Film of the week: Do not read this, by Room to Read
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Film of the week: Do not read this, by Room to Read

12 Sep 2014

International literacy charity, Room to Read, has challenged people to give up reading for 24 hours to highlight the problems faced by the one in seven people worldwide who cannot read.

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Fête de la Fontaine: building a donor following, Suisse Romande-style

Creating an experience is the most effective way of getting would-be donors hooked. Just ask the clever people of Port de Pully, says Tom Eeles.

Why there shouldn't be aid for Afghanistan

The £200m increase in aid to Afghanistan demonstrates the futility of ring-fencing funding and disrespects the entire history of governmental international aid, says Celina Ribeiro.

Big Society on a local scale

Big Society offers communities the chance to change their ways, notes Gordon Hunter as he offers some big ideas devised for a local action plan.

Capital Gains Tax rise is not boon for major donor philanthropy

Increasing the tax for the rich will not mean they will start giving away more money to charity, says Adrian Beney.

Few charities start claiming gift aid as soon as they are founded. To get 3 unblemished years, a charity has to have been going for at least 4 years, so why not make it easier all round and say that GASDS is available only to charities that have been running for 5 years and have not been convicted/penalised for fraud ?

» Gift aid small donation scheme is no gift for small charities

And the winner is...

Not many things will silence a room hundreds-deep with half-drunk fundraisers, but Lindsay Boswell taking to the podium and announcing "we made a mistake tonight is one of them, says Celina Ribeiro.

Transparency is not just about cost

Charities must be prepared to be open not just about costs, but about what they have achieved, argues Tris Lumley.

Data is great, insights are a hell of a lot better

Jonathon Grapsas is preparing for next week's Institute of Fundraising National Convention, where fundraisers might be challenged about incentive-led direct marketing and - his old favourite - data.

Not quite as Big Society

It is no surprise that while preparing to cut funding to charities, Nick Hurd is bringing out the old refrain that charities must get themselves in order, says Dan Fletcher. But it's still not right.

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