Extraordinary. I don’t use this word lightly, but the public response on JustGiving to the fire at the Manchester Dogs Home last night has been quite literally extraordinary. And not just under the allegedly controversial newfangled definition of the word “literally”, either.
The total raised for the charity running the home was £130,000 when I woke up, just nine hours after the JustGiving page was set up by the Manchester Evening News, and only 12 hours after the fire itself. By the time I got to my desk, it was £400,000. When I finished writing my story on this literal whirlwind of charitable support just a couple of hours ago, it was £560,000. This had risen by nearly another £100,000 by the time I had written my first draft of this piece. Read more on The Manchester Dogs’ Home tragedy takes charity back to basics…
Earlier this week, I joined the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Victoria Beckham and George W Bush and participated in the ice bucket challenge.
I can’t say I was surprised when a clip of a friend doing the deed and nominating me to go next popped up on my Facebook account; having seen my feed gradually fill up with these videos over the previous couple of days, I knew it was only a matter of time. Read more on I did the ice bucket – and I donated as well…
Two things in particular struck me when I was doing research for this week’s feature on charity clothing collection theft and fraud.
Firstly, the good news. There does seem to be a genuine attempt by many organisations and bodies to try to tackle the problem in a meaningful way. From the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to the Trading Standards Institute, and the Fundraising Standards Board to the National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers, a lot of work has been done and is continuing.
Read more on The sector has a duty to be more open about the problems with charity bag collections…
So it seems that chugging got some time off this week as the
most publicly-derided form of fundraising.
Research by the British Heart Foundation about
where exactly the clothes people donate in charity bags end up – mostly sold
aboard as rag, apparently – got nationwide coverage and ignited some serious
Read more on Something needs to be done about charity clothing collections before it’s too late…
I’ve decided it’s time to add my two cents worth on the ongoing battle to convince Apple to allow people to donate to charity directly through apps on the iPhone.
The saga has been rumbling on for a while now and if it’s ever going to have a happy ending it’s going to be critical to keep the pressure on and not allow the story simply to simply fade away.
Read more on Apple needs to get moving on a donation app before the brand gets tarnished…