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  • 20 Nov 2015
    Andy is Head of Business Development at charity recruitment specialists Prospectus. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, Andy works closely with the CEO and Directors on business development, operational projects, marketing and maintaining and developing client relationships. He has also project managed some of the more innovative schemes that Prospectus is involved with, such as the Beyond Profit Internship scheme and their role in the Do-it partnership. Entries are now open for the inaugural Charity Governance Awards – the new UK awards that recognise and reward good charity governance. The awards are being organised and funded by The Clothworkers’ Company, a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives, and supported by New Philanthropy Capital, Prospectus and Reach. Award categories The Charity Governance Awards are free to enter and will shine a spotlight on the best of the sector. All the partners are keen to  use these awards to significantly “raise the bar” of governance to ensure higher standards of quality, outputs and outcomes. The award categories are: Improving impact - charities with 3 paid staff or fewer (including charities with no paid staff) Improving impact - charities with 4–25 paid staff Improving impact - charities with 26 paid staff or more Board diversity & inclusivity Managing turnaround Embracing opportunity & harnessing risk  How to enter The awards are easy to enter online, with six categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. There’s no expensive entry fee or gala dinner tickets to pay for. It’s simply a no-charge opportunity to share your charity’s work and win £5,000 to help you do more of it. The deadline for entries is Friday 15th January 2016 and short-listed entrants will also get a complimentary invitation to the awards event in London on 12th May 2016, where the winners will be announced. Entries from small and regional organisations are particularly encouraged and for any organisation that is shortlisted and has a turnover is less than £500,000 The Clothworkers’ Company will cover the rail fares to enable you to be represented on the night. Find out more You can find out more about The Charity Governance Awards, including more details on categories and the entry process here and follow the action via #charitygov16. Prospectus is a specialist recruitment consultancy and recruitment advertising and design agency working exclusively with the beyond profit sector and proud to be a key partner in the inaugural Charity Governance Awards.      
    1849 Posted by Andy Tonnor
  • Andy is Head of Business Development at charity recruitment specialists Prospectus. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, Andy works closely with the CEO and Directors on business development, operational projects, marketing and maintaining and developing client relationships. He has also project managed some of the more innovative schemes that Prospectus is involved with, such as the Beyond Profit Internship scheme and their role in the Do-it partnership. Entries are now open for the inaugural Charity Governance Awards – the new UK awards that recognise and reward good charity governance. The awards are being organised and funded by The Clothworkers’ Company, a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives, and supported by New Philanthropy Capital, Prospectus and Reach. Award categories The Charity Governance Awards are free to enter and will shine a spotlight on the best of the sector. All the partners are keen to  use these awards to significantly “raise the bar” of governance to ensure higher standards of quality, outputs and outcomes. The award categories are: Improving impact - charities with 3 paid staff or fewer (including charities with no paid staff) Improving impact - charities with 4–25 paid staff Improving impact - charities with 26 paid staff or more Board diversity & inclusivity Managing turnaround Embracing opportunity & harnessing risk  How to enter The awards are easy to enter online, with six categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. There’s no expensive entry fee or gala dinner tickets to pay for. It’s simply a no-charge opportunity to share your charity’s work and win £5,000 to help you do more of it. The deadline for entries is Friday 15th January 2016 and short-listed entrants will also get a complimentary invitation to the awards event in London on 12th May 2016, where the winners will be announced. Entries from small and regional organisations are particularly encouraged and for any organisation that is shortlisted and has a turnover is less than £500,000 The Clothworkers’ Company will cover the rail fares to enable you to be represented on the night. Find out more You can find out more about The Charity Governance Awards, including more details on categories and the entry process here and follow the action via #charitygov16. Prospectus is a specialist recruitment consultancy and recruitment advertising and design agency working exclusively with the beyond profit sector and proud to be a key partner in the inaugural Charity Governance Awards.      
    Nov 20, 2015 1849
  • 20 Oct 2015
    This year’s #GivingTuesday is taking place on December 1st 2015 #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, now in its fourth year. Across the world, from Los Angeles to Anglesey, people will be coming together in the spirit of giving. Whether donating, volunteering or simply lending your voice, this is a real opportunity for you to make a difference. Support a local charity on the day, and you could have an even bigger impact. Our recent study into the local voluntary sector has revealed that local groups are dangerously overstretched and seldom receive the support they need. 81% of local charities are facing an increase in demand for services, but only 15% of those feel sufficiently resourced to deal with a continued escalation  Shockingly, just 47% of local groups confident that they will be able to stay financially afloat over the next 5 years.   Together we can be the catalyst to change this! As a little incentive for supporters and fundraisers to get involved with this year’s #GivingTuesday, Localgiving will be running a match fund campaign on the day. Through #GiveMe5, we will be matching 1000 X £5 donations made to Localgiving groups. On last year’s #GivingTuesday, our Triple Tenner Tuesday match fund raised £75,736 for small, local charities in just 24 hours. There are various ways that you can get involved: Spread the word using the hashtag #GiveMe5 - and why not liven your campaign up with Selfie (see right) Search for a charity on Localgiving by region and cause and make a £5 donation on #GivingTuesday (December 1st 2015) for the chance to have your donation doubled Encourage local groups that you care about to get involved with the campaign. Remember, If you are already a member you can refer other groups using your unique link. Once they are online we'll donate £10 to your cause - plus another £10 to theirs! We look forward to seeing your #GiveMe5 selfies flooding in!
