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The volunteer response to the crisis has been truly astonishing. Despite the UK being on lockdown, more than 750,000 volunteers have signed up to NHS Volunteer Responders this week. Alongside this, thousands of new volunteer-led community support groups have been created across the country – as friends, families and neighbours come together to help one […]

Over the past couple of weeks, the whole of NCVO has repurposed its work to help charities deal with the impact of the coronavirus, from providing practical support and guidance to influencing government’s response. Karl’s blog provides a summary of everything that we are doing. All the practical advice and support is on NCVO’s coronavirus […]

Charities delivering public services are facing extremely serious challenges due to covid-19. From drastic changes in the volume and nature of demand, to having to adapt or even suspend their services. NCVO and others have urged the government to ensure charities delivering public services have the support and flexibility they need. So, it was a relief for charities when last week the government issued […]

A question on many people’s lips is ‘can people still volunteer under the lockdown?’ We’ve spoken to the government and looked at the guidance. Here’s what we know. Are people still allowed to volunteer? The announcement from the government on 23 March 2020 made it clear. The single most important action we can all take […]

When crisis hits, people step up – and we’re seeing lots of that right now. So I’d like to say thanks to all those people volunteering their time and everyone managing and coordinating volunteer efforts. It’s great to see volunteers recognised as key roles in health and social care in today’s government announcement.    I also want to share some information which […]

As the rate of coronavirus infections and the UK’s response to the pandemic both escalate, the coronavirus bill has now been published. The bill will give the UK’s four governments a wide range of powers to respond to different aspects of the situation, with major implications for society as a whole, including charities. These are […]

Coronavirus financial support for charities NCVO is working closely with government on a package of financial support specifically aimed at supporting the voluntary sector as the coronavirus emergency unfolds. This forms part of a coordinated effort with our sector partners in highlighting to government that charities, like business, are experiencing financial pressures because of coronavirus, […]

Coronavirus financial support for charities NCVO is working closely with government on a package of financial support specifically aimed at supporting the voluntary sector as the coronavirus emergency unfolds. This forms part of a coordinated effort with our sector partners in highlighting to government that charities, like business, are experiencing financial pressures because of coronavirus, […]

‘We will do whatever it takes.’ Those were the words of chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday evening, as he outlined what the government pledges to do to help the country weather the threat of coronavirus. Government support is paramount of course – and I will return to that shortly – but in recent days the voluntary […]

Coronavirus will have implications for charities as well as their staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.  In this blog, I set out some key questions which trustees should consider when thinking about how best to support their organisations. I also share some practical guidance on meeting remotely. Questions for trustees to ask… Do we have, or need […]

Our latest update on what’s going on in Westminster that might impact charities, including the budget, the Charity Commission’s upcoming select committee appearance, and how coronavirus might affect your influencing plans. Parliament The budget Just a few weeks after taking on the job, Rishi Sunak delivered his first budget as chancellor of the exchequer. Our […]

Newbury, Berkshire, 24th March 2020 – Local charity Greenham Trust will match any donations made by the public and local businesses via its online appeal up to a huge sum of £100,000! This will generate a fund of £200,000 to be distributed through local charitable and voluntary organisations that are offering support to the elderly and vulnerable people. The emergency fund will go to help those charities and volunteer organisations supporting those most urgently in… Source: RealWire

Donated RPCs, employee volunteers and charitable contributions help those in need, make the world a better place Munich, Germany, December 19, 2019: IFCO, the world’s leading provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food, delivered on its social responsibility and engagement commitment in 2019, with 30,000 RPCs donated to food banks, hundreds of employee volunteer service hours in local communities and financial contributions to charitable organizations. “IFCO and its employees are fortunate to be… Source: RealWire

Newbury, 1st October 2019 – Not-for-profit, charity-owned charitable giving platform, The Good Exchange has today announced that it will be transforming the way that money is given to good causes using its platform by making the service completely free for every organisational funder and individual donor from today. During the three years that The Good Exchange has been in operation, there have been huge changes in the way that technology is being used across the… Source: RealWire

Local youth charities and good causes encouraged to apply for grants totaling £150,000 from a North East charitable trust in latest funding roundNewbury, 10th September 2019 – Not-for-profit cloud platform The Good Exchange has today announced that £150,000 of funding is available to support young people in the North East of England.County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) is launching its youth social action programme by bringing together the Government and National Lottery Community Fund-backed #iwill programme… Source: RealWire

LONDON – 26 February 2019 – The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, a non-profit organisation formed by learning and human capital management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), today announced that Team Rubicon UK is using Cornerstone’s Learning Management System to train, engage and deploy volunteers quickly and efficiently. Team Rubicon is a Talent Management Grantee of the Foundation.Team Rubicon UK is an international disaster response charity whose predominantly ex-military volunteers provide relief to disaster survivors across… Source: RealWire

