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Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Dying Matters, aims to bring conversations and talk about the subject of death and bereavement into the national agenda.

On Tuesday, 14th May, 10.30 am to 11.30 am, Oldbury Library aims to increase awareness of  dying, death and bereavement  to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Go along and gain advice and information from a variety of organisations.  Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

Death happens to everyone. It is a normal part of nature’s order. Being aware of it, but not dwelling on it, is a key aspect of living a happy, full and productive life.

Oldbury Library
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
Oldbury
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 4955


Free Impact Measurement Guides Launch for Small Charities

The online set of guides and tools has been launched by sector bodies including New Philanthropy Capital and NCVO.

A National Lottery funded website run by sector organisations has launched to offer a suite of free guides to help small and medium sized charities measure the impact of their work.

The website combines a raft of resources available through the Inspiring Impact and Impact Management Programme, which merged last year and are run by sector groups including New Philanthropy Capital, NCVO and Social Value UK.

On offer are free how-to guides and self-assessment tools specifically designed to help small and medium sized charities evaluate their impact.

This includes research reports, outcomes frameworks and surveys, designed and complied together with around 200 charities and social enterprises.

Diagnostic Tool

Also included in the impact measurement resources is a data diagnostic tool, which is a five-minute questionnaire offering tailored recommendations about what data to collect.

Already more than 110,000 people have used these resources and the groups involved in their launch hope it will be even more accessible being consolidated into one place.

The Inspiring Impact programme launched in 2012 and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and the City Bridge Trust.

“Thanks to National Lottery players more community organisations and charities will be able to better plan, measure and improve their impact with Inspiring Impact’s new website and tools,” said Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at The National Lottery Community Fund.

“By creating a culture in civil society of continuous improvement, with the help of peer learning networks and free online resources, more and more communities across the UK can thrive.”

Judith Rankin, development and delivery manager at sports charity Sported, which has already been supported by Inspiring Impact, said: “Inspiring Impact’s network, support and resources have massively helped to develop both Sported’s own impact practice and that of our members.

“Our staff team have benefitted from the opportunity for peer-learning with other Inspiring Impact Champions across the UK, and many of our member groups have utilised the Measuring Up assessment tool which provides an excellent framework to identify priority areas.

“We look forward to exploring the new website and resources to build upon our work developing the evidence base for the Sport for Development sector.”

Source: Charity Digital News


10 Donations In 10 Weeks – Here’s What They Learned

The charity sector isn’t short of excellent blogs about the importance of thanking your donors. Most fundraisers are well aware that thank yous are key to building a relationship with donors, and that increasing support from existing donors tends to be easier and more cost-effective than recruiting new ones. But how many charities are actually putting this into practice, particularly when faced with the realities of lack of time and competing priorities?

Lime Green Consulting has been doing a little experiment to find out, making 10 modest donations to different charities over 10 weeks.

Professional curiosity wasn’t their only motivation – they work with so many fantastic charities, and since moving to Bristol have found out about many worthy local causes. Every year they have to calculate their charitable donations for their tax return – and although they support a few charities regularly, this always reminds them that they could do more.

10 donations later, here’s how they got on and what they think you need to know – about thank yous, conversation-starters and payment platforms…

The methodology

Each donation was a one-off online gift of £20 – this felt significant enough to have a genuine impact, but small enough to perhaps fly under the radar for charities who don’t routinely thank their donors. I suspect many £20 donors could be persuaded to give again – maybe regularly – if treated well enough.

They had never supported any of these charities before. Although they have contacts at a couple, they didn’t tell them they were going to donate.

Their passion lies with smaller charities, so most donations were to small, local causes that they personally feel passionate about – including youth, homelessness, refugees, food banks and city farms. As a ‘control’, they also donated to two large charities who really should have the resources to thank donors properly – including one spontaneous donation for Cyclone Idai, which has been scandalously under-reported in the British media.

They haven’t named any of the charities in this blog, unless to show examples of amazing things they did – this is about general lessons learned, not naming and shaming.

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


Free Guide to Help Charities Bid for Contracts

The government has published a free guide for charities bidding for public sector contracts.

VCSEs: a bidder’s guide to working with government was published yesterday by the Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office. The guide was commissioned by Claire Dove, the Crown Representative for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs).

It includes guidance on websites to find contracts, events about commissioning processes, preparing for a tender process, and how to make use of the Social Value Act, which requires commissioners to consider social value in their procurement processes. In her introduction to the guide, Dove says the guide is “just the start” and that she plans to work with commissioners and the sector to “increase the impact of the Social Value Act”.

To read the full Civil Society article click here.

Source: Civil Society


Near Neighbours February Training

Near Neighbours have three training days running in February at the low cost of £5 per day with lunch included, designed with faith groups in mind but is also relevant for those working with community organisation and charities.

All of the workshops are supported by a wealth of tools, examples and written resources that participants can take away for use in their project.

Please email ruth.burgess@tctogether.org.uk for details on how to book.