    2638 Posted by Lewis Garland
  • This year’s #GivingTuesday is taking place on December 1st 2015 #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, now in its fourth year. Across the world, from Los Angeles to Anglesey, people will be coming together in the spirit of giving. Whether donating, volunteering or simply lending your voice, this is a real opportunity for you to make a difference. Support a local charity on the day, and you could have an even bigger impact. Our recent study into the local voluntary sector has revealed that local groups are dangerously overstretched and seldom receive the support they need. 81% of local charities are facing an increase in demand for services, but only 15% of those feel sufficiently resourced to deal with a continued escalation  Shockingly, just 47% of local groups confident that they will be able to stay financially afloat over the next 5 years.   Together we can be the catalyst to change this! As a little incentive for supporters and fundraisers to get involved with this year’s #GivingTuesday, Localgiving will be running a match fund campaign on the day. Through #GiveMe5, we will be matching 1000 X £5 donations made to Localgiving groups. On last year’s #GivingTuesday, our Triple Tenner Tuesday match fund raised £75,736 for small, local charities in just 24 hours. There are various ways that you can get involved: Spread the word using the hashtag #GiveMe5 - and why not liven your campaign up with Selfie (see right) Search for a charity on Localgiving by region and cause and make a £5 donation on #GivingTuesday (December 1st 2015) for the chance to have your donation doubled Encourage local groups that you care about to get involved with the campaign. Remember, If you are already a member you can refer other groups using your unique link. Once they are online we'll donate £10 to your cause - plus another £10 to theirs! We look forward to seeing your #GiveMe5 selfies flooding in!
    Oct 20, 2015 2638
  • 12 Oct 2015
    Over the summer, we sent out a survey to representatives from local charities and community groups asking for their viewpoints on the current issues affecting their organisations. Our aim was to gather perspectives from as many different cause areas, locations and types of group as possible, so as to gain an extensive overview of the local voluntary sector in the UK. Report findings Today, to coincide with the launch of Grow Your Tenner, we have released the findings of this study in our first Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Report. Its results will help to better inform the work Localgiving does to support its members and advocate for local charities and community groups. Our hope is that it will also serve as a catalyst to inspire other key stakeholders across society to engage with the sector and work together to tackle the problems it faces. The report showcases some of the fantastic attributes that local voluntary organisations share, which make them such valuable assets to the communities they serve. However, it also serves to highlight some of the pressing issues facing many groups around the country. Whilst an increase in demand for services shows no sign of slowing, many organisations are left struggling to cover core costs and unable to plan for the future. At the same time, many feel much of the general public are unaware of their work, making it all the more difficult to build connections with new supporters. Grow Your Tenner This is where initiatives like Grow Your Tenner come in. Our hope is that this year’s campaign will help to further raise awareness and support for the sector, whilst also enabling groups to develop practical fundraising skills and build lasting connections with new supporters. Over the past three years we have seen some amazing results and heard some incredible stories from groups taking part. Now in it’s fourth year, we hope that Grow Your Tenner 2015 will engage more new people with the work of the local voluntary sector and serve as a beacon for our future plans to support these vital organisations and their work. How you can get involved: Double your donation Click here to find a local charity and donate now. We’ll match your donation pound-for-pound by up to £10. Or, choose to set up a monthly donation and we’ll match it by up to £10 a month for the first 3 months. Register your organisation If you’re a local charity or community group that is not currently a member of Localgiving, there’s still plenty of time to take part in this year’s Grow Your Tenner and benefit from up to £10,000 of match funding. Simply click here to join us now. We’ll aim to get you online and accepting donations within 1 working day of receiving your completed documents, with many groups up and running the same day! For more information about Grow Your Tenner, including FAQs, please click here.  
    5944 Posted by Lou Coady
  • Over the summer, we sent out a survey to representatives from local charities and community groups asking for their viewpoints on the current issues affecting their organisations. Our aim was to gather perspectives from as many different cause areas, locations and types of group as possible, so as to gain an extensive overview of the local voluntary sector in the UK. Report findings Today, to coincide with the launch of Grow Your Tenner, we have released the findings of this study in our first Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Report. Its results will help to better inform the work Localgiving does to support its members and advocate for local charities and community groups. Our hope is that it will also serve as a catalyst to inspire other key stakeholders across society to engage with the sector and work together to tackle the problems it faces. The report showcases some of the fantastic attributes that local voluntary organisations share, which make them such valuable assets to the communities they serve. However, it also serves to highlight some of the pressing issues facing many groups around the country. Whilst an increase in demand for services shows no sign of slowing, many organisations are left struggling to cover core costs and unable to plan for the future. At the same time, many feel much of the general public are unaware of their work, making it all the more difficult to build connections with new supporters. Grow Your Tenner This is where initiatives like Grow Your Tenner come in. Our hope is that this year’s campaign will help to further raise awareness and support for the sector, whilst also enabling groups to develop practical fundraising skills and build lasting connections with new supporters. Over the past three years we have seen some amazing results and heard some incredible stories from groups taking part. Now in it’s fourth year, we hope that Grow Your Tenner 2015 will engage more new people with the work of the local voluntary sector and serve as a beacon for our future plans to support these vital organisations and their work. How you can get involved: Double your donation Click here to find a local charity and donate now. We’ll match your donation pound-for-pound by up to £10. Or, choose to set up a monthly donation and we’ll match it by up to £10 a month for the first 3 months. Register your organisation If you’re a local charity or community group that is not currently a member of Localgiving, there’s still plenty of time to take part in this year’s Grow Your Tenner and benefit from up to £10,000 of match funding. Simply click here to join us now. We’ll aim to get you online and accepting donations within 1 working day of receiving your completed documents, with many groups up and running the same day! For more information about Grow Your Tenner, including FAQs, please click here.  
