 2015

The kids are to blame: and other myths about women and work

New research from Harvard Business School shows that the traditional excuses used to explain why women leave the workplace just aren’t true. Businesses need to rethink their strategies if they want to retain top female talent.

Michelle writes for The Guardian about enterprises thinking more 'social'

4 February 2015

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