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What can we learn from our donors this Christmas?

The season of good will and giving is just around the corner – and many charities will be reaching out to donors with their key appeals and campaigns. We know Christmas is one of the most important and valuable times of the year for charities, yet we think it is going to become increasingly difficult to engage donors during this time.

27 November 2015

What does declining trust mean for my charity?

Earlier this month we released results which showed a marked decline in public trust in the charity sector as a whole between April and October 2015.

27 November 2015

Facts and Figures - Baby Boomers, Charities, and an Ageing Population

The generational landscape of UK society is being radically transformed. We will see a predicted 2m growth amongst those aged 65 and over by 2020 (Future Foundation), representing a 20% increase on the current proportion of 65+ year olds in this country.

19 November 2015
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Twenty challenges that the Fundraising Preference Service needs to cope with

Falling at the first hurdle? Joe Saxton points out the many challenges ahead of the Fundraising Preference Service, and poses some tough questions.

11 November 2015
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Talking about my generation

Our guest blog this week is provided by Paul Stanton, CEO for Southminster Consultancy Associates and Chair of Cycle in Company. He is Visiting Professor at De Montfort University.

10 November 2015
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Put a sock in it: Let’s focus less on who technically lobbies and more on who lobbies effectively

Fiona Wallace looks at the re-emerging ‘sock puppets’ narrative and why the issue of has been blown out of proportion.


5 November 2015
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Why the world needs more online charity community forums

This week’s blog is by Rebecca Fitzgerald, founder of StrawberrySocial Ltd – a social media management agency.  Rebecca has a background in digital and project management for corporations and charities.


28 October 2015

The Fundraising Review - one month on

It’s now just over a month since the report of Stuart Etherington’s fundraising review was published. There has been a huge amount of comment since then and not least a range of voices about its implications for the sector.  So here are my thoughts now the dust is beginning to settle.

22 October 2015
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What's your problem? Or how technology can make your life easier

Anna Chistyakova looks at the common issues charities name when adopting technology and offers a fresh view on the transformation process.

9 October 2015

Protecting what really matters in the foreign aid budget

Robbie Macmillan, 22-year old graduate, Founder and Chairman of Children of Rwanda, a new charity promoting children's health and education in the western part of Rwanda, is contributing to our blog this week. 


1 October 2015

Facts and Figures - UK Charity Sector

Have you ever wanted a few facts and figures about the sector at your fingertips?  Have you wished you could give a journalist a few nuggets of info to show how important the sector is to society? 

17 September 2015

Has the media fallen out of love with charities?

It’s been a tough summer for charities in the media. From executive pay to fundraising practices, the third sector is experiencing a level of scrutiny they are unused to (and some would say unprepared for).

17 September 2015

Building a stronger brand

In recent times the charity sector has moved well beyond the idea that “brand” is only for the commercial sector and that engaging in any sort of advertising distracts charities’ focus from their core values and compassion.

10 September 2015

Top tips from the media training

How to feel confident around journalists bombarding you with difficult questions? 

9 September 2015

That's a Polling!

Anna Wates explores polling techniques, and why prediction can sometimes be a fool’s game

3 September 2015

What can we learn from the success of text donation fundraising?

Last month the regulator for premium rate text messages, PhonepayPlus, released data showing that in 2014 text donations raised over £114 million.

27 August 2015

A thousand torments of a giver

What is the best way to provide care to a stranger? Anna Chistyakova explores available options and possibilities to help a homeless person and finds herself overwhelmed, yet is not convinced what she should be doing as a giver

20 August 2015

Five things charities need to do to raise brand awareness

Five priorities charities need to get correct if their brand is to reach its full potential.

13 August 2015

Ideal Charity - measured and explained

The growing mistrust of charities in the media and among politicians calls into question how charities would like to be seen by their supporters or the wider public.

6 August 2015

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