2014 London Marathon on track to beat the £53m raised last year

2014 London Marathon on track to beat the £53m raised last year

18 Apr 2014 | Jenna Pudelek

The 2014 London Marathon is on track to raise more than £53m for good causes and break the Guinness World Record for the most charity fundraising at a single annual event for the eighth year running.


2014 London Marathon on track to beat the £53m raised last year

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Philanthropists not cutting back

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BIG worker forced to repay grant theft

A Big Lottery Fund employee has been forced to pay back grant money stolen from the organisation by his friend. BIG employee Daniel Rippon was also chairman of a charity established by former BIG employee Victoria Hayward, who was last week sentenced at Exeter Crown Court to 18 months prison for stealing more than £9,000 from BIG and a further £9,500 from her other employer, airline Flybe.

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Spot on Lucy, if a charity doesn't have a clear ambition, its absence will infect every fundraising ask they make. And that's daft.

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Direct debit sign-ups, and defaults, rising

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Awards scheme opens for London charities

London charities stand to benefit from an awards celebrating community service. The 2009 Neighbourhood Excellence Initiative Awards are now open for applications for individuals and charities working in their local communities. Two London-based charities will be selected for £110,000 worth of unrestricted grant funding each, as winners of the ‘Neighbourhood Builders’ award.

Top cop organisation issues guidance on policing of face-to-face

A police organisation is distributing advice to its members on dealing with street fundraising in the wake of some cases of "insensitive" policing of the technique. The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) held discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) after the PFRA became aware of “a few incidents” in which neighbourhood police officers had dealt improperly with legitimate face-to-face fundraisers.

Chuggers recruit record number of donors

Face-to-face fundraisers signed up 16 per cent more donors in the last financial year than in the year before, according to latest figures. Street and door-to-door fundraising brought in 681,000 new donors in the 2008/20009 financial year, according to figures released by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) at its annual general meeting yesterday, 24 June.

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