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  • 06 Jul 2015
    In June Localgiving ran the #LocalHero campaign which saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. It is clear that online fundraising can be lucrative for small and local charities and it is important for these charities to be proactive about engaging with online fundraising throughout the year. As part of Small Charity Week, I hosted a webinar on ‘Inspiring Online Fundraisers’, which focused on how best to engage with and where to find fundraisers, as well as how to support them in the long-term.  Please click here for the slides. Below is a quick summary of presentation content.  Why online fundraising? This section focuses on the statistics behind online donations and fundraising and why it’s so crucial that charities make the most of this profitable revenue stream. Where can I find online fundraisers? This section covers how to find potential fundraisers both offline and online, including advice for making the most of social media tools and how to properly interact with your pre-existing supporters. How do I inspire online fundraisers? The key focus on the presentation, this section includes advice on how to make an inspiring appeal, evidence the impact of your work as well as some useful examples of groups who have done these things successfully; you can also read our blog post  for more information on this topic in our blog Follow These 6 Easy Steps & Find Your Next Fundraiser.  How do I support my fundraisers? Maintaining a relationship with your fundraiser once they have agreed to fundraise for you is a crucial part of the process. This section covers advice on how to successfully support your fundraisers and make them feel appreciated; you can also find more on this topic in our blog Support Your Fundraisers With These 6 Quick Tips.  How do I keep my fundraisers engaged? This section details how to turn your fundraisers into long-terms supporters and what that can mean for your charity in the long term. For more information on this topic have a look at our blog on How To Turn Your Latest Fundraiser Into A Supporter For Life.  Remember, if you need any help with your fundraising through Localgiving, you can contact us for free from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday - Friday on 0300 111 2340 or via help@localgiving.com and one of our team of qualified fundraisers will be happy to provide advice and support! 
    1681 Posted by Fergus Simpson
  • In June Localgiving ran the #LocalHero campaign which saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. It is clear that online fundraising can be lucrative for small and local charities and it is important for these charities to be proactive about engaging with online fundraising throughout the year. As part of Small Charity Week, I hosted a webinar on ‘Inspiring Online Fundraisers’, which focused on how best to engage with and where to find fundraisers, as well as how to support them in the long-term.  Please click here for the slides. Below is a quick summary of presentation content.  Why online fundraising? This section focuses on the statistics behind online donations and fundraising and why it’s so crucial that charities make the most of this profitable revenue stream. Where can I find online fundraisers? This section covers how to find potential fundraisers both offline and online, including advice for making the most of social media tools and how to properly interact with your pre-existing supporters. How do I inspire online fundraisers? The key focus on the presentation, this section includes advice on how to make an inspiring appeal, evidence the impact of your work as well as some useful examples of groups who have done these things successfully; you can also read our blog post  for more information on this topic in our blog Follow These 6 Easy Steps & Find Your Next Fundraiser.  How do I support my fundraisers? Maintaining a relationship with your fundraiser once they have agreed to fundraise for you is a crucial part of the process. This section covers advice on how to successfully support your fundraisers and make them feel appreciated; you can also find more on this topic in our blog Support Your Fundraisers With These 6 Quick Tips.  How do I keep my fundraisers engaged? This section details how to turn your fundraisers into long-terms supporters and what that can mean for your charity in the long term. For more information on this topic have a look at our blog on How To Turn Your Latest Fundraiser Into A Supporter For Life.  Remember, if you need any help with your fundraising through Localgiving, you can contact us for free from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday - Friday on 0300 111 2340 or via help@localgiving.com and one of our team of qualified fundraisers will be happy to provide advice and support! 
