Posts by: Jamie Murray

A reflection on the Notting Hill Carnival: A triumph for cultural and social cohesion in London

Carnival can provide an effective model for other minority groups and social enterprises to learn and act upon on a wider scale, throughout more cities in the UK, to instigate community cohesion, greater cultural enrichment and fundraising. According to the London Development Agency, it contributes up to £93m a year to the city’s economy and supports the equivalent of 3,000 full-time jobs.

Commonwealth Games Give Charities Food for Thought

Sporting sponsorship deals with charities has always been secondary to the popularity of engaging commercial sponsors (who help fund much of the sporting world). However, UNICEF’S partnership with the Commonwealth Games may have begun to erode this trend.

Are new social investment funding models about to transform the charity sector?

New funding models that rely less on traditional grant based fundraising methods are a relatively recent phenomenon that have grown hugely in popularity over recent years. This can be attributed to government spending cuts and the overall more challenging economic situation which have forced many charities to look to new methods and approaches towards generating funds.

Transparency is Key for New Generation of Philanthropists

A report by Bains and Company on philanthropy in India has shown that 25% of Indian donors would be willing to donate more to charity if communication and the transparency of their donations improved. This research follows increased philanthropic giving in India from 2.3% of household income to 3.1% in 2011. According to the report, greater communication between charity and donor allowed for greater integration of the donors expertise, and time into the charity from an early stage increasing the impact of the initial donation on the charity as well as willingness to spend.

Are Fundraising Techniques Alienating True Philanthropists?

I believe that there is a distinct and notable difference between charitable giving and philanthropy and that its distinction is being polarised by the somewhat dubious techniques that a number of charities employ to raise funds, alienating their chances of inspiring new philanthropists. It’s true that recent Government comments about fundraisers and fundraising techniques are offensive, but then again, perhaps there is no smoke without fire?