Call for intervention in charity regulation

Howard Lake | 21 August 2000 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “If we are to go on giving the government must intervene in charity regulation,” says Ian Aitken in the Guardian. Read Charity begins at home – frequently on my doormat, in The Guardian. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Call for intervention in charity regulation read more

NCRI selects agency to redesign its Web site

first_img The National Cancer Research Institute has chosen Thoughtbubble to host and redesign its Web site.NCRI is the co-ordinating body for 15 cancer organisations in the UK, such as Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Macmillan Cancer Relief.The new site will launch in April 2003. Advertisement NCRI selects agency to redesign its Web site Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 February 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

London Marathon runners raise £2.4 million online before the race

first_imgLondon Marathon runners raise £2.4 million online before the race Howard Lake | 15 April 2004 | News The total raised online by London Marathon runners will be even higher. In 2003 £250,000 was raised online for four charities using Bmycharity.com’s online sponsorship system.A Justgiving survey of its charity members in 2002 revealed that it took up to six months to collect event sponsorship through offline methods, and that 80% of charities did not reclaim Gift Aid on event sponsorship gifts. By contrast, Justgiving reclaims Gift Aid on every eligible UK donation, saving charities further management costs. Runners raising funds through Justgiving include many famous names from the worlds of sport, television and politics. Model Nell McAndrew has raised almost £28,000 on her fundraising page. Peer Jeffrey Archer, former leader of the Conservative party Iain Duncan Smith, royal biographer Andrew Morton, former England football manager Graham Taylor and actor Johnny Lee Miller are amongst the celebrities using the online fundraising service for this year’s London Marathon. Runners in this weekend’s Flora London Marathon have raised £2.4 million online at online fundraising site Justgiving.com, even before the race has begun.At noon today, 3,818 runners had collected more than £2.4m through their online fundraising pages on the event’s official Web site. Justgiving say they expect the total to reach £3m in the week after the race.Online events sponsorship is clearly growing rapidly. In 2002, in its first year as the Flora London Marathon’s official partner for charity fundraising, Justgiving collected £200,000 online. In 2003, the figure rose to £1.4m. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Events Recruitment / people Research / statisticscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

TLC Lottery launches ‘play as you pay’ scheme to businesses

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 23 October 2005 | News Tagged with: Events Gaming More than 60 causes now benefit from TLC following its decision to launch the first open door policy in the UK earlier this year. With almost 16,000 weekly players, it has already raised more than £1.7m for groups like Macmillan Cancer Relief, Alzheimer’s Society, Barnardos and Little Hearts Matter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img TLC Lottery, one of Britain’s biggest charity lotteries, is launching a ‘play as you pay’ scheme to companies, with the public support of the Director General of the CBI.In a speech to more than 100 business and union leaders, Sir Digby Jones will endorse TLC’s plans to encourage companies and their employees to take part in the weekly lottery through regular, small donations.The scheme is the first of its type in Britain, giving players choice about which charities benefit from much of the money raised. Advertisement TLC Lottery launches ‘play as you pay’ scheme to businesses  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Northern Ireland most generous survey reveals

first_img People in Northern Ireland are the most likely in the UK to give money to charity, a survey has revealed. A think tank said the reasons could include higher levels of church-going or more effective fundraising strategies by voluntary groups.Despite relatively low incomes, households which made donations were handing over £42 (‚€62.50) a month on average, a government study found. The report – Family Expenditure Survey – found that 47% of those polled in the province gave away money, compared with the UK average of 30%.Charities benefiting range from those combating famine in Africa to supporting cancer research in the North. The portion of income given was 1.7% in the province. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 July 2007 | News  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Northern Ireland most generous survey revealscenter_img Tagged with: Ireland The UK-wide 2006 snapshot showed people in the southern Great Britain were donating more than those in the North. Levels ranged from £15 (‚€22) per month in the East Midlands to £83 (‚€124) in London.nfpSynergy is conducting an analysis of the research, which was based on 6,000 households across the UK.The group specialises in voluntary sector issues.nfpSynergy spokesman Patrick Brennan said: It could be that Northern Ireland people are more intrinsically generous or local fundraisers are doing a better job.These dramatic and unequivocal findings raise important further questions. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Social enterprise category in annual Startups Awards

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Social enterprise category in annual Startups Awards  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 June 2008 | News New social enterprises are encouraged to enter the annual Startups Awards, organised by startups.co.uk, to be in with the chance of winning £5,000.The 16 award categories include Innovative Business of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Green Business of the Year, Silver Fox Award and Social Enterprise of the Year.The winners from each category will compete to be named the Startups Business of the Year for the £5,000 prize.The closing date for entries is 4 July 2008.www.startupsawards.co.uk Tagged with: Awards Trading About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

