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NCSC’s Simple Advice: Protecting Yourself from the Effects of Data Breaches

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and The FSI are working together to help charities protect themselves from cyber attacks. As we approach the end of the year, we would like to provide you with some simple advice to share with your staff, trustees and volunteers to help protect them and your charity from the effects of data breaches. 2018 has been a year of ... Read more »

Impact Awards 2018 – Teach A Man To Fish

The FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards 2018 Series – Teach A Man To Fish (Charity with an annual turnover between £500,001 – £1.5 million) Small charities and community groups around the country carry out vital work but in many cases people are not aware of their impact. Through the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, small charities and community groups can highlight their work and ... Read more »

Charity Fraud Awareness Week: Tips to Keep Your Charity Safe

There is always a small tingle of excitement when Fraud Awareness Week approaches – okay, I appreciate it’s not quite Christmas, or even Pancake Day – but as one of the few counter-fraud professionals that work in the charity sector it is exciting all the same! It has been a genuine delight to see this event increase in impact and scale year-on-year, as it goes ... Read more »

Five ways to improve your legacy fundraising results using digital media

By Megan Veronesi, Partnerships Manager at Farewill Did you know that cat owners are three times more generous legacy donors than dog owners? That the best day to ask for a legacy is a Wednesday? Or that more people opt to leave a gift in a will on rainy days than sunny ones? Until recently, most legacy fundraising has involved resource-intensive events or direct mail ... Read more »

Impact Awards 2018 Series – The Children’s Sleep Charity

The FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards 2018 Series – The Children’s Sleep Charity (Charity with an annual turnover between £150,001 – £250,000) Small charities and community groups around the country carry out vital work but in many cases people are not aware of their impact. Through the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, small charities and community groups can highlight their work and the ... Read more »

Cloud accounting and payroll software for charities

If asked to dig a hole, most of us would ask for a spade—it’s all about choosing the right tool for the job. However, when many people are required to report charity financial records, they tend to reach for completely unsuitable tools—such as commercial software or Excel spreadsheets. This is a shame because using the right tools for the job would save them time, and ... Read more »

New small grant programme for charities under £50,000 turnover!

    Last year the FSI’s partner, Localgiving, awarded £100,000 in grants to 205 local charities and community groups through its Magic Little Grants Programme with the Postcode Community Trust. This years its back, to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups. The Magic Little Grants Fund provides small charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which ... Read more »

Making your current website work harder for your charity

Making your current website work harder for your charity ​This is a comprehensive guide for charities wanting to get the most out of their current website. It is based on a seminar from the FSI annual conference, part of the FSI’s broad range of services for charities. This is a comprehensive guide for charities wanting to get the most out of their current website. It ... Read more »

Online visibility: where do you start?

With so many small charities struggling to be heard, Kayley Dempsey from Seedling Digital discusses how small charities can use online channels to improve their visibility this Small Charity Week. Online visibility: where do you start? In 2017, overall charitable giving in the UK increased by around 2.9%. Online giving, on the other hand, increased 18.5%. So although charitable giving as a whole is only ... Read more »

Know thyself – why authenticity is key to effective leadership

In the run up to Small Charity Week, Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director, Russam GMS, who specialises in the recruitment of leaders for non-profit organisations looks at what it takes to be an effective leader and why authenticity is paramount. What does it take to be an effective leader in the charity sector today? Research from the Weston Garfield Foundation last December ... Read more »