    Jul 06, 2015 1681
  • 01 Jul 2015
    Ahoy-hoy - I’m Kevin, and I head up the Technology team here at Localgiving. We are constantly working to refine and improve the donation process to make sure your donation goes even further, and we’re happy to announce a few changes today that we hope you’ll love. We’ve made donating quicker and reduced our payment processing fees First up, we are excited to announce an improvement that: makes it a lot faster and easier to make a donation means that more money is received by the charity from each donation made. Both are made possible since we have begun working with Stripe as our new payment solution partner. Stripe processes payments for the likes of Twitter and Facebook, and as a developer their platform is a breeze to use. They provide a great checkout experience for users, and most importantly they are helping us to ensure more money goes to the 2,000 charities on Localgiving. As a supporter, you’ll notice a change when you make a one-time donation. You now enter your payment details at the same time as choosing the amount, rather than having to jump to another page. Everything is a little clearer and easier. We hope you will see less time waiting for pages to load, leaving you more time to share you donation with your friends. As a charity, you’ll now receive more from each donation. When you make a £10 by debit card, at least 10p more will reach the charity than before. We are continuing to offer an option to donate with your PayPal account as that has been popular amongst supporters on our platform and also provides a smooth experience. You will see the ‘Donate with PayPal’ button on the donation page. And.....as an extra touch we’ve branded each charity’s donation page with their own logo. We have seen more donors landing directly on the donation page, so it seemed sensible to be doubly clear about who they were donating to! You can now donate even more (or less) Secondly, we have broadened the donation limits on the platform so that as a supporter you can donate as little as £2 or as much as £5,000 in one go. This was a no brainer. We can see that supporters have tried to donate more than our previous limit of £1,000 - so why stop that! Nudging the lower limit down from £5 to £2 was simply a response to some recent feedback we have collected from supporters. N.B. As a charity you can adjust your suggested donation amounts for your Localgiving pages (incl. appeal page) to reflect higher or lower amounts as you feel appropriate. Brand new buttons enable you to link directly to your donation page from your website  Finally, we’ve given charities and fundraisers a new set of embeddable buttons to get donations flowing to their charity, appeal, and fundraiser pages. Here's one for "Micks Big Jump" - the winner of #LocalHero 2015: You can place these buttons on a webpage, show live dynamic data about your cause, and point people to your donation pages. Fundraiser and Appeal buttons show a progress thermometer, whilst the standard Donate buttons link directly to your Localgiving charity page. Charities and fundraisers can find the new Buttons in their fundraising toolkit. If you have any questions or require help with anything included in our latest release, please feel free to give us a call on 0300 111 2340 or email help@localgiving.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
    2215 Posted by Kevin Sedgley
  • Ahoy-hoy - I’m Kevin, and I head up the Technology team here at Localgiving. We are constantly working to refine and improve the donation process to make sure your donation goes even further, and we’re happy to announce a few changes today that we hope you’ll love. We’ve made donating quicker and reduced our payment processing fees First up, we are excited to announce an improvement that: makes it a lot faster and easier to make a donation means that more money is received by the charity from each donation made. Both are made possible since we have begun working with Stripe as our new payment solution partner. Stripe processes payments for the likes of Twitter and Facebook, and as a developer their platform is a breeze to use. They provide a great checkout experience for users, and most importantly they are helping us to ensure more money goes to the 2,000 charities on Localgiving. As a supporter, you’ll notice a change when you make a one-time donation. You now enter your payment details at the same time as choosing the amount, rather than having to jump to another page. Everything is a little clearer and easier. We hope you will see less time waiting for pages to load, leaving you more time to share you donation with your friends. As a charity, you’ll now receive more from each donation. When you make a £10 by debit card, at least 10p more will reach the charity than before. We are continuing to offer an option to donate with your PayPal account as that has been popular amongst supporters on our platform and also provides a smooth experience. You will see the ‘Donate with PayPal’ button on the donation page. And.....as an extra touch we’ve branded each charity’s donation page with their own logo. We have seen more donors landing directly on the donation page, so it seemed sensible to be doubly clear about who they were donating to! You can now donate even more (or less) Secondly, we have broadened the donation limits on the platform so that as a supporter you can donate as little as £2 or as much as £5,000 in one go. This was a no brainer. We can see that supporters have tried to donate more than our previous limit of £1,000 - so why stop that! Nudging the lower limit down from £5 to £2 was simply a response to some recent feedback we have collected from supporters. N.B. As a charity you can adjust your suggested donation amounts for your Localgiving pages (incl. appeal page) to reflect higher or lower amounts as you feel appropriate. Brand new buttons enable you to link directly to your donation page from your website  Finally, we’ve given charities and fundraisers a new set of embeddable buttons to get donations flowing to their charity, appeal, and fundraiser pages. Here's one for "Micks Big Jump" - the winner of #LocalHero 2015: You can place these buttons on a webpage, show live dynamic data about your cause, and point people to your donation pages. Fundraiser and Appeal buttons show a progress thermometer, whilst the standard Donate buttons link directly to your Localgiving charity page. Charities and fundraisers can find the new Buttons in their fundraising toolkit. If you have any questions or require help with anything included in our latest release, please feel free to give us a call on 0300 111 2340 or email help@localgiving.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