    Oct 12, 2015 5944
  • 07 Oct 2015
    The winter may be coming, but there’s still something growing – your tenners! Grow Your Tenner, our annual match fund campaign, starts next week and we’re excited to help double donations to local charities and community groups across the UK. How does it work Single donations are matched pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months. All charities with active Localgiving memberships are eligible to receive up to a maximum of £10,000 of match funding.  The campaign will run across the whole of the UK. With Gift Aid, a one-time donation of £10 made through Localgiving.com during Grow Your Tenner will generate £21.67. This means that when someone sets up a monthly donation for your cause this  would result in £65.31 (including Gift Aid) after the three months of matching, and will continue to bring in £11.77 a month until it is stopped. Just think about what 5 Direct Debits set up could bring in for your charity after 12 months! £856.20 to be exact. Read our FAQs and terms and conditions for more information. It starts with £10 Part of the mission of Grow Your Tenner is to help local voluntary organisations engage new supporters for their cause. £10 is a great starting point for many people who haven’t donated to a charity or community group before. During the campaign, a charity receives over double from a donation that is eligible for Gift Aid made by a new supporter. But that’s not all, for any supporter that opts-in to communications, a charity can collect their contact information and keep these new supporters engaged with their work. 81% of donors say it is important that they receive some form of communication from a charity after making a donation. While a personal thank you is great, donors also care about the impact their donations have made - why not update them about the difference their money has made after the campaign, too? Keeping supporters engaged with the projects your charity is working on increases the likelihood that they will donate to a cause again (and again, and again) and less likely that they will cancel a monthly donation they’ve set up. How we can help make it a success We’ve been busy at Localgiving HQ making resources to help give you the best chance of a successful campaign. Check out our resources for Grow Your Tenner. These includes tips for social media, story-telling and encouraging monthly donations, as well as templates to help you get started with emails and contacting the press. For some inspiration - see the award winners and runners up of last year’s campaign and see how they fundraised here. Still time to join in Not yet a member of Localgiving? Don't worry, there is no time limit for inclusion. If you're a local voluntary organisation then sign up and be included in the campaign straight away! Click here to join us. Happy fundraising!
    1730 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • The winter may be coming, but there’s still something growing – your tenners! Grow Your Tenner, our annual match fund campaign, starts next week and we’re excited to help double donations to local charities and community groups across the UK. How does it work Single donations are matched pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months. All charities with active Localgiving memberships are eligible to receive up to a maximum of £10,000 of match funding.  The campaign will run across the whole of the UK. With Gift Aid, a one-time donation of £10 made through Localgiving.com during Grow Your Tenner will generate £21.67. This means that when someone sets up a monthly donation for your cause this  would result in £65.31 (including Gift Aid) after the three months of matching, and will continue to bring in £11.77 a month until it is stopped. Just think about what 5 Direct Debits set up could bring in for your charity after 12 months! £856.20 to be exact. Read our FAQs and terms and conditions for more information. It starts with £10 Part of the mission of Grow Your Tenner is to help local voluntary organisations engage new supporters for their cause. £10 is a great starting point for many people who haven’t donated to a charity or community group before. During the campaign, a charity receives over double from a donation that is eligible for Gift Aid made by a new supporter. But that’s not all, for any supporter that opts-in to communications, a charity can collect their contact information and keep these new supporters engaged with their work. 81% of donors say it is important that they receive some form of communication from a charity after making a donation. While a personal thank you is great, donors also care about the impact their donations have made - why not update them about the difference their money has made after the campaign, too? Keeping supporters engaged with the projects your charity is working on increases the likelihood that they will donate to a cause again (and again, and again) and less likely that they will cancel a monthly donation they’ve set up. How we can help make it a success We’ve been busy at Localgiving HQ making resources to help give you the best chance of a successful campaign. Check out our resources for Grow Your Tenner. These includes tips for social media, story-telling and encouraging monthly donations, as well as templates to help you get started with emails and contacting the press. For some inspiration - see the award winners and runners up of last year’s campaign and see how they fundraised here. Still time to join in Not yet a member of Localgiving? Don't worry, there is no time limit for inclusion. If you're a local voluntary organisation then sign up and be included in the campaign straight away! Click here to join us. Happy fundraising!
    Oct 07, 2015 1730
  • 24 Sep 2015
    On Wednesday, the report of the cross party review of fundraising regulation, chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington of NCVO, was released. The report includes recommendations for improved regulation to help better protect donors, as well as measures to ensure the future sustainability of voluntary sector organisations. Recommendations include greater accountability for Trustees, and a new fundraising regulator for the sector. The report highlights the need for clear separation of roles and interests. It recommends that the Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association merge to help better provide the sector with help and advice, whilst also handing over their regulatory responsibilities to the new regulator. But what does this mean specifically for local charities and community groups? Localgiving’s viewpoint is that much of the negative press surrounding fundraising over the summer has been down to methodology primarily applied by larger charities - meaning that its impact on local groups has been minimal. In fact, we would assert that the core concepts laid out in the report for responsible, self-regulated fundraising are those that many local charities already employ to great effect. The report states: "Fundraising needs to move above and beyond regulation and compliance, from simply just doing things right to also doing the right thing. Charities need to view and approach fundraising no longer as just a money-raising technique, but as a way in which they can provide a connection between the donor and the cause. We welcome therefore the proposal from senior fundraisers and academics to establish a ’Commission on the Donor Experience’, with an emphasis on strengthening relationships between fundraising organisations and donors. And we welcome any move that shifts fundraising away from aggressive or pushy techniques and instead towards inspiring people to give and creating long-term, sustainable relationships." These are sentiments that we very much echo. We believe that: Local charities, in particular, have a key advantage at creating these kinds of long-term sustainable relationships by actively engaging with people from their community. Face-to-face interaction coupled with digital technology has the ability to create powerful connections between local people that facilitates the kind of fundraising advocated by the review. This kind of honest, value-based fundraising is eminently more sustainable than more aggressive methods - such as cold-calling - which require a large amount of resources and can suffer from various pitfalls, including negative donor experience. Find out more For those that are interested in learning more about the key points of the fundraising review, the Guardian has published an excellent rundown of the implications of the report for the voluntary sector. If you have any further questions about the report or fundraising best practice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for free advice and support at help@localgiving.com or on 0300 111 2340.
