Fundraising for creative groups

A new booklet from Voluntary Arts Scotland has been created to help cultural groups navigate the funding landscape. Details from the publication page for ‘Cash for Culture – a guide to fundraising for voluntary-led creative groups‘ – a 44 page pdf, 4.7MB download.

Voluntary Arts has also recently produced a 2 page briefing on ‘Applying to Trust Funds‘ (pdf, 786KB). Another useful briefing from them, not quite so new, is ‘How to write a successful funding application‘ – 7 page pdf, 765KB.

Regulator concerns over opaque fundraising arrangements

Potential dangers around working with third-party fundraisers have been highlighted in a joint regulatory alert from the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.

Civil Society News coverage mentions that this was issued shortly before a documentary was shown which exposed poor practices at some military charities.

The Commission’s news item says that they

“have significant concerns about a number of cases where trustees have entered into arrangements with third party fundraisers that are not transparent and are detrimental to the charity and its supporters.”

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Sharing economy for social good

Innovation charity Nesta is promoting, and supporting, the idea that the sharing economy can be used for good causes, not just as a way of renting out rooms.

A recent news item leads with the statement that the “younger generation (is) adopting ‘sharing economy’ platforms for social benefit, not just profit”:

  • Nearly a third of 16-34 year olds have used a collaborative economy platform for ‘a good cause’ in the past 12 months
  • Yet some 45 million British adults are not aware of how ‘sharing economy’ technologies can help them access social support services, or support community causes
  • But nearly a quarter (22%) of those would be interested in using one in in the future.
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Local help to support smaller charities demonstrate impact

New research commissioned by local voluntary sector body NAVCA highlights difficulties smaller charities have when using data to demonstrate their value. The research from Think:Learn:Do also looked at how local sector support organisations (infrastructure) can provide support for this.

Public commissioners of services may find the lack of evidence a disincentive to work with smaller charities, potentially overlooking sources of value for money and the best outcomes. » Continue reading news item ... “Local help to support smaller charities demonstrate impact”

More on the new fundraising rules

A “regulatory alert” on fundraising rules which came into force on 1st November has been issued by the Charity Commission. The rules cover additional information on fundraising to appear in trustees’ annual reports (where the charity has to produce audited accounts), as well as the agreements that must be in place when using professional fundraisers or other commercial bodies to raise money.

The alert news item outlines the new requirements and links to a ‘FAQ’ page from the Fundraising Regulator, which was developed jointly with the Commission. » Continue reading news item ... “More on the new fundraising rules”

A couple of fundraising resources

A couple of fundraising resource updates, coming our way via Fundraising UK. is a new fundraising platform run by a non-profit organisation operated by volunteers. Their approach is to get corporate sponsors to cover all the transaction costs associated with fundraising activities, including card processing fees. Fundraising UK article.

A key fundraising blog set up in 2011 is to become part of the Resource Alliance’s new digital platform, Resource Café. » Continue reading news item ... “A couple of fundraising resources”