Friday, 16 September 2011

What do you think of the "Dahl shed" controversy?

Some background info from the Telegraph is here.

There's nothing inherently wrong with involving donors from the general public in such an appeal, but rather than stating that "The Dahl family has already given generously to save the writing shed. We're now going to trusts and foundations and to the general public" as museum director Amelia Foster did, I would have much preferred a scenario like this:

"The Dahl family has made a gift of £250,000 to save Roald's shed, and we invite his fans and members of the public to join Sophie, Liccy, and the rest of the Dahl family in securing the final £250,000 we need."

I know that some people will balk at the idea of a public appeal when the Dahls could pay for the entire project themselves, but others will have a desire, a  need, to be involved and they should be given the chance to participate.

Rick Holland CFRE MInstF

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Would tax breaks really encourage more giving to youth charities?

Interesting piece here about the lack of donor support for youth charities, but are tax breaks really the answer?

It seems to me that describing them as "youth" organisations really don't do them justice: they're tackling employment issues, housing and homelessness, education, and so much more.

There's plenty there to engage potential donors, and although tax incentives are nice, they're not the answer.

Rick Holland CFRE MInstF

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Charities reject News of the World 'offer'

As the voluntary sector warns against accepting the News Of The World offer for free advertising in its final edition, we can only hope that charities will continue to reject such scraps of private corporations and set their sights higher.

What think you?

Rick Holland CFRE MInstF

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Arts Council promotes Fundraising

These should be rather interesting, and it's good to see the Arts Council finally waking up to the need for good private philanthropy.

Rick Holland CFRE MInstF