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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Governance & Funding

It isn’t always easy, but paid staff and charity trustees must work together

Charity trustees have come in for some stick recently. Inept trustees are driving chief executives out of the sector,  they interfere in fundraising, and as one anonymous chief executive put it, powerful trustees are a nightmare. Clearly the role of volunteer charity trustees invokes strong views. But the issue is nothing new, nor is it unique.… Continue reading It isn’t always easy, but paid staff and charity trustees must work together

Politics

“Decidedly lacking” – 2017 Spring Budget Reaction

It was a decidedly lacking budget, merely delivering more of the same; and doing nothing to tackle the social and environmental issues of our time.  While the extra funding for social care was welcome, there was plenty not to like. The lack of any reference to the shared society was a particular theme running through a… Continue reading “Decidedly lacking” – 2017 Spring Budget Reaction