Celebrating Small Charity Week
This week is all about celebrating small charities and the amazing work that they do. Small charities make up 97% of the third sector in the UK, yet they often struggle to have their voices heard and raise funds to keep their doors open. In this post, we want to highlight some of the resources out there to help small charities thrive.
Lloyds Bank Foundation announced that their new five-year strategy aims to put more trust in the hands of the small charities it funds. Their grants will fund core costs so that small charities can worry less about keeping their doors open and get on with what they do best – helping people in their communities. They also launched a new report called The Value of Small.
Yesterday, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, Paul Streets, announced that they will: have less restrictive funding for longer, provide more and better development support, and have more influence by reaching more small charities.
Lloyds Bank Foundation is not the only foundation, of course, who offers grants to small charities. Hopefully though, more will follow in their footsteps when it comes to providing grants for core costs and not just services or programmes.
If you’re a CEO of a small charity then you’ll totally relate to this blog by Mandy Johnson, CEO of Small Charities Coalition – From strategy to sandwiches: small charity CEOs do it all. You may also find Mandy’s vlogs useful to watch on YouTube.
CharityConnect also has some great blog posts and discussion for CEOs of small charities. There is also a private group, which is invitation only. Just tweet CharityConnect to request access.
Facebook groups: there are a whole host of Facebook groups that you can join for support, information and advice.
- Small International Development Charities Network
- Third Sector PR & Comms Network
- Fundraising Chat
- Charity Women
We know how hard it is for small charities to access everything they need – from software to training – for free or an affordable price so we put together this handy blog post of free and discounted resources.
Zurich for Charities has created a handy Twitter moment of all the useful resources for Small Charity Week
Are you celebrating Small Charity Week? Tweet us what you’re getting up to.
The COVID pandemic has created an urgent need for nonprofits to rapidly scale up digital advocacy and digital fundraising. Organisations need to be reaching their supporters where they are, and in 2021… they are online. A rapidly changing world post-pandemic demands new approaches to engaging the public and winning their support.
Last year the COVID-19 pandemic created challenges across many sectors, but especially for nonprofits, many of which were previously reliant upon in-person events and more traditional means of fundraising. At Lightful, we’ve been working with charities to understand how the pandemic has affected the sector and what’s become evident is that digital fundraising skills are vital in adapting to the ‘new normal’ that has emerged following the pandemic.
Last week we’ve hosted the first digital drop-in session for our new BRIDGE cohort. Participating charities all over the world joined us to discuss their internal and external communications during coronavirus and the challenges they are facing.
If I asked you what your charity’s tone of voice is, I bet most of you would say something like: friendly, warm and supportive. Or, informal but professional. These are all well and good but if every charity has the same tone of voice, how can you stand out in a sea of noise? One way is to have a distinctive tone of voice that’s consistent and instantly recognisable.
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