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The 2018 London Marathon

The 38th edition of the London Marathon is fast approaching, and will take place this Sunday, on 22nd April. It is one of the most spectacular events to take place yearly in the capital, featuring over 40,000 people running 26.2 miles around the city, and backed by cheering crowds (over 750,000) throughout. Whilst celebrating some of the best […]

Stephen Hawking – Cosmology’s Brightest Star

Today started with a saddened tone, with newspapers declaring the passing of science’s, cosmology’s, and the universe’s brightest star, Stephen Hawking. In a heart-warming reaction to this news, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a leading Motor Neurone Disease charity, is facing technical difficulties as it website has crashed due to the inundation of people showing […]

GoodBox is Leading the Way for Cashless Donations to Charities

Towards the end of last year, I was closely monitoring the growth of a new start-up, GoodBox, which is on a mission to pioneer the fundraising sector with contactless donation platforms. The company is currently offering three products that allow donors to ‘Tap to Give’ – i.e. donate to charities through contactless technology – and […]

Cause4 Team’s Response to Oxfam Scandal

Emily It’s a scandal fit for our times. After Weinstein, Westminster, and the Presidents Club, the fact that senior aid workers for Oxfam in Haiti and Chad perpetrated abuse against vulnerable women is yet another example of privileged men using their power to exploit those who are dependent on their work. Yet the Oxfam scandal […]

Build back trust in charities? Presidents Club antics can be no more

In an era of #MeToo, #TimesUp and a second anniversary Women’s March taking place only this weekend, it seems rather unbelievable that a ‘Men Only’ charity gala took place in 2018, exactly 100 years after some women won suffrage. Yet with the world’s ears pricked up to institutional sexual harassment, this week’s Financial Times exposé […]

Provocation Paper, More than Grants – A reaction

  Dan Corry, CEO of New Philanthropy Capital, and Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, have published More Than Grants, a ‘provocation paper’ arguing that grant makers should think beyond the money and provide further resources in order to support the charitable sector in the UK. As Corry and Streets state – grant makers’ […]

Bah Humbug! Why helping the homeless is for life, not just for Christmas

With a chill in the air, and frost biting at our toes, the festive season is fast approaching – and alongside it, woolly jumpers, warm mulled wine, and increased charitable giving. This year’s UK Giving Report from the Charities Aid Foundation showed that, like other years, the winter months of November and December 2016 saw […]

MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Competition

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time, in any problem area. From nearly 2,000 applications, four finalists have been selected, and are due to present their solutions at a live event in […]