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  • How to get motivated to raise money

    A lot of organisations get stuck with their fundraising. Often it’s nothing in particular, it’s just they’ve lost their money-raising mojo. If this is where you are at the moment, here are some ideas for getting motivated.

  • Financial strategy

    Develop a financial strategy for your organisation, to help you plan for your financial future.

  • Opening a successful charity shop

    A Southend voluntary service on its experience of refurbishing part of its building to set up shop.

  • How to write a successful trust letter

    Competition for funding from trusts can be intense. Trusts usually receive many more applications that they can fund. Here are six steps to help you write a successful trust letter.

  • How to improve your recycling fundraising results

    Raising funds from recycling can be very effective. But schemes can only generate useful funds if your supporters are using them. Here are some tips to help you promote your schemes and make it easy for people to use them.

  • How to raise funds from recycling

    Raising funds through recycling is a simple way to gain unrestricted income for your organisation. Choose the recycling schemes you think will work best for you and then encourage your supporters to use them. They’ll feel good about helping the environment while generating funds for your cause without it costing them anything. 

  • How to sell yourself to business

    In place of always 'asking', we should think about selling an investment opportunity and selling the benefits of what we do, offering funders the opportunity to share our success. This how-to looks at what makes you an attractive proposition to a business, and tips on how you can exploit this. Investing in the voluntary sector can deliver certain business benefits, which you need to be able to demonstrate and deliver to the businesses you approach. 

  • How to do resource-raising

    Resource-raising should be an integral part of your charity, but too often it is neglected because it is hard to put a value on. Other more traditional forms of donations, such as, money and time, are easy to quantify, which makes them easy to assimilate into your organisation. When small charities are starting up they rely rather heavily on in-kind donations. They accept these non-cash donations with open arms because they can supply invaluable services that would otherwise cost. However, when charities grow and become less easy to man-manage, it seems as though they don't allow room for resource-raising, as it is seemingly hard to measure. Here is a quick guide to reassure you that there is a way to incorporate this into your charity's everyday work.

  • How to thank your supporters

    As a charity, your supporters are essential – so making sure they know how much you appreciate their donations is key to maintaining your relationships with them. This guide looks at ways to thank your supporters effectively.  

  • How to Avoid Writing Off Bad Business Debts

    Bad debt is credit, owed by a debtor that is likely to be unpaid. It can be due to a debtor going bankrupt, or their business going into liquidation. Since the debt cannot be recovered, it is meaningless to put it in the books of account. Sometimes, pursuing the debt may prove to be costlier than the debt itself. If this happens, you write it off as a business expense. Bad debts are the worry of many businesses. In the business world, customers always request to pay for services by direct debit or standing order. 

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