Posts Categorized: Third Sector

Inspiring activism: outreach that goes local and personal

What is the best route to mobilising local activism? Of
course, all organisations are different, and the current social and economic
climate provides a challenging backdrop. But at the Switchover Help Scheme
the organisation set up to deliver practical support to help older and disabled
people switch to digital television – we’ve worked with a range of partners to try to do things
in a new way.

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A nudge in the right direction?

The Giving White Paper wants to inspire a step change in giving time and money, but how easy
will that be? Firstly, the UK is already a highly engaged population. Survey
data shows that non-engagement is small: only around 7 per cent neither volunteer, give
informal help, nor give to charity. Figures highlight both the stability of
volunteering rates, and how these vary according to people’s circumstances.

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I think the latest ad from the ISPCC will set back the cause of fundraising in Ireland

Well, I’ve seen it all now – a child beaten up in front of
me; not in the context of a film I’ve been sick enough to choose to watch, but
in a 60-second TV advertisement in my home while I’m eating my supper. Well, it would be in my home, if I
lived in Ireland. You can see it
for yourself on YouTube ,if you have the stomach for
it.

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We should be taking advantage of Britain’s faith communities to advance social welfare

The Public Service Reform White Paper is now due in July. However, many charities wonder who among their
number has the skill and scale to benefit from the opportunities that could
come our way?

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If you take a place in a marathon and don’t raise what you pledge, then you should pay

Marathon fundraising is a nightmare.I’d
rather run one than fundraise through one again after my experiences this year.

While an exceptional minority raise
thousands of pounds to feed orphans, I’ve found that the majority take the few
places we have and don’t raise enough money to cover costs never mind feeding
orphans – something I’m sure their donors wouldn’t be happy about.

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Why don’t we talk about time management?

While there’s a massive literature on
time management and how to be more effective at work, I am often struck by how
little discussion there is of this among third sector professionals. We see it
as something possibly to teach our admin staff and we laugh at the public
sector, but we tend, in an unspoken way, to assume that we are optimally
productive.

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The Big Society Bank should settle for nothing less than £5bn from the bankers

Rumours in Westminster and the City suggest
a deal in the making: the banks make a significant payment to the Big Society
Bank
. In return, ministers shelve ideas about new taxes and restricting
bonuses. I have some advice for the negotiators.

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