Author Archives: Nick Aldridge

Popper and the Poker

Tweet A talk given at the Barnes Philosophy Club, September 2014. Thanks to everyone who came along, and asked such insightful questions. “Did two Austrian logicians really come close to blows over the nature of philosophy? At the Cambridge Moral Sciences … Continue reading

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Nietzsche at the Barnes Philosophy Club

Tweet I gave an introductory (and strictly amateur) talk on Nietzsche’s philosophy of art at the Barnes Philosophy Club. Nietzsche talk Discussion and questions Slides: Nietzsche on art slides from Nick Aldridge    

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“Digital Gift Aid” and the 2013 budget – will we see progress?

Tweet Two years ago, my essay for the Giving Green Paper recommended a reform to Gift Aid, which would enable charities to claim the tax relief on a larger number of donations made through digital channels, while reducing the burden on … Continue reading

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MissionFish UK is recruiting a marketing and customer service coordinator

Tweet MissionFish UK aims to help charities get the most out of online commerce, through our long-standing and unique partnership with eBay and PayPal. We want to make it possible for any charity to benefit from any gift from any … Continue reading

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Charity tax and the rich: donors or dodgers? #giveitbackgeorge

Tweet The cap on tax relief for charitable donations, proposed in the 2012 budget by UK Chancellor George Osborne, has galvanised rapid and forceful opposition from charities and philanthropists. The cap will hit a large number of high-value donations, dramatically … Continue reading

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Does actual giving behaviour match expressed giving preferences?

Tweet or Can people tell you which causes they’ll support? There are plenty of surprises in the causes people choose to support on eBay for Charity. While the most obvious causes (children, animal and cancer-related charities) tend to attract plenty … Continue reading

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Reflections on Charity Hack 2011 – charities and technology

Tweet  This year’s Charityhack brought together 50 web developers and designers at the PayPal office in West London. The brief was to come up with an idea that could benefit charities through web or mobile technology, and then build a … Continue reading

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The London housing market – leading us to a smaller society

Tweet Exactly how much truth was there in my recent claim that the UK’s housing market (and London’s in particular) make shared ownership of social problems less likely, as excessive house prices interact with incoming caps on housing benefit, leading … Continue reading

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Good news for charity managers: your time is free!

Tweet Last year I complained about the burdensome and apparently pointless “Fit and Proper person” test, which appeared to require that HMRC be separately notified of every new trustee and manager appointed by every UK charity. Since incorporated charities already … Continue reading

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Givey – social media donations made easy

Tweet I’m delighted that Givey, an initiative we’ve been supporting since the last PayPal Charityhack in September, is launching tomorrow at a Big Society Network event. The conversion of followers and fans into active supporters and donors remains a challenge … Continue reading

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