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How to write an appeal letter

An appeal letter can generate welcome funds for non-profits. However, the average reader will only spend two seconds reading such a letter before deciding whether to reply or to bin it. Crafting a good appeal letter takes perseverance and creativity. This recipe may help increase the amount you raise. Serves – most voluntary organisations Preparation […]

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NCVO members express concerns ahead of the 2015 General Election

People helping a homeless man

The NCVO’s 2015 Project was a major consultation to find out what their members’ priorities are when thinking ahead to the general election in May 2015.  The major views expressed were: Unemployment, particularly in relation to younger people, and this is something that it is felt charities can help to address. Underemployment, zero hour contracts […]

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Charities have no time to raise funds

Photo of Phillipa Charles from the Garfield Weston Foundation

More than 40 per cent of small to medium-sized charities feel they do not have enough staff to apply for funding opportunities despite struggling for money, according to new research. Philippa Charles, director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, says applications to it have fallen steeply over the past three years. A survey of 182 youth, […]

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Average online donations increase


The average amount donated to charities online in December has increased by 14 per cent over the past three years, according to new figures from the fundraising software company Blackbaud.  The total online donations made last month were £2.6m and the average online gift was £64.10. See

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Small charity week

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Did you know that 16th – 21st June 2014 will be Small Charity Week?  This will feature a series of activities and initiatives to support and raise awareness of the hundreds and thousands of small charities that, every day, make a huge difference to vulnerable communities across the UK and the rest of the world. […]

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The Lobbying Bill latest

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At the eleventh hour, Government has announced its amendments to the rules on non-party campaigning in the Lobbying bill, and this seems to benefit small nonprofits.   Originally the bill would have lowered the maximum that can be spent before groups have to be registered with the Electoral Commission from £10,000 to £5,000 in England, […]

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Fundraising sites and crowdfunding raised £310m in 2013, Nesta figures show

By Jenna Pudelek, Third Sector Online, 13 December 2013 Pants to Poverty A report by the innovation charity says that crowdfunded schemes, such as Pants to Poverty, account for 95 per cent of all online alternative finance platforms in the UK Charitable fundraising sites and donations-based crowdfunding raised £310m in the UK in 2013, according to […]

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Small charities are losing income to a few large organisations, Conservative think tank says

By Chloe Stothart, Third Sector Online, 16 December 2013 Danny Kruger The report, by a Centre for Social Justice working group chaired by Danny Kruger, says that charities with annual incomes of £100,000 or less account for only 3.5 per cent of the £38bn income of the voluntary sector Voluntary sector income has become increasingly concentrated […]