    1994 Posted by Lou Coady
  • On Wednesday, the report of the cross party review of fundraising regulation, chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington of NCVO, was released. The report includes recommendations for improved regulation to help better protect donors, as well as measures to ensure the future sustainability of voluntary sector organisations. Recommendations include greater accountability for Trustees, and a new fundraising regulator for the sector. The report highlights the need for clear separation of roles and interests. It recommends that the Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association merge to help better provide the sector with help and advice, whilst also handing over their regulatory responsibilities to the new regulator. But what does this mean specifically for local charities and community groups? Localgiving’s viewpoint is that much of the negative press surrounding fundraising over the summer has been down to methodology primarily applied by larger charities - meaning that its impact on local groups has been minimal. In fact, we would assert that the core concepts laid out in the report for responsible, self-regulated fundraising are those that many local charities already employ to great effect. The report states: "Fundraising needs to move above and beyond regulation and compliance, from simply just doing things right to also doing the right thing. Charities need to view and approach fundraising no longer as just a money-raising technique, but as a way in which they can provide a connection between the donor and the cause. We welcome therefore the proposal from senior fundraisers and academics to establish a ’Commission on the Donor Experience’, with an emphasis on strengthening relationships between fundraising organisations and donors. And we welcome any move that shifts fundraising away from aggressive or pushy techniques and instead towards inspiring people to give and creating long-term, sustainable relationships." These are sentiments that we very much echo. We believe that: Local charities, in particular, have a key advantage at creating these kinds of long-term sustainable relationships by actively engaging with people from their community. Face-to-face interaction coupled with digital technology has the ability to create powerful connections between local people that facilitates the kind of fundraising advocated by the review. This kind of honest, value-based fundraising is eminently more sustainable than more aggressive methods - such as cold-calling - which require a large amount of resources and can suffer from various pitfalls, including negative donor experience. Find out more For those that are interested in learning more about the key points of the fundraising review, the Guardian has published an excellent rundown of the implications of the report for the voluntary sector. If you have any further questions about the report or fundraising best practice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for free advice and support at help@localgiving.com or on 0300 111 2340.
    Sep 24, 2015 1994
  • 01 Sep 2015
    Localgiving’s response to the case of Samuel Rae Today’s newspaper headlines make uncomfortable reading for all involved in the voluntary sector in the UK and will have serious implications for data protection practice for charities. Various media sources have reported that Mr Samuel Rae, who has dementia, lost £35,000 through scams after his details were passed on to third parties by charities he supported. As a membership organisation for local charities and community groups across the UK, Localgiving is deeply troubled by these findings and their potential implications. Firstly, we are appalled by what has happened to Mr Rae, his family and any other vulnerable people who may have had similar experiences.  We are particularly concerned by the suggestion that some of the charities implicated did not adhere to basic data protection laws or best practice. We are also concerned about the potential damage that this news may have on an already fragile charity sector. Supporters and their generosity are the lifeblood of Localgiving’s member groups. Their services, and indeed survival, are dependent on the thousands of individuals who give their time and money to these causes.  It is absolutely essential therefore that those who donate through our online giving platform can trust that the data they provide is fully protected. Our current practice Localgiving has procedures in place, intended to minimise the chance of any breaches or misuse of data. We do not provide any personal information to charities relating to donations unless we have specific and informed consent to do so (or where we are required to do so by applicable law). You can view our Privacy Policy here. Localgiving is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office in the United Kingdom which means our own processing and retention of personal information is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. We are a member of the FRSB (Fundraising Standards Board) which allows us to remain in touch with fundraising standards that are relevant to our own charity members. Concerned donors Any donor who is  concerned or unsure about the  details they have shared with Localgiving when donating to a member group, can call our Help Desk on 0300 111 2340 or via email help@localgiving.com. We will update their  preferences, restricting the personal information accessible to the group they donated to. If donors wish to stop receiving communication from a member charity they have chosen to share  details with, we recommend that they contact the group directly. We believe that the general public needs to be made more aware of the procedure for lodging a complaint about charity behaviour, particularly around data protection and fundraising. Complaining to the FRSB is straightforward, and will enable appropriate  action to be taken to ensure that all charities  implement up-to-standard data control and fundraising practices. Moving forward In the light of this case, we understand that the industry standards will themselves come under scrutiny and may require tightening.  We will follow these discussions closely, participate where our input is relevant, and change our practice accordingly to ensure people donating through our platform will have the safest experience possible. As a membership organisation with a fundraising platform, we are looking at ways to ensure that all of our member organisations are fully aware of their own data protection responsibilities.   At present, we encourage our member charities to engage with donors who have opted to receive communications from them -  to thank them for their support and inform them about future activities.  In the light of today's news, we are compiling an information sheet on the subject of donor privacy for all of our member organisations that we will distribute shortly. Those who are involved in fundraising cannot afford to be complacent. We understand that, in order to maintain donor confidence both in Localgiving and our members, we must continue to observe best practice, while seeking improvements to our data protection measures wherever possible and appropriate.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  
    1592 Posted by Steve Mallinson
