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Big Lottery Fund reviews process for soliciting bids

22 Aug 2014 | Tania Mason

The Big Lottery Fund is reviewing the practice of soliciting bids for projects, such as its £1m grant to the Big Society Network charity for Britain’s Personal Best.


Big Lottery Fund reviews process for soliciting bids

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Pimping goats strike chord with Twitter fans

Farm Africa has used social media to launch a quirky fundraising campaign called ‘Pimp this Goat’. The campaign, which launched on 29 October, sparked a frenzy of activity on the social networking site Twitter.

Invest massively in fundraising, Pallotta tells charities

Charities need to be liberated to enable them to use the tools of commerce if they are to make any dent in the world’s most intractable problems, Dan Pallotta told delegates at Charity Finance Live last month.

Major event re-shaped in face of economic pessimism

The Fifteen Foundation has had to reconfigure its gala fundraising event this month in response to the gloomy economic atmosphere. While the charity was able to maintain attendee numbers (capped at 250) and hasn’t lowered ticket prices – steady at £650 each - to the annual Big Night Out, it has modified its raffle offering to accommodate for shallower pockets.

Measure donor satisfaction, says Sargeant

Charities are failing to measure the satisfaction of their supporter base, lagging behind the commercial sphere and potentially losing donors unnecessarily, according to a leading academic. 

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.

» What would your charity do with a social fundraising windfall?

Funding Central launches zones for funders and suitors

The NCVO’s new Funding Central website has unveiled two new zones – one for those organisations seeking like-minded partners to jointly bid for a grant or contract, and one for providers of funding. The Partners Zone allows visitors to create an online profile and search for organisations who have already expressed an interest in finding partners, or describe their own activities and experiences of applying for funding. They can make this information public in order that others may find them through a search.

Southbank Centre supporter circles

London cultural icon the Southbank Centre is one of very few UK-based organisations using the donor circle mechanism. Celinda Ribeiro reports.

Three fundraisers on first Clore programme

Three fundraisers are leading the way in the inaugural Clore Social Leadership Programme, a new £1.5m initiative led by Dame Mary Marsh to identify and develop emerging talent in the third sector. 

A blanket approach: Macmillan finds online knitters big supporters of Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship fundraiser. Here Samantha Phillips outlines Macmillan's communications strategy for engaging with new audiences as well as the dedicated participants.

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