SCC new CEO on strategy and Charity Commission
The new chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition (SCC), Rita Chadha, speaks to Harriet Whitehead in Civil Society about the organisation’s new strategy. The strategy, which will be in place for April, focuses on three key areas: “redefining our remit”, “making sure we go outside London”, and “creating a roar”. Ms Chadha also claimed the Charity Commission does not understand the “day-to-day reality” of running small charities and that the regulator’s tone can intimidate. In response, Charity Commission chief executive Helen Stephenson CBE said: “Having run a small charity myself, and worked as a volunteer, a trustee, a funder, a policy-maker and a regulator, I am fully alive to the challenges that small charities face, as well as the huge value that they bring to the sector.”
Festive period sees spike in donations
eBay for Charity data shows a spike in charitable donations from eBay’s UK buyers and sellers during November and December. On Black Friday in 2018 eBay for Charity saw donations of £106,194. November was the most charitable month between 2011 and 2018, with UK users giving an average £1,989,412, with an average December donation amount totalling £1,640,618. Between 2011 and 2018, eBay for Charity saw UK donations increase by 60%, reaching £22.91m last year, and this year is on track to surpass that figure. eBay UK donated 5p for every transaction on the site during the 3rd December for its Give Day promotion, which is in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, and 10p for every transaction of two or more items. eBay UK vice president Rob Hattrell comments: “Customers can help change the lives of young entrepreneurs who may require a little support to help them realise their dreams, and the best part is it won’t cost them a penny. eBay has always been a friend to small businesses and we want to help the next generation by supporting The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme this Give Day.”
Insight-ful JustGiving research
Research from consultancy firm Insight-ful shows that fundraisers who personalise their statement on JustGiving raise 3.4 times more than those who stick with the default statement. The analysis of 200,000 statements also shows that company appeals raise more than individual fundraisers. The highest online totals are raised by supporters of religious and disability charities, while cancer research and animal charities raise on average the lowest. The research also found that 20% of fundraisers on JustGiving account for 70% of the total amount raised. The report, called ‘Why people participate in events fundraising?’ also finds that the words used in a personal statement can affect the amount raised. The words Plz, Selfie, Xbox, Mixed Martial Arts and Glitter seem to have a negative impact, whereas statements including the words Workmates, Solicitors, CEO, Mission, Improves and Immeasurable raise the most money.
Generational divide in charity
New research from social enterprise Reason Digital has found that people aged over 65 are twice as likely to set up a direct debit charitable contribution than those aged between 18 to 24. Online donations account for 44% of charity supporters, compared with 52% who give money offline. The most influential online platforms for encouraging charitable engagement among the public are Facebook and Twitter. Younger people are four times more likely than the older group to feel connected to a cause they had seen online, and mental health causes are four times more important to 18-42 year olds than older people. The most important cause among 20% of the younger age group is climate change. Reason Digital co-founder Matt Haworth said: “Charities should ensure their comms aren’t leaving people behind.”
Charitable vending machines
Vending machines that offer the public an opportunity to donate to good causes instead of buying snacks have been placed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Hyde Park Chapel in London. The vending machines will be available throughout December and are part of a global Light the World initiative, which spans 10 cities worldwide. Last year, the scheme raised £1.8m in 38 days across five cities. People are able to purchase a range of charitable donations or items, including nappies for Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, job training for a veteran at the Royal British Legion, and support for the homeless through GlassDoor Homeless.
Original Picasso on offer in charity raffle
A worldwide raffle is offering the prize of an original Picasso valued at €1m, with tickets costing $100 (£85), in aid of CARE International. Anybody will be able to purchase a ticket for the 1 Picasso for 100 Euros raffle until 6 January 2020. The 1921 oil painting, Nature Morte, is currently on display in the Picasso Museum in Paris. The funds raised will provide access to clean water and education to 200,000 people through CARE International’s projects in Cameroon, Madagascar and Morocco. There are 200,000 tickets available, making the chance of winning around 700 times higher per ticket than winning the EuroMillions jackpot, according to the charity.