  • Localgiving’s response to the case of Samuel Rae Today’s newspaper headlines make uncomfortable reading for all involved in the voluntary sector in the UK and will have serious implications for data protection practice for charities. Various media sources have reported that Mr Samuel Rae, who has dementia, lost £35,000 through scams after his details were passed on to third parties by charities he supported. As a membership organisation for local charities and community groups across the UK, Localgiving is deeply troubled by these findings and their potential implications. Firstly, we are appalled by what has happened to Mr Rae, his family and any other vulnerable people who may have had similar experiences.  We are particularly concerned by the suggestion that some of the charities implicated did not adhere to basic data protection laws or best practice. We are also concerned about the potential damage that this news may have on an already fragile charity sector. Supporters and their generosity are the lifeblood of Localgiving’s member groups. Their services, and indeed survival, are dependent on the thousands of individuals who give their time and money to these causes.  It is absolutely essential therefore that those who donate through our online giving platform can trust that the data they provide is fully protected. Our current practice Localgiving has procedures in place, intended to minimise the chance of any breaches or misuse of data. We do not provide any personal information to charities relating to donations unless we have specific and informed consent to do so (or where we are required to do so by applicable law). You can view our Privacy Policy here. Localgiving is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office in the United Kingdom which means our own processing and retention of personal information is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998. We are a member of the FRSB (Fundraising Standards Board) which allows us to remain in touch with fundraising standards that are relevant to our own charity members. Concerned donors Any donor who is  concerned or unsure about the  details they have shared with Localgiving when donating to a member group, can call our Help Desk on 0300 111 2340 or via email help@localgiving.com. We will update their  preferences, restricting the personal information accessible to the group they donated to. If donors wish to stop receiving communication from a member charity they have chosen to share  details with, we recommend that they contact the group directly. We believe that the general public needs to be made more aware of the procedure for lodging a complaint about charity behaviour, particularly around data protection and fundraising. Complaining to the FRSB is straightforward, and will enable appropriate  action to be taken to ensure that all charities  implement up-to-standard data control and fundraising practices. Moving forward In the light of this case, we understand that the industry standards will themselves come under scrutiny and may require tightening.  We will follow these discussions closely, participate where our input is relevant, and change our practice accordingly to ensure people donating through our platform will have the safest experience possible. As a membership organisation with a fundraising platform, we are looking at ways to ensure that all of our member organisations are fully aware of their own data protection responsibilities.   At present, we encourage our member charities to engage with donors who have opted to receive communications from them -  to thank them for their support and inform them about future activities.  In the light of today's news, we are compiling an information sheet on the subject of donor privacy for all of our member organisations that we will distribute shortly. Those who are involved in fundraising cannot afford to be complacent. We understand that, in order to maintain donor confidence both in Localgiving and our members, we must continue to observe best practice, while seeking improvements to our data protection measures wherever possible and appropriate.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  
    Sep 01, 2015 1592
  • 17 Oct 2013
    Online charity fundraising platform Localgiving is about to embark on its first ever TV advertising campaign after partnering with Sky to trial new tailored advertising service Sky AdSmart. Sky AdSmart Sky AdSmart is a brand new service that improves TV ad breaks by tailoring the line-up of adverts according to a household’s profile. The technology works by sending a library of adverts via satellite to the Sky+HD set-top box and then selects the adverts which are inserted into the live ad break. The choice of adverts is based on information provided by Sky households, such as postcode, and the range of Sky products they take. This information is supplemented by additional insight from third-party providers including the data services company Experian. Localgiving is an online fundraising website which provides a platform to small local charities and community groups to raise money and awareness. Since Sky AdSmart can serve different adverts to different Sky households, Localgiving is able to use the service to run a campaign which focuses only on the areas in which their charity partners operate, enabling the not-for-profit website to advertise on TV for the first time. This effectively eliminates the waste that had previously made TV advertising prohibitive, when local charities would have needed to invest in advertising inventory nationwide. Our first TV campaign Localgiving’s first Sky AdSmart campaign will be broadcast to homes in and around Brighton and Hove. The campaign will encourage people in the Brighton and Hove area to find out about and support charities and voluntary groups in their local area. Localgiving will also use Sky AdSmart to roll out further campaigns to Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle. Jamie West, Director, Sky AdSmart, comments: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Localgiving on this exciting trial. Sky AdSmart’s tailored advertising approach provides Localgiving with a unique opportunity to support charities within the Brighton and Hove area. As this trial demonstrates, Sky AdSmart can help those brands who’ve previously thought TV too broad a medium as well as local advertisers that have been priced out of TV until now. We’re looking forward to seeing the results and to rolling out the trial to other major cities across the UK.” Marcelle Speller OBE, Founder and Executive Chairman, Localgiving, adds: “This is a marvellous opportunity for Localgiving.com to connect local charities and community groups in a targeted area with the people who want to support them. In an environment where 85% of charitable income goes to just 5% of charities, Localgiving has a unique role to play in supporting the small groups and unsung heroes that work at the grass roots and we are delighted to be working with Sky Media as we look to use TV advertising to build stronger local communities.” --- Marcelle Speller will announce the partnership at the launch of Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner 2013 campaign turning £500,000 from the Cabinet Office into over £1 million for grass roots charities across England. The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, will attend a launch event for Grow Your Tenner 2013 on Thursday, October 17th at The Westminster Hub, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE. Media wishing to attend are requested to email team@localgiving.com.
