A round-up of charity April Fools
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A round-up of charity April Fools 1

1 Apr 2015 | Kirsty Weakley

It’s April Fools’ Day and several charities including Macmillan, RNLI and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have turned their creative talents to something lighthearted.

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A round-up of charity April Fools

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Homelessness charity unveils fundraising app that helps the charity locate rough sleepers

A London-based homelessness charity has launched an app that uses geolocation technology to let people tell them that a person is sleeping rough by making a donation.

Ice Bucket Challenge effect brings down average online donation amount

The average online donation fell by 8.6 per cent in 2014 to £63.69, according to a survey by fundraising software company Blackbaud - the first drop in the five years the survey has taken place.

Are hackathons a fad or the future of charity partnerships with the tech sector?

Charities are increasingly embracing ‘hackathons’ as a way for technology experts to create and test a technological solution quickly, but are they just a fad or the future? Kirsty Weakley sat in on one to find out.

NFC trial in Henley-on-Thames Credit: Matt Jerwood

Oxfam GB is running a trial of near-field communication technology to allow supporters to both donate to the charity and find out more information about what it does through interactive posters and wristbands.

He was just so nice - an over used word, but I can only ever see Daniel with a smile on his face. Genuine, wickedly funny, intelligent, oozing with foresight and interest.

» Daniel Phelan dies, aged 58

Social Charity Spy: Marie Curie supporting Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the Marathon de Sables

This week we highlight how Marie Curie is using social media to keep supporters up to date with Sir Ranulph Fiennes' fundraising challenge and how Scope is using video to recruit shop volunteers.

Education charity UCAS broke electronic marketing rules, says Information Commissioner

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service broke electronic marketing rules because its admission form made applicants feel they had to permit their information to be used for commercial purposes, an investigation has found.

John Tate, business consultant and visiting lecturer at Cass Business School

Apple is launching its latest product on the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. John Tate wonders if it will drive a comparable degree of change in the UK.

Social Charity Spy: Anne Frank Trust UK with #notsilent and Shelter plays political bingo

This week we highlight the Anne Frank Trust UK’s use of social video to commemorate the 70th anniversary of her death and Shelter’s interactive buzzfeed bingo during the politicians' debate last night. 

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