Digital payments firm launches Christmas appeal
A Christmas appeal has been launched by digital payments firm Nochex in aid of small charities. The appeal will see shoppers asked to make a donation through the receipt function when making a purchase through the payment firm’s services. The receipts will offer information about the charity before asking for a donation. So far, the four charities that have signed up to the Christmas appeal are: Meningioma UK, Forces Children’s Trust, London-based Doorstop Homeless Families Project and African Village School Fund. The firm is currently looking for more charities to take part. Nochex chief commercial officer Andrew Baiden said: “We have never really done anything like this before, but now that it is up and running we are looking to promote it locally and nationally through our network of thousands of online merchants.”
Charity Christmas No. 1 contenders
With the Official Christmas Number 1 to be declared on Friday 20 December, Melanie May considers the charity contenders for the title in Fundraising.com. The charity entrants include When a Child was Born, in support of Brain Tumour Research; The X-Factor cover of Snow Patrol’s Run, benefitting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and Together for Short Lives; Share Christmas with Someone for the MS Trust; Star of Glasgow’s Green & White for Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal; Peppa Pig’s Bing Bong Christmas for Save the Children; and Very Good This Year (Ho Ho Ho) in support of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Software will cut the cost of accepting cashless donations
Digital consultancy Caution Your Blast, in partnership with online payments firm SumUp, has developed software to cut costs for charities which accept cashless donations. The agency claims that the cost of setting up cashless donations can be cut from around £500 to £100. So far, around 400 charities have signed up.
CAF launched charity banking platform
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new online banking platform exclusively for charities with savings of at least £50,000, through a partnership with cash deposit platform provider Flagstone. The CAF Charity Deposit Platform will offer charities access to a range of over 170 bank accounts from 22 banks and building societies offering market-leading interest rates. The platform will enable organisations to access multiple accounts through a single application, with the service also providing access to consolidated statements, an annual interest summary and financial strength information. It will be launched in January next year.
Anonymous donor saves local charity
An anonymous donor has saved Devon-based bereavement charity Families in Grief from collapse. In November, the charity announced plans to close at the end of January after it failed to secure funding of £100,000. The organisation had struggled financially for the past year. The organisation is now seeking two new trustees and has appealed for fundraising and office volunteers. The charity said: “Miraculously, an anonymous donor has stepped forward which means that Families In Grief (FIG) has been saved from closing.”
Charities pose questions to political parties
Representatives from five political parties answered questions from charity leaders about their policies during a debate regarding civil society issues on 4th December. The debate was organised by the Charities Aid Foundation and NCVO, and was chaired by Buzzfeed news editor Alan White. Both Labour and Conservative representatives, Vicky Foxcroft and Baroness Barran, pledged additional public spending, with the Green Party representative Caroline Russell stating that the party would deliver social justice through a focus on creating a “wellbeing” based economy. The Liberal Democrats’ Baroness Barker said that the “overlooked” sector needed to be part of key discussions, and Brexit Party spokesperson Matthew Patten said that Brexit poses a “major opportunity” for charities.
CAF CEO stepping down
Sir John Low will be leaving his role as Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) chief executive of next year, having held the title since 2007. A successor will be appointed by a sub-committee of trustees, along with CAF chair Sir James Leigh-Pemberton, at which point Sir John will leave the organisation. Sir John said: “This is an exciting time for CAF with many unique opportunities to develop the support given to individual and corporate donors, and to build the capacity and strength of civil society at a global level.”
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CLIC Sargent appoints new chair
Professor Sir David Haslam has been appointed to the role of chair at cancer support charity CLIC Sargent’s board of directors. He will be taking up the position in January, replacing Peter Hollins. CLIC Sargent chief executive Kate Lee said: “He brings with him a wealth of NHS knowledge and networks which will help us on our mission to make sure that everyone diagnosed with cancer under-25 gets the support they need.”
Scottish candidates shown reality of visual impairment
RNIB Scotland have shown Scottish parliamentary candidates the challenges faced by blind and partially-sighted voters in an effort to illustrate the importance of accessible streets. Three Edinburgh North and Leith candidates were given spectacles that simulate sight loss conditions before being taken for a walk, accompanied by Alan Dudley and his guide dog Emma. Catriona Burness, campaigns manager for RNIB Scotland, said: "We know streets can't always be free of clutter. But we can do more to make them accessible. That's why we are urging elected MPs to help ensure that blind and partially sighted people are able to get out and about independently. ” Ms Burness added that the organisation wants MPs to “ deliver on the recommendations on accessible street design set out in Westminster's Women and Equalities Committee Report, Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment.”
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