Many congratulations to our CEO Caroline Underwood on being awarded an OBE for charitable services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017. It has been an excellent year for recognition of the charity sector, with philanthropists such as Leonard Blavatnik, JK Rowling, Malcolm Walker, and Dame Steve Shirley being recognised, along […]
Yvonne and John are attending the 2017 IDPE conference for school fundraising at Whittlebury Hall today and tomorrow—head to stand 15 to say hello!
Optimistic commentators will often hail the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014 as an example of what is possible with digital fundraising, with the ALS Association reporting over $115 million in donations in the space of a few months. But it would be wise to take such storming successes with a […]
Waking up and checking social media is something that is ingrained in me. For better or worse, I receive most of my daily news from Facebook and, if something serious happens in the world, I jump over to Twitter to find out in real time what people are saying. Promotional […]
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A few hours ago the Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance Conference came to a close. The conference was organised by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Fundraising Regulator, and the Charity Commissioner. The conference follows on from a series of ICO investigations into the fundraising practices of some charities. The conference focused […]
According to the most recent Charities Aid Foundation report on corporate giving, FTSE 100 companies  donated an average of 1.9% of pre-tax profits, a total of £2.1 billion, in 2014. By anyone’s standards, £2.1 billion is a great deal of money. In the charity sector, ‘millions’, let alone ‘billions’, is […]
As we experience a time of intense political change across the world, in an era of increased media coverage and social media allowing messages to spread quicker than ever across the globe, we have seen a new trend in charitable giving, with many individuals opting to counteract a swing to […]
Time and time again we see the critical role that leaders and trustees have on their charity’s major gift fundraising success.
In recent months, like all of us involved in philanthropy and fundraising we have been watching the impact of Brexit and the uncertainty it has generated for philanthropists, arts and heritage organisations and charities. As well as the obvious impact of potentially losing European funding we are noticing other economic […]
Yesterday I joined an NPC event at Deloitte’s on the subject of “Can charities heal the divisions in society?” with a focus on the role of charities in a post-Brexit world. Coming from an organisation that works with charities, I was very much hoping the answer would be a firm […]
Last night we were privileged enough to attend the Stoll Centenary Year Gala Dinner at the Savoy Hotel. It was great to be able to support Stoll, who are one of our oldest clients, as they celebrated their 100th year of providing safe, high quality housing and vital services to […]
While we often discuss which qualities are essential in a professional fundraiser, it’s important to keep in mind that anyone of any age or background can successfully fundraise. If you have a passion for the cause and an innovative idea, you have already achieved the early stages of any successful […]
The IoF recently released a practical guide for trustees on their role in ensuring fundraising is being carried out responsibly within their charity. It provides a fantastically readable outline of how trustees can ensure they are responsible and aware of fundraising practice, ensuring supporters are always treated fairly and with […]
It feels like just yesterday that we moved to Marylebone, but we have quickly outgrown the space and have now moved to a bigger, brighter office! We are still based at 12 Melcombe Place, just a few doors down the same corridor, but this is still an exciting moment for […]
This week, Caroline and John joined Christian Aid for the afternoon of their team away day, hosted in the beautiful Latham & Watkins building, Liverpool Street. Our sessions facilitated discussions on trends in philanthropy, success stories, and prospect planning. It was wonderful to work with the talented Christian Aid Philanthropy […]
Congratulations to our client Bath Spa University on the appointment of its first Chancellor Jeremy Irons. Vice-chancellor Professor Christina Slade said: “Creativity is at the heart of Bath Spa University. Through his vast experience in the arts Jeremy Irons will bring unique insight to Bath Spa University and influence our […]
I love celebrating. Anything really! Birthdays, first days at school, last days at school, random Wednesdays… anything from mini to major achievements. As fundraisers we often get the opportunity to celebrate people and organisations giving to a cause that they believe in. From arts institutions to universities and INGOs to […]
Guest Blog Post by Emma Turner, Head of Client Philanthropy, Wealth and Investment Management, Barclays Charitable giving – you would hope it should be simple. You choose a charity, decide how you would like to donate and they put your money to good use. It would be nice if it […]
Members of Unicef UK appointed Caroline Underwood as a Trustee at their AGM held on Monday at Unicef UK’s offices in Farringdon.