    Jul 01, 2015 2215
  • 26 Mar 2014
    Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    917 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    Mar 26, 2014 917
  • 02 Apr 2014
    We listened to you and added new features to Localgiving.com’s charity accounts to improve your experience on our site and to help you increase awareness and funds for your great work. Here is an overview of all the exciting new features that are now available to you: Dashboard This is a new landing page that will give you a quick status update, including information about overall activity and activity that has happened since you last logged in. To make sure that you are getting the right advice and support we also added lots of helpful tips. My Webpage To connect with you on social media platforms and better support you we’re now collecting your social media information. We’ve updated the volunteering section, so that you can tell us what skills you need and how many hours are needed each month from your volunteers. We’ve added the ability for you to provide details for a financial contact at your organisation; this means that we can also send them important financial information, such as donation payment emails. We’ve updated the cause and beneficiary categories to make them more inclusive and to ensure donors can search by causes that are important to them. My Donations You can now filter the donation information by date, type (one-time, regular or via a fundraising page) and whether you’ve sent a thank you. We have added thank you buttons to the list of Direct Debit Agreements so you can thank your ongoing supporters as soon as they set-up their donation. The updated reports now provide better information for you and the people that do your marketing and finances. My Fundraisers You now have a new section about supporters who created fundraising pages for you; this includes an overview of all fundraising pages and the ability to look at more information about each specific page. All changes we made are based on feedback we received from you. And as always we are keen to hear what you think about the new features we introduced, so log into your account today and please send us your feedback by emailing feedback@localgiving.com. Watch out for our video showing you how to get the most out of your new charity account that we will be sending to you soon. In the meantime, happy fundraising, The Localgiving Team
    1317 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • We listened to you and added new features to Localgiving.com’s charity accounts to improve your experience on our site and to help you increase awareness and funds for your great work. Here is an overview of all the exciting new features that are now available to you: Dashboard This is a new landing page that will give you a quick status update, including information about overall activity and activity that has happened since you last logged in. To make sure that you are getting the right advice and support we also added lots of helpful tips. My Webpage To connect with you on social media platforms and better support you we’re now collecting your social media information. We’ve updated the volunteering section, so that you can tell us what skills you need and how many hours are needed each month from your volunteers. We’ve added the ability for you to provide details for a financial contact at your organisation; this means that we can also send them important financial information, such as donation payment emails. We’ve updated the cause and beneficiary categories to make them more inclusive and to ensure donors can search by causes that are important to them. My Donations You can now filter the donation information by date, type (one-time, regular or via a fundraising page) and whether you’ve sent a thank you. We have added thank you buttons to the list of Direct Debit Agreements so you can thank your ongoing supporters as soon as they set-up their donation. The updated reports now provide better information for you and the people that do your marketing and finances. My Fundraisers You now have a new section about supporters who created fundraising pages for you; this includes an overview of all fundraising pages and the ability to look at more information about each specific page. All changes we made are based on feedback we received from you. And as always we are keen to hear what you think about the new features we introduced, so log into your account today and please send us your feedback by emailing feedback@localgiving.com. Watch out for our video showing you how to get the most out of your new charity account that we will be sending to you soon. In the meantime, happy fundraising, The Localgiving Team
    Apr 02, 2014 1317
  • 03 Apr 2014
