Politics, Social Media

We should all become political; and social media must be our platform

The general election campaign opened with Theresa May heading for a greatly increased majority in the Commons. Two weeks in, and nothing much has changed. So unless the unexpected happens, we must prepare for five more Tory years. For civil society, the prospect of continued austerity, and a hard Brexit, is unlikely to receive a… Continue reading We should all become political; and social media must be our platform

Governance & Funding

What you should know before applying for trust or grant funding

Re-blogged from Citrus Consultancy…

 

File 30-10-2016, 11 20 16 Fundraising…where do I start?

So you want to make a difference, but need trust or grant funding to get your project off the ground. A good place to start is with one or more of the many funding organisations, of which the Big Lottery is perhaps the most well-known. There are a wide range of trust and similar funders, from the small to the large; and all will consider suitable applications for funding.

But is it as easy as it appears?

Sadly, seeking trust or grant funding generally requires more than a well-written letter. Even those organisations who have no formal application process, and who will accept written requests, have criteria that must be met before an application is considered. To complicate matters, some funders, albeit a minority, do not make their criteria particularly clear; and your fundraiser may need to delve deeper before you can proceed.

How then should…

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Social Media

Are you leaving your Social Media output to chance?

Proper planning will be worth the effort... Among the many issues facing the voluntary sector is the need to improve capacity in digital skills. As such, getting your social media right is an important step in this direction. The problem is though, while many of us have accounts on networks like Facebook and Twitter, moving… Continue reading Are you leaving your Social Media output to chance?

Civil Society, Governance & Funding

Paying a realistic living wage in the voluntary sector is a step in the right direction

I think most of us would agree that overall, the voluntary sector is not well paid. It was therefore refreshing to learn that a number of large funding organisations are now enabling charities to pay a proper living wage as a result of the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. Run by the Living Wage Foundation,… Continue reading Paying a realistic living wage in the voluntary sector is a step in the right direction