Current Press Releases

Stewardship: the secret ingredient – Tibet Relief Fund’s donor stewardship journey

22 May 2019

Sam Butler is Director of Development & Communications at Tibet Relief Fund. He’ll be sharing examples of how he builds strong, long-term relationships with supporters through effective stewardship at our Fundraising Conference on 20 June. Want to hear for yourself why ongoing donor engagement is so important? Book your place now.  Since starting at Tibet Relief Fund, I have been incredibly fortunate to have been ... Read more »

Aviva announced as headline sponsor for Small Charity Week 2019

21 May 2019

Aviva announced as headline sponsor for Small Charity Week 2019 Today the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) announced that the 10th Small Charity Week will be headline sponsored by Aviva. The Week takes place 17th – 22nd June 2019 and will see popular initiatives such as Big Advice Day, Policy Day, the Fundraising Conference, and the Small Charity Big Impact Awards return to champion and ... Read more »

FSI Small Charity Skills Gap 2018-19 research launched: government, funders and trustees urged to invest in capacity building and skills development.

8 Apr 2019

Government relations, legacy fundraising and HR identified as areas of major skills gaps in small charities in a report covering two years of political uncertainty, continued funding challenges, and high-profile charity news stories. Last month at our 2019 Small Charity Skills Conference, we launched our biennial report into the skills challenges facing small charities in the UK. The report looks at the self-identified upskilling needs ... Read more »

Web-based networking tool development for international charities

5 Dec 2018

As a direct response to our International Members who attended the last Small Charity Week International Development Debate, Dan Brockington (Sheffield University) is exploring the development of an exciting new web-based networking tool for International charities, interested, want to get involved – read on. Effective International Development work hinges on strong networks, partnerships and synergies. Yet, one of the challenges facing smaller organisations is understanding ... Read more »

Small charities win free support to develop their future fundraising

27 Nov 2018

Small charities win free support to develop their future fundraising The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) have announced that over 80 small charities with turnovers under £50k have won free access to their brand new e-learning course, Developing Your Fundraising Strategy. Generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, this opportunity opens up one of the FSI’s most popular courses to small charities that struggle to ... Read more »

New Strategic Partnership Between NCVO and The FSI to Support Small Charities

19 Oct 2018

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the representative body for charities, and the Foundation for Social Improvement, a leading source of training for smaller charities, today announced the creation of a strategic partnership to promote each other’s training and support. By working together, NCVO and the FSI hope to increase awareness among smaller charities of each other’s advice, support and training. As part of the ... Read more »

Broker secures grant to make a difference in small charity sector

28 Sep 2018

PRESS RELEASE Broker secures grant to make a difference in small charity sector Specialist broker, UK Charity Insurance, has obtained a £2,500 grant to help boost a small charity’s vital work. The recipient, the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is a charity that provides free or heavily-subsidised capacity-building training and advice to other small charities and community groups. Through the FSI’s learning programme voluntary sector ... Read more »

Second Round of Fundraising Qualification Bursaries Launched for small charities

28 Sep 2018

Press release | 21st June 2018 Second Round of Fundraising Qualification Bursaries Launched for small charities After the success of the FSI’s first round of qualification bursaries in 2017, a second round have been launched as part of Fundraising Day of Small Charity Week 2018. A further 15 bursaries are being made available as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) ... Read more »

Small charities:  Getting their ducks in a row to meet demand for services!

28 Sep 2018

Press release | April 2018 Small charities:  Getting their ducks in a row to meet demand for services! New research from the Foundation for Social Improvement’s (FSI) Small Charity Index reveals small charities are becoming ever more creative in how they support the demand for services, which is up an astonishing 134% since June 2013. Respondents to the small charity index show they are reluctant ... Read more »

Enhancing donor loyalty is a win-win when fundraising competition is beginning to bite

28 Sep 2018

Press release | April 2018 Enhancing donor loyalty is a win-win when fundraising competition is beginning to bite Adrian Sargeant, headline speaker at the Foundation for Social Improvement’s annual fundraising conference in London shares how small charities can harness donor loyalty for their organisation at a time when research is showing for many organisations, individual donations are beginning to plateau. Sargeant’s research has shown concrete ... Read more »