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  • How to close down a project or organisation

    In these tough times, lots of projects and organisations are finding themselves facing a prospect no-one relishes, and people don’t often plan for - the task of closing down their project or even their organisation. This guide is designed to give you some tips for a smooth wind-down. The suggestions here are based on the experiences of staff at the Mersey Basin Campaign, which closed its doors in March 2010, after a successful 25-year campaign to clean up the waterways of the Mersey and Ribble river basins.

  • Financial strategy

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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