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday 7th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action.
This training will look at sources of funding for faith based groups, how to apply, how to develop application information and how to fund-raise.

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Applications

Thursday 14th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Making Grant Applications for Social Action in Faith Based Organisations

This session will cover:
– Writing Techniques & Formats
– The Writing You Need Before Applying
– Writing The Application

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Organisation: Governance Training

Thursday 28th Feb 9:30am to 1pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

The roles and responsibilities of Trustees, Directors. Committees, Staff, Volunteers and Membership in the Governance of Faith Based Community Organisations and Places of Worship.

A half day workshop that will explore topics of interest including:
• What is an Accountable Body
• Understanding Organisational Language
• Choosing a Legal Structure
• The Charitable Context
• Ensuring Trust & Credibility
• Why Risk Management
• Showing Who’s Involved
• Visionary Thinking
• Operational Planning
• Policy & Procedure
• The Good Committee
• Clear Budgeting
• Involving and Sharing Work

Supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

Click here to book your place.

Source: Near Neighbours


Five Ways You Can Improve your Digital Marketing

The digital transformation has changed the way charities interact with their supporters and donors. Here are 5 things you can do to keep up!

Nick Day from the Directory of Social Change offer some tips to help improve your digital marketing.  You can view the full article here

 


Do you need to pay the annual Data Protection Fee?

Did you know that from 25 May 2018 (does that date sound familiar?), the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 requires every organisation or sole trader who processes personal information to pay a data protection fee to the ICO, unless they are exempt.

Two charities are among over 100 organisations that have been issued with fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office because they have not paid their annual fee.

The ICO said it issued over 900 notices of intent to fine in September and has now issued over 100 final monetary penalty notices.  It is not naming organisations at this stage.

Fees pay for the ICO’s work investigating data breaches and complaints, its advice line and other guidance.

Paul Arnold, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the ICO, said: “Following numerous attempts to collect the fees via our robust collection process, we are now left with no option but to issue fines to these organisations. They must now pay these fines within 28 days or risk further legal action. “You are breaking the law if you process personal data or are responsible for processing it and do not pay the data protection fee to the ICO. We produce lots of guidance for organisations on our website to help them decide whether they need to pay and how they can do this.

If you’re not sure whether you need to pay a fee, take the ICO’s quick self-assessment, or you can find out more general information about the fee at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-fee/

 


Health & Young People in Sandwell – Your views wanted

iSandwell is a collaborative project between Sandwell Council, community organisations, and residents that looks to encourage the use of digital in the borough.

iSandwell Lab is one strand of the project – a safe space where local people can discuss ideas for social change in Sandwell on monthly topics that can lead to collaborative projects and/or campaigns, and influence content for our Digital Champion.

For this month’s iSandwell Lab theme we are looking into how we can get the community to use and better understand open data.

Digital Champion Leila Malik, from Tipton, has created a project that is collecting data on youth health issues, which can then be used as ‘data journalism’ to influence policy in Sandwell – here she is to tell you more…

“Why do people, generally, identify health issues only if they physically perceived?

You’ve all heard of the saying,

“don’t judge a book by its cover”

If someone looks alright from the outside does not always mean they are okay from the inside.

Mental health & physical health both reflect on a person’s well-being – the two should not be thought of as separate.”

Read the rest of Leila’s blog and take part in the survey.


Expert Tips on Growing Your Legacy Income

Don’t miss out on gifts in wills.

It’s a good time for charities to focus on legacy giving. The UK has an ageing population and those in the Baby Boomer generation — the wealthiest in history — are starting to think about passing on their assets.

The figures look promising: legacy income to UK charities for 2016/2017 was between £2.8 and £2.9 billion, up from £1.8 billion in 2012, according to legacy information provider Smee & Ford. More people are considering charities in their wills: 6.3 percent of all estates in 2016 contained a gift to charity, compared to 4.6 percent in 1997.

But there’s also a big, untapped opportunity. Smee & Ford calculate that if just one percent of those who didn’t leave a gift in their will in 2017 had done so, an additional £97 million could have been raised for charity.

How can fundraisers make the most of this potential? MissionBox heard from experts at the 2018 Legacy Strategy Summit — here’s what we learned.

Make your legacy offer visible
Visibility is key, and there are a number of ways to get the message across that your charity is looking for legacy gifts.

Think about embedding that legacy message across your fundraising activity — this will help to normalise the idea, and prompt supporters to remember you when it comes to writing a will.

Dan Carter, global legacy director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), gives an example: “People are inspired by your cause, so we use that. We’ll use a webinar to introduce the guy heading up our ivory campaign in Malawi and talk about the difference people’s support is making. But in that webinar we’ll also say something about the ways we’re funded — legacies being one of them.”

And consider creating a dedicated ‘gifts in wills’ page on your website. This can highlight the huge difference these gifts make, and let supporters know what practical steps are involved in signing up. Many people find the idea of making a will daunting, so an offer to help draft one can be a big draw.

To read the full MissionBox article click here.


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