Erin Hughes

Development Associate

Erin joined Cause4 as a Development Associate in September 2020, after spending 2 years as a Community Fundraiser for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Prior to this, Erin trained as a classical singer and spent a number of years working professionally in opera, including with English Touring Opera and Opera North in the UK, as well as productions around the world, including in China and Mexico.

Erin is currently studying towards a BSc in Psychology with the Open University and is focussing her final year research piece on philanthropy and attitudes to charitable giving. Her interest in the charity sector began when she worked to create a support choir in Stafford, for people who had been affected by cancer. Since then, Erin has started another choir, for children, and has worked with a number of small Not-for-Profit organisations to develop their fundraising and communications strategy.

She is interested in the wide variety of charitable causes and what makes people choose where they will give their support.


Posts by Erin Hughes

The End of the Road - What you need to know about shutting down a charity

20th October, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

When you decide to become a charity Trustee, it's unlikely you're thinking about the possibility of closing your charity - unfortunately, however, it isn't uncommon. Here, we guide you through your legal responsibilities if you have to close down a charity, and how to manage the process 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.

Gift Aid: just a box ticking exercise?

7th October, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

The 7th October 2021 is Charity Gift Aid Awareness Day, a campaign that aims to reduce unclaimed and mis-claimed Gift Aid across the sector. To mark this day, we've put together a run down of what Gift Aid is, and how to make the most of it legally.

Pick of the Month - September 2021

8th September, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

The schools are back, the leaves are changing colour, and the glorious autumn sun is glowing. This month we meet a refugee supporting refugees and migrants into employment, a charity leader with a mission to make hygiene products universally accessible in the UK, and a Trustee who just wanted to give his free time to benefit other people.

Food for the soul - the case for social prescribing in Covid recovery and beyond

21st July, 2021 | By Erin Hughes

Vaccination programmes to immunise. Curriculum catch-ups for exams. Eat out schemes for the economy. Can charities offer the recovery plan for our souls?

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