Building a Business Case for Investing In Fundraising

For many charities and social enterprises in a tight financial position, it’s the classic dilemma. You need to invest in fundraising, perhaps to replace dwindling income from other sources, but have less disposable cash than ever.

So building the case for investing in fundraising – whether that means a new staff member, hiring a consultant or increasing your marketing budget – isn’t easy. Particularly when it involves dealing with management or trustees who may know less about fundraising than you, and are naturally risk averse.

If you were asked to put together a robust and convincing case for investing in fundraising, where would you start? How would you address people’s concerns? Here are their top tips:

1. Show how fundraising success would boost your overall mission

When I’m working with an organisation on their fundraising strategy, I initially ask two questions: Why have you decided to focus on fundraising? What do you hope to achieve through successful fundraising?

Many organisations set ambitious goals for their project work, but fail to show the same fundraising ambition. But the two things are inextricably linked – if you’re trying to double the number of people you help, or move into a new region, you’ll likely need a step-change in fundraising.

So try to make people focus on how much more the organisation could achieve if it raised more money. You’ll stand a better chance of convincing management and trustees to make the investment needed.

2. Educate people about your current fundraising efforts

I’ve worked with organisations whose CEO or trustees have been genuinely surprised by how much they’re raising in certain areas, or completely oblivious about simple blockages that are holding back fundraising. However, people will make better long-term decisions about fundraising if they understand this properly.

Inspire confidence in your future plans by emphasising which areas are already proving successful, and which ones have the potential for a drastic improvement with a little more investment.

To read the full Lime Green Consulting article click here.

Source: Lime Green Consulting.

360Giving Launches New Grant Visualisation Tool

360Giving, an initiative which encourages funders to publish standardised transparent data about grants, has today launched new visualisation tool. 

The platform, 360Insights, visualises data from grant makers and recipients of grants in an effort to further transparency in the sector.

The data shared includes the amounts awarded by grant makers, where grants are given, what types of organisations received grants, region of recipients, locations of grants and the age and income of recipients. It was developed by compiling data from sources including the Charity Commission.

Founder and chair of directors of 360Giving, Fran Perrin said: “As the numbers of funders sharing their data approaches 100, we saw the need to make it easier for anyone to see what the £26bn of grant making says about them. That’s why we built 360Insights and I am excited to see how grant makers apply this fantastic functionality into their decision making”.

360 giving was founded in 2015 to boost transparency in funding, and encourage grant makers to publish information. 99 funders presently share their information.

Its other initiatives include Beehive, a tool which enables charities to find potential funders online and GrantNav, a register of UK grant data showing 306,566 grants.

360Giving is funded by grant makers the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Indigo Trust, Pears Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Perrin said: “When I set up 360Giving three years ago, I would not have believed that in such a short time we’d have so much useful data being shared, enabling insights into issues such as homelessness and the distribution of funding.”

Paul Streets, chief executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation, believes 360Insights will help his foundation. He said “Data informs everything we do – our strategic direction, allows us to check we’re making the impact we set out to and to challenge and improve our work.

To read the full Civil Society article click here.

Source: Civil Society

6Towns Credit Union Prevention of Illegal Money Lending and Savings Incentive

6Towns Credit Union is currently working in partnership with the Illegal Money Lending Team, at Birmingham City Council, to tackle and help prevent Illegal money lending.

The Credit Union is encouraging people to save and borrow wisely.

To this end, 100 members could win £25.00. Start saving at least £1.00 a week for 12 weeks into a Christmas Account and enter the free draw to win £25.00.  This sum will be added to your Christmas Account.  See terms and conditions.

Further details on Facebook

Visit the website

A Journey of Colours Exhibition

A Journey through Colours is a new exhibition by one of Creative Black Country’s 100 Masters, Ranbir Kaur which will be taking place at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery from 3rd April – 20th June 2019.

Ranbir is a national and international recognised Rangoli artist , this will be her second exhibition in a major museum where she is presenting her entire work to date.

A highly celebrated artist, Ranbir has received many awards and create the largest Rangoli in the World in Nottingham that has since entered the Guinness Book of Records.

Free Entry into Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, WS10 7HD.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday to Thursday 11am till 4pm
  • Saturday 2pm till 5pm
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closure.

Cradley Heath Trail Drop-in Sessions

SCVO in partnership with Cradley Heath Community Centre have commenced a trial monthly drop-in sessions  over the next three months for Sandwell Community, Voluntary  and Social Enterprise organisations at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, B64 5JG.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available on the first Friday of every month from 10am till 12pm.

The drop-in sessions will take place on:

  • Friday 5th April 2019,
  • Friday 3rd May 2019 and
  • Friday 7th June 2019.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

Please note your organisation must be based or delivering here in Sandwell to be able to access this service.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at

Save the Date: Heritage Fund – Launch Event

SCVO in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund are planning to hold a Heritage Fund Launch Event on Thursday 11th April 2019. The Launch Event will take the participant through the recent changes to the Heritage Funds Grant programmes, who is eligible to apply and the processes you will need to follow to access these funds.

