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Fundraising from trusts and foundations: the basics

There are about 8,800 grant making trusts and foundations in the UK alone, giving a total in excess of £2.5 billion to charitable causes each year.  There will always be some factors that you can’t control when applying for funding.  For example, very often there will more applications than funds available, and different funders may […]

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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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Vulnerable adults: new guidance needed on seeking donations

The Institute of Fundraising should develop additional guidance for fundraisers asking elderly and vulnerable people for donations – that’s the recommendation of The Fundraising Standards Board.   It made the recommendation following a complaint against the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, which provides free vet care, by the family of an elderly woman with schizophrenia, […]

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New app aids fundraising

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The not-for-profit company Virgin Money Giving has launched an app for users after reporting an increase of 30 per cent in traffic via mobile to its platform last year.  The new app, which will work on Apple IOS and Android, enables fundraisers to check on the progress of their fundraising pages on-the-go and will prompt […]

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Nine smaller charities join forces to create a new “fundraising movement”

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Do you find the thought of seeking corporate partnerships daunting? Here’s an innovative partnership approach for small non profits which you may like to consider adopting in your locality. The youth homelessness charity Centrepoint has brought together nine other similar charities to create a new “fundraising movement” (End Youth Homelessness) designed to secure corporate partnerships. […]

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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, […]