    Helping young people to be active members of a community and enhancing their health and fitness are the key goals of the Whixley and District Cricket Club. Richard Watson, Chair of Trustees, who has seen the community-led sports club grow over the years, sees it as an integral part of the community’s future and the money raised through Localgiving is a crucial support to sustain it. “Like all charities, Whixley Cricket Club depends on donations and with over £11,000 raised through Localgiving we are now able to further expand our work and positive impact on the community. Localgiving has allowed us to appeal to a wider range of donors; and the opportunity to participate in match funding provides impetus in our fundraising programmes as we encourage supporters to realise our vision for the club. It’s a win-win situation where the community directly benefits from the investment they put into it. I have always been involved in community activities and have seen several of these local organisations cease to exist. We are determined to never let this happen, because without the club, rural life in Whixley would lose one of its remaining treasures. Seeing countless young people from a range of backgrounds engage with each other in a friendly and competitive sporting environment, through which they’ve developed into mature and responsible community members, gives me and our team of leaders, deep satisfaction. One of our members even qualified as a cricket coach and has now has his own business providing training sessions to schools and holiday clubs. Whixley CC has continued to thrive due to the enthusiasm and commitment of its members. We are bound together in sustaining a thriving community that contributes to everyone’s wellbeing. I think this is worth valuing, supporting, and working for.” Learn more about Whixley CC on their Localgiving page
    1377 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Helping young people to be active members of a community and enhancing their health and fitness are the key goals of the Whixley and District Cricket Club. Richard Watson, Chair of Trustees, who has seen the community-led sports club grow over the years, sees it as an integral part of the community’s future and the money raised through Localgiving is a crucial support to sustain it. “Like all charities, Whixley Cricket Club depends on donations and with over £11,000 raised through Localgiving we are now able to further expand our work and positive impact on the community. Localgiving has allowed us to appeal to a wider range of donors; and the opportunity to participate in match funding provides impetus in our fundraising programmes as we encourage supporters to realise our vision for the club. It’s a win-win situation where the community directly benefits from the investment they put into it. I have always been involved in community activities and have seen several of these local organisations cease to exist. We are determined to never let this happen, because without the club, rural life in Whixley would lose one of its remaining treasures. Seeing countless young people from a range of backgrounds engage with each other in a friendly and competitive sporting environment, through which they’ve developed into mature and responsible community members, gives me and our team of leaders, deep satisfaction. One of our members even qualified as a cricket coach and has now has his own business providing training sessions to schools and holiday clubs. Whixley CC has continued to thrive due to the enthusiasm and commitment of its members. We are bound together in sustaining a thriving community that contributes to everyone’s wellbeing. I think this is worth valuing, supporting, and working for.” Learn more about Whixley CC on their Localgiving page
    Apr 03, 2014 1377
  • 03 Apr 2014
    York Tornadoes, a community-run basketball club, provide a flexible and affordable way to get involved in sport. They aim to give people in their local community a place where they can play basketball in a safe and fun environment. Andrew Johnson, the Coordinator of the club, has seen it grow and develop over the last year and thanks to successful fundraising during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match fund they received over £4,500 to build more teams. “I feel very proud of how the club has come along. It has grown from just 5 players to 120 and we now have people from 11 to 40 years and 10 nationalities represented. I am passionate about making basketball more accessible and more affordable so that people, who had previously given up the sport, can return to playing. The great success we had during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match Fund allows us to further the club’s reach in the future as well as added legitimacy for our cause. The money gained through match funding, will help ease the financial constraints against us and we can expend to build our 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, as well as provide the girl’s team with kits. It will also help towards a much needed minibus for the club. But that is only the start. We want to progress further by currently building links with junior boys and girls sides and a local wheelchair basketball club to ensure that no matter what age you are, you can be active through basketball in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.” Find out more about the York Tornadoes on their Localgiving page
