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FREE – Diversifying Your Income Webinar

There has never been a more important time than now to consider and review your organisations income sources, as traditional approaches become increasingly more competitive and challenging to achieve. The pandemic has only served to intensify the necessity for an organisation to continue to be adaptive and flexible if they are to increase their sustainability goals moving forward.

In SCOV’s Virtual ‘Diversifying Your Income Webinar’ we will explore some of the different approaches to attracting funding into an organisation from them to consider moving forward. The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 11th March 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to strengthen and increase their sustainability by exploring different approaches to fundraising and attracting investment.

The webinar aims to:

  • provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability;
  • explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation;
  • explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches and
  • provide practical hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual webinar. 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.

Save the Date!

SCVO will also be running a FREE webinar on An Introduction to Risk Management being held on Thursday 8th April 2021, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call. Avoid disappointment and subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin at, to ensure you are one of the first to know about other webinars, Meet the Funders and so much more.

Small Charity Guide to Cyber Security

Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your charity is as protected as possible from cybercrime threats and fraud. A good place to start is the National Cyber Security Centre’s Small Charity Guide. How to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost is explained in this free guide.

To download your copy click here.

Source: National Cyber Security Centre

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

Managing Funding Risks

It is important that Trustees and fundraisers are aware of the risks and take action to prevent them, as fundraising can be a risky business. In Fundraising UK’s post they explain the key fundraising risks and what can be done about them. 

One of the most common risks is the over reliance on a few income sources – such as too much funding from statutory sources. The answer will come as no surprise, diversification is the solution, which can take time but is usually possible and makes your organisation more sustainable. The risks of not diversifying are financial decline and even organisational closure.

Risks include:

  • Lack of a robust fundraising strategy
  • Over reliance on a few income sources
  • High staff turnover
  • Compliance issues
  • Accounting problems
  • High fundraising costs
  • Bad publicity
  • Growing competition
  • Lack of a fundraising culture and
  • Activity specific risks

To read the full article click here.

Save the Date: SCVO on 11th March 2021, 10am till 12pm will be running a FREE Introduction to Diversifying Your Income Webinar, aimed at exploring some of the potential opportunities available to charitable organisations in raising funds for their organisation. 

Source: Fundraising UK

Using QR Codes as a Tool For Charity Fundraising

Charity Digital News explore in their article how QR Code technology can be used to help a Charity fundraise as part of a ‘scan to give’ campaign. Whilst QR Codes aren’t new the pandemic has meant many organisations are having to think more creatively about how they raise much needed funds to support their activities and sustain their organisation during these challenging times.

To read the full Charity Digital News article on using QR Code Technology click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Tips for Successful Fundraising

In Directory of Social Changes article they explain their five top tips for helping you to achieve fundraising success. Following the Covid crisis some funders turned all their attention to helping charities through the pandemic along with other funders also having emerged during this challenging time. Lots of these funders are unique and quirky so the tips contained in DSC’s article should help you to be successful with a wide range of them.

Tips include:

  • Research
  • Make it personal
  • Don’t waffle
  • Wear the funders shoes
  • submission deadlines

To read the full article click here.

Source: DSC

Learn to Be The Leader You Want to Be

We don’t need to tell you times are hard but that is no reason to put your leadership desires on hold, as testing times can bring out the best in potential leaders. Katie Duckworth explains her five step guide in helping potential leaders to release their potential. 

Steps include listening, learning, and being a source of inspiration, look for opportunities to practice leaderships skills, get learning to asking someone you trust and value for insights on how you’re doing. To read the full steps in more details click here.

Source: DSC

Can A User-Centric Model Make Up A Funding Shortfall?

Whilst Charity services are more in-demand than ever, they are faced with an increasing number of fundraising challenges. Using a working backwards methodology can help charities to overcome these challenges by focusing on the needs of their supporters that enables them to re-thinking their engagement and delivery models in order to operate virtually or create hybrid events whilst still meeting the needs of their community.

What is the ‘working backwards’ model?

The concept is a simple one. In a charity environment, all key decisions will be driven by a simple question: what will give us the best opportunity to deliver on our mission?

For organisations that deal directly with service users, beneficiaries or partners, this will mean that any decisions around operations should be made with the aim of delivering services as efficiently as possible.

Charity Digital News talks you through this approach and how you can use it within your own charity to re-think and engage with beneficiaries and access online fundraising opportunities for the organisation. You can read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Keeping Team Morale and Motivation Up When Remote Working

As many of us are still working from home inline with the Government guidelines we thought we’d share Charity  Digital News article on how to keep team morale and motivation up. In their article they explain that flexibility and communication are paramount to support people working from home for the first time, especially as this becomes a new normal for a lot of us.

People may now be working from home with family members doing the same or taking care of children which all presents new working challenges. Even the seasoned remote workers amongst us might benefit from a refresher. Spending a lot of consecutive days, weeks and more at home requires breaking up work into smaller manageable chunks and reviewing how we do things.

The article breaks this down into:

  • The process of adjustment,
  • A new angle,
  • Say it right and
  • Transparency

You can find out more by reading the full article here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Digital Fundraising Supporting Charity Resilience and Recovery

Charities as a consequence of the pandemic have started to charter new waters by embracing digital fundraising supporting their recovery and resilience during this challenging time. With people staying in and doing more online in-person fundraising has been turned upside down reducing these funding opportunities that some organisations rely on but hope is on the horizon as charity leaders use digital to replace cancelled events.

There is a clear shift from in-person events to virtual settings and hybrid fundraising activities, demonstrating how charities are adapting what they can do and using digital fundraising to ensure they continue to be successful in supporting and raising funds for their community. They examine how charities have improved their resilience and launched some of the most impactful digital fundraising events.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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