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Mistakes to Avoid with Digital Fundraising

Are you making errors with your digital fundraising? Mistakes happen however there are a number of mistakes that charities tend to make, and opportunities they commonly miss, when approaching their digital fundraising  that could be avoided.

You may need to rethink your digital fundraising strategy and in Charity Digital News article they discuss common mistakes, what you should be considering and solutions to them. You can read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News


Go Play Sandwell – New Year, New Go Play Sessions

From the 18th January to the 12th February, join us online for your FREE term time Go Play Activity Session via Zoom!  These sessions are suitable for families aged 5 – 12 years (up to 16 years with SEND)

Take part Every Monday – Friday from 1.00pm to 2.00pm – we have LIMITED spaces available, so its important to book online no later than 24 hours prior to the session.  All Zoom sessions are password protected and are facilitated by 2 staff members.

You can find more information from our website – www.goplaysandwell.co.uk 

Our themes play videos activities are suitable for children aged 5+.  Look out for the daily videos on our social media at 5pm @GoPlaySandwell.  For more information e-mail hello@goplaysandwell.co.uk or TEXT (Only) “Call Back” to 07984388558.


Fundraising with Instagram Stories

Since Instagram’s launch in 2010, the app has become a daily staple for its users, Charity Digital News explain how using Instagram stories can raise funds. They are also offer some advice to help you get started on your journey in their article.

It is worth remembering that more than one billion people use Instagram every month and this could be a powerful tool to help your organisation attract new donations. Many charities have realised its potential and are increasingly using the platform for free and effective marketing.

For the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


What Fundraising Software to Use in 2021

Charity Digital News take a look at what software community organisations should consider using in 2021 to boost their websites fundraising, make the most of digital campaigns, and attract small donations.

Did you know that 80% of donations where made digitally according to the Global Trends in Giving Survey, with predictions that this will rise in 2021.

There are vast differences in digital fundraising literacy and capability across the sector. When you are building your digital fundraising toolkit for 2021, you may be looking at essential tools to establish a programme or software that will support innovation as you continue to grow your income.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


Join Camphill Village Trust’s free Opportunity TV Sessions

Camphill Village Trust ran daily interactive Zoom sessions for its community members throughout 2020. With the closure of day services and not being able to access other activities, the Zoom sessions proved to be extremely successful over the last lockdown.

Due to its popularity, the charity is opening Opportunity TV to everyone, whether or not you are part  of  the Trust community. Camphill Village Trust has decided to share it with social care colleagues across Dudley, The Black Country and West Midlands.

The virtual interactive sessions run Monday to Thursday, 10 am and 3 pm. Fridays 10 am and 2 pm.

To find out how you can join Opportunity TV, click here.

Watch recordings from previous sessions on the website.

Please direct your questions or feedback to Phil Gibson, Project Manager, on 07824463798.


Carers Assistance Line

Do you care for someone living in Sandwell? A carer can be anyone of any age who provides regular and on-going care and emotional support to another person. You could be a family member, friend, neighbour, or you may be a foster carer.

Caring can make you feel isolated and worried, as well as putting a lot of pressure on you, so we are very pleased to introduce the Crossroads Carers Assistance Line (CAL), thanks to funding from the Community Lottery Fund.

The service is free to access and open to carers of any age living in Sandwell. A carer may live in Sandwell, but care for someone within a nearby local area.

The Crossroads Carers Assistance Line provides a caring, listening ear and can support you in many practical ways –

• Confidential, one-to-one support
• Advice, information and guidance over the phone or face-to-face
• Signposting to other specialist support services and/or groups provided by Crossroads and other organisations based within Sandwell
• Help to reinstate previous/pre-COVID care arrangements or facilitate new arrangements
• Advice on how to gain a Carers Assessment from the Local Authority
• Wellbeing support, coaching/mentoring
• Support and practical training provided in the home, by our in-house trainer, for carers of people with complex needs
• Access to Carers Trust Emergency Fund

You can refer into the CAL service by accessing the Sandwell Crossroads website http://www.sandwellcrossroads.org/services/carers-assistance-line/ you can either fill out the PDF referral form and send this to CAL@sandwellcrossroads.org, fill out the online enquiry form or call us on 0121 803 6830 and one of our advisors will help you.


A Guide to Digitally Storing Documents

Charity Digital news explains that there are many reasons to store paper documents at your charity’s offices or an external storage facility and  help you to review some of the best methods for digitally storing documents and provide some tips for streamlining the process.

There are many reasons why you need to keep documents for instance HMRC requires you to keep legal and financial documentation, such as invoices, contracts, and bank statements, for six years. If you offer a service that requires you to keep medical records, best practice is to retain them for ten years after the last patient interaction. You may also have documents that relate to donors, service users, volunteers, or research grant recipients that need to be stored safely.

The reasons to go paperless are compelling: costs are lower, security is greater, and any action to reduce the environmental impact of our organisations has become a moral imperative.

To read the article in full click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


How to Run a Charity Webinar

Charity Digital News explains how Charities can run their own webinars to continue to provide vital service delivery online to their beneficiaries. They share what they’ve learnt from our 18-month old webinar programme.

With increasingly more charities moving to deliver their much-needed services online and are finding virtual ways to communicate with donors, the webinar can be a trusty tool in any charity’s arsenal.

The article takes you over the following points:

  •  An audience – As with any content, your audience is key to success.
  • A topic – If your webinars are for donors, then ask them what they’d like to hear about.
  • A time – Ask your audience what their time preferences are.
  • A place – Nope, not a physical building but your delivery mechanism.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


Heart of England Community Foundations Winter Wellbeing Campaign a Festive Success!

The Heart of England Community Foundation launched the Winter Wellbeing campaign towards the end of 2020 after securing funds and opened applications for a little Festive Fun for one-off projects just in time for Christmas.

They’ve supported 52 organisations in just three weeks to spread festive cheer to a massive 16,472 beneficiaries and awarded a total of £44,555 to wonderful projects covering so much, such as Christmas lunches for the vulnerable, community light trails, virtual music concerts and ensuring deprived children get a gift this Christmas.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation


Managing Funding Risks

It is important that Trustees and fundraisers are aware of the risks and take action to prevent them, as fundraising can be a risky business. In Fundraising UK’s post they explain the key fundraising risks and what can be done about them. 

One of the most common risks is the over reliance on a few income sources – such as too much funding from statutory sources. The answer will come as no surprise, diversification is the solution, which can take time but is usually possible and makes your organisation more sustainable. The risks of not diversifying are financial decline and even organisational closure.

Risks include:

  • Lack of a robust fundraising strategy
  • Over reliance on a few income sources
  • High staff turnover
  • Compliance issues
  • Accounting problems
  • High fundraising costs
  • Bad publicity
  • Growing competition
  • Lack of a fundraising culture and
  • Activity specific risks

To read the full article click here.

Save the Date: SCVO on 11th March 2021, 10am till 12pm will be running a FREE Introduction to Diversifying Your Income Webinar, aimed at exploring some of the potential opportunities available to charitable organisations in raising funds for their organisation. 

Source: Fundraising UK


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