Tips and Blogs

2020

2020 has been a really tough year for so many charities and organisations. Craigmyle fundraising consultants have supported 33 clients, large and small. We’ve worked with schools and colleges, churches and faith organisations, health, welfare and community charities and heritage and arts organisations. Read more…

It’s the thought that counts

Christmas comes but once a year, usually marked by charity Christmas appeals. Which do you respond positively to and why? Craigmyle Consultants’ framework for assessing effective fundraising perhaps offers some insights. We look for: a persuasive case, demonstrable need, a clear understanding of Read more…

Church fundraising for capital projects

Over the decades, Craigmyle fundraising consultants have worked with a great many churches, small and large, often supporting church fundraising for capital projects. Usually, especially in recent times, capital projects have been concerned with making existing space more flexible (removing pews and reordering), Read more…

Fundraising tip: Urgent v important

Step back and ask: am I spending enough time on what’s important? Know which activities are important (with outcomes that lead to achieving your goals) and which are urgent (demanding immediate attention, usually someone else’s goals). Awareness of this distinction moves you from Read more…

Measuring Social Impact Q&A

With charities and organisations under increasing pressure due to Covid and another lockdown, measuring social impact for charities is more important than ever. Craigmyle consultant Bernie Morgan has particular expertise in grant making, social investment and social enterprise. We asked her to tell Read more…

Churches online – growing numbers, growing income?

A recent Church of England press release –  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/more-17000-online-services-and-events-provided-church-england-parishes  – has highlighted the dramatic increase in people putting on and taking part in online services held by local churches during the pandemic. It has also provided statistics about the startling levels of participation Read more…

Fundraising tip: Key elements for fundraising success

Persuasive case for support Convincing financial need Identified constituency Committed voluntary leadership #raisingfunds #charityfundraisingadvice #fundraisingchecklist

ACE Culture Recovery Fund – an update

The Arts Council has apologised for a delay in support for the Arts due to the “volume and complexity of the applications”. Things aren’t getting any easier for hundreds of arts organisations up and down the country who had hoped to benefit from Read more…

Fundraising tip: consider investing in a communications audit

Staying in touch with stakeholders and supporters has never been more important.  A communications audit assesses your strategy, channels and messages, enabling you to review and enhance performance. #charityfundraisingadvice #fundraisingcommunications

Fundraising tip: case for support

Your case for support needs to win the heart and the head #raisingfunds #charityfundraisingadvice

Fundraising for Church Heritage

For charities such as parish churches fundraising for church heritage a successful application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) can often be the element that makes the difference. After all, the NLHF will consider funding up to 90% of costs for major Read more…

Where’s Zoom in the hierarchy of effectiveness?

When helping clients plan fundraising approaches, Craigmyle consultants often refer to a hierarchy of effectiveness.  We know – as you probably do from personal experience – that it’s much easier to ignore a generic email than a telephone call from someone we respect, Read more…

Fundraising tip: Keep it personal

You can never say thank you too often. When you do, keep it personal, not generic so donors feel personally valued. #donorcare #charityadvice

Culture Recovery Fund

Arts organisations up and down the country will currently be immersed in the ACE Culture Recovery Fund application process, which opened last Monday. Administered by Arts Council England the £500 million fund could provide a much needed life-line for many. The minimum grant Read more…

Fundraising tip: Keep communicating about what you do

Fundraising and communication go hand in hand. Keep your supporters informed about what you’re doing and the impact of your organisation’s work.  Use opportunities to get in touch, large or small.  Share challenges as well as success stories. Personal and creative ways work Read more…

Taking time to review

As we begin to see the first signs of a potential return to work for many of our clients, the roles and plans that were in place before the lockdown have changed dramatically. Many planned activities have been postponed until later in the Read more…

Plan for wellbeing

Wellbeing is increasingly on the public and funders’ agenda. There are specific funds that are targeting projects (e.g. Loneliness Fund), whilst large key grant makers have incorporated wellbeing in their criteria, e.g. NLHF’s mandatory wellbeing outcome “people will have greater wellbeing”. Social prescribing Read more…

Maintaining momentum for longer term funding projects

Churches are playing a vital role in meeting the needs of the community during COVID-19 but at the same time need to maintain the momentum for other longer-term projects. The Church of the Ascension in Blackheath is an excellent example of this. Craigmyle Read more…

Fundraising tip: Respond to new funding opportunities

In response to Covid-19, grant making is very fluid right now with quick decisions. Trusts and foundations have added emergency funds, some may have changed their priorities. 3 things you can do: Keep an eye on grant makers for funding opportunities Record data Read more…

Coping with Covid-19 in the arts and heritage sector

Today, museums and galleries in England wait to hear if they can reopen from 4 July. The arts and heritage sector across the UK has been hit hard by Covid-19.  Galleries, theatres, heritage sites, visitor attractions and museums have had to close their doors, Read more…

Emergency funding is vital but how do organisations move forward from COVID-19?

Last year, Craigmyle Consultants, Siân Newton and Wendy Foreman developed and facilitated a one-day strategic fundraising planning workshop for Central Southwark Community Hub based in Southwark in South East London. The demand, even before the pandemic, for Central Southwark Community Hub services – Read more…

Fundraising tip: In times of crisis, go to your friends first

Planning fundraising approaches in time of crisis? Don’t do cold marketing, start with your existing friends and supporters. #Covid-19 #charity fundraising advice #fundraisingtips

Planning for post-COVID fundraising

It’s not news that the charitable sector is struggling during this pandemic, with only a quarter of charities estimated to have enough reserves to last three months. The fundraising plans we created for 2020 have flown out the window, but the income targets Read more…

Covid -19 Checklist

Here’s our Covid fundraising checklist: Avoid hasty decisions and think holistically, across fundraising, marketing and communications. Develop a charity-wide response. Look after your staff and volunteers. All decisions must have this as the primary consideration. Keep funders informed and if you need to Read more…

2020 has been a really tough year for so many charities and organisations.

Craigmyle fundraising consultants have supported 33 clients, large and small. We’ve worked with schools and colleges, churches and faith organisations, health, welfare and community charities and heritage and arts organisations.

We’ve kept in touch, we’ve helped keep up momentum on vital fundraising projects, we’ve supported them to access emergency COVID-19 funding and we’ve helped them respond and adapt as they develop future strategies.

We look forward to working with and supporting all our clients in 2021.