Monday, 2 February 2009

Some good fundraising news today from the US…

…and some chastening background from the UK

First, a bit of good news, from the US

Sixten’s Foundation has closed off it Conduct this! auction, having raised some $40,000 towards its $67,000 goal to cover expenses for its Conductive Education program for the 2008-2009 school year.

Congratulations on a superb achievement.

Now the bad general situation, in the UK.

Times are getting so hard for charities in the UK that the Charities Aid Foundation (the charities’ own charity) is opening a hotline for charities in financial distress and concerned for their future viability.

It seems that ‘charity leaders’ will be able to talk in confidence to advisers and get advice on the steps that they can take. Quoth a worthy: ‘Our helpline gives charity leaders the chance to speak candidly about their situation to someone impartial and knowledgeable, who can help them contemplate their next steps. This helpline is available to any UK charity, regardless of size or affiliation.’

The helpline number is 0800 980 2000.

Notes and references

--- 2009) Success, dust settling and thanks, Sixten’s Foundation, 2 February

Sutton, A. (2008) Two principles and a rider: Is there possibly a formula for post-crunch charitable fundraising? Conductive World, 31 December

Ainsworth, D. (2009) CAF launches crisis helpline: free confidential advice for charities in financial difficulty, Third Sector Online, 2 February 2009

Charities Aid Foundation

If you know a CE charity in the UK with a bit of a financial problem, do make sure that you pass on this number:

0800 980 2000

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