Heritage can mean different things to different people, it can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. The Heritage Funds Grants Officer will discuss what heritage means to them and how you can access grants to support your heritage project.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage will provide funding for all types of heritage projects with grants starting from £3,000 upwards. They want to inspire, lead and resource heritage projects across the UK, to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

This event is free for Sandwell voluntary and community sector groups and groups whose main beneficiaries live in Sandwell (subject to attendance). For those wishing to attend the workshop from outside of Sandwell there will be a small booking fee.

Further details to follow so watch this space!

Arts and Culture Sector Survey Launches

Arts and culture charities are being urged to take part in a survey to assess the impact of digital technology across their sector.

This is the fifth year the Digital Culture survey has been carried out by the Arts Council England in partnership with arts, science and technology innovation foundation Nesta.

The aim is to build up a comprehensive picture of digital behaviour among arts and culture organisations in England and measure trends and compare data with previous year’s findings.

The survey’s results are used by government, funders and to help arts and culture organisations with their digital strategy.

This includes helping inform the government’s Culture is Digital report and this year’s findings will provide evidence in support of its commitments.

This includes the creation of a Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Code and Maturity Index, which aims to help organisations benchmark and improve their digital maturity.

Another is the launch of Arts Council England’s Digital Culture Network which brings together ‘tech champions’ to help digital development in the arts and culture sector.

Adapting to digital change

“As digital technology becomes an increasingly ubiquitous part of everyday life, it is important for arts and cultural organisations to keep pace with the rate of change so that they can successfully integrate new technologies into their working practice and remain relevant to artists and audiences,” says a Nesta statement.

“This survey will take the pulse of the sector on how it is adapting to digital change and where it requires further support.”

The survey’s research partner MTM London has sent out an invite to take part to thousands of arts and culture organisations. Any arts and culture organisations that have not received an invite and want to take part are urged to contact MTM London direct by emailing them at

The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete and closes on 3 May 2019.

Source: Charity Digital News

Great Art and Culture for Everyone – Session

“Do you have an idea for a creative project but need some advice?

This May, Creative Black Country are hosting four surgeries with Arts Council England, on how to apply for Arts Council Project grants and Creative Black Country’s Open Access Awards.

The session will take place on 23rd May 2019 between 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, Sandwell College, 1 Spon Lane, West Bromwich B70 6AW and will contain a presentation on applying for Project Grants from Arts Council England and there’s the opportunity to book a one to one session with an Arts Council representative to discuss project ideas, receive advice into funding bids and much more.

There will also be information about Creative Black Country’s Open Access Award which supports activities that build audiences and promote creative and artistic excellence across the Black Country.”

This event is for individuals, groups or organisations who are interested in finding out more about Arts Council’s Project grants work and bringing creative work/activity to the Black Country.  It’s a good opportunity for Black Country creatives to meet with a representative from the Arts Council and connect with Creative Black Country.

They will be given valuable insight and advice into the application process for both Arts Council Project grants and the Open Access Awards. It’s also an opportunity to network with individuals, groups and organisations who are looking to deliver creative activity in the Black Country.

1pm – 1.15pm: arrivals / book in for a one to one session with ACE representative*
1.15pm – 2pm: presentation by Arts Council England representative & Creative Black Country representative
2pm – 4.30pm: One to one surgeries with Arts Council England

*One to one sessions will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and each session will be approximately 20 minutes long. Attendees will be able to book a session when they arrive for the event.”

I Love Small Charities Day – 17th June 2019

Small Charity Week’s annual hashtag competition is back to help you engage with new and current supporters and to win a donation for your charity.

To be in the chance of winning £450 all your supporters need to do is tell the world why they love you.

How to enter:
Ask your supporters to take a photo of themselves holding up a poster that reads:
“I love (your charities name) because (why you love them)”.

Or they can take a video of themselves with the poster, shouting out loud about why they love your charity or they can simply post a message of love.

Then they simply post it to either Twitter, Instagram and/or the Small Charity Week Facebook page.

Visit our website for details on how your supporters should enter their messages, poster templates, supporting toolkits and the full rules.

In previous years, the secret to winning this competition has been to start early! Even though the competition is officially open on Monday, 17th June 2019, it is a good idea to start building your plans now.

Source: Small Charity Week

Could You Be a Volunteer on 6Towns Credit Union Board of Directors?

6Towns Credit Union is currently seeking community minded volunteers who have an interest in the financial wellbeing of people and society at large.

6Towns Credit Union provides financial services to not only the most vulnerable in society but encourages everyone to save something no matter how small. That could be through saving directly from benefits, salary or through payroll deduction.


The role:
To provide guidance and support within the board
To make strategic decisions on the direction of 6Towns Credit
Meet once a month for the Board meeting
Receive weekly updates
The role does not require day to day hands on input to the running of 6Towns

In the first instance please email for an application form.
Please be aware that all applicants must have an unimpaired Credit history.

The deadline for submitting an application is 1st April 2019.

6Towns Credit Union is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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