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What to Consider When Buying Insurance for Small Charities

As a trustee of a small charity, one of your duties is to protect your charity and its assets and resources. Buying insurance is one of the ways that you can help fulfil this responsibility.

If you’re confused about what insurance cover you need for your charity, check out this article from Zurich Insurance. Using clear and simple terms, it explains about the different types of cover and answers some frequently asked questions. What to consider when buying insurance for small charities.

The government website also provides helpful guidance – click here.

Developing a Fundraising Plan Post-Pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on most charities’ fundraising plans, and many charities were struggling to maintain stability even before this. Small charity fundraisers have told FSI they feel like they have been in firefighting mode following the pandemic. Now is the time to take a step back, review and develop your fundraising plans for the future.

Here are their tips:

1. Start by reviewing what has happened over the last 18 months.

What worked well for you? What didn’t work – and what could you learn from that, to inform your future fundraising plans? Also think about how your organisation adapted and served its community, and how you can share that with your supporters. A SWOT analysis, which looks at your fundraising strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats can help you to reflect and analyse both internal and external factors that can help or hinder your fundraising.

2. Look outside too.

What have other charities done, what interesting trends or innovations can you adapt for your own organisation? One of our members attended an FSI networking event a few years ago where she heard a speaker from Meningitis Now talking about their virtual fundraising events – something very new at the time! She came back to her charity excited about testing this with their supporters – so when lockdown came along two years later they already had a tried and tested product that continued to provide a vital source of income when all other events were on hold. Be open to new ideas and learning from others.

To read the full article click here.

Small Office for Hire 

Greets Green Community Enterprise have a small office which it would like to offer for rent at a reasonable rate.  The office would be ideal for a small charity or not for profit organisation and is based at The Business Centre, 157 Wood Lane, Greets Green, West Bromwich B70 9PT. 

The office comes with a shared kitchen (kettle, microwave, toaster etc) and toilet facilities.

Meeting rooms, training provision and access to an IT suite are also available on site, for an additional charge.

The Business Centre is in a great location, near local bus routes, tram stops and not too far away from the Black Country route and motorway network.

Parking is available on site, together with ample street parking

For more information about this great opportunity call 0121 525 2772 and ask for Wendy OR email


How Charities are reaching new audiences through Tik Tok

Thinking about creating a Tik Tok account for your charity? In her article, Third Sector reporter, Sam Wait, shows examples of how charities are using TikTok to reach new audiences.

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Covid-19 exemption that allowed any charity to hold remote meetings set to end

Covid-19 exemption that allowed any charity to hold remote meetings set to end, regulator says in a recent report. The Charity Commission has said that charities need their governing documents to permit them to hold official meetings online.

If you need support reviewing your constitution then please get in touch with SCVO on 0121 5251127 or by email at

Click here to read the full report.

Putting Your Brand Voice into Action

Substrakt in their article share some tips for dodging the challenges associated to developing a good brand voice and helping you put your brand voice into action. This will be useful for digital folk in the arts looking to implement or improve your brand voice, whether your guidelines exist or not. 

The difference between voice and tone – the words ‘voice’ and ‘tone’ are often used interchangeably; but they’re actually quite different things!

Voice is about your brand personality – it’s about your character, your quirks and your unique blend of attributes that leave an impression on your audience. Your personality should feel pretty solid.

Tone, on the other hand, is less ingrained – it’s about shifting your language to meet the emotions and expectations of your audience, respecting the context they’re receiving you in.

To read the full click here.

Developing the Case for Support – Everything You Need to Know

What is a case for support? Well it’s an internal document that you create to outline the problem your organisation exists to solve, what you do about that problem, and what you’re going to achieve as a result. Quite literally, it’s your case for why donors or funders should support or invest in your work.

A good case for support effectively acts as a comprehensive, well-organised filing cabinet of convincing content that you can pull out whenever you need it – for a funding proposal, a meeting with a donor, to create copy for a webpage.

Read the full article by Lime Green Consultancy by clicking here.

What are the Latest General Data Protection Regulation Developments?

Charity Digital News runs you through the latest General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) issues for charities in their latest article.

Protecting client data is a top issue among compliance teams and Trustees. Since the implementation of the EU GDPR framework, charities of all sizes have to ensure that personal data stays private. This includes data on the following personal details, IP addresses, and anything that could be used to directly or indirectly identify an individual. It is also worth noting that for charities, information around race, religion, ethnicity, political opinions, or age is considered sensitive and should be protected.

Brexit means space for the existing framework to change, under the current legislation, the EU’s GDPR framework was considered under the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA). however, with Brexit now in full force, the country has an opportunity to amend existing laws. For charities, it’s important to get up to speed on GDPR and keep ahead of possible developments.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Charity Reserves – One of The Most Misunderstood Financial Terms!

Debra Allcock Tyler on Twitter, talks about everything you’ll need to know about charity reserves.

Charity reserves are one of the most misunderstood financial terms in our sector generally by people within our sector.

Debra talks you through a number of main points to consider.

1. It is very, very difficult to build up reserves – particularly liquid ones. Remember you need to demonstrate the rationale for having your reserves at the levels you set, as a funder may use this information to base their decision to award your organisation with a grant.

2. Donors do not want their donations to be used to build up reserves.

3. Funders do not want their grants to be used to build up reserves. I have never known a grant application to say ‘We need the money for our reserves’ to which a Funder said ‘ok then’

4. The majority of reserves held by operating charities are not liquid.

5. Even with voluntary insolvency there are very, very strict rules about who gets paid first – and it is always the government.

6. No revenue generating charity can ever guarantee its income – we put in funding applications or create appeals for donors or design services that we can charge for – then we can only use our best judgement as to the likelihood of success.

7. Technically we are not allowed to sit on big reserves – in law trustees are supposed to deploy the money it is given in service of its objects – hanging on to reserves over providing a service is potentially contentious and untested in law.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Finance Is for Everyone: Top Tips to Help People ‘Get’ Finance

Directory of Social Change explain finance is for everyone, or at least it should be.

The better everyone understands finance, the healthier the controls environment, and better decisions will be made by your organisation. Financial literacy is a core capability for individuals and organisations to survive and thrive in today’s challenging context. However, in many organisations finance is seen as principally the responsibility of the finance team and people outside the finance team can feel alienated by the language and formality of finance and finance processes.

Here are some of Humentum’s top tips about how finance leaders can help people ‘get’ finance.

Read the full DSC article by clicking here.

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