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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

Trustee Chat: An invitation to talk trustees and their role with Dudley CVS and SCVO

Dudley CVS and SCVO (Sandwell) are jointly hosting an informal session for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support.

The agenda will be open, allowing participants to ask questions, share their experiences and get support with anything to do with being a charity trustee, whatever their current level of experience is. Staff from Dudley CVS and SCVO will be on hand to share their knowledge and offer encouragement and guidance to help run your charity.

The session is particularly aimed at anyone in Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who:

  • Is interested in learning more about being a charity trustee before they become one
  • Is a new trustee
  • Has experience of being a charity trustee that they’d like to share or would like to improve their knowledge
  • Would like to find out about organisations in their areas that might be looking for charity trustees
  • Represent a charity that has trustee vacancies

This virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register your place to ensure that you are sent joining instructions by clicking here.

When: 23 February 2021 at 10:00am until 23 February 2021 at 12:00pm
Where: Virtual meeting taking place on a Zoom Conference Call

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

FREE – Introduction to Basic Risk Management Webinar

In SCOV’s Virtual ‘Introduction to Risk Management Webinar’ we will explore some of the basic risks to an organisation together with potential consequences and what actions can be implemented.

The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 15th April 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to increase their understanding of basic organisational and functional risks within an organisation and contributing factors that should be considered when developing risk assessments.

The webinar aims to:

  • To provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability.
  • To reflect and consider your own organisations income streams.
  • To explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation.
  • To explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches.
  • Hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual workshop. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox. We’ll be announcing further funding and training webinars via our e-bulletin in coming months such as Introduction to Business Planning Webinar so be sure to subscribe or you risk missing out!

Understanding Safeguarding within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector

SCVO are undertaking a short survey into how charities, voluntary organisations and community groups understand and respond to safeguarding issues or concerns within their organisations and in the community.

The aim of this survey is to bring together an accurate and up-to-date picture of the knowledge and capacity within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector around safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults that they support and/ or have contact with.  A vulnerable adult is described as a person who is aged 18 or over who may need care support because of a disability (mental or other), age or illness and is someone who could be unable to look after themselves, or protect themselves from harm or exploitation.

This report is not a review of your organisation and can be completed anonymously; we encourage you to be as honest as you can be about your organisation’s or group’s current practice and culture around safeguarding. All findings will be brought together in summary form and individual contributions will not be shared.

The survey can be completed directly using survey monkey or with the assistance of someone in the SCVO team. If you would like assistance or have any questions relating to the survey please contact Leona Bird via 

The survey can be completed from the following link –

Once the survey is closed the findings will be brought together by SCVO into a report which will be shared with the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) and will include any recommendations for how these Boards, or local strategic partners, might better engage and support Sandwell VCS organisations to improve safeguarding.

Many thanks for your assistance with this important project.

Tools for Social Media Scheduling

Charity Digital News have taken a look at some of the top tools for scheduling on social media and how they can help. The timing of your post is everything, as different audiences are more likely to read posts and view videos at different times of the day.

For example, commuters are more likely to consume social media on their daily journeys to work. Homeworkers may be more eager to read posts in the middle of the day. Meanwhile, parents of young children barely have any time to look at Twitter and Facebook and other social media, especially in the early evening, when meals, baths, and bedtime take priority.

It is therefore important that you time your posts with this in mind if you want to attract diverse audiences which is key to successful marketing campaigns or information sharing. And different social media platform audiences may require tailored content, from the professional users of LinkedIn to the more visually-focussed and younger users of TikTok and Instagram.

To help with this there are a range of social media scheduling tools, which plan when content is published to ensure they reach target audiences. In their article they take a look at a handful of the best scheduling tools for the different needs and sizes of charities. To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

How to Build an Impactful and Effective Digital Strategy

Charity Digital News discuss their five simple steps to creating an effective and impactful digital content strategy from scratch.

Content is a form of storytelling and needs to be aligned with your organisation’s goals. It can come in various forms, on various platforms, across various types of media.

The article takes you over their top tips to building an impactful and effective digital strategy with tips including:

  • Setting goals and allocating resources – Setting goals starts with defining what you hope to achieve.
  • Specific – Ensure your goals are specific by asking questions.
  • Measurable – Your specific goals should be measurable.
  • Achievable – How realistic are your goals?
  • Relevant – Keeping things relevant is important, particularly because you need to stay motivated.

To read the full article 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

Tips For Successful Fundraising

Directory of Social Change talk you through their five tips to writing applications that gain the attention of Grant-making Trusts & Foundations and other grant funders.

Getting the attention of funder has never been so important as now as many charitable organisations are looking to survive and thrive during the pandemic.

There tips include:

  • Research – A vital part of the process.
  • Make it personal – Write in their tone, share how you fulfil their objectives and reflect back some of their language.
  • Don’t waffle – People involved in shortlisting and final decision-making have to read a lot of applications/ proposals. So make it concise and punchy!
  • Change your shoes! – So often fundraisers approach the process from this position: an organisation wanting money. Change it round! Wear the funders’ shoes and think like them.
  • Submission deadlines – Some funders only start to look at applications after the closing date but others start the sifting process as they come in.

To read the full article click here.

Source: DSC

FREE Webinar Recording – How and Why Impact Measurement is Crucial for Your Organisation

Charity Excellence Framework, in a free webinar, look at why impact measurement is important and explored why charities will need to step up to take a key role in what they hope will be a more ‘considerate economy’ following the pandemic and BREXIT.

With many charities in survival mode, impact measurement can easily drop off the priority list. However, measuring and articulating your impact is perhaps more critical now than ever. As effective impact measurement can help inform your crisis strategy as well as your longer term vision, ensuring that you don’t just create but maximise the impact of your organisation. Furthermore, charities need to know their impact in order to inform important internal decisions, communicate their value to funders, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

To watch the webinar click here.

Source: Charity Excellence Framework

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