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Charity Interns: A New Way of Bringing Talent to the Sector?

23rd February, 2024 | By Thomas Williams

Charity Interns, supported by NCVO, is looking to give professionals from outside the sector a helping hand at the start of their charity careers. Given the ongoing recruitment troubles that the charity sector is facing, this is welcome news. This blog takes a look at the programme and asks, ‘what can Charity Interns offer to the sector and teach us about combatting recruitment issues?’.

Pick of the Month – December 2023

12th December, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

To round off the year, we've got four more picks to share with you – from sports and wellness to community arts and carnival! Each individual is doing exemplary work in their area, leading their organisation with evident commitment and interest. Read the full piece to hear more about their experience, as well as some brilliant advice for emerging and/or prospective leaders! 

Pick of the Month – December 2023

12th December, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

To round off the year, we've got four more picks to share with you – from sports and wellness to community arts and carnival! Each individual is doing exemplary work in their area, leading their organisation with evident commitment and interest. Read the full piece to hear more about their experience, as well as some brilliant advice for emerging and/or prospective leaders! 

Celebrating 10 Years of TLP – An Interview with Guest Speaker, Abiodun Olatokun

22nd September, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

As part of our celebration of 10 years of the Trustee Leadership Programme, we reached out to some of our guest speakers to gain their insights into charity governance. We interviewed Abiodun Olatokun, a Human Rights Lawyer and Advisory Board Member at Action for Trustee Racial Diversity UK. 

Celebrating 10 Years of TLP – An Interview with Guest Speaker, Abiodun Olatokun

22nd September, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

As part of our celebration of 10 years of the Trustee Leadership Programme, we reached out to some of our guest speakers to gain their insights into charity governance. We interviewed Abiodun Olatokun, a Human Rights Lawyer and Advisory Board Member at Action for Trustee Racial Diversity UK. 

Celebrating 10 Years of TLP – An Interview with Guest Speaker, Abiodun Olatokun

22nd September, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

As part of our celebration of 10 years of the Trustee Leadership Programme, we reached out to some of our guest speakers to gain their insights into charity governance. We interviewed Abiodun Olatokun, a Human Rights Lawyer and Advisory Board Member at Action for Trustee Racial Diversity UK. 

LGBTQIA+ Communities, Governance and the Charity Sector

31st August, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

The benefits of a more diverse charity sector, amongst donors, charity staff and Grantmakers alike, is well known. It allows for a larger talent pool for recruitment, new perspectives, more astute decision-making and a general improvement in performance via increased engagement and trust. Are we doing enough to engage LGBTQIA+ Trustees?

LGBTQIA+ Communities, Governance and the Charity Sector

31st August, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

The benefits of a more diverse charity sector, amongst donors, charity staff and Grantmakers alike, is well known. It allows for a larger talent pool for recruitment, new perspectives, more astute decision-making and a general improvement in performance via increased engagement and trust. Are we doing enough to engage LGBTQIA+ Trustees?

LGBTQIA+ Communities, Governance and the Charity Sector

31st August, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

The benefits of a more diverse charity sector, amongst donors, charity staff and Grantmakers alike, is well known. It allows for a larger talent pool for recruitment, new perspectives, more astute decision-making and a general improvement in performance via increased engagement and trust. Are we doing enough to engage LGBTQIA+ Trustees?

How charities are using AI to support fundraising

5th June, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

Several charities have started utilizing AI technologies to support their fundraising efforts. Here are a few examples:

How charities are using AI to support fundraising

5th June, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

Several charities have started utilizing AI technologies to support their fundraising efforts. Here are a few examples:

Pick of the Month – June 2023

5th June, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

We're back! Now, at 2023's halfway point, we've got another set of 'Picks' doing brilliant work across the charity sector – from social entrepreuners doing astounding work to make advances in sustainability to charity leaders helping Londoners access creative education. June's selection have diverse interests and make for an inspiring read. 

How Chat GPT can support fundraisers

30th May, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

Whilst Chat GPT is a relatively new technology, there are several ways in which charities and non-profit organizations have started to utilise AI-powered chatbots and conversational agents to support their fundraising efforts.

How Chat GPT can support fundraisers

30th May, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

Whilst Chat GPT is a relatively new technology, there are several ways in which charities and non-profit organizations have started to utilise AI-powered chatbots and conversational agents to support their fundraising efforts.

AI and Chat GPT in Fundraising – its role, uses and implications

22nd May, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

With technology continuing to embed itself in all aspects of our lives at great speed, much has been written about AI technology, and how this is likely to facilitate the biggest shift in our working practices since the industrial revolution.

This week, OpenAI chief executive (and the inventor of Chat GPT) Sam Altman lauded the new generation of digital chatbots for their potential to “improve nearly every aspect of our lives”. 

However, his positivity also came with words of warning, “if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong, we want to work with the government to prevent that from happening.”

With every great revolution, comes trepidation, but looking at such technology through the eyes of a fundraiser, we need to ask whether this is the future of fundraising, or merely a tool to support us in our journey to create positive change? In a series of articles, we aim to open up discussion and debate on this topic.

AI and Chat GPT in Fundraising – its role, uses and implications

22nd May, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

With technology continuing to embed itself in all aspects of our lives at great speed, much has been written about AI technology, and how this is likely to facilitate the biggest shift in our working practices since the industrial revolution.

This week, OpenAI chief executive (and the inventor of Chat GPT) Sam Altman lauded the new generation of digital chatbots for their potential to “improve nearly every aspect of our lives”. 

However, his positivity also came with words of warning, “if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong, we want to work with the government to prevent that from happening.”

With every great revolution, comes trepidation, but looking at such technology through the eyes of a fundraiser, we need to ask whether this is the future of fundraising, or merely a tool to support us in our journey to create positive change? In a series of articles, we aim to open up discussion and debate on this topic.

The Coronation: Royal Philanthropy, HM King Charles III and The Big Help Out 

4th May, 2023 | By Lucy Pratt

Royal philanthropy has a long history – the first recorded Royal patronage was of the Society of Antiquaries, supported by King George II in the seventeenth century. It would later grow in importance between 1914-18; in the wake of the economic slump that followed the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the Windsors supplied unemployed men and their families (many of whom had lost their breadwinner wage packets overnight) with relief funds.

Constructive criticism: what the charity sector can learn from the Fundraising Regulator Complaints Report

13th October, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

The Fundraising Regulator recently published its Complaints Report, which shares insights into the broad trends of fundraising complaints in the UK from April 2020 to March 2021. The aim of the report is to identify areas of fundraising practice which may require improvement or expertise, to help the charity sector to continue fundraising ethically and effectively.

Constructive criticism: what the charity sector can learn from the Fundraising Regulator Complaints Report

13th October, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

The Fundraising Regulator recently published its Complaints Report, which shares insights into the broad trends of fundraising complaints in the UK from April 2020 to March 2021. The aim of the report is to identify areas of fundraising practice which may require improvement or expertise, to help the charity sector to continue fundraising ethically and effectively.

Pick of the Month - October 2021

11th October, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

As the nights draw in and the pumpkin spice calls, this month we meet a Trustee campaigning for better rights for Disabled people, a social entrepreneur fighting throw-away culture with luxury sustainable fashion, and a charity leader helping refugees to make new lives as part of their community.

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