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  • How to Organise a Charity Event

    The main aim for a charity event is to raise as much money as possible, drum up support and promote your cause. However, you also want to attract guests to attend and make sure that the event is enjoyable. People need and enjoy having events on their calendars, but there are a large number of charity events out there - the trick is to make yours stand out. A charity event with a difference is also a clever way to attract the media to write about the cause - which expands your reach even further. It takes more than a big heart to organise a charity event - successful fundraising takes organisational skill and awareness of the legal issues that surround the charity sector. Here are some of the things to consider before you roll your sleeves up:

  • Funding, finance and fundraising

    Sources of finance for your new charity or non-profit

  • How to find the right idea for your trading activity

    Developing new trading activities is all about focus: spotting opportunities, deciding which ideas are worth investigating, and assessing the viability of the best ideas.

  • How to set up a trading subsidiary

    Charities are allowed to trade under certain circumstances, but if you have decided to develop a trading activity which is not allowed, you will need to establish a trading subsidiary. This subsidiary will normally have an incorporated legal form, and will require start-up finance, working capital and resources.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Financial strategy

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

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