The FSI Blog

By thefsi / October 22, 2019

Charity Fraud Awareness Week vital advice from National Cyber Security Centre

  Charity Fraud Awareness week seems to come around faster each year and provides a great point to take stock...

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By thefsi / October 15, 2019

Flying without a compass? Why charity leaders must commit to strategy development

Three quarters of leaders of small and medium sized charities are spending little or no time on long-term planning and strategy,...

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By thefsi / October 8, 2019

Give your Charity the best chance of Surviving a Cyber Breach

There’s no denying that our reliance on technology is growing at a rapid pace as society evolves. And while there...

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By thefsi / October 7, 2019

New Safeguarding Resources and Guides available from NCVO and an expert-led partnership: #SafeguardingAsOne

                NCVO’s Knowhow advice site is a hub for an expert range of...

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By thefsi / October 3, 2019

Fundraising newbies’ guide to getting started

When you're new to fundraising, it can all feel quite overwhelming! Even the range of support and resources available can...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / October 3, 2019

Successful stewardship: the best things come in small packages

By Lindsay Harrod, FSI Consultancy & Development Manager       Over our 10+ years working with small charities at...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 25, 2019

Why community foundations could be small charities’ first port of call for funding

Considering risk to funding is one of the biggest concerns for small charities, recent research shows a surprisingly high number...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 11, 2019

Quick Tips for Small Charity Corporate Fundraisers

You work for a small charity so chances are you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated corporate fundraiser, maybe...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / May 23, 2019

Getting Into The Mindset of Embracing Digital

It is a well-known fact within the consumer market that consumers have different kinds of habits when it comes to...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / May 13, 2019

Six tips to boost your online donations

Ben May, Marketing Manager, Charities, CAF Fundraising for a small charity is hard work. I don’t have to tell you...

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By thefsi / April 25, 2019

Your quarterly update from the Business Development team

Hoping you have all had an ‘egg-celent’ Easter (no prizes for bad puns here!).  Welcome to our latest update from...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / April 10, 2019

Have you wondered if you need to make your charity a safer place?

Have you wondered if you need to make your charity a safer place? Have you found useful advice or just...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / April 4, 2019

The NCSC Cyber Breaches Survey 2019

It’s welcome news that more charities than before have taken positive steps to improve their cyber security, according to the...

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By thefsi / April 1, 2019

My first all-party parliamentary group on charities and volunteering

Diversity in charities: the role of governance and leadership   ‘Diversity is being invited to the party – inclusion is...

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By thefsi / March 28, 2019

Bursaries available for the FSI’s new e-learning course: Legacy Fundraising

This week, the FSI launched the findings of its biennial Skills Gap report, looking at the areas small charities have...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / February 15, 2019

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / February 12, 2019

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 14, 2018

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....

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 13, 2018

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...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / December 12, 2018

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....

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / December 10, 2018

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 5, 2018

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 2, 2018

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...

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By thefsi / November 30, 2018

Confused by outcomes? The answer may lie in your oven…

Earlier this week, I tweeted a graphic created by Big Lottery Fund Scotland several years ago, showing the difference between...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / November 15, 2018

#TrusteesWeek: Celebrating 1 Year as a Charity Trustee

          This week is Trustees’ Week, and it’s also my first anniversary as a Trustee for...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / November 13, 2018

#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...

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By thefsi / November 13, 2018

Trustees’ Week 2018

This week (12 - 16 November) marks Trustees' Week 2018, an annual celebration of the brilliant work that charity Trustees...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / October 23, 2018

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...

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By thefsi / October 22, 2018

Impact Awards 2018 Series – Sue Lambert Trust

The FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards 2018 Series - Sue Lambert Trust (Charity with an annual turnover between £250,001...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / October 15, 2018

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / September 26, 2018

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...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 26, 2018

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...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 21, 2018

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / September 13, 2018

Small Charity Skills Survey 18/19 – Open Now

Small Charity Skills Survey 18/19 – Have your voice heard Every two years, the FSI produces our Small Charity Skills...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / September 12, 2018

More, better, together: Centre for London’s #LondonGiving report

More, better, together: Centre for London’s #LondonGiving report and what this means for small charities in the capital Last week...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / August 29, 2018

Index August 2018:  Food for thought 

The Small Charity Index is the FSI’s quarterly ‘Pulse of the Sector’ report and has been collecting data every three months since...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / August 16, 2018

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / August 10, 2018

Is the future online?

Write a blog on the future being online they said! It’s a big old topic I said, where should I...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / August 2, 2018

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...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / July 4, 2018

One unsafe password leads to ICO fine for charity

On June 8th, the Information Commissioner’s Office announced that it had fined the Bible Society £100,000 after a breach into its...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / June 14, 2018

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...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / June 8, 2018

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...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / June 4, 2018

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...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / June 1, 2018

Having an excellent Treasurer is every trustee’s responsibility

The Chair of a major charity once said that having an excellent treasurer meant that she could rest easy at...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / May 29, 2018

​How small charities can get ready for social investment

By Ben Rick, Managing Director, Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) It’s Small Charity Week from the 18th to 23rd June...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / May 25, 2018

Planning a financial strategy to achieve long-term sustainability

It’s Small Charity Week from the 18th to 23rd June 2018. Fleur Holden, Director at Sayer Vincent looks at how...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / May 21, 2018