    1169 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • York Tornadoes, a community-run basketball club, provide a flexible and affordable way to get involved in sport. They aim to give people in their local community a place where they can play basketball in a safe and fun environment. Andrew Johnson, the Coordinator of the club, has seen it grow and develop over the last year and thanks to successful fundraising during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match fund they received over £4,500 to build more teams. “I feel very proud of how the club has come along. It has grown from just 5 players to 120 and we now have people from 11 to 40 years and 10 nationalities represented. I am passionate about making basketball more accessible and more affordable so that people, who had previously given up the sport, can return to playing. The great success we had during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match Fund allows us to further the club’s reach in the future as well as added legitimacy for our cause. The money gained through match funding, will help ease the financial constraints against us and we can expend to build our 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, as well as provide the girl’s team with kits. It will also help towards a much needed minibus for the club. But that is only the start. We want to progress further by currently building links with junior boys and girls sides and a local wheelchair basketball club to ensure that no matter what age you are, you can be active through basketball in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.” Find out more about the York Tornadoes on their Localgiving page
    Apr 03, 2014 1169
  • 22 Apr 2014
    Before the charity began in 1995, bereaved children were being referred to mental health services for support unnecessarily. Penhaligon’s Friends started running groups, memory days and offering advice to parents and carers and is the only children’s bereavement charity within Cornwall. Without them, the responsibility would fall on health, education and social care whose services are already stretched. Over the years their services have grown to offer support through groups, 1-1 and schools, helping 596 children and young people last year. “We offer support at no cost to our families and offer transport to make it accessible to all.” Hoping to raise the full £2,000 of matched funding available in the Charity Begins in Cornwall campaign, Julie Parker, manager of Penhaligon’s Friends explains how they would use the money. “We would use the funds to continue to support our children, young people and families ensuring there isn’t a delay in our services. The support that we offer can make a significant difference to the way a child manages their grief.” Peter's story “We were able to support Peter, age 11, when his mum and sister were killed in a car crash, he was also a passenger in the car. Peter broke both his legs in the crash. Peter had some family and 1-1 support in the early days to help him come to terms with the loss, and then a few years later was able to come to a memory day with his Dad. He went on to attend our teens support group and he is now a 17 year old young man, with an apprenticeship in a local garage. Peter and his Dad wanted to acknowledge the support we had offered them and completed a local sponsored walk to raise over £1000 for us. Peter was then selected to take part in BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge in November 2013, cycling 500 miles!” One of the biggest challenges the charity faces is raising awareness of their cause. Through the Localgiving.com campaign, Penhaligon’s Friends are hoping to create bigger profile for themselves as the only charity of its kind in Cornwall and raise money which goes directly to those it is intended for. “We provide local support throughout the whole of the county and our services are mainly led by trained volunteers. Our employed staff are funded through grants so any donations go directly to supporting bereaved Cornish families.” For more information about Penhaligon’s Friends, please go to their Localgiving webpage.
    975 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Before the charity began in 1995, bereaved children were being referred to mental health services for support unnecessarily. Penhaligon’s Friends started running groups, memory days and offering advice to parents and carers and is the only children’s bereavement charity within Cornwall. Without them, the responsibility would fall on health, education and social care whose services are already stretched. Over the years their services have grown to offer support through groups, 1-1 and schools, helping 596 children and young people last year. “We offer support at no cost to our families and offer transport to make it accessible to all.” Hoping to raise the full £2,000 of matched funding available in the Charity Begins in Cornwall campaign, Julie Parker, manager of Penhaligon’s Friends explains how they would use the money. “We would use the funds to continue to support our children, young people and families ensuring there isn’t a delay in our services. The support that we offer can make a significant difference to the way a child manages their grief.” Peter's story “We were able to support Peter, age 11, when his mum and sister were killed in a car crash, he was also a passenger in the car. Peter broke both his legs in the crash. Peter had some family and 1-1 support in the early days to help him come to terms with the loss, and then a few years later was able to come to a memory day with his Dad. He went on to attend our teens support group and he is now a 17 year old young man, with an apprenticeship in a local garage. Peter and his Dad wanted to acknowledge the support we had offered them and completed a local sponsored walk to raise over £1000 for us. Peter was then selected to take part in BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge in November 2013, cycling 500 miles!” One of the biggest challenges the charity faces is raising awareness of their cause. Through the Localgiving.com campaign, Penhaligon’s Friends are hoping to create bigger profile for themselves as the only charity of its kind in Cornwall and raise money which goes directly to those it is intended for. “We provide local support throughout the whole of the county and our services are mainly led by trained volunteers. Our employed staff are funded through grants so any donations go directly to supporting bereaved Cornish families.” For more information about Penhaligon’s Friends, please go to their Localgiving webpage.
