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Donorfy Adds Facility to Manage Facebook and Instagram Fundraising

Donorfy, the cloud-based CRM for fundraisers, now has a function that lets a charity take control and make more of Facebook’s giving and fundraising tools.

Donorfy’s Facebook Giving Tools integration provides tools to import fundraising data from Facebook, so that charities can communicate with their Facebook fundraisers and donors.
Facebook’s giving features have raised over $3 billion worldwide since their launch in 2015 and extended them to UK and Ireland charities in September 2017.

Facebook’s fundraising tools enable both charities and individuals to fundraise. They can place ‘donate’ buttons on their page, posts and videos, and in the case of Instagram they can place ‘donate’ stickers.

Birthday Fundraisers are the most popular use. Facebook users can create them to mark their birthday and invite friends and family to mark the occasion by donating to their chosen charity.

All Facebook fundraising donations are passed in full to the charities by Facebook. It does not charge for the tools.

Donorfy’s Facebook giving tools
Donorfy’s co-founded and CEO Robin Fisk says that “the solution takes minutes to set up”.

Its features include:

  • Easily track and manage Facebook donors, donations, buttons and fundraisers in one place
  • Post encouraging messages on fundraisers’ walls, with links to data entry forms where they can provide more contact info and opt into communications
  • Monitor progress against fundraising goals for fundraisers and buttons
  • Assign donations to campaigns, funds and departments according to the fundraiser or donate button used

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: UK Fundraising


Martin Lewis Fund for Charities Used Algorithm To Skim Applications

The emergency fund set up by Martin Lewis to support charities during lockdown used a machine learning algorithm to skim the high number of applications it received.

On 19 March, Martin Lewis, the founder of comparison website Money Saving Expert, launched a £1m fund to help small charities during the crisis.

The fund closed on 25 March after receiving 7,000 applications in six days, totalling about £74m.

An algorithm looked at keywords in applications
Jonathan Cook, a fundraising consultant who worked as charity lead for the fund, spoke at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Convention about how the team reviewed the applications in order to distribute the money to charities as soon as possible.

He said: “Martin was absolutely adamant that one week after opening, he wanted the first batch of grants to go out. So we made it quite an automated process involving a very simple application form done online with about five boxes.

“In order to plough through this enormous number of applications, we used some computer algorithms, which picked out key phrases and keywords that people can use in their applications. Phrases like ‘free school meals’ – if we discovered that phrase in an application, it drew attention to the fact that it might be talking about provision for people who are now no longer at school and might have a problem feeding their children.”

“We also looked at the locations [where the applications came from] – whether they were in areas with high incidence of Covid-19, whether they were in areas of high deprivation. That enabled us to focus our attention on a smaller number of grants and we could then have a human eye look through them.”

Unconscious bias
Cook also said the use of a computer algorithm removed potential issues with people’s unconscious bias, at least at that initial stage.

However, Fozia Irfan, CEO of Beds & Luton Community Foundation, who was speaking at the same panel discussion, pointed out that algorithms present their own issues in terms of equality, because they can reflect the unconscious bias of the people who originally wrote them. This is a phenomenon known as “algorithmic bias”.

The fund, which in the end amounted to £3.4m thanks to the support of other donors, had been distributed in its entirety by 26 May to a total of 415 organisations.

It focused on projects providing immediate relief during the crisis, prioritising “the provision and delivery of food, medicine, sanitary products and emergency hardship grants”.

Read the full Civil Society article by clicking here.

Source: Civil Society


Health Lottery Increases Proportion of Ticket Price That Goes to Good Causes

The Health Lottery has increased the amount of its proceeds that go to good causes by five percentage points because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The lottery said it was making the move, which will result in the proportion of its proceeds that go to good causes rising from 20.3 per cent to 25.5 per cent from today, because of the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on charities and community organisations.

The Health Lottery consists of 12 regional and country lotteries operating under the same brand across Britain.

The money raised for good causes is allocated to one of the regions each month in rotation to tackle health inequalities.

The scheme, which has raised more than £115m for good causes since it was launched in 2011, initially caused controversy in the charity sector because a lower proportion of its proceeds went to good causes than the National Lottery, which passes on about 28 per cent of each ticket sold.

Martin Ellice, managing director of The Health Lottery, said the outbreak had left many charities and projects in a vulnerable position.

“That’s the reason we have taken the decision to increase the level of contribution by over 25 per cent, allowing us to support the health inequality projects that are so important to local communities,” he said.

“Every single one of the charities and projects funded through The Health Lottery carries out wonderful work and it’s of paramount importance that we keep them alive.”

Source: Third Sector


Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme – Advanced Notice

For community organisations in England who are facing difficulties caused by Covid-19.

The £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund. Find out about the Lottery’s other schemes.

What is the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme?
Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

Is it open for applications?
The recovery scheme will open on Tuesday 28 July for applications from 10am till 1pm. And then for a further two rounds on Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm.

Who can apply?
Community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. For more information about whether your community organisation will be eligible, please read the guidance notes.

What can you apply for?
Up to £100,000 grant and business support to:

—help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
—provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Where can I find out more?
You can find out more by reading the guidance notes and our Frequently Asked Questions.