IFCO SYSTEMS supports food banks worldwide by provisioning free RPCs and co-financing refrigerated vans PULLACH, GERMANY, 11. December 2018: Since the beginning of its initiative for the support of food banks in 2009, IFCO SYSTEMS, the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions, has donated more than 280,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) to food banks. In addition, the company supports food banks with voluntary work and by co-financing refrigerated vans.“A better supply chain serves us… Source: RealWire

LONDON – 25 October, 2018 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software (HCM), has today announced that the NSPCC is extending its partnership to offer Cornerstone Learning and Extended Enterprise to its volunteers.The child protection charity is largely made up of volunteers and employees who need access to high quality modern learning and development opportunities, to ensure they have the skills to properly support young people. With… Source: RealWire

The online matching platform for the charitable sector has now dispersed a total of £8.5m to good causesNewbury, 18 September 2018 – Not-for-profit, charity-owned online charitable giving platform The Good Exchange has today announced significant growth figures as it celebrates its second anniversary. In the second year of operations, the platform has experienced 76 percent year-on-year growth in grants and a 26 percent rise in donations made via its platform. New applicants are also up… Source: RealWire

Newbury, 11th September 2018 – Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), funded through the #iwill Fund, is working in partnership with The Good Exchange’s not-for-profit, online matching cloud platform.The #iwill Fund was created through £40 million of seed funding from Government, and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. It supports the aims of the #iwill campaign, to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and… Source: RealWire

Oxford City Council has made a further £10,000 of small grants available for local charities and community groups through the innovative online matching platform The Good Exchange.Following a successful pilot earlier this year, the City Council will offer further grants of up to £1,000 through the second round of its 2018 Small Grants Scheme on the platform.Grants will be available to organisations based in Oxford that promote equality, community cohesion, healthy living, or that tackle… Source: RealWire

75% agree that corporate fundraising is becoming more important to the local community, yet nearly 60% supported between just one and five good causes in the last year, largely due to administrative overheadNewbury, 18th April 2018 – Not-for-profit, The Good Exchange, has today released the results of new research into the key drivers and challenges involved in charitable giving within UK organisations. Conducted by Censuswide Surveys, the research polled 201 corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers… Source: RealWire

On Monday I took part in a webinar, organised by the Institute of Fundraising’s Supporter Experience Special Interest Group, entitled “Why right now supporter experience matters more than ever”. 2,600 people signed up, but because it was so over-subscribed, only 1,000 were able to participate. If you missed it here is the video (audio only):     The problem Charities […]

What charities say and how they say it when communicating about coronavirus matters. Content, tone and timing are all important. A near total reliance on digital communications by charities, compounded by staff and volunteers working remotely from each other, many doing so for the first time, has of course rapidly brought huge challenges to how charities continue to communicate effectively. […]

As the coronavirus pandemic reduces the options for fundraising yet further, with one in four people on the planet facing some form of severe restriction on their movements, it’s time to share some virtual fundraising ideas. What kind of fundraising can you and your supporters take part in when virtual fundraising is about the only option left?    1. Donate […]

The first global pandemic of the 21st century has generated plenty of antisocial behaviour such as panic-buying groceries, but it is also inspiring very many people to step up and do something helpful. Here are just some of the many examples we have spotted. We’ll add more as we spot them.   1. Corner shop kindness This was one of […]

  I’ve often written about charities and retailers working in partnership, highlighting retailers’ ability to support causes and communities in a myriad of ways over and above cash donations. These include long-term strategic partnerships, cause-related marketing, employee fundraising and through providing access to their operational infrastructures, social media channels and customers as prospective supporters. In this blog, I’m providing a […]

Inevitably charities have started to launch fundraising appeals as planned sources of income and giving disappear as ‘social distancing’ and other forms of self-isolation are required of us all. The following list is simply intended as a collection of some of the first to launch. Some are emergency appeals to make up for lost income, while others are appeals to […]

    Sad to say, we are all suffering in one way or another, but looking on the positive side we are also faced with several opportunities. Let’s use this time to be closer to our donors and not just shut down events and meetings creating an ever widening distance between us. Your donors will still love you and you […]

Fundraising is never easy but currently it looks even more challenging as we all face a coronavirus pandemic which is having severe social and economic consequences. This simply means that fundraisers and effective fundraising will become even more important – now, through the pandemic and into its aftermath. I’ve worked in fundraising for over 30 years and know the remarkable […]

There is no doubt that Britain is one of the most generous nations in the world and for the last few years Muslims’ charitable giving has rightly begun to be seen as part of that. As the Charity Commission reports, at Ramadan Muslims in the UK donate more than £100 million, or an average of £38 every second. The retail […]

I don’t do much prospect research these days, as I no longer work as a freelancer. However, I have just started doing some trust research, and was pleased to note that Companies House beta version allows you to include a location when looking for individuals or directors (officers). I can remember Mat Iredale suggesting something along these lines a couple […]

Here are five predictions for 2020, all of them offering challenges for fundraisers and charities to address. 1. Steps towards a global currency Mark Zuckerberg’s libra may have bitten the dust as its value dropped off a cliff last year, and its relaunch may not even happen in 2020 or may, if you are an optimist. One day, however, a […]

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