    Apr 22, 2014 975
  • 16 May 2014
    The one-day ‘unconference’ On Tuesday 13th May, the sixth one-day Fundraising Camp took place at Shine in Peterborough. Now for most of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word camp is tents. But I can assure you that there were none in sight! Instead a room filled with people excited to share their fundraising know-how and learn from others. Some had years of experience and a bank of knowledge and others new to fundraising were also able to share their challenges and ask questions. Howard Lake, of UK Fundraising, came up with the idea of Fundraising Camp. He felt that often at conferences, valuable things are learnt from others attending, but only during the tea or lunch break. He sought to turn regular conferences on their head and instead gets the audience to become the speaker at the event. Order of the day The day started with a blank timetable. We were asked to note a few topics we wish to discuss and before we knew it, the day’s agenda lay there before us. Fundraising Camp allowed us to decide what we wanted to discuss and lead the sessions. Topics of the day ranged from ‘How to use social media to fundraise’, ‘Fundraising for unpopular causes’ and ‘Community Foundations’ to name a few. The day ended with a session on ‘What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising’. As someone new to fundraising, it was comforting to hear that those with a wealth of experience had once faced the same challenges we had addressed during the event. Key themes and questions addressed Unpopular causes What is your cause fulfilling? Think about what would happen if you didn’t provide your service? Community Foundations They are there to help connect people invest and support their local communities. Practical use of social media There are different tools available to help better manage social media such as Hootsuite and Buffer. (Log in to your charity account to check out our Hootsuite guide) Capital projects/ appeals Do they distract from continuous giving? Think them through thoroughly What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising Look at fundraising from the donor’s perspective: you are not your donor! Start-up Fundraising Seek sponsorship from local businesses who may be interested in supporting your cause long-term Funders and grant makers Think of using a talking- head. Get people you’ve worked with to do a 1 minute video. It provides your cause with credibility and can be used time and time again! Last words… The great thing about Fundraising Camp was learning from each other. We all went away feeling that not only had we learnt something new, but helped another with something that came easier to us. I’d definitely recommend it to other charities. Read more about the day here
    938 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • The one-day ‘unconference’ On Tuesday 13th May, the sixth one-day Fundraising Camp took place at Shine in Peterborough. Now for most of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word camp is tents. But I can assure you that there were none in sight! Instead a room filled with people excited to share their fundraising know-how and learn from others. Some had years of experience and a bank of knowledge and others new to fundraising were also able to share their challenges and ask questions. Howard Lake, of UK Fundraising, came up with the idea of Fundraising Camp. He felt that often at conferences, valuable things are learnt from others attending, but only during the tea or lunch break. He sought to turn regular conferences on their head and instead gets the audience to become the speaker at the event. Order of the day The day started with a blank timetable. We were asked to note a few topics we wish to discuss and before we knew it, the day’s agenda lay there before us. Fundraising Camp allowed us to decide what we wanted to discuss and lead the sessions. Topics of the day ranged from ‘How to use social media to fundraise’, ‘Fundraising for unpopular causes’ and ‘Community Foundations’ to name a few. The day ended with a session on ‘What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising’. As someone new to fundraising, it was comforting to hear that those with a wealth of experience had once faced the same challenges we had addressed during the event. Key themes and questions addressed Unpopular causes What is your cause fulfilling? Think about what would happen if you didn’t provide your service? Community Foundations They are there to help connect people invest and support their local communities. Practical use of social media There are different tools available to help better manage social media such as Hootsuite and Buffer. (Log in to your charity account to check out our Hootsuite guide) Capital projects/ appeals Do they distract from continuous giving? Think them through thoroughly What I wish I’d known when I started fundraising Look at fundraising from the donor’s perspective: you are not your donor! Start-up Fundraising Seek sponsorship from local businesses who may be interested in supporting your cause long-term Funders and grant makers Think of using a talking- head. Get people you’ve worked with to do a 1 minute video. It provides your cause with credibility and can be used time and time again! Last words… The great thing about Fundraising Camp was learning from each other. We all went away feeling that not only had we learnt something new, but helped another with something that came easier to us. I’d definitely recommend it to other charities. Read more about the day here
    May 16, 2014 938
  • 30 Jul 2014
    Marcelle Speller, Chairman and founder of Localgiving, returned to the University of East Anglia last week to receive an honorary PhD in Civil Law. Marcelle was one of the first BSc graduates from the now prestigious School of Environmental Sciences and has continued to take a keen interest in its progress over the years. During her speech she imparted her wisdom to the new graduates, 43 years after her first graduation. She happily shared her top three important things to do in life; to use your talents, to have fun and to “put a brick in the wall” - make a difference. When asked what the honorary PhD meant to her, Marcelle responded, “It was a great joy and honour to be welcomed back by the University of East Anglia to receive this doctorate. It is amazing to see how the University has grown, and how the School of Environmental Sciences has developed into a global leader on climate change. I am so proud to have been involved with the school from the very beginning and look forward to continuing to follow its fantastic work.”  
