How HMRC awards grant funding to voluntary and community groups
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
1M ago
For more than 20 years, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been providing funding to voluntary, community and charitable groups to support customers who may need extra help in fulfilling their tax obligations and claim the correct benefits. This evolved into HMRC’s Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Funding Programme. With a new round of funding starting UK Fundraising asked the policy experts at HMRC what difference it has made. How did the programme come about?  For many years Grant Funding has been used across government to help departments target those who will benefit from policies ..read more
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AI – a golden future for fundraising
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
2M ago
The buzzword of the past year, AI may seem relatively new but in fact it’s already been around for a long time. It’s there if you use Siri or Alexa, or look at the recommendations served up by everything from Netflix to your Waitrose app. All of these are examples of machine learning algorithms looking for patterns in your past behaviour in order to provide you with something relevant. The real turning point we’re at now is that charities are finally getting solutions built specifically to help them fundraise more effectively. With charities facing an unprecedented number of challenges at the ..read more
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Fundraising World launched as global skillshare for fundraisers
UK Fundraising
by Howard Lake
3M ago
Fundraising World is a new publication from UK Fundraising and Dekode, designed to share outstandingly successful fundraising campaigns from around the world. Each week on Fundraising World we interview one successful fundraiser, asking them to share the detail on what they achieved and how, and what lessons other fundraisers might learn. Each week it is a different country, a different sized-organisation, a different cause – and a different challenge. Global skillshare for fundraisers We call it a global skillshare because we’ve designed it to spread examples that fundraisers can be inspired ..read more
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Bereavement leave and insights from the legacy team
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by John Green
4M ago
Earlier this year my father passed away. This experience and how the workplaces of myself and my siblings responded showed a variety of practices. It also made me reflect more deeply on how the best legacy fundraising often mirrors the best HR. The law Surprisingly there is no legal entitlement to bereavement leave, except for parental bereavement leave when a child dies. Preparation As with any event, particularly major ones, a plan and idea of how managers are expected to support employees is easier thought through in advance rather than on the hoof. Surprisingly few charity HR leads have th ..read more
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Combating the cost-of-giving crisis: why learning data best practice will help
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by Howard Lake
5M ago
Many charities are fighting for survival this winter but there are some vital opportunities in early 2024 which could help fundraisers, explains Elise Hunter, Director of Marketing at the Data & Marketing Association. Recent research from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) suggests that the cost-of-living crisis has created a ‘cost of giving’ crisis for charities. Their research suggests this will force one in five (19%) to stop operations completely until the economic outlook has improved. With industry reports showing nearly 170,000 charities operate in the UK, this ..read more
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Lessons I’ve learned… Tales from a departing charity Chair
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
5M ago
As 2023 draws to a close, it’s a chance to reflect not just on this year for the sector, but also on my four years as Chair at Remember A Charity. I’ve thought a lot about all the challenges we, as a sector, have dealt with through those years – from the pandemic to the cost-of-living crisis, wars and natural disasters… but also the successes we’ve celebrated along the way. Here are some key learnings from that time… The importance of having a strategy and being consistent with it Joining as Chair of Remember A Charity coincided with the Covid pandemic and all the challenges that hit the secto ..read more
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Navigating the sea of misinformation: philanthropy’s role in climate action
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by Guest Blogger
6M ago
In an era where disinformation poses a significant threat to communication and public trust, philanthropic and charity organisations find it harder and harder to land their key messages in a polluted information environment. At a recent event, hosted by ACT Climate Labs, key figures from the philanthropic and charity sector gathered to address the pressing issue of misinformation and its impact on climate-related initiatives. The event emphasised the need for adaptation in communication strategies and the use of advertising to counteract the spread of misinformation, particularly in the contex ..read more
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5 tips to get what you want from a salary negotiation
UK Fundraising
by Ashley Gatewood
8M ago
If you’ve ever been thrilled to start a new role but a few months in realised you left money on the table during salary negotiations, it’s a resoundingly defeating feeling. Successfully securing the pay you want begins long before the word “salary” is ever spoken by your future employer. Read on to learn how you can best achieve your target salary next time you take a new job. When you have the most power Many people accept an offer slightly lower than what they desired with the thought, “At my 90-day or six-month review, my employer will see how great my work is and lift my salary to my desir ..read more
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Building an engaging fundraising culture is the key to unlocking success
UK Fundraising
by Guest Blogger
8M ago
Scotland’s newly-crowned Fundraiser of the Year for 2023, Stephanie Shanks from Sight Scotland, says collaboration and building a positive fundraising culture is the key to unlocking success. Stephanie, who joined Sight Scotland just over 15 months ago, has made a huge impact with the charity in just over a year. In this time Sight Scotland has recorded its highest fundraising (excluding legacies) income in five years and has seen a 36.7% increase in trust income. The charity’s corporate income has almost doubled as well. Tackling vision loss together For more than two centuries, Sight Scotlan ..read more
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Five tweets for fundraisers for 19 July 2023
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by Howard Lake
11M ago
A rare Hobbit book, handwritten letters at scale with ChatGPT (of course), giving despite the cost of living crisis, new grantmaking analysis, and the return of the National Fundraising Awards in 2024. Here’s our latest selection from Twitter of ideas, data, reflections, and humour for fundraisers. Yes, we’re now on Threads too (despite its many limitations and failings) so you can find us there at @ukfundraising and me at @howardlake. Just in case Twitter doesn’t keep going… And you can find @professionalswithpurpose there too. 1. Second breakfasts all round! My precioussss! An eagle-eyed (or ..read more
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