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Why the BMA Foundation getting involved in Small Charity Week

Why the BMA Foundation getting involved in Small Charity Week

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2018 11:01 BST

The BMA Foundation is keen to get involved and support small charity week because we firmly believe that being a small charity has many advantages. The Foundation provides seed funding to doctors and research scientists trying to get their foot on the research ladder. We are unique in this respect and are able to make a positive impact on the careers of young academics.

​We Knew Size Mattered: Now Our New Independent Research Proves It

​We Knew Size Mattered: Now Our New Independent Research Proves It

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2018 10:27 BST

Over the last 18 months, researchers have immersed themselves in four local communities - Ealing, Bassetlaw, Salford and Wrexham to carry-out in-depth studies of small and medium-sized charities, those with an income of £10,000 - £1m, helping local people facing a range of social issues.

Bath Medical Museum

Bath Medical Museum

Blog posts   •   Jun 15, 2018 10:43 BST

I started helping Bath Medical Museum with their social media in December 2017. We are all volunteers and, as live in London, I support the museum remotely through coordinating their online presence. Because I am not on the ground I rely on the other volunteers to send over interesting pictures, feedback and news to keep our feeds interesting and full of content.

Making your current website work harder for your charity

Making your current website work harder for your charity

Blog posts   •   Jun 14, 2018 10:40 BST

At the heart of most small charity websites is a desire to raise awareness of the charity’s work, raise funds through donations or funding and demonstrate impact. A good website will help your charity do all of these things.

The Importance of Good Career Guidance

The Importance of Good Career Guidance

Blog posts   •   Jun 13, 2018 15:31 BST

It’s critical that young people raise their aspirations, capitalise on the opportunities available to them and are exposed to the career paths they can access. Motivated by this, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation have studied successful schools globally and developed 8 benchmarks for successful careers guidance in schools

Talent management in the charity sector – Five ways to get it right

Talent management in the charity sector – Five ways to get it right

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2018 14:56 BST

In team meetings at the Royal Academy of Music these days, our discussions turn more and more frequently to talent management. What roles do we need to fill? Are the salaries we’re offering competitive within the sector? What can we showcase that makes us as attractive an employer as the mega-charities?

Online visibility: where do you start?

Online visibility: where do you start?

Blog posts   •   Jun 08, 2018 15:57 BST

Online marketing presents you with thousands of available tactics, of which this article presents just a few. Stay focused on your core objectives and strategy, and let that guide you in where to invest your efforts in your online marketing planning.

The Challenges of Small Charity Trustee Recruitment

The Challenges of Small Charity Trustee Recruitment

Blog posts   •   Jun 06, 2018 11:02 BST

As a small charity we rely on our trustees to take an active role in our work. We’re not a ‘two board meetings a year' kind of organisation, our trustees are expected to roll their sleeves up and get involved at every level, from creating policies and developing strategy to working directly with our young people.

Know thyself - why authenticity is key to effective leadership

Know thyself - why authenticity is key to effective leadership

Blog posts   •   Jun 04, 2018 10:06 BST

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.

Having an excellent Treasurer is every trustee’s responsibility

Having an excellent Treasurer is every trustee’s responsibility

Blog posts   •   Jun 01, 2018 12:20 BST

The Chair of a major charity once said that having an excellent treasurer meant that she could rest easy at nights, confident that the financial aspects of the charity were under control. Clearly confidence in finances is something for which every charity would wish to aim, but is it really all down to the treasurer?

Tragic loss leads to undiscovered talent through confidence building course

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2018 15:21 BST

Emma was happily employed as a mechanic until an excruciating hip and back injury in 2014 left her unable to work. While unemployed, Emma suffered a series of tragedies, with the loss of her grandmother and her mum in the space of 6 months, followed by her brother and niece both taking their own lives. After losing four members of her family, Emma’s partner of 30 years ended their relationship

​How small charities can get ready for social investment

​How small charities can get ready for social investment

Blog posts   •   May 29, 2018 17:06 BST

It’s Small Charity Week from the 18th to 23rd June 2018. This is an ideal time to look at how small charities can benefit from social investment, something they may not have yet considered. At a time when the sector is dealing with financial challenges, including the decline in the availability of local authority funding and increased pressures on household disposable incomes, small charities

Planning a financial strategy to achieve long-term sustainability

Planning a financial strategy to achieve long-term sustainability

Blog posts   •   May 25, 2018 10:37 BST

Earlier this year Baroness Stowell , the chair elect of the Charity Commission, said that the biggest challenge facing the sector is “falling public trust”. At the same time charities are dealing with financial challenges, including the decline in the availability of local authority funding and increased pressures on household disposable incomes, affecting fundraising income.

​Accessing ‘help in kind’

​Accessing ‘help in kind’

Blog posts   •   May 23, 2018 16:08 BST

We are a small charity based in Bristol with a team of 12 part-time staff. We support families across the UK whose children experience distressing bowel and bladder conditions such as constipation, bedwetting and soiling. The kind of stuff people are not that keen to talk about – but are actually fairly common and cause an awful amount of anxiety and grief.

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

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

Blog posts   •   May 21, 2018 09:40 BST

Small charities – run without the luxury of fully-staffed finance departments – are often held back because they lack the resource to make informed money-related decisions. That’s in no way a criticism of the huge efforts made by volunteer treasurers but simply a reflection of how much time and effort it takes to research choices that are non-essential.

FND Hope UK

FND Hope UK

Blog posts   •   May 16, 2018 10:00 BST

FND Hope’s grassroots campaign started in April 2012 when FNDhope.org was created to expose the hidden world of Functional Neurological Disorder [FND]. FND Hope UK became a Not-For-Profit organisation on the 28th June 2017 and FND Hope Australia has also recently become a charitable organisation too, so our international presence is expanding, with other countries interested in working with us.

Cyber Security: How to Protect your Small Charity
Why brand guidelines are essential for your small charity, and how to make them work effectively
Small Charity Spotlight: Katosi Women Development Trust UK & Uganda

Small Charity Spotlight: Katosi Women Development Trust UK & Uganda

Blog posts   •   Apr 19, 2018 10:14 BST

KWDT, Uganda was set up 21 years ago by Margaret Nakato. The aim was to empower women to engage in economic and social development processes that lift them out of poverty, improve health and give them a voice. Today, this small NGO enables nearly 600 women to learn and work together through 19 women’s groups around the shores of Lake Victoria, in and around the village of Katosi (24km from Kampala

Making the most of Small Charity Week 2018

Making the most of Small Charity Week 2018

Blog posts   •   Mar 16, 2018 15:36 GMT

​The charity sector has been on a rollercoaster over the past few years with a number of different negative stories impacting the sector as a whole. On top of this, small charities are continuing to face heavy cuts and competition for funding when demand for services is drastically increasing. 83% of British households stated they used a charity's services in 2016!