Cause4 Winter 2016 Newsletter

23 December 2016

As 2016 draws to a close we hope that you are all planning a great break over the festive period!

We are happy to share our Winter newsletter with you, with some of our news highlights from the last few months.

PRESS RELEASE: Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme to be Extended Until March 2018

15 December 2016

The Arts Council England-funded Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium today announced that its Programme is due to continue until March 2018, with additional generous support from Arts Council England.

See the full press release here.

Michelle writes for BusinessZone: A Mentor for 2017

14 December 2016

You can be well-informed, intuitive and hard-working but for most entrepreneurs, running a business isn’t something that can be done single-handedly.  The daily grind of business operations, searching for new customers and keeping the wolf from the door can blind even the most open-eyed entrepreneur to what’s needed to get ahead.  When opportunities to take your business to the next stage appear to be just beyond reach, it can seem that you just need to work harder than ever.  But there are only so many hours in the day and burnout is as real a business dilemma as cash flow shortfall or del

Michelle Mitchell on Trustee Leadership for Third Sector

24 November 2016

Now, more than ever, trustees are vital to our growing charity sector. Motivated people with skills, experience, ideas and ideals are needed to help steer our charitable organisations through an uncertain and rapidly changing external world.

Michelle writes for Digital Charity News: Can charities benefit from ‘sharism’ and retain brand individuality?

22 November 2016

The term ‘sharism’ was first coined by Isaac Mao, Co-Founder and Director of the Social Brain Foundation. Sharism is the term for the collaborative building of value that results from sharing content and ideas. In the essay Sharism: A Mind Revolution, Mao believes that sharism can be practised at any point in time – by simply communicating with others whether its blogging, sharing photos or arranging offline group discussions meetings.

PRESS RELEASE: Cause4 Named a Hot Tech 'Start Up to Scale Up'

16 November 2016

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Michelle writes for The Guardian: Charity cronyism is rife – appointing friends as trustees has to end

8 November 2016

In Trustees’ Week, we in the charity sector need to ask ourselves some difficult questions about how we recruit the people who are responsible for our organisations.

If we are going to prevent further high-profile collapses of charities such as Kids Company and avoid wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, we urgently need to stamp out poor recruiting practices.

Michelle writes for Small Business Heroes: It's all about the mentor

27 October 2016

It seems that mentoring has become a new buzzword for entrepreneurs and business leaders.  It was only a few years ago that networking was being held up as the vital activity for business success.  Is mentoring now the must have business ‘accessory’ – and could having the right person to advise you really make a difference?

Alex Swallow on Promoting Good Trustee Recruitment - A New Campaign

27 October 2016

Alex SwallowThis article is written by Alex Swallow, Founder of 'Young Charity Trustees' and author of 'How To Become An Influencer'.

Charities affect the lives of millions of people every year- but are facing pressures and challenges as never before. In this environment, for charities to face the future with confidence, being able to bring good trustees onto their Boards is essential.

Women in Business Programme 2017 featured on Startups

26 October 2016

This article was originally written by Henry Williams.

Santander has partnered with social enterpriseCause4 for the launch of its 2017 Breakthrough Women in Business Programme – a scheme to mentor the next generation of UK female entrepreneurs.

The scheme will match 30 female entrepreneurs with female mentors who are already running multi-million pound revenue businesses.

How to control a business meeting: Michelle interviewed for BusinessZone

18 October 2016

This article was originally written by Lucie Mitchell for Businesszone.


PRESS RELEASE: Cause4 Shortlisted for Living Wage Award

5 October 2016

- Cause4 wins recognition at Living Wage Champion Awards 2016 -

LONDON –  4th October 2016: B Corporation and social enterprise Cause4 has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2016 in recognition of its contributions to communities and industries.

As a Living Wage accredited employer, Cause4 is dedicated to ensuring that its people have what they need to make ends meet.

Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs feature on International Arts Manager

4 October 2016

This article was originally written by Maria Roberts for International Arts Manager.


The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, together with social enterprise Cause4, has announced its first cohort of creative entrepreneurs to be supported to set-up their own businesses or social enterprises and develop their entrepreneurship skills through its Creative Entrepreneurs scheme.