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Summer Spotlight – Virtual Music Festivals, Borderlands Treasure and a local school

In this edition of Spotlight we are featuring a virtual music festival that used DONATE to raise funds, a national borderlands treasure that had a fundraising campaign to ensure survival, and a local school that made PPE for local healthcare workers. Visit the PDF link for more; Summer Spotlight

Charity Jobs this June – Think Creatively

June is traditionally the time of the summer season. Whilst much of these activities are curtailed by the countdown have you thought of running virtual equivalents?   What about a virtual Ascot (best looking hat) or virtual Wimbledon (most perfect home-grown strawberries) with an entry by text of £1?  Alternatively, Ascot is running this week…

Charity Jobs this May

Up and down the country, charities are seeing a surge in donations with generosity in abundance in the current climate. This typically generous response by the British public acknowledges the pressure charities are under and the efforts they are making to fundraise.  As we spend more and more time in the natural environment, why not…

Spring Spotlight – Food Banks, Dog Rescue and The Big Night In

In this edition of Spotlight we are featuring a successful campaign from a dog rescue charity, a foodbank that has raised £9,000 to support the community, and a local football club that used social media to its full potential.   Visit the PDF link for more; Spring Spotlight 

Fundraising ideas for the Bank Holiday weekend

With all of us changing fundraising plans to adapt to the current climate, we look to the Bank Holiday for fundraising inspiration. Here’s fifteen fundraising ideas for the Bank Holiday weekend: 1. Host an online coffee morning – Get everyone together with an online coffee morning to have a chat. Participants donate the cost of…

Brits Show Generosity in Times of Crisis

  Donations to charities increases by 600% even as financial uncertainty grips the nation New data from The National Funding Scheme, a registered charity that provides online, text and contactless donation platforms to other charities, shows that whilst we may be struggling with the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, we are being increasingly…

Charities receiving increased donations during pandemic as generosity rises

The lockdown has meant that charitable events and fundraisers have had to be cancelled, leaving many charities looking at a large loss in income. However, as a result of the situation and public awareness, the public has been more generous than ever by supporting causes both close to their heart and those that have appealed…

The 2.6 Challenge: the Ruth Strauss Foundation raises £1,200 through DONATE text giving

The 2.6 Challenge is a brilliant initiative from the people behind the Virgin Money London Marathon, it gives those charities who would ordinarily raise money via the Marathon a set of tools to use that doesn’t require physically being together. But for charities who don’t normally use challenges, such as races or walks as a…

How Religious Giving Can Be Observed During Lockdown

Many faiths see charitable giving as a religious obligation to do what is just and give to those who are in need. Judaism, Islam and Christianity see particular events such as Passover, Ramadan and Christmas as opportunities to support those less fortunate and help those who need it most. These calendar events are opportunities to…

Charity Jobs to do this April

This April truly is like no other. With all of us changing fundraising plans to adapt to the current climate, we look to this month and to spring for inspiration; the perfect time for an admin spring clean. So, this month why not use the time we have spare to have a tidy up of…

Taking a look at Natural England this Earth Day

This year, Earth Day is marking 50 years of environmental action and education. Celebrated every year on April 22nd, Earth Day began as a way to give a voice to individuals and to hold those in power accountable for their actions. This year, the theme for Earth Day is climate action, but the options available…

How to keep calm and carry on fundraising despite these extraordinary times

The lockdown has meant that many charities are suffering from lower income through reduced casual donations, fundraising events and traditional face-to-face collection methods due to the following of government guidelines. We know it’s a stressful time for smaller and community based charities which is why we’ve been thinking about ways to keep both motivation and cash…