When I started my internship here last July, I didn't know much about the charity sector. Aside from a newspaper story I wrote for the British Heart Foundation and a week’s work experience there, I scarcely knew my Band Aid from my Gift Aid.
People also very concerned about ‘how donations are spent’ and ‘high staff salaries’"The evidence is clear; people want to know how their donations are spent. Charities should sing from the rooftops about what they spend their money on.
1. A Hidden Gem - Resilience report from the Clore Social Leadership ProgrammeThe Clore Social Leadership Programme aims to develop and connect aspiring leaders in the social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK.
In today's world, a charity's brand has become a vitally important part of its appeal. Branding Inside Out, produced by CharityComms, has been compiled with the guidance of a steering group of brand experts.
We took part in an online debate on giving for the Guardian recently and among the many interesting points raised, someone argued that the day of standing on street corners collecting for charities had passed. He proposed, quite well, that charities should focus on other methods.
As a researcher on Parliamentary matters, I am only too aware of the importance of the relationship between charities and MPs. But three separate events suggest a worrying new direction in the way MPs view charity lobbying.
As part of our work with Help The Hospices, we held a conference for representatives from the industry to discuss the future of hospice funding and other issues facing the sector. We had many attendees from up and down the country, with our insightful presentations provoking some excellent debate among those present.