New Senior Management team for Cause4

15 September 2014

After a period of sustained growth, social enterprise Cause4, is pleased to welcome Janice Lopatkin as its new Chief Operating Officer, to complete its Senior Management team.

Janice will work closely with Michelle Wright, CEO and alongside Emma O’Connell as Director of  Talent, Amanda Rigali as Director of Programmes and Rosemary Spencer as Head of Finance and Resources.

Michelle Wright writes for Talk Business about the Santander Breakthrough New York visit

10 September 2014

Michelle Wright set up philanthropy and fundraising enterprise, Cause4 in 2009 to support charities and social enterprises to grow through its strategy guidance and hands-on fundraising support. Since inception, Cause4 has raised more than £27 million for its clients. Michelle lets us take a peek at a week in her diary.

DAY ONE

KEEPING UP WITH THE YANKS

Michelle Wright is selected for the IWEC International Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Achievements

8 September 2014

Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright has been selected to receive the 2014 International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) International Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Achievements.

The goal of the IWEC is to develop a global business network for successful women business owners, helping them to expand across to international markets.

Cause4 has been selected for the RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award

8 September 2014

Cause4 has pleased to have been selected as a National Champion representing the United Kingdom in the 2014/15 European Business Awards in the RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The European Business Awards were established in 2007 with a view to promoting success, innovation and ethics in the European business community.

The primary purpose of the European Business Awards are to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.

Michelle Wright heads to Silicon Valley with SVC2UK

8 September 2014

Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright is heading to Silicon Valley with sixteen other female CEOs of fast-growing businesses, on a trip run by SVC2UK, the British Consul General and the UKTI team in San Francisco.

This is the first programme of its kind, and sees the CEOs join sessions, networking receptions and opportunities to talk with with leaders at companies such as Google, Facebook, Eventbrite, Silicon Valley Bank, and other recently scaled start-ups.

Charities Aid Foundation publishes their simple guide to savvy giving

4 September 2014

The UK is top of the developed world for giving money to charity, with 76% of Britons giving to good causes in a typical month. But you don’t just have to give money to make a difference and there are many other ways you can make an impact on society. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has published a guide to getting charitable giving right, and giving in a way that suits you.

You can see the infographic here.

15 new Arts Fundraising Fellows announced as Arts Council England confirms investment to extend Fellowships programme nationally

2 September 2014

As the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme announces the next 15 Fellows who
this year will join arts organisations in the North, the South West and London, Arts Council
England has confirmed additional funding to support the programme’s expansion into the
Midlands and East/South East in 2015.

Michelle Wright writes for Fresh Business Thinking: Are You Ready to Start a Business?

11 August 2014

Although the UK economy is said to be on the rise, it seems many employees are staying in roles they’re dissatisfied with because they’re afraid of the huge risks that come with change. It’s understandable. Fears about how you’ll pay the mortgage, feed the family and feed yourself all become real once you decide to make the big leap.

Michelle Wright is interviewed about the Santander Breakthrough New York Trade Mission

11 August 2014

Breakthrough Editor Andréa Childs interviews two delegates and hears how the experience benefitted both their businesses.

The Breakthrough International New York Trade Mission 2014 took place in June. Seven days, 10 ambitious entrepreneurs, three Breakthrough representatives and one goal: to enable delegates to develop new contacts and deepen their understanding of the American market, allowing them to make informed decisions about their potential for growth via overseas trade.

Michelle Wright writes for The Huffington Post on whether tough love from other entrepreneurs is the key to success

31 July 2014

I was recently lucky enough to be part of a Santander Breakthrough Trade Mission to New York. Being with nine other ambitious entrepreneurs wanting to explore their international potential was quite something in itself, but when I reflected on the week and the incredible meetings that had been facilitated, I realised just how much I'd gained by having time to talk to other business-owners that are going through the same sort of journey as me.

Michelle Wright writes for Arts Professional magazine on the importance of investing in change

28 July 2014

As the news of Arts Council England’s (ACE) investment package for 2015–18 settles in, and we breathe a sigh of relief that the news is not too bad, I’m left wondering, is it really a good thing that there were no real surprises?

Michelle Wright takes Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey to task over his philanthropy reprimand in Arts Industry magazine

24 July 2014

The ‘gift’ of rhetoric?

We’re in an extraordinary time, when even our own arts minister, the Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, is choosing to brand our regional based organisations “pathetic” for not being able to increase philanthropy. For him, every arts organisation in the country should be able to attract donations from individuals, from large amounts of £5m to smaller amounts of £500.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy launches its 2014/15 brochure

23 July 2014

The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme came into existence in 2013 as a result of a Catalyst grant from Arts Council England and as part of their ‘Transforming Arts Fundraising’ programme. The aim of the programme is to improve the perceptions of the arts as a charitable cause and enhance fundraising practice, encouraging leadership and entrepreneurialism.

Michelle Wright writes for Female First on how to move up the career ladder

4 July 2014

Michelle Wright, Founder of Cause4, shares her advice with Female First readers on how to work your way to the top of the career ladder.

Former professional violinist, Michelle Wright, founded her social enterprise Cause4 in 2009. The enterprise supports charities and social enterprises to growand works with businesses and celebrities wanting to create their own charitable programmes.