In for a penny

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 September 2010 | News  46 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Events ‘Chaptain Handlebar’, Matt Hitchen, is embarking on a 140 mile coast to coast cycling fundraiser with a difference on October 28. Matt is a manager at a cocktail bar and is known for his image as a vintage bartender, complete with waxed moustache.The 24 year old from Gateshead will attempt to ride the route the old fashioned way, on a penny farthing, to raise funds for national charity The Sick Children’s Trust. Matt’s penny farthing has been generously supplied by www.iwantoneofthose.com.The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides high quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families whose children are receiving hospital treatment for serious illness, helped Matt’s family stay close to his cousin, Jamie Green. Jamie was being treated for several weeks at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary late last year for ornithine carbamoyl transferase deficiency. This is a rare, life threatening, metabolic disorder he had struggled with all his life.Matt said: ”As my family lives in Cumbria it would have put real stress on them to travel back and forth every day to visit Jamie. The Sick Children’s Trust allowed us to stay close by at their ‘Home from Home’, Crawford House, and concentrate on what was really important – being there for Jamie.“Jamie passed away last December, aged just 21, and I wanted to do something to remember him by as well as give back to the charity for all their support during a really hard time. He had a brilliant sense of humour so I know he would have loved the idea of this challenge!”Matt has started training for the challenge by riding his penny farthing from Gateshead to work in Newcastle most days and is slowly getting ready to take on the route. His ride starts in Whitehaven in Cumbria on October 28 and will finish three days later in Tynemouth. He is using the Hadrian’s Cycleway, rather than the more usual route, in recognition of Jamie’s love of the Roman Wall and its forts.Lydia Solomon, community fundraiser at The Sick Children’s Trust said: “Matt and his family have been through such an awful time of it over the last year with losing Jamie and I am just glad we were there to support him and his family when they needed it most. It’s great to see him embrace fundraising for our charity in such a fun and unique way. As far as I know this has never been tried before but, hopefully, it will start a trend in fundraising! I wish him the best of luck for his challenge.”To support Matt please go to www.inforapenny.org.uk In for a pennylast_img read more

Orange and T-Mobile urged to move to 100% for text donations

first_imgOrange and T-Mobile urged to move to 100% for text donations The Institute of Fundraising is asking its organisational members to support a campaign to lobby mobile phone providers Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) to join other mobile operators to pass on 100% of text donations to charity.At present, Everything Everywhere passes on 100% of text donations to its own charity partners, but only 90% to other UK charities.The Institute points out that “whilst O2, Vodafone and most recently Virgin are committed to passing on 100% of text donations to charities, Orange and T-Mobile (who have now merged to form Everything Everywhere) are the only remaining mobile operators not to do this”.Text donations proved particularly popular for this year’s Red Nose Day, generating almost double the £7.8 million income from text donations raised by the 2009 campaign.Louise Richards, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Institute of Fundraising said: “The charges imposed on text donations by Everything Everywhere are an impediment to effective fundraising via mobile text giving. Everything Everywhere must change its policy and end these charges.”As part of the campaign, organisational members are encouraged to email Steven Day, Vice President of Brand and Communications at Everything Everywhere.The Institute has also written to the Government, asking it to exert its influence in this situation.www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk Howard Lake | 14 April 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Law / policy mobile sms  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

The Queen’s charities raise £1.4 billion, according to CAF

first_img  75 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Queen’s charities raise £1.4 billion, according to CAF AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Research by the Charities Aid Foundation to mark the Diamond Jubilee reveals that the charities of which Her Majesty The Queen is patron raise a total of £1,427,000,000.Queen Elizabeth II is patron of 510 charities in Britain, including Cancer Research UK, the British Red Cross and Barnardo’s. The two areas of activity she supports most are charities that deal with community and civic causes, and those that support education and training. She supports a further 90 charities based around the world.CAF describes her as “one of the world’s greatest supporters of charities”. Her family are also actively engaged in supporting charities. The Royal Family, according to CAF’s research, supports 2,415 charities in Britain and nearly 3,000 worldwide. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, is the patron of the Charities Aid Foundation.The Duchess of Cambridge supporters Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the Scout Association, among others. The Queen’s grandchildren support 16 charitable organisations between them.The research was based on Charity Commission data available at www.charitytrends.org, and the royal charities database.John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “The Queen has set an amazing example when it comes to her charitable support making an enormous difference to millions of people up and down the country; doing more for charity in the last 60 years than probably any other monarch in history.”He added: “We want to promote a culture where supporting charities by giving time or money is the norm. The Queen’s work for charities of all types is an example to all of us.”www.cafonline.org Tagged with: Celebrity Charities Aid Foundation Diamond Jubilee Giving/Philanthropy patron Research / statistics Howard Lake | 7 June 2012 | Newslast_img read more

