Blog Archives


Your quarterly update from the Business Development team

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of January already – 2019 has certainly got off to a busy start for our development team!  In the last few months we’ve: Been out and about speaking at various events including the Charities Finance Group ‘Alternative Finance Conference’ and the FSI’s Fundraising Conference on diversifying income and building sustainability; Delivered some fantastic projects with consultancy ... Read more »

Highlight your charity’s impact to win an award and a fantastic prize package for your charity!

Highlight your charity’s impact to win an award and a fantastic prize package for your charity! With charities of all sizes facing greater challenges than ever, it’s essential that organisations are consistently and effectively measuring their impact and telling their story. NCVO’s recent ‘The Road Ahead’ report told us that charities should prepare themselves for the challenges of 2019, where we are faced with the ... Read more »

Call for Speakers: Fundraising Conference 2019 

The FSI is pleased to open a call for speakers for our Fundraising Conference in Small Charity Week, June 2019. What is the Fundraising Conference?  The FSI’s annual Fundraising Conference is one of the highlights of our calendar and of Small Charity Week, offering over 200 small charities access to inspiring speakers and expert fundraisers on a range of subjects. The programme is shaped in ... Read more »

Small Charity Skills Survey 18/19 – tell us about your Finance and IT

Every two years, the FSI produces our Small Charity Skills Survey report, examining the areas within the charity sector that are highly skilled, and those which are trailing behind. We use this to direct our programming and influence sector-wide conversations, ensuring that we continue to address the most pressing challenges facing small charities. The report is only possible thanks to input from our members. Our ... Read more »

My First Experience at an APPG

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending my first ever All Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering, which provides a forum for discussing the issues affecting the voluntary and community sector. APPGs are informal groups of members from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords with a common interest in particular issues. This month’s meeting was the Charity Commission’s annual ... Read more »

Small Charity Index Perceptions – September – November 2018

The Small Charity Index is the FSI’s quarterly ‘Pulse of the Sector’ report and has been collecting data every three months since June 2013. The report looks at income, service delivery, workforce and governance, allowing us to track the trends, challenges and opportunities emerging for small charities. Now into the Index’s sixth year of collecting data, we’ve decided to shake things up and release a quarterly blog examining the ... Read more »

#TrusteesWeek: Celebrating 1 Year as a Charity Trustee

          This week is Trustees’ Week, and it’s also my first anniversary as a Trustee for East London community arts and wellbeing charity St Margaret’s House! So, it seems like a great moment to reflect on the things I’ve learned and the questions I’ve started to answer about being on a board. Why should you consider joining a board? Becoming a ... Read more »

#TrusteesWeek 2018 – is your Chair effective?

This week (12th – 16th November) is #TrusteesWeek, an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. As part of the week, we are thrilled to be releasing research from our latest Small Charity Index. Alongside the Association of Chairs, we surveyed small charities to ask them about ... Read more »

Bursary Winners Announced: Meet the next generation of small charity fundraising leaders 

We are delighted to announce that the latest round of bursaries towards the FSI’s accredited Introduction to Fundraising Practice qualification have been awarded!   The winners, selected from charities with a turnover under £100,000, are:  Gemma O’Shea, Tithe Barn Trust  Rachael Williamson, Bishop’s Stortford Youth Project  Martin Leib, Samuel’s Charity Sophie Wainwright, South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network  Patricia Reilly, Walderslade Together (WALT)  Winners were chosen because their applications demonstrated a passion to make a ... Read more »

Implementing GDPR in a Small Charity

Several months on from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, it is impossible to estimate how many of the nearly 200,000 UK charities consider themselves to be ‘GDPR compliant’. In June the Foundation for Social Improvement asked its membership of over 6000 small charities (all with a turnover of under £1.5 million) whether they were ready for GDPR, and 37% of respondents answered ... Read more »