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  • Funding and income

    Tips and guidance on bringing money into your charity or voluntary organisation - from individual giving and legacies, to bidding for grants and digital fundraising.

  • How to manage a project underspend

    A few Fair Share Trust (FST) areas have experienced leftover funding from their grants in recent months. Though an underspend is not anticipated as an ideal outcome, it is not always a negative thing and if the issue is dealt with appropriately the funds can be used to further benefit the area. Wales Community Foundation, Local Agent for Fair Share Trust, experienced underspend in the Wrexham area, read on about their strategy to re-allocate the funds. Helen Fagan from the Community Foundation Wales shares her experiences below.

  • How to identify, assess and manage the risks associated with trading

    All trading activities involve some level of risk, so risk management is a vital part of knowing how to trade. There are three steps to risk management:

  • How to cut and control costs

    Some simple and more challenging suggestions for cutting and controlling costs across your organisation. To ensure that you survive, you may need to make some big decisions. Here's how to look at your services and income to make significant changes. This how-to guide is based on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network's Q&A in June 2011.

  • How to get started with commercial trading

    In light of various funding challenges many charities are considering different ways of generating extra income to support their valuable services. For many this could be looking at some form of commercial trading; from charity shops to signposting to manufacturing. This how to guide takes you through some key steps to explore this further.

  • How to get ready to apply for and manage funds

    Before you apply for funding, stop! Is your organisation ready? This guide, aimed at small charities, community groups and clubs, looks at the five things that matter to funders and are tips to get you ready for applying for and managing the money. Completing these simple steps to good governance will enable you to make positive progress on your fundraising journey.

  • Financial strategy

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

  • The law around funding and income

    Legal obligations of organisations who accept funding.

  • How to make a start evaluating your funding mix

    Getting started with anything is tricky – the classic intimidating piece of white paper. However, getting started with evaluating an organisation’s funding, when it may be an extremely complex picture, interwoven with history and delicate relationships can be particularly daunting. This guide advises on how you can go about evaluating your organisation's funding mix.

  • How to prepare for income generation

    This guide is written for community centres but will be useful to any small charity looking to generate income. Community centres are under pressure. To survive and grow, many are looking to reinvent themselves. They are working to attract new audiences and find regular and reliable sources of income rather than concentrating on fundraising. Before you start looking at opportunities to generate income, it is important to create the right culture. The following four steps will guide you on the right path.

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