Church Mission Society saves £50,000 a year with Access Dimensions & FocalPoint

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 July 2012 | News 25 July 2012 – Colchester, UK – The Church Mission Society (CMS) has experienced huge time and cost savings along with greater visibility and control of funds after implementing Access Dimensions & FocalPoint to manage its finances and charitable projects. The system, which is integrated with Raiser’s Edge, has dramatically improved efficiency and productivity, providing faster access to information for its team.Stafford Cruse, head of finance for the CMS, commented, “Access Dimensions & FocalPoint has saved us more than 200 hours each month, equating to £50k per year. Process automation and greater control over project reporting and spend means we have more time and resource to share the mission of God and serve communities worldwide; everyone’s benefiting all round.”Originally founded in 1799, CMS is a community of people in mission who want the world to know Jesus. It is committed to a global and local mission that is pioneering, evangelistic, relational and faithful. CMS is engaged in a wide range of work including education, medicine, advocacy, agriculture, engineering and pastoral care.Prior to Access, CMS had been using Sage 100 which was not meeting the charity’s needs. “It was hard, if not impossible, to report on our activities adequately,” said Stafford. “Fund accounting is critical for us. We need to know where our money is being allocated in a timely manner.”Since implementing the Access solution, the charity has reaped many benefits, particularly as the web-based self-service facilities allow staff to access details of their project spend and status wherever they are based. Access’ project costing functionality has made the biggest difference to CMS – which has 750 active projects being funded at any one point in time – providing greater flexibility in setting up its chart of accounts.Automated processes have improved efficiency throughout CMS. Non-finance staff can now enter transactions such as purchase requests through FocalPoint – instead of using five different paper-based forms. “Using FocalPoint, we’ve streamlined our authorisation process so we’re not passing invoices around the building or losing them on people’s desks,” said Stafford.CMS team members are now working from the same data and have access to documents through Access’ integrated document management solution. “Our fundraisers can view gift aid declarations and membership forms whenever they need them. This saves them time, and it’s also had a positive effect on our finance team, who now receive 50 per cent less requests for information.”The reduction in admin has created other noticeable improvements. CMS no longer has to manually reconcile its systems, and with other benefits this saves the finance department two days every month. “We’ve been able to reduce headcount in our back office by nearly 20 per cent. That’s allowed us to redirect those funds into mission opportunities.”Better management and departmental reporting facilities are also saving half a day each month. “We’re able to run more than 160 mission partner reports in five minutes. Previously, that would have taken a fundraiser three days a month using spreadsheets to build the reports,” said Stafford, who also notes the benefits of real-time, remote access to information via Access’ browser-based dashboard. “This has made a big difference to our staff because they can track how we’re performing against KPIs such as the progress on appeals, increase in members, major gifts pledged and active donors.”Communicating financial data in a more visual format has provided greater clarity and understanding too. “It’s driven discussion on many areas of our work such as how to develop fundraising and better utilisation of resources, as well as helping to drive the development of the five year financial plan.”CMS is now looking to make further improvements including integrating the conference booking system with Access Dimensions to automate the production of sales orders. “As a result of all the positive benefits that we’ve experienced, it’s spurred us on to automate our processes further. Amongst other things, we’ll probably look to utilise Access’ mobile solutions for activities such as expenses to make further efficiencies across the charity,” concluded Stafford.For more information on Access, its consultancy and software solutions contact Diana Ellul-Grech on 0845 345 3300 or visithttp://www.theaccessgroup.com.Alternatively, keep up-to-date by following Access on:Blog: http://www.theaccessgroup.com/access-blog.aspxTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/theaccessgroupLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/403139YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/theaccessgrouptvSlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/theaccessgroupFlickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theaccessgroup-Ends-About Access:Since 1991, Access has become established as a leading business solutions provider to the mid-market. It helps organisations improve performance, profitability and cost efficiency by delivering integrated organisation-wide solutions spanning finance, HR and payroll, professional services automation, document management and manufacturing. More than 5,000 customers rely on Access to drive growth and unlock the potential of their people as well as their organisation through better business insight. It has nine offices across the UK and Ireland and employs over 350 people.A £50 million investment by private equity firm, Lyceum Capital, in 2011 marked a significant step change in Access’ growth trajectory, cementing the company’s notable position amongst the top five fastest growing UK software developers in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 List 2012 and in last year’s Profit Track 100. Access’ on-going commitment to excellence, its customers and its people also placed it amongst the UK’s top employers in The Sunday Times 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ 2011.Accreditations and memberships:Microsoft Gold Certified PartnerInstitute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)Business Application Software Developers Association (BASDA)Access’ software is recognised by HM Revenue & CustomsAwards:Inclusion in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 list (47th)Inclusion in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list (63rd)Inclusion in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for mid-market companies (85th)M&A Awards 2011 for ‘Buy-out of the Year’Accountancy Age Award 2010 for ‘Software Package of the Year’SIFT Media Software Satisfaction Awards 2010 for ‘Enterprise Accounting & Finance’SIFT Media Software Satisfaction Awards 2010 for ‘SME Human Resources & Human Capital Management’FrontRange Partner Awards 2010 for ‘CRM Partner of the Year’Green IT Awards 2010 for ‘Environmental Accounting Software of the Year’Construction Computing Awards 2010 and 2011, ‘Construction Accounting Software of the Year’Media information:Helen CarpenterHead of Group PRAccess UK LtdT: +44 (0) 1206 322575 / 07833 936311F: +44 (0) 1206 322956E: [email protected]: http://www.theaccessgroup.comTim ColePR ExecutiveAccess UK LtdT: +44 (0) 1206 322575F: +44 (0) 1206 322956E: [email protected]: http://www.theaccessgroup.com Advertisement Church Mission Society saves £50,000 a year with Access Dimensions & FocalPoint  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more