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, a hyper-local online giving platform owned 50% by Community Foundation Network and 50% by the Ardbrakc Foundation. 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 will receive matched funds from a pot worth £15,000.

The 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, donors can double their gift and the charity receives twice the support as 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 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 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.

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…




JustTextGiving YouTube Video Competition

JustTextGiving has just been launched to all individual fundraisers – each person with a JustGiving fundraising page will now be able to create their own unique text codes, allowing them to share the text code and fundraise creatively on the go. To celebrate this JustTextGiving are launching a YouTube competion (full details below) with a top prize of £500 for charity – I’m chuffed to say I’ll be on the judging panel!



Want to win a £500 donation to your charity?

Think of a fun and inventive way of fundraising with your JustTextGiving code. Will you print it out on your running vest? Will you write it on your forehead for a week?! Just watch the JustTextGiving video, create a short video response, and get all your friends and family to view it! The video with the most views by 8th July will win £500 and more! Two runners-up will win £200. It could make a huge difference to your charity… and a bit of fun for you!


Watch the video and find out how to enter 



Winners & Prizes

 ·         1st place – highest number of views of video – £500 donation + featured on Just Giving blog, Facebook Page and Twitter.

·         2 runners up – decided by panel of judges – £200 donation each