Celebrating the unsung heroes of the charity sector

Say the word ‘charity’ and it’s often the big players that come to mind first. But did you know that small charities make up 82% of the charity sector? They’re active right across the spectrum of society and make an invaluable contribution to individuals and communities, both in the UK and globally. But according to … Continue reading Celebrating the unsung heroes of the charity sector

How to reinvigorate your fundraising strategy with storytelling

Storytelling has always been key to human interaction. Stories engage us, they connect us, and they shape how we make sense of the world. When it comes to fundraising, storytelling is the most powerful way to transform passion into action and connect with the hearts and minds of your supporters. Now more than ever non-profits … Continue reading How to reinvigorate your fundraising strategy with storytelling

Top Tips to creating effective corporate partnerships

A strong corporate-charity partnership is a powerful way to unlock opportunities, form key relationships, attract funding and gain longer-term support for your organisation. Small charities play a distinct and vital role in building stronger communities and addressing some of our most persistent social challenges. That’s why Aviva works to unlock their potential by finding, funding … Continue reading Top Tips to creating effective corporate partnerships

Why and how should you rebrand your small charity?

If you decide to change a significant part of your charity’s brand, such as a logo, name or adjusting the message you communicate, then you’re re-branding.  It’s extremely important to be doing it for the right reasons and to execute it well.  Not only can it be expensive to execute a complete rebrand, but it … Continue reading Why and how should you rebrand your small charity?

NCVO: Charity Governance Code

The new version of the Charity Governance Code was launched in the summer of 2017. It provides charities with a clear set of principles and practice for high performance in governance. The code is intentionally aspirational and stretching. It comes in two versions, one for larger charities above a million pounds income a year and … Continue reading NCVO: Charity Governance Code

Lloyds Bank Foundation: Why small charities do and should engage in policy – and importantly, how.

On policy day of Small Charities Week, let’s think about why small charities do and should engage in policy – and importantly, how. At Lloyds Bank Foundation we support hundreds of small charities helping people tackle complex social issues, from domestic abuse to dependency and homelessness to asylum processes. These charities are helping people who … Continue reading Lloyds Bank Foundation: Why small charities do and should engage in policy – and importantly, how.

What keeps Chairs of smaller charities awake at night?

The Association of Chairs (AoC) is a membership organisation supporting Chairs / Vice Chairs of charities and social enterprises in England and Wales. We help people to lead and run effective trustee boards. Chairing a small charity can be extremely tough as well as rewarding. It can be a challenge to run an effective board … Continue reading What keeps Chairs of smaller charities awake at night?

Small Charity Week’s 10th Birthday

We launched Small Charity Week 10 years ago to celebrate the amazing work of small charities and community groups across the UK delivering services locally, nationally and internationally. We had just started the FSI and were amazed that although there was a ‘world naked gardening day, even a national gin day (a day I could … Continue reading Small Charity Week’s 10th Birthday

Holly Christie’s top tips for corporate partnerships

More often than not many fundraisers are faced with someone from senior management or a Trustee asking them “why haven’t you approached XYZ large company” perfectly adamant the company has plenty of money and will just give it to the charity because we do good work. Anyone who has been in this situation will know … Continue reading Holly Christie’s top tips for corporate partnerships

How can small charities find their fundraising edge?

This blog was originally written for UK Fundraising https://fundraising.co.uk/2019/05/24/how-can-small-charities-find-their-fundraising-edge/ It’s estimated that 81% of the sector’s income goes to the largest 4% of charities (NCVO Almanac 2018), leaving the many thousands of incredible small charities struggling to raise the funds they need. Small charities tell us that it’s increasingly difficult to generate income and they struggle to … Continue reading How can small charities find their fundraising edge?