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

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More transparency is needed about how fundraising companies work with charities

Things got heated this summer as fundraisers rallied to defend telephone fundraising, but when things cool down will there be a joint effort to explain the technique to supporters? Jenna Pudelek ponders.

Making the connection – it's time to break down barriers and collaborate

You can't change the world single-handedly. So why are departments and charities set up to work to their own goals to the exclusion of each other? It's time for change, says Joe Jenkins.

Five charities using pedal power for fundraising

As the Tour de France began speeding through the country this weekend, Alice Sharman looked at five charities which embrace the nation's love of cycling as part of their fundraising campaigns.

Charities need to embrace risk

Taking on board a sensible amount of risk is not a crazy thing, says Alberto Lidji.

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

Film of the week: The most important 'sexy' model video ever by Save the Children USA

Save the Children USA's video released this month featuring New York City models showing that poverty cannot be made sexy has attracted over 3 million views.

Film of the week: The Baby behind the Baby film by BHF

The British Heart Foundation’s latest television advert, which uses footage from an ultrasound of a baby who may inherit a faulty gene that can cause heart problems, premiered on TV. The charity has also produced a second film explaining more about the family involved.

Film of the week: Fuck The Poor? By the Pilion Trust

The Pilion Trust filmed a social experiment comparing the public’s reaction to the statements “fuck the poor” and “help the poor” for its latest fundraising campaign.

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Fundraisers might not have magic wands, but there are things they can do to work wonders on their charity’s performance, says Liz Tait.

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