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday 23 July from 3.30-5pm where you will be able to find out more about the fund and application process and take part in a live Q&A.

Do you have questions about your application?
If you have any questions about your application you can get in touch with our delivery partner Social Investment Business: cclors@sibgroup.org.uk

Source: Locality


Funding to Help People Self-Isolating Under Covid-19 Restrictions

Funding to Help People Self-Isolating Under Covid-19 Restrictions for Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton areas.

Community and voluntary organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help fund voluntary and community activity which helps and supports people self-isolating under COVID-19 restrictions in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has made £200,000 available over the next six months from money which has been allocated from items seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Funding from this second round of their Community Initiatives Fund will help organisations responding and organising in new ways to connect with each other within their communities. This includes online, providing practical and spiritual support, and using local supply chains.

The deadline for applications is the 3rd August 2020.

For more information go to www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/community-initiatives-fund/


Nominations for the 2020 National Lottery Awards Are Now Open!

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the ordinary people who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.

This year,for the first time, the Awards will, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be no public vote, but your nominations will be put before a judging panel made up of members of The National Lottery family and partners who will crown which of our hometown heroes or lockdown legends will pick up a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy and a £3,000 cash prize for their project.

We are looking for individuals or small groups of people who have made an outstanding contribution in any of the categories below. Young Hero nominees should be under 18 years of age and all suggestions must have been either funded by the National Lottery or be associated with a project which has received National Lottery funding. If you are not sure, don’t worry, nominate them anyway, and our team will check it out.

  • Arts
  • Charity/Voluntary
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Young Hero (under 18s)

To nominate in any of the above categories click here.

Source: National Lottery


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Charities have Received Over £32 million From Dormant Trusts

Sterling notes and coinsCharities have received a total of £32 million from dormant trusts through the Revitalising Trusts programme since 2018, it has been announced, with the programme now funded to run until 2021.

The Revitalising Trusts programme is managed by the Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It aims to help inactive or ‘ineffective’ charities either get back up and running, or redeploy their dormant funds to other good causes.

The programme classes charities that have had no income or expenditure for the last five as inactive, with those that have spent less than 30% of their total income over the last five years classed as ineffective.

Once identified as dormant, the Commission gives the trustees an option to accept support to help them get back up and running. Alternatively, the funds are redeployed to causes in line with the aims of the dormant charity or the trust is transferred to a local community foundation to be managed for the long-term benefit of local communities.

The programme began in January 2018 and has contacted over 1,800 charities to date. The Commission has so far removed 179 charities from the register – 67 since lockdown – transferring funds to similar charities, to local Community Foundations or to UK Community Foundations, and revitalised 26 charities.

To read the full article click here.

Source: UK Fundraising


Sir Lenny Henry wins Special Recognition in Fundraising Award

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has awarded Sir Lenny Henry with the Special Recognition in Fundraising Award for his contribution to fundraising.

The one-off award was announced yesterday morning just before Sir Lenny began his opening plenary at this year’s Fundraising Convention, presented entirely virtually for the first time.

The award was made in recognition of Sir Lenny’s achievements with Comic Relief and for his continued role in championing diversity and inclusion across the creative arts.

Henry co-founded Comic Relief in 1985 with comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Through a series of telethons on the BBC, expanded with the introduction of Sport Relief, Comic Relief had by 2015 raised over £1 billion for charitable work in Africa and in the UK.

The first live fundraising show was held on 4 April 1986, and the first Red Nose Day campaign was held on 5 February 1988.

Henry is also a campaigner for the greater representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the entertainment industry.

He addressed the issue of diversity and representation in the charity sector in his opening plenary, together with sharing his experience of fundraising through Comic Relief.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: UK Fundraising


Julia & Hans Rausing launch £10m Charity Survival Fund

Julia and Hans Rausing are making £10 million available to support UK charities, through the launch of a new Charity Survival Fund.

The Rausings have created the Charity Survival Fund in response to their concerns about the economic impact of Covid-19 on charities. It will target small and medium size charities with the aim of providing core funding to help charities overcome this impact and offset lost income.

And for the first time, The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust will be open to accepting funding applications from charities.

The fund aims to reach charities across the UK whose annual income is below £5 million. It will fund charities that need financial aid to support the costs of existing programmes and their day-to-day work, rather than for expansionary purposes or to fund capital projects.

Grants on offer range from £1,000 to £250,000, with the aim of supporting approximately 200 charities across the country. There is a particular interest in receiving applications from charities not previously funded by the Trust.

The deadline for application submissions is 27 July 2020, with a formal announcement of the charities who have been awarded funds to be made in September.

To read the full article click here.

Source: UK Fundraising


Radcliffe Trust

The Radcliffe Trust continues to support the music, heritage and crafts sectors in the UK. This includes classical music performance/training (chamber music, composition and music education) for children/adults with special needs; development/practice of skills, knowledge and experience in heritage and crafts.

One year grants of between £2,500 & £7,500 are available for innovative, imaginative and creative projects developed in response to the current challenging times as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic delivering activities safely and successfully.

Apply by 31 January or 31 July each year for meetings in June and December. However, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a new revised deadline of 14 September 2020.

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