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  • 20 November 2019 

    Promoting your charity: How to catch the eye of your local media

    Getting your charity’s great work into your local newspaper or on a website, radio or television station can be a great boost, but where do you even start to grab their attention?

    In this blog, our content writer Eva lists a few tips to help you spread the word about all you do.

  • 23 October 2019 

    Three ways to get your fundraising campaigns noticed this season

    The end of the year is a busy time for everyone, which makes it difficult to get fundraising campaigns noticed. In this blog we share how you can cut through the noise this season.
  • 30 September 2019 

    Why email is a timeless tool for charities

    Isn't email dead already? Not by a long shot. Senior Marketing Executive, Yasmin Islam, looks at why email still works, and how to harness its power to achieve your charity goals. 
  • 28 August 2019 

    The Charity Investment Hub

    CAF has been a pioneer in developing investment solutions, exclusively for charities, for over 30 years.

    We have been fortunate to meet, work with and learn from charities of all sizes across the UK, as we assist them in building their income, securing their investments and growing their impact.

  • 27 August 2019 

    Should trustees play a role in fundraising?

    Fundraising can seem like a daunting topic to trustees. Heather McLoughlin looks at three ways that trustees can support the fundraising efforts of their charity.
  • 10 July 2019 

    Sources of funding every charity should consider

    Shrinking budgets, political change and a turbulent economy are putting extra financial pressure on charities. Our Head of Charities, Neil Poynton, looks at some innovative ways every charity should consider to diversify their funding sources.
  • 4 July 2019 

    Three reasons to get involved in Giving Tuesday 2019

    Giving Tuesday 2019 has been launched. Charities Marketing Manager, Ben May, explains why every charity in the UK should get involved in the campaign.
  • 17 June 2019 

    Turning adversity to advantage - take aways from the Scottish Charity Awards

    We were pleased to celebrate fantastic charities at the Scottish Charity Awards. Here are some reflections from Stuart Niven on this year's winners.
  • 10 June 2019 

    How your charity can punch above its weight on Instagram

    Small Charity Week, organised by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), takes place 17-22 June. Plus that week the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) launch their Big Support Small campaign to encourage charities of different sizes to work together.

    With these campaigns in mind our social media manager Hannah Iqbal shares advice on how small charities can get up and running on Instagram. 
  • 22 May 2019 

    4 ways to keep your donors engaged during economically uncertain times

    In this climate, what concerns are donors facing and how are they reacting to the uncertainty? Moreover, has giving shifted in response to these changes? Lead Advisory Manager, James Moon and Private Client Manager, Frank Page investigate.

  • 2 April 2019 

    Five crucial lessons for trustees

    Beth Clarke is our CAF Resilience Programme Manager. She’s also a trustee of charity that is currently closing down. Read her honest account about this experience and the lessons that she has for other charity trustees and boards.

  • 7 March 2019 

    Small charities: a guide to attracting corporate partners

    An effective way for charities to grow their income is to partner with a corporate organisation. And there are several things that small charities can do to become more competitive on this front. James Moon in our Advisory team shares a few tips to help smaller charities punch above their weight.

  • 5 March 2019 

    10 tips to encourage storytelling in your charity

    Whether its about how you began, or sharing how you're making a difference, every charity has a story. We've put together ten practical tips you can use to tell yours. 
  • 1 March 2019 

    Direct Debits vs recurring card payments

    While there are lots of ways donors can give to their favourite causes regularly, there are important differences between them. We compare Direct Debits and recurring card payments, and the impact it can have on your charity and donors.
  • 19 February 2019 

    The power of loving your donors

    Taking wisdom from Frankie goes to Hollywood, our marketing manager, Ben, shares three ways you can harness 'the power of love' for your donors.
  • 12 December 2018 

    What does it take to build trust between funders and charities?

    Steph Taylor, from our Charity Advisory and Grant Making team, sat down with three of the charities supported by the CAF Resilience programme, to explore what it takes to build trust between funders and charities. Read about what they found.
  • 5 December 2018 

    Six characteristics of a resilient charity

    What does a resilient charity look like? Through the CAF Resilience programme and our wider work with charities, we’ve noticed six characteristics that show an organisation has the potential to be resilient. Beth Clarke shares these and explores why they matter.
  • 10 October 2018 

    How can we find new donors?

    With a little thought and consideration, you can begin to build a loyal base of supporters for your charity. Lead Advisory Manager, James Moon shares some top tips on where to start.
  • 13 June 2018 

    Let's celebrate those leading small charities

    It’s well known that small charity chief executives are required to wear many hats and hold many responsibilities. Beth Clarke looks at how we can all do more to support these leaders in their role.
  • 26 April 2018 

    The value of planning for your charity's future

    Charity leaders need to be masters of planning. Steph Taylor invokes the words of John Lennon as she explores the importance of planning for charities.
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