Have we had enough of charity food and booze abstinence fundraisers?

The British Heart Foundation are challenging us to give up chocolate for the whole of March. This nationwide, sponsored challenge, is asking us to raise money for lifesaving heart research in Britain’s first ever #DECHOX (see what they did there). This campaign is as well executed as you’d hope for, with a slick sub-page on the BHF website, a brilliant video and strong social media campaign behind it.

The question is, have the public had enough of fundraising campaigns where we’re told to give up alcohol or ‘bad’ food for a month?

I’m genuinely interested to know your thoughts on this one. Part of me thinks it’s all just a bit of fun, it’s about raising dosh for an important cause first and foremost. The other part of me has concerns with terms like ‘undercover chocolate eater’ when we know so many people have a difficult, often guilt-ridden, relationship with food.

Some people even believe that charity campaigns like ‘Dry January’ actually do more to stigmatise sobriety than they do to combat addiction.

Drop me a tweet with your thoughts.

Give a quid to Glasgow Women’s Aid and I’ll give a quid too!

I’m running the Great Scottish Run 10K for Glasgow Women’s Aid this Sunday. My original fundraisisng target was £250 but I’m now up to £392.25 thanks to some pretty generous people. For the rest of this week I’m going to match all donations made via JustGiving until I reach £500. So if you sponsor me £5 I’ll match it, making your donation worth a tenner – add on GiftAid and your £5 donation becomes £12.50! So what are you waiting for…


JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

PS If you having any running top tips do leave a comment below. 10K might not seem a big deal to you but I’ve never done a run this distance in my life!

£15,000 bonus for Scottish charities and community groups


As some of you will know I volunteer with Scottish Community Foundation, sitting on their National Grants Committee. As part of my role I now sit on the Scottish steering group for localgiving.com, a hyper-local online giving platform owned 50% by Community Foundation Network and 50% by the Ardbrakc Foundation.

Localgiving.com is unique in the fact that various rounds of match funding will be rolled out during 2012, effectively allowing donors to double their money. From 14th May any donation made to Scottish charities registered with Localgiving.com will receive matched funds from a pot worth £15,000.

The Localgiving.com May Match Fund starts at 9am on 14 th May and will continue until the full £15,000 is allocated to Scottish Charities.

By making a donation to a favourite local charity via Localgiving.com, donors can double their gift and the charity receives twice the support as Localgiving.com Scotland matches the amount, with a further 25% coming from Gift Aid. Over 50 Scottish charities have registered with the site, all of which are eligible for match funding. Charities and groups not already registered are encouraged to become part of the initiative by contacting the Scottish Community Foundation or Localgiving.com. Registration is free for the first three months then just £6 per month.

Online fundraising half-day workshop – Glasgow 23rd Feb 2012

If you’re a fundraiser, someone new to the profession or if raising funds is part of your wider role then it’s hard to ignore the potential of online tools and social media. For many charities their online giving strategy starts and stops with a donate-button on their website, often with little thought put in to how they’ll encourage people to part with their hard earned cash. 

Our Third Sector Lab Online Fundraising workshop is here to help. Hosted by Sara Thomas, Fundraiser with MND Scotland and former Be Good Be Social speaker, the half-day workshop will give you everything you need to get started fundraising online.

Part of the GCVS Learning and Development programme, the training workshop is just £65 for members or £85 for non-members. The workshop runs twice on Thu 23rd February 2012, allowing you to choose between a morning or afternoon session.

What Sara will be covering:

· An introduction to online fundraising tools – how to get started & notes on best practice

· Incorporating online fundraising into your overall fundraising strategy

· Practical workshop – how do we make this work in your organisation?

What Sara wants participants to bring:

· Enthusiasm

· Curiosity

· Any questions that they have about online fundraising, especially ones specific to their organisation.

What Sara wants participants to take from the session:

· A clear idea of the range of online fundraising tools available

· To feel confident about getting started, or feel more secure in their existing knowledge

· To feel confident about integrating online/digital fundraising into their existing strategy

· Ideas for the use of online fundraising that’s specific to their organisation

· To come away with practical tips about digital fundraising that are drawn from case study and real life experience

Book online now.

£65 GCVS members, £85 non-members.

You can choose between a morning or afternoon session.

Thu 23rd February 2012 9.30am – 12.30pm

Thu 23rd February 2012 1.30pm – 4.30pm

You can contact Stacey on 0141 332 2444 or stacey.anderson@gcvs.org.uk if you’d prefer to be invoiced or to have a booking form sent to you.

This workshop is part of a range of social media training workshops available at GCVS in partnership with Third Sector Lab.

Make 2012 the year your charity gets serious about social media #Scotland

Have a butchers at pages 3 & 4. I’ve helped GCVS put together a digital media training programme for 2012, aided by various #BeGoodBeSocial regulars:

  • Writing for the web – Content strategistic, copywriter and keen cyclist Ann Cook will be hosting this workshop exploring blogs, newsletters, content strategy and more.


  • Social media basics – I’ll be hosting this one, you’ll hear from some people making real headway with social media in the Scottish third sector throughout the day.


  • Using Twitter and Facebook for your organisation – I’ll be joined by Martin Keane, Social Media Strategist with Third Sector Lab and digital chap for SCIAF for this one.


  • Measuring your online success – This workshop will be hosted by Conrad Rossouw of Shelter Scotland. He’ll be giving solid practical advice on how you can measure your impact online.


  • Online fundraising – This one will be hosted by Sara Thomas, fundraiser with MND Scotland. She’ll be haring her experiences of using online fundraising tools  within MND Scotland.


  • Video for the web – #BeGoodBeSocial video expert Erin Maguire will take workshop attendees through the process of planning, shooting, editing and uploading a video from scratch.

Booking details are included in the PDF above.

Whizz-Kidz partner exclusively with JustGiving

Whizz-Kidz has appointed JustGiving as its preferred partner for online fundraising as the charity looks to use new technology to increase its income from digital sources in 2012.

Whizz-Kidz Director of Fundraising Graham Kelly:

“JustGiving has developed a range of exciting products which we believe will help maximise net income for Whizz Kidz. Having analysed our data, we decided that, despite JustGiving’s fees remaining at their current level, we should promote the service to our supporters as our preferred supplier to deliver greater returns.”

Tools now available to Whizz-Kidz include the UK’s only free mobile giving service, JustTextGiving by Vodafone, and instant JustGiving page creation for entrants to the Neon Night Walk event using the JustGiving API. Fundraisers will have access to JustGiving’s range of iPhone and Android applications, and advanced integration with social media platforms to boost their fundraising efforts.

It will be interesting to see if more fundraising platforms start to build closer relationships will larger charities, offering products specific to individual clients.

Should staples and sticky tape be paid for by donations?

When Oxfam and PayPal launched 100% Giving back in January it sparked a huge debate on my blog. Well it’s back this September, PayPal is paying Oxfam’s admin costs on all donations made through PayPal. ‘100% on seeds and schoolbooks. 0% on staples and stickytape’ reads the tagline.

Is 100% Giving a good thing or does it skew the public’s views on what are ‘essential’ costs in running a charity?


There’s still time to enter the #JustTextGiving video competition

Remember you still have time to enter the JustTextGiving video competition – the video with the most views by 23rd August 2011 gets £500 for their cause.

To get your creative juices flowing here’s a few of the entries so far…

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrSrYkpuIXE?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFc_HeUEv50?wmode=transparent]