    1410 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Online charity fundraising platform Localgiving is about to embark on its first ever TV advertising campaign after partnering with Sky to trial new tailored advertising service Sky AdSmart. Sky AdSmart Sky AdSmart is a brand new service that improves TV ad breaks by tailoring the line-up of adverts according to a household’s profile. The technology works by sending a library of adverts via satellite to the Sky+HD set-top box and then selects the adverts which are inserted into the live ad break. The choice of adverts is based on information provided by Sky households, such as postcode, and the range of Sky products they take. This information is supplemented by additional insight from third-party providers including the data services company Experian. Localgiving is an online fundraising website which provides a platform to small local charities and community groups to raise money and awareness. Since Sky AdSmart can serve different adverts to different Sky households, Localgiving is able to use the service to run a campaign which focuses only on the areas in which their charity partners operate, enabling the not-for-profit website to advertise on TV for the first time. This effectively eliminates the waste that had previously made TV advertising prohibitive, when local charities would have needed to invest in advertising inventory nationwide. Our first TV campaign Localgiving’s first Sky AdSmart campaign will be broadcast to homes in and around Brighton and Hove. The campaign will encourage people in the Brighton and Hove area to find out about and support charities and voluntary groups in their local area. Localgiving will also use Sky AdSmart to roll out further campaigns to Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle. Jamie West, Director, Sky AdSmart, comments: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Localgiving on this exciting trial. Sky AdSmart’s tailored advertising approach provides Localgiving with a unique opportunity to support charities within the Brighton and Hove area. As this trial demonstrates, Sky AdSmart can help those brands who’ve previously thought TV too broad a medium as well as local advertisers that have been priced out of TV until now. We’re looking forward to seeing the results and to rolling out the trial to other major cities across the UK.” Marcelle Speller OBE, Founder and Executive Chairman, Localgiving, adds: “This is a marvellous opportunity for Localgiving.com to connect local charities and community groups in a targeted area with the people who want to support them. In an environment where 85% of charitable income goes to just 5% of charities, Localgiving has a unique role to play in supporting the small groups and unsung heroes that work at the grass roots and we are delighted to be working with Sky Media as we look to use TV advertising to build stronger local communities.” --- Marcelle Speller will announce the partnership at the launch of Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner 2013 campaign turning £500,000 from the Cabinet Office into over £1 million for grass roots charities across England. The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, will attend a launch event for Grow Your Tenner 2013 on Thursday, October 17th at The Westminster Hub, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE. Media wishing to attend are requested to email team@localgiving.com.
    Oct 17, 2013 1410
  • 14 Aug 2014
    Chris Dormer and I travelled to Berkshire yesterday to meet 4 groups and see first hand what the money raised through Localgiving does to support their community. We were guests of Berkshire Community Foundation (motto: “Connecting people who care with causes that matter”), and were being ferried hither and thither around the countryside by BCF’s online development worker, Dave Soper.  Dave’s job title doesn’t really do him justice – not only does he deeply understand what makes local charities and community groups tick, but he has a fascinating perspective on the fundraising dynamic, and, for the day, we were treated to a master class on how local charities can be successful. Our first meeting - Swallowfield Community Responders It was another bright sunny August day in Berkshire: the air was warming up nicely as Chris and I met with Swallowfield Community Responders team Gary and Ian. On show was their smart BMW X1 in its unmissable ambulance livery. Swallowfield Community Responders is run by South Central Ambulance Service, and whenever a 999 call is made in the local area, an ambulance will be dispatched, and if appropriate, a first responder will also be sent to the scene. Community First Responders are trained by the Ambulance Service to deal with a variety of medical emergencies until the ambulance arrives, and their equipment includes a defibrillator to reset the heart in the event of a cardiac arrest. A special kind of volunteer First Responders are a special kind of volunteer – their lives are on hold while they’re on duty and they never know when they’ll be called upon to provide assistance, perhaps saving a life or providing emergency care. Their kit has to be paid for (although the NHS replenishes it for free), and there are considerable startup and running costs, provided by grants, fundraising events and generous donors. Hear what Gary has to say about the role Localgiving has played in helping their organisation:   Local groups deserve our gratitude As I learn more about some of the groups that look to Localgiving to help raise funds for their work, I am in awe of their dedication, expertise and commitment. Not all groups are as visible as Swallowfield Community Responders, nor are all of them engaged so directly in life-critical work, but I’m discovering that they share this common purpose and determination to do what they can to make our communities better places for the rest of us. They more than deserve our gratitude and support.  Next up - Bradfield Cricket Club Leaving Swallowfield, we whizzed off to meet Dave at Bradfield Cricket Club. In 2011 the club’s pavilion was burned down in an arson attack, and its entire future was at risk had it not been able to build a new pavilion quickly. Insurance didn’t cover the entire amount and so the club got motivated and raised £17,000 from its friends and members, including nearly £40,000 using Localgiving. Looking around their smart new building, I was impressed by the evident involvement of many, many people – folks who value the role the cricket club plays in the local community. Then on to Hurst Bowling Club Next on the agenda was Hurst Bowling Club (est. 1747) with the unforgettable Ronnie – a lady with a twinkle in the eye and a huge heart. Here, in this idyllic corner of Berkshire, nestled next to the Castle Inn, the Bowls Club has big ambitions for its clubhouse. After sourcing a new mower to tend its impeccable lawns, Ronnie is determined that the club will achieve its goals, widen its membership base and provide facilities for more people to enjoy this most social and gentle game. After being awarded the emblem of the club – a bunch of grapes badge - we were off again, to The Link Visiting Scheme in Wokingham. Our final visit - The Link Visiting Scheme Michael and Heather welcomed us with a much-needed cup of tea and we heard of the huge difference local volunteers can make in the lives of elderly people. The Link Visiting Scheme aims to befriend and support anyone who is isolated or lonely and who would benefit from receiving a regular visitor. The majority of those visited are older people, but there are no age restrictions applied. On one wall was an array of photographs of beaming older folk with their new friends. It was gratifying to hear that The Link has teamed up with Hurst Bowls Club who provide sessions for befriended and befrienders. I was left with the strong impression that running through the Link team is a strong cord of care and concern. And yet, like many small local groups, their services come at a cost, and so they have also turned to Localgiving to help them raise the funds to keep their services going. So many lives touched and changed Chris and I would like to thank all the groups we met for their warm hospitality, BCF’s Chief Executive Andrew Middleton for his encouragement and help in making this happen, and of course, to Dave Soper for his wisdom, wit and sheer enthusiasm.Our day ended with a trip back to Reading station and we reflected on what we’d seen with Dave, our host. So many lessons, so many initiatives, so many lives touched and changed. It’s clear to me that when it comes to voluntary organisations, normal rules and expectations do not necessarily apply. Volunteers will go above and beyond, but it will, in all likelihood, happen outside the normal 9 ‘til 5. We do well to remember that as we configure our services to support them.
