October 2020

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Predictions for the Future of Virtual Charity Events

In 2020, many charitable organisations had to adapt their charity events to the circumstances they found themselves in as a consequence of the pandemic. This saw many navigating their way into innovative and create virtual opportunities that enabled them to continue to fund raise and continuing to move into the post-pandemic future will need to balance new event practices with the more traditional approaches they have developed over time.

In Charity Digital News article, they discuss potential opportunities moving forward to continue to connect and engage with supporters in the virtual and physical world and how these new practices can be embedded into the charities overall fundraising and engagement strategies moving forward.

To read their full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations that are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19. The fund is intended to support organisations in a critical position due to loss of income or an increased demand for their services.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

What can the funds be used for:

  • Staff costs and other overheads (except where staff are not required and/or staff could have been furloughed) where income has been affected by COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Increased demand for services linked directly to COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Changes to working practices, such as the purchase of laptops or remote access technology, protective equipment to work safely with beneficiaries;
  • Deep cleaning of premises because of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

How to apply:

The Foundation does not accept applications or correspondence by post.

A short application form can be accessed by clicking here. Please return completed application forms to Waddilove@pwwsolicitors.co.uk. Please direct all inquiries to this email address.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are applying as a result of a drop in income and require a grant to meet critical costs: please briefly set out the organisation’s fixed expenditure and income, the amount of reserves (and how these are being used) and your income projections for the short to medium term.

For more information on this fund click here.

Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is awarding grants of up to £5,000 to non-profit organisations in the UK. Eligible organisations must support people in need, such as those experiencing financial hardship, sickness or other disadvantages.

Funding must be used towards projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes and community buildings.

All applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

Find out more by clicking here.



Charities Could Be Missing Out on In-Memoriam Donations

pound-850369_1280A Third Sector report explains that charities could be missing out on in-memoriam donations because too many are failing to update their funeral support to take account of the coronavirus crisis warns Legacy Foresight (a legacy consortium).

It is reported that in memory giving of a loved one is worth about £2.2bn a year to UK charities, the consortium says, with donations collected at funerals accounting for one-third of the total value of such gifts.

Could this be a new means of income for your charity to explore and seek to attract into the organisation moving forward?

Find out more at Third Sector News by clicking here.

Source: DSC

The Peter Sowerby Foundation – Increasing Access Fund of 1.4 Million

The Peter Sowerby Foundation has announced the £1.4 million Increasing Access Fund. The fund is intended to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the Covid-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs.

Three categories of grants are available:

  • to organisations working within the areas of healthcare innovation,
  • the arts,
  • environment and
  • community (particularly with disadvantaged young people).

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 16 November 2020.

More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found https://tinyurl.com/y55gf98e

Impact Reporting Guide for Charities

Impact reporting for charities has an important role in helping them to showcase their achievements and highlighting their success stories to a wide variety of potential audiences. All with a view to building awareness, highlighting achievements and attracting potential supporters to the cause. In this Charity Digital News article, it explains the techniques, tools and key points that should be reported within an impact report to maximise effect.

Charities aren’t very good at singing their own praises but it is important and essential with your impact report that you are able to clearly communicate what the concerns or problems are and how you as an organisation are going to fix or resolve these in a way that has a positive impact on the beneficiaries or the communities being served by that organisation.

To read the article in full click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Authenticity and It’s Importance in Virtual Events

Charity Digital News discusses the importance of authenticity in the development of virtual events that continue to meet the charity’s aims and brand. Getting this right can engage and encourage supporters whilst making for a more memorable experiences.

2020 has certainly been the year for virtual or hybrid events but with this sudden and significant boom in these type of events how can a charity ensure it maintains its authenticity and connection with its supporters? In their article they discuss the challenges facing organisation to get buy in from supporters that grabs their attention from the start of your marketing campaign. Whilst ensuring it continues to be memorable, compelling and human without the possibility of the more traditional face to face interaction with your charity.

Their suggested marketing tips include:

  • Tying your fundraising activity to your mission,
  • highlighting key statistics,
  • making use of colours, mottos and logos,
  • building two-way communications to support relationships and
  • using stories to set the scene from participants.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

2021 Guide to Planning Fundraising Events

With increasing uncertainty regarding fundraising events in 2021, it is more important than ever that organisations consider and plan their future fundraising opportunities properly. Charity Digital News talks you through their guide to digital fundraising as a potential way forward and solution to reducing the gaps being left behind as a consequence of the pandemic here in the UK.

As the pandemic continues to provide charities with ongoing fundraising challenges, it is a timely reminder that charities need to be adaptable and embrace changing technologies which could provide one possible solution to their funding shortfall. Never has it been more important for charitable organisations to consider more flexible approaches to planning fundraising events. The only certainty within their approach is the uncertainty that we all face, which should form an important part of your 2021 event planning.

Suggestions on adapting to the new normal include fully digitalising your activities to hybrid (emerging event arrangement enabling organisers to benefit from the best aspects of both virtual and physical events) or virtual events for more useful hints, tips and suggestions on a possible way forward read their full guide to planning digital fundraising events by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Guide to Targeting Charity Donors

In their guide to targeting charity donors article Charity Digital news explore the ways to maximise charity donations, encourage new donors from both public and grant-giving organisations. 

It is important that the charity first understands you their supporters are to be able to tailor appeals or requests effectively to the intended audience. The article talks you through different data management approaches, tools and tips to enable you to choice the right communication method for your intended donors and developing an approach that uses the right marketing techniques for that intended audience.

For example, personalisation is a great strategic tool for attracting general public donations on a one-to-one basis, helping to create connections that use customised communications and marketing techniques to develop relationships with the potential donors.

Read the full article from Charity Digital News by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Tips to Engaging With Charity Trustees

Your Trustees can be the biggest assets of your charity but how do you engage with them successfully to nurture not hinder working relationships. Charity Digital News explores the finding of a recent article from The Guardian around some of the potential reasons Trustees don’t fully engage with the charity’s fundraising.

The article goes on to explore four ways a charity can better engage with their trustees to enhance both the charities approach and the connectivity of trustees to the charities activities.

To read the Charity Digital News article in full click here.

Don’t forget to come along to Dudley CVS and SCVO’s joint Trustees informal chat being held on Friday 6th November 2020, 10am till 12pm via a Zoom Conference call. Book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here.


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