Sustainable funding round-up: November 2016

The Impact Management Programme goes live

Co-designed by the sector, the aim of this new programme is to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact, which, it is hoped, will help organisations to increase their social impact and diversify their income. It will include training, grant-funding, peer-to-peer support and expert advice.

New Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funding

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has announced that it will spend £2m a year for the next five years on helping young people who are leaving care, to ‘ensure that care leavers are decision makers in the choices that affect their lives’.

Fundraising Regulator announces flexibility until March 2017

The Fundraising Regulator has issued guidance on the new fundraising sections of the Charities Act, announcing that it will be flexible in its approach until March 2017 to give charities time to adapt to the changes.

Changes to charity rules could cost RNLI £36m in missing contributions

There was good coverage in The Standard of the RNLI’s move to become ‘the first major UK charity to follow new ‘opt-in’ rules’.

Best of the blogs

Other fundraising and sustainability news

Is yours a community business looking for support? Have a look at Power To Change for a range of funding options, including grant funding and blended funding (matched with a social investor).

If you’re looking for fundraising inspiration, I wish I’d thought of that, also known as #IWITOT is coming up soon, and should provide you with a good idea every few minutes. 18 speakers. Seven minutes each.

Small local charities can now apply easily to get £500-£2,000 project funding from Co-op.

World Giving Index shows Myanmar is most generous nation.

Training and events

  • Certificate in financial sustainability will help you to develop your organisation’s funding strategy. The latest course is this month, but check out future dates.
  • Understanding the numbers: Financial intelligence for trustees – 18 November
  • Writing successful bids – 27 January
  • Starting a new trading venture – 15 February

Look out for the NCVO Data Protection Seminar taking place on 1 December, where you can get up to date on the latest developments in data protection legislation and find out what you need to do to ensure you stay within the law. The session will enable you to find out about fundraising and data protection regulations, and learn how you can effectively, and legally, fundraise and communicate with your supporters. Find out more and book your place

Or you can always contact us about training or consultancy support. And if you have anything you think we should include in next month’s round-up, please do drop me a line.


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Avatar photo Richard Sved is an NCVO sustainable funding consultant. He has worked and volunteered in the charity sector for 25 years. He has led the fundraising function (in-house and as an interim) for six national charities, including National Literacy Trust, Leap Confronting Conflict and Girlguiding.

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