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16 Apr 2014 | Tobin Aldrich

Too many charities use the economy as an excuse for not growing income. Tobin Aldrich wonders if they lack ambition.

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Clever move by DEC, or the triumph of internal politics?

I hear on the grapevine that Disasters Emergency Committee has appointed a fundraising manager. And in a shock move they have selected someone with no experience of fundraising.

Crisis or opportunity? The case for mergers

It is interesting to see that Crisis are yet again in merger discussions. The number of mergers we are seeing in the sector can only be a good thing even if they are driven by necessity.

Fundraisers need to be the voice of donors

Fundraisers must represent the ambitions of donors within their organisations. Your job is not just to bring in the money, says Giles Pegram, it is to effect the change your donors long for.

Gift aid - let's be careful with what we fix

There needs to be more thought around the proposed changes to gift aid, according to Adrian Beney who has his own views about what's wrong with the composite rate.

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

Best job in the world

It is encouraging to see so many charities make it into the line up of best companies to work for, but for many fundraisers disillusionment can come as part of the job.

Why can't charity be a bit more rock 'n' roll?

Charities need to get in touch with their inner rockstar and amp up the value of their brand, says Gareth Spillane. As a first step, ask yourself if your charity was a drink what type would it be?

Chocolate cheese clock anyone?

Charities can capitalise on cases of mistaken identity, just like Swiss who pass off cuckoo clocks as their own.

Pratting about - the National Bullying Helpline scandal

The breach of confidentiality at the National Bullying Helpline undermines the organisation's ability to fulfill its charitable purpose. The charity does not exist to play party politics.

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