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  • How to engage with parliamentary candidates

    A lot of charities target sitting MPs in many of their campaigning efforts. However it’s also important to engage prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs), particularly before an election. Parliamentary candidates could replace current MPs, especially in marginal seats. Engaging PPCs from all sides of the political spectrum when appropriate can demonstrate that you are complying with charity law, the Charity Commission guidance, and the Lobbying Act requiring charities to remain politically neutral. It also ensures that your organisation’s voice is heard, no matter who is in Government. Here are some tips on how to engage PPCs effectively:

  • Making the most of your back office services

    South London CVS Partnership share with us what they learnt from a project focusing on making the most of your back office services.

  • How to run effective campaigns

    A step-by-step guide to planning and running an effective campaign.

  • How to merge organisations

    This is a brief guide highlighting key points which will be helpful for those contemplating a merger.

  • How to plan for the end of a funding programme

    As the end of the Fair Share Trust programme nears, Local Agents and panels are starting to evaluate the outcomes and impact of their work in FST areas.  Due to the way the Fair Share Trust was set up, the programme finished in Scotland in 2010, and learning from Scottish Community Foundation (SCF), the Local Agent, will be invaluable to other Local Agents as they start evaluation of both the impact on local projects and the management of the programme.  This How To looks at SCF’s experience of managing FST in Scotland and explores some key learning points which other Local Agents, funders and strategic programme developers might find useful.

  • How to develop mission statements that have impact

    Measuring impact is the only way an organization can know whether its efforts and use of resources (often other people’s money) is doing any good.  Organizations that measure impact perform better and evolve faster.  Here are five steps aimed at determining the impact and calculating the return on investment of an organization’s operations.

  • Plan and deliver a communications and involvement strategy

    Investing time in preparing and planning the communication of your strategy will set the foundations for alignment.

  • How to write a business plan for your charity

    This guide sets out the areas that charities should cover in a business plan. A business plan describes your organisation and its activities, or a specific project. It sets out your goals, plans, finances, and the risks you face. Your plan should also show that you understand your market, and that the work you do has both a social and financial return. You may need a business plan if you’re: trying to secure funding setting up a new organisation starting to trade in an existing organization. Getting a winning business plan ready is the wisest decision that a firm can make to gear up its further growth. After all, you can only execute your business ideas when you already have a plan ready at your hand, said Brian O. from Essays.Discount &  HR management software .   Before you get started Read this article on what you need to think about before you start working on your business plan . Business plan template If you’re an NCVO member you can download a business plan template , with more detailed guidance on what to include in each section.

  • Financial strategy

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

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