    1053 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Marcelle Speller, Chairman and founder of Localgiving, returned to the University of East Anglia last week to receive an honorary PhD in Civil Law. Marcelle was one of the first BSc graduates from the now prestigious School of Environmental Sciences and has continued to take a keen interest in its progress over the years. During her speech she imparted her wisdom to the new graduates, 43 years after her first graduation. She happily shared her top three important things to do in life; to use your talents, to have fun and to “put a brick in the wall” - make a difference. When asked what the honorary PhD meant to her, Marcelle responded, “It was a great joy and honour to be welcomed back by the University of East Anglia to receive this doctorate. It is amazing to see how the University has grown, and how the School of Environmental Sciences has developed into a global leader on climate change. I am so proud to have been involved with the school from the very beginning and look forward to continuing to follow its fantastic work.”  
    Jul 30, 2014 1053
  • 29 Jun 2015
    It's been 30 days of preparing, training and campaigning for this month's fundraisers on Localgiving, all in the name of being crowned a #LocalHero and securing an extra cash prize for their chosen cause! The campaign saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. A huge thank you! With 161 groups on the platform seeing a fundraiser set up a page to raise money on their behalf, we want to give a massive thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make such a big difference to the people in their communities. Over the course of the month, we've heard some truly inspirational stories from some really incredible people, all of whom have gone that extra mile to help support a local cause. Everyone who fundraises for a local charity is a hero in our books, but it's now time to reveal who has made it into the final Top 20 and secured a share of the £5,000 prize fund for their chosen cause... And the winner is... Mick Pembleton with 157 points! Leading the race right from the start, Mick's pledge to jump out of a plane to raise money for Ability Dogs 4 Young People captured the imagination of his local community, seeing 157 people sponsor his page. Mick's prize of £1,000 brings his total raised to £3,313.25, including GiftAid, for the charity – an amazing achievement! About the charity Based in the Isle of Wight, Ability Dogs 4 Young People train assistance dogs to increase the independence and wellbeing of disabled young people and children in the local area. The ability dogs are provided free of charge and the charity fully funds the training of new puppies, as well as covering the costs of all the dog's food, equipment and vets bills throughout their working life. As well as helping with practical tasks, like picking up items, opening doors, helping dress and undress – the ability dogs also help to increase disabled young people's confidence and self-esteem. We caught up with Mick earlier this month to discuss his fundraising journey and how much he aimed to raise for the charity with his big jump. He told us: "Originally I just wanted to try and raise some money to help them out generally but now its gathered momentum I'm hoping to raise enough to buy a puppy and fund its training for the first year. It costs £5000 to buy a puppy and fund its training for two years right up to it being placed as a working Ability Dog - If I can raise a bit more money and somehow hold on to the top spot on the leader board I might reach £2500 which is exactly half of what's needed so that would fund it's first year with the charity." Huge congratulations to Mick for smashing his target and being crowned our #LocalHero 2015! The runners up Rounding out the Top 5 and each securing an additional £500 for their chosen cause, are: 2. The 2015 Footprint Walk for Bath Abbey – a team of intrepid fundraisers, taking on a 140 mile sponsored walk from Bath to London to raise money for renovation works for the Abbey.  3. Jim Strathdee for Glasgow Girls Football Club – who is raising money for a team of 22 players to go on tour and gain coaching experience in Gambia. 4. John Blackie for Bike Safe - for the Eynsham to Botley B4044 Community Path – who is raising money to go towards building a multi-purpose path for bicycles and pedestrians along a road that currently has no provision for cyclists.   5. Katie Skilton for First Days Childrens Charity – who is taking part in the Henley Mile open water swim to raise money to help the charity to support local families in need with items that cannot be donated, such as cot mattresses.  The full leaderboard See the full results of the Top 20 below. A big well done to all our winning fundraisers and charities – your prizes have now been awarded and can be seen on your fundraising page totals!  Scroll down to see more More match fund campaigns coming up! Big thanks again to everyone who took part in the campaign! #LocalHero might now be over, but we've got a whole host of match fund campaigns coming up. We'll be releasing details of the rest of our planned fundraising initiatives for 2015 – including Grow Your Tenner – in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more information!  
