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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 […]

Foreign Aid Spending

The UK has continued its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on overseas development aid each year,[1] (The UN’s target for all developed countries in place since 1970), believing that this helps to build a ‘safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK’.[2] The UK first managed […]

Environmental Charities and Non-Profits: What Can They Achieve?

President Trump’s decision to bring America out of the Paris Climate Agreement sent shockwaves throughout the world.[1] The decision compounds the growing environmental concerns that worry many global citizens and governments who are concerned by the levels of environmental destruction and climate change. On a daily basis, 134m metric tons of greenhouse gases are emitted […]

Party manifestos ignore the potential of the charity sector

As the snap 8 June 2017 election draws near, and with Brexit front of mind, the recently published main party manifestos are perhaps not surprisingly light on content about the potential for the charity sector to offer solutions, despite the importance of charities to the economy and job creation.

The Cause4 Forecast for 2017

Last June, the Cause4 team pooled out collective ideas and perspectives in our post ‘The Reality of Brexit for the Charitable Sector’ and did our best to offer calm, collected views about what the referendum result meant for the future of charitable giving in the UK, and for the charitable sector itself. Now, six months and […]

Break it Down: How Charities Approach the Insurmountable

It’s so easy to dwell, in difficult times, on the negatives. The current news cycle has seen bad news item after bad news item: without wanting to be melodramatic, it feels like the sky is falling down. If you’re an optimist, your immediate response may be to try and find a silver lining. Positive thinking is a powerful thing, however unless it is coupled with action, it cannot affect real change.