    1957 Posted by Steve Mallinson
  • Chris Dormer and I travelled to Berkshire yesterday to meet 4 groups and see first hand what the money raised through Localgiving does to support their community. We were guests of Berkshire Community Foundation (motto: “Connecting people who care with causes that matter”), and were being ferried hither and thither around the countryside by BCF’s online development worker, Dave Soper.  Dave’s job title doesn’t really do him justice – not only does he deeply understand what makes local charities and community groups tick, but he has a fascinating perspective on the fundraising dynamic, and, for the day, we were treated to a master class on how local charities can be successful. Our first meeting - Swallowfield Community Responders It was another bright sunny August day in Berkshire: the air was warming up nicely as Chris and I met with Swallowfield Community Responders team Gary and Ian. On show was their smart BMW X1 in its unmissable ambulance livery. Swallowfield Community Responders is run by South Central Ambulance Service, and whenever a 999 call is made in the local area, an ambulance will be dispatched, and if appropriate, a first responder will also be sent to the scene. Community First Responders are trained by the Ambulance Service to deal with a variety of medical emergencies until the ambulance arrives, and their equipment includes a defibrillator to reset the heart in the event of a cardiac arrest. A special kind of volunteer First Responders are a special kind of volunteer – their lives are on hold while they’re on duty and they never know when they’ll be called upon to provide assistance, perhaps saving a life or providing emergency care. Their kit has to be paid for (although the NHS replenishes it for free), and there are considerable startup and running costs, provided by grants, fundraising events and generous donors. Hear what Gary has to say about the role Localgiving has played in helping their organisation:   Local groups deserve our gratitude As I learn more about some of the groups that look to Localgiving to help raise funds for their work, I am in awe of their dedication, expertise and commitment. Not all groups are as visible as Swallowfield Community Responders, nor are all of them engaged so directly in life-critical work, but I’m discovering that they share this common purpose and determination to do what they can to make our communities better places for the rest of us. They more than deserve our gratitude and support.  Next up - Bradfield Cricket Club Leaving Swallowfield, we whizzed off to meet Dave at Bradfield Cricket Club. In 2011 the club’s pavilion was burned down in an arson attack, and its entire future was at risk had it not been able to build a new pavilion quickly. Insurance didn’t cover the entire amount and so the club got motivated and raised £17,000 from its friends and members, including nearly £40,000 using Localgiving. Looking around their smart new building, I was impressed by the evident involvement of many, many people – folks who value the role the cricket club plays in the local community. Then on to Hurst Bowling Club Next on the agenda was Hurst Bowling Club (est. 1747) with the unforgettable Ronnie – a lady with a twinkle in the eye and a huge heart. Here, in this idyllic corner of Berkshire, nestled next to the Castle Inn, the Bowls Club has big ambitions for its clubhouse. After sourcing a new mower to tend its impeccable lawns, Ronnie is determined that the club will achieve its goals, widen its membership base and provide facilities for more people to enjoy this most social and gentle game. After being awarded the emblem of the club – a bunch of grapes badge - we were off again, to The Link Visiting Scheme in Wokingham. Our final visit - The Link Visiting Scheme Michael and Heather welcomed us with a much-needed cup of tea and we heard of the huge difference local volunteers can make in the lives of elderly people. The Link Visiting Scheme aims to befriend and support anyone who is isolated or lonely and who would benefit from receiving a regular visitor. The majority of those visited are older people, but there are no age restrictions applied. On one wall was an array of photographs of beaming older folk with their new friends. It was gratifying to hear that The Link has teamed up with Hurst Bowls Club who provide sessions for befriended and befrienders. I was left with the strong impression that running through the Link team is a strong cord of care and concern. And yet, like many small local groups, their services come at a cost, and so they have also turned to Localgiving to help them raise the funds to keep their services going. So many lives touched and changed Chris and I would like to thank all the groups we met for their warm hospitality, BCF’s Chief Executive Andrew Middleton for his encouragement and help in making this happen, and of course, to Dave Soper for his wisdom, wit and sheer enthusiasm.Our day ended with a trip back to Reading station and we reflected on what we’d seen with Dave, our host. So many lessons, so many initiatives, so many lives touched and changed. It’s clear to me that when it comes to voluntary organisations, normal rules and expectations do not necessarily apply. Volunteers will go above and beyond, but it will, in all likelihood, happen outside the normal 9 ‘til 5. We do well to remember that as we configure our services to support them.
