Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why do some causes raise more money than others?

Last week, Cass Business School published its new Charity Market Monitor, which looks at the most successful fundraising charities in the UK. One interesting factor was the differing success of different charities. By far the most successful sector for fundraising was health, with Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation occupying the two top… Read more »

The Standard Chartered Great City Race featured the best-dressed audience I’ve seen on a sporting occasion

Last week, three months almost to the day after the London Marathon, I took to the streets of central London once again, surrounded by thousands of people running for charity. Roads were closed, and people gathered around to cheer on the runners. The distance was a little less dramatic, mind. Instead of the 42 kilometre… Read more »

Is the sector cheering an own goal over the abolition of cheques?

On Tuesday, the charity sector celebrated an announcement from the Payments Council that it was  abandoning it target of abolishing cheques by 2018. I think there’s a possibility that the sector may be cheering an own goal. This is partly because it’s cheering the end of something that was never going to happen. The Payments… Read more »

There are no hard and fast rules about charity campaigning

Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb appeared before a committee of MPs recently to issue a stirring defence of the idea that charities must be allowed to campaign for what they believed in. However he was stumped when asked by Tory MP Robert Halfon what the difference was between campaigning by Shelter and by the… Read more »