There is a ‘magic money tree’ and you could well be sitting under it

Small charities – run without the luxury of fully-staffed finance departments – are often held back because they lack the...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / May 10, 2018

Cyber Security Breaches

Cyber Security Breaches The government has, for the first time, released official statistics on charity action on  cyber security and...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / March 23, 2018

Help protect your charity online

Help protect your charity online On an very snowy day in London at the beginning of March, The National Cyber...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / February 16, 2018

The importance of recruiting online fundraisers for your cause

The importance of recruiting online fundraisers for your cause Localgiving currently has a partnership programme with the FSI. Local charities...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / February 2, 2018

Member of the Month – Baby Basics

Member of the Month - Baby Basics Each month, one of our small charity members is celebrated for all the...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / January 31, 2018

Getting your Fundraising Strategy into Gear

Getting your Fundraising Strategy into Gear  There’s no ‘right way’ or ‘wrong way’ to create a fundraising strategy as every...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / January 26, 2018

Why volunteers are ‘employees’ – and why the law says you should protect them

Why volunteers are ‘employees’ – and why the law says you should protect them  If your charity has employees, then...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / January 26, 2018

What makes a successful self-advocacy organisation?

What makes a successful self-advocacy organisation? My Life My Choice is a self-advocacy organisation, and part of the movement about...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / January 19, 2018

Positive changes through new perspectives: What does the public want?

Positive changes through new perspectives: What does the public want? During the past 10 years, the charity sector has faced...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / January 16, 2018

FSI Accredited Learner Profile: Rosie Milsom

FSI Accredited Learner Profile: Rosie Milsom As part of a new series, we will be profiling one of the fundraisers...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 8, 2017

New year, new plans?

New year, new plans? As 2017 rolls to an end, it could be a really good time to consider what...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 7, 2017

Celebrating Local and Small Charities

Celebrating Local and Small Charities Local and Small Charities and Community Groups make up the majority of the UK’s charity...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / December 6, 2017

GDPR – What Small Charities Can Do Now

GDPR – What Small Charities Can Do Now With the GDPR deadline fast approaching, Martin George, The Foundation for Social...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / December 1, 2017

Member of the Month – My Life My Choice

Member of the Month - My Life My Choice Each month, one of our small charity members is celebrated for...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / November 28, 2017

This #GivingTuesday, Think New Corporate Partnerships

This #GivingTuesday, Think New Corporate Partnerships  Today is #GivingTuesday and a perfect chance to consider new fundraising opportunities. How about...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / November 21, 2017

Accredited Learning

Accredited Learning Recently the FSI were pleased to announce we had relaunched our fundraising qualifications which had been re-graded by...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / November 17, 2017

What makes a good trustee?

What makes a good trustee?   To mark Trustee’s Week, PolicyBee set out what makes a good trustee. Good trustees...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / November 13, 2017

How effective is your charity? 7 questions to ask

How effective is your charity? 7 questions to ask To celebrate this year’s Trustee Week, The Foundation for Social Improvement...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / October 26, 2017

Member of the Month – Coaches Across Continents

Member of the Month - Coaches Across Continents Each month, one of our small charity members is celebrated for all...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / October 11, 2017

Case Study: Equal Arts Centre

Case Study: Equal Arts Centre Equal Arts Centre are a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people and those living...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 14, 2017

What insurance does my charity need? And how can it help?

What insurance does my charity need? And how can it help? Charity begins at home, so they say. And it’s...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / September 13, 2017

Why should legacies be part of a small charity’s fundraising programme?

Why should legacies be part of a small charity’s fundraising programme? Throughout the year the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Member of the Month – East African Playgrounds

Member of the Month - East African Playgrounds Each month, one of our small charity members is celebrated for all...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Time to look for a new fundraising CRM?

Time to look for a new fundraising CRM? This blog was contributed by Blackbaud Europe. Blackbaud is the leading global...

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Pauline's Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Urgent, Important and Underlying Challenges

Our Most Urgent Challenge:  meeting the demand for our services From June 2013 to May 2017 we have seen demand...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Research Trusts and Foundations

Research Trusts and Foundations There are a wide range of Trusts and Foundations across the UK and spending enough time...

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Pauline's Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Time is running out – will tenacity and resilience get us much further?

Time is running out – will tenacity and resilience get us much further? Why are many small charities and community...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

A Step by Step Guide to Strategy and Business Planning

A Step by Step Guide to Strategy and Business Planning Our most recent Skills Survey showed some interesting results when...

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Pauline's Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Brexit: Implications for small and local charities and community groups

Brexit: Implications for small and local charities and community groups Just under 12 months after the country voted for Brexit...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Making the Most of Community and Events Fundraising

Making the Most of Community and Events Fundraising Fundraising has become more challenging as sources of funding have been squeezed,...

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Fundraising Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Making Corporate Fundraising Work as a Small Charity

Making Corporate Fundraising Work as a Small Charity The corporate sector is full of opportunities for small charities to take...

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Learning Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Top Tips for Project Management

Top Tips for Project Management Something that always sticks with me, from the old days of being a Bid Manager...

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Guest Blog
By thefsi / September 6, 2017

Budgets – do we really need them?

Budgets – do we really need them? Screams can be heard across the UK, it’s comes to that time of...

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