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Michelle writes for Arts Professional

30 November 2018

The elephant in the room – should Trustees be obliged to give?

Should Trustees on arts boards always be expected to give a donation, as is commonly the case in the US? Michelle weighs up the pros and cons of this thorny issue.

Topics: 
Governance and Trustees
Philanthropy
Fundraising implementation

Michelle writes for Arts Professional

30 November 2018

The elephant in the room – should Trustees be obliged to give?

Should Trustees on arts boards always be expected to give a donation, as is commonly the case in the US? Michelle weighs up the pros and cons of this thorny issue.

Topics: 
Governance and Trustees
Philanthropy
Fundraising implementation

Michelle writes for Arts Professional

30 November 2018

The elephant in the room – should Trustees be obliged to give?

Should Trustees on arts boards always be expected to give a donation, as is commonly the case in the US? Michelle weighs up the pros and cons of this thorny issue.

Topics: 
Governance and Trustees
Philanthropy
Fundraising implementation

Cause4's Pick of the Month

1st August, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Check out the latest picks from the Cause4 team, as we showcase the Entrepreneurs, Trustees, Business Leaders and Fundraising Fellows we believe should be celebrated this August.


Charity Leader of the Month

Jemma Shepherd

Cause4's Pick of the Month

1st August, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Check out the latest picks from the Cause4 team, as we showcase the Entrepreneurs, Trustees, Business Leaders and Fundraising Fellows we believe should be celebrated this August.


Charity Leader of the Month

Jemma Shepherd

Cause4's Pick of the Month

1st August, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Check out the latest picks from the Cause4 team, as we showcase the Entrepreneurs, Trustees, Business Leaders and Fundraising Fellows we believe should be celebrated this August.


Charity Leader of the Month

Jemma Shepherd

Stephen Hawking - Cosmology's Brightest Star

14th March, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Today started with a saddened tone, with newspapers declaring the passing of science’s, cosmology’s, and the universe’s brightest star, Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking - Cosmology's Brightest Star

14th March, 2018 | By Cause4 staff

Today started with a saddened tone, with newspapers declaring the passing of science’s, cosmology’s, and the universe’s brightest star, Stephen Hawking.

The Queen - 10 surprising facts in 90 years of charitable patronage

21st April, 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty - the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday today, 21st April. At 90 years of age, the Queen is showing no signs of stopping just yet, and her charitable patronage over the years is formidable by many standards, longevity not least of them! Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn quipped in the Commons today that the Queen has “seen off” 12 Prime Ministers.

We thought it would be timely to present a brief round-up of some of the more surprising and interesting examples of her charitable patronage over the years.

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Fundraising from Individual Donors – Top Tips

25th March, 2015 | By Cause4 staff

This blog was originally written for The Hub

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to individual fundraising. Cause4 has worked with a wide range of organisations, from the English National Opera to The Reading Agency, and the optimum strategy is very different in each case. We do however have a number of top tips for achieving more through individual fundraising that we believe many different organisations can learn from. Here are our top five tips:

1. Allocate resources strategically

Fundraising from Individual Donors – Top Tips

25th March, 2015 | By Cause4 staff

This blog was originally written for The Hub

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to individual fundraising. Cause4 has worked with a wide range of organisations, from the English National Opera to The Reading Agency, and the optimum strategy is very different in each case. We do however have a number of top tips for achieving more through individual fundraising that we believe many different organisations can learn from. Here are our top five tips:

1. Allocate resources strategically

Fundraising from Individual Donors – Top Tips

25th March, 2015 | By Cause4 staff

This blog was originally written for The Hub

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to individual fundraising. Cause4 has worked with a wide range of organisations, from the English National Opera to The Reading Agency, and the optimum strategy is very different in each case. We do however have a number of top tips for achieving more through individual fundraising that we believe many different organisations can learn from. Here are our top five tips:

1. Allocate resources strategically

An Evening With... Paul Ramsbottom

17th March, 2015 | By Cause4 staff

Earlier in February 2015 Cause4 staff and a few selected guests gathered round the board room table with Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation. The Foundation, a household name in the third sector, has awarded in excess of £800million in grants since it was established in 1955. It focuses on the support and promotion of excellence across four key areas: science and medicine, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability.

An Evening With... Paul Ramsbottom

17th March, 2015 | By Cause4 staff

Earlier in February 2015 Cause4 staff and a few selected guests gathered round the board room table with Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation. The Foundation, a household name in the third sector, has awarded in excess of £800million in grants since it was established in 1955. It focuses on the support and promotion of excellence across four key areas: science and medicine, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability.

Is Effective Altruism Set to Grow?

9th July, 2014 | By Cause4 staff

In June 2014, I attended the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) Weekend Away at Atlantic College in Wales. This event brought together people from across the world interested in effective altruism, a movement of people aiming to do as much good as possible with their time and resources.

Is Effective Altruism Set to Grow?

9th July, 2014 | By Cause4 staff

In June 2014, I attended the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) Weekend Away at Atlantic College in Wales. This event brought together people from across the world interested in effective altruism, a movement of people aiming to do as much good as possible with their time and resources.

Is Effective Altruism Set to Grow?

9th July, 2014 | By Cause4 staff

In June 2014, I attended the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) Weekend Away at Atlantic College in Wales. This event brought together people from across the world interested in effective altruism, a movement of people aiming to do as much good as possible with their time and resources.

The Challenges of Advocacy

15th April, 2014 | By Cause4 staff

Advocacy and raising awareness about a charitable cause can be both challenging and frustrating. It can be surprisingly difficult to get people to engage with your ideas and avoid coming across as self-righteous. Environmentalists and feminists are often negatively stereotyped, and street fundraisers branded as “charity muggers”. Recent research backs this up: these negative stereotypes are a barrier to social change.

The Challenges of Advocacy

15th April, 2014 | By Cause4 staff

Advocacy and raising awareness about a charitable cause can be both challenging and frustrating. It can be surprisingly difficult to get people to engage with your ideas and avoid coming across as self-righteous. Environmentalists and feminists are often negatively stereotyped, and street fundraisers branded as “charity muggers”. Recent research backs this up: these negative stereotypes are a barrier to social change.

Charity ambassadors – A poisoned chalice?

3rd February, 2014 | By Cause4 staff

Celebrity endorsements and ambassadorial roles are often a PR no-brainer for charities, particularly small, up-and-coming charities, looking to increase their exposure and popularity. The connections that come with a famous figure can often bring in vital revenue, particularly at a time when Government cutbacks and a decrease in overall donations to charities are having an adverse effect on the Third Sector.