Tips and Blogs

Charities and philanthropy: getting serious about green giving

It’s World Earth Day this week (22nd April) and we are all, increasingly, aware of the need for urgent action on climate change.  Charities and funders recognise they need to be part of the solution and the prevalence and range of green giving Read more…

Fundraising tip: Be part of strategic planning

At all stages, fundraisers need to be involved in organisational planning, whether that’s defining vision and mission, setting strategic goals, or creating budgets.

“With this ring, I thee wed”- churches in partnership

If you were the Trustee of a grant making trust, which of the following submissions for funding from churches would be more likely to get your vote? We are applying for funding for a new kitchen and toilets to make our church more Read more…

Team approach to fundraising

A team approach to fundraising and the importance of detailed research into potential funders: David Titchener, from All Saints, North Street York talks about working with Craigmyle Fundraising Consultants Christine Buccella and Joel Burden, accredited Craigmyle Fundraising Consultants, spent just over nine months Read more…

The Virtual Reception? Some early thoughts

A key element of fundraising and donor cultivation is bringing people together for face-to-face contact between donors, potential donors, beneficiaries, voluntary leaders, trustees and staff.  Lockdown and other Covid restrictions make the normal bringing together of people nigh on impossible. Is the virtual Read more…

Fundraising tip: stewardship

Develop relationships with donors through ongoing communications in the form of recognition crediting thanking information and news sharing. #stewardship #charityadvice #fundraising

Risk and Reward:  Creating an Online Festival

Arts festivals, often run by small, hard-working teams of freelance staff and with an obvious reliance on bringing numbers of people together for a concentration of events, are as badly hit by the pandemic as almost any other sector I can think of.  Read more…

Fundraising tip: phased campaign

Don’t assume you have to tackle your big fundraising target all in one go. Consider your project and what needs to be acheived, by when. A phased approach to a fundraising campaign can help you build momentum and maximise results. #planningfuturecampaign  #charityfundraisingadvice

NLHF Heritage grants reopening

Now, more than ever, I believe that heritage has to demonstrate its economic contribution and value to our national life and support for the recovery of our local economies and communities. That’s why, through our heritage funding and support ahead, we will prioritise Read more…

Stepping into the breach: Annette Fettes talks about Interim Management and working with Craigmyle Fundraising Consultants

Siân Newton, accredited Craigmyle Fundraising Consultant, has spent the last nine months boosting the fundraising capability of St Andrew’s Club in Westminster. Established over 150 years ago, St Andrew’s Club is a community-based youth club which enriches young lives by providing a sense Read more…

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…

Tips and Blogs

It’s World Earth Day this week (22nd April) and we are all, increasingly, aware of the need for urgent action on climate change.  Charities and funders recognise they need to be part of the solution and the prevalence and range of green giving is growing.

The Veolia Environmental Trust, established in 1997, has given over £68m in grants. Funders are creating specific funding pots, from Greggs Foundation Small Environment Grant to the Big Give Green Match Fund. When the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which currently has a Green Recovery Challenge Fund, set its new objectives it included a requirement that projects seek to build long-term environment sustainability, expecting “projects to take the opportunity to create positive benefits for nature”.  The John Ellerman Foundation recently appointed a Trustee with a specialist interest in environmental issues.

For charities working in conservation/the environment, there is an opportunity to secure funding through demonstrating real leadership and significant impact. However, in today’s funding landscape, all organisations need to address and be able to articulate their own impact on the environment.

What does this mean for fundraisers?  Engage with and encourage your whole organisation to:

  1. Consider and reduce your organisation’s environmental impact. Look at use of water, energy and plastics; consider how staff, volunteer and service users travel and how you can support greener transport (e.g. cycle racks or home/hybrid working); review your recycling and waste management – could you go paper-free?
  2. Recognise any positive impact your core work/vision has – perhaps your organisation provides access to green spaces, or your youth club or church activities raise awareness about the environment.
  3. Identify opportunities to increase your impact and to support change. Could your build a community garden, create a pond or plant trees to enhance biodiversity? Does a new project offer the possibility to introduce more energy efficient heating/lighting systems? Can you reduce/eliminate single use plastics? Can you source local products in your café or shop to reduce food miles? Set SMART objectives to track change.
  4. Recognise the potential benefits and risks of not doing this. Prepare to convince your organisation by identifying any specific funding opportunities and showing examples where you’re required to have this information for applications.
  5. Lay the foundations to attract green giving, including from a new generation of donors. Millennials are an important and passionate group of donors who want action on large societal issues, including the environment. Interestingly, a Deloitte survey suggests the pandemic has reinforced their desire to drive positive change. They will become increasingly important in the coming years so ensure your organisation can show what you are doing and how green giving can make a difference.

For churches there are Eco Church awards to consider Bronze, silver and gold awards are presented to churches for environmental attainment across a wide range of areas, including care of buildings and churchyards, energy-saving, recycling, food and lifestyle, worship, preaching and teaching, engagement in communities and the wider world. You can find out more here.

Funders won’t expect you to do it all but will want to see you’ve considered what is possible for your organisation.