    2151 Posted by Lou Coady
  • It's been 30 days of preparing, training and campaigning for this month's fundraisers on Localgiving, all in the name of being crowned a #LocalHero and securing an extra cash prize for their chosen cause! The campaign saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. A huge thank you! With 161 groups on the platform seeing a fundraiser set up a page to raise money on their behalf, we want to give a massive thank you to everyone who took part and helped to make such a big difference to the people in their communities. Over the course of the month, we've heard some truly inspirational stories from some really incredible people, all of whom have gone that extra mile to help support a local cause. Everyone who fundraises for a local charity is a hero in our books, but it's now time to reveal who has made it into the final Top 20 and secured a share of the £5,000 prize fund for their chosen cause... And the winner is... Mick Pembleton with 157 points! Leading the race right from the start, Mick's pledge to jump out of a plane to raise money for Ability Dogs 4 Young People captured the imagination of his local community, seeing 157 people sponsor his page. Mick's prize of £1,000 brings his total raised to £3,313.25, including GiftAid, for the charity – an amazing achievement! About the charity Based in the Isle of Wight, Ability Dogs 4 Young People train assistance dogs to increase the independence and wellbeing of disabled young people and children in the local area. The ability dogs are provided free of charge and the charity fully funds the training of new puppies, as well as covering the costs of all the dog's food, equipment and vets bills throughout their working life. As well as helping with practical tasks, like picking up items, opening doors, helping dress and undress – the ability dogs also help to increase disabled young people's confidence and self-esteem. We caught up with Mick earlier this month to discuss his fundraising journey and how much he aimed to raise for the charity with his big jump. He told us: "Originally I just wanted to try and raise some money to help them out generally but now its gathered momentum I'm hoping to raise enough to buy a puppy and fund its training for the first year. It costs £5000 to buy a puppy and fund its training for two years right up to it being placed as a working Ability Dog - If I can raise a bit more money and somehow hold on to the top spot on the leader board I might reach £2500 which is exactly half of what's needed so that would fund it's first year with the charity." Huge congratulations to Mick for smashing his target and being crowned our #LocalHero 2015! The runners up Rounding out the Top 5 and each securing an additional £500 for their chosen cause, are: 2. The 2015 Footprint Walk for Bath Abbey – a team of intrepid fundraisers, taking on a 140 mile sponsored walk from Bath to London to raise money for renovation works for the Abbey.  3. Jim Strathdee for Glasgow Girls Football Club – who is raising money for a team of 22 players to go on tour and gain coaching experience in Gambia. 4. John Blackie for Bike Safe - for the Eynsham to Botley B4044 Community Path – who is raising money to go towards building a multi-purpose path for bicycles and pedestrians along a road that currently has no provision for cyclists.   5. Katie Skilton for First Days Childrens Charity – who is taking part in the Henley Mile open water swim to raise money to help the charity to support local families in need with items that cannot be donated, such as cot mattresses.  The full leaderboard See the full results of the Top 20 below. A big well done to all our winning fundraisers and charities – your prizes have now been awarded and can be seen on your fundraising page totals!  Scroll down to see more More match fund campaigns coming up! Big thanks again to everyone who took part in the campaign! #LocalHero might now be over, but we've got a whole host of match fund campaigns coming up. We'll be releasing details of the rest of our planned fundraising initiatives for 2015 – including Grow Your Tenner – in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more information!  
    Jun 29, 2015 2151