    Aug 14, 2014 1957
  • 13 Jul 2015
    You may have already heard mention of the Government's Local Sustainability Fund. Now that the details have been announced, it's worth summarising what it's all about and consider whether your charity is eligible to apply. The fund totals £20m and is intended for up to 250 organisations working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector - that's around £80k per group over two years. In the words of the Cabinet Office website: "The fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will provide grants that will enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice that might currently be out of their reach. It will give VCSEs access to a wider range of skills and support, with all grant recipients establishing a strong volunteering relationship with a local business. These cross sector relationships will help grant recipients to strengthen their resilience and long term sustainability." Do I Qualify?  The Cabinet Office has issued this guidance: "Key eligibility requirements are that applicants: are medium sized with a turnover of between £100,000 and £1.5m have board approval have been established in some form for at least 5 years (this is for organisations facing challenges as a result of the downturn rather than newer orgs) are frontline organisations delivering services in England, providing services that directly and specifically benefit vulnerable or disadvantaged people. They do not limit the definition of vulnerable and disadvantaged people to a specific list of characteristics."  They also want to see that organisations are: facing funding and/or organisational challenges that present a serious risk to the continued delivery of their services in the longer-term; but, not at immediate risk of closure. Change takes time and applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient financial security to allow change to take place. What do I do if I qualify? The next thing you need to do is head over to the VCSE Sustainability Fund website and follow the instructions there: http://vcsediagnostic.org.uk/ If you want to apply you'll have to act quick: the first stage closes on the 26th July - so there's not much time. But if you do qualify, then this is certainly worth engaging with.  And if you don't qualify - don't worry - Localgiving will be running a series of campaigns and promotions through the year to help you and your charity reach out to secure more supporters and more donations. Keep your eyes peeled for more news...! UPDATE If you're thinking of applying, one of our groups has pointed out a couple of things about the VCSE Diagnostic website to be aware of: The Eligibility Checker indicated that a group wasn't eligible when in fact it was. The group was advised to continue with the application regardless. If you have doubts, it may be worth calling the BIG Advice Line on 0345 4 10 20 30. Please save your application as you go through the process. It is possible that, if you don't, your data may be lost at the end!      
    1757 Posted by Steve Mallinson
  • You may have already heard mention of the Government's Local Sustainability Fund. Now that the details have been announced, it's worth summarising what it's all about and consider whether your charity is eligible to apply. The fund totals £20m and is intended for up to 250 organisations working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector - that's around £80k per group over two years. In the words of the Cabinet Office website: "The fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will provide grants that will enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice that might currently be out of their reach. It will give VCSEs access to a wider range of skills and support, with all grant recipients establishing a strong volunteering relationship with a local business. These cross sector relationships will help grant recipients to strengthen their resilience and long term sustainability." Do I Qualify?  The Cabinet Office has issued this guidance: "Key eligibility requirements are that applicants: are medium sized with a turnover of between £100,000 and £1.5m have board approval have been established in some form for at least 5 years (this is for organisations facing challenges as a result of the downturn rather than newer orgs) are frontline organisations delivering services in England, providing services that directly and specifically benefit vulnerable or disadvantaged people. They do not limit the definition of vulnerable and disadvantaged people to a specific list of characteristics."  They also want to see that organisations are: facing funding and/or organisational challenges that present a serious risk to the continued delivery of their services in the longer-term; but, not at immediate risk of closure. Change takes time and applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient financial security to allow change to take place. What do I do if I qualify? The next thing you need to do is head over to the VCSE Sustainability Fund website and follow the instructions there: http://vcsediagnostic.org.uk/ If you want to apply you'll have to act quick: the first stage closes on the 26th July - so there's not much time. But if you do qualify, then this is certainly worth engaging with.  And if you don't qualify - don't worry - Localgiving will be running a series of campaigns and promotions through the year to help you and your charity reach out to secure more supporters and more donations. Keep your eyes peeled for more news...! UPDATE If you're thinking of applying, one of our groups has pointed out a couple of things about the VCSE Diagnostic website to be aware of: The Eligibility Checker indicated that a group wasn't eligible when in fact it was. The group was advised to continue with the application regardless. If you have doubts, it may be worth calling the BIG Advice Line on 0345 4 10 20 30. Please save your application as you go through the process. It is possible that, if you don't, your data may be lost at the end!      
    Jul 13, 2015 1757
  • 10 Jan 2014
    Over £900,000 has been raised through Grow Your Tenner so far (with matched funding and Gift Aid) – Thank you! We hope that the extra funds will help local communities across England to continue with their great work through 2014. The Grow Your Tenner campaign will complete once the entire £500,000 fund has been allocated or on 28th February 2014 at 10pm, regardless of any monies remaining in the fund. So be sure to Grow Your Tenner and make the most of the campaign before it all goes! There’s just over £100,000 available so support your favourite local cause and the first £10 of your gift will be doubled. Sign up to a monthly donation, and your gift will be doubled up to £10 a month for six months!
    1108 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Over £900,000 has been raised through Grow Your Tenner so far (with matched funding and Gift Aid) – Thank you! We hope that the extra funds will help local communities across England to continue with their great work through 2014. The Grow Your Tenner campaign will complete once the entire £500,000 fund has been allocated or on 28th February 2014 at 10pm, regardless of any monies remaining in the fund. So be sure to Grow Your Tenner and make the most of the campaign before it all goes! There’s just over £100,000 available so support your favourite local cause and the first £10 of your gift will be doubled. Sign up to a monthly donation, and your gift will be doubled up to £10 a month for six months!
    Jan 10, 2014 1108