Author Archives: Nick Aldridge

Acevo’s Big Society Commission: what hope for the Big Society?

Tweet The acevo Commission on the “Big Society”, to which I gave evidence earlier this year, published its report this morning, calling for a clearer definition of the concept, greater understanding across the “Whitehall machine”, and a stronger delivery partnership … Continue reading

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Virgin Trains: pay extra if you work for a charity

Tweet Last year Virgin Trains launched a revamped discount scheme for charity staff. At the time, it was clear the scheme would be less flexible and require extra bureaucracy, with the ever-present threat of a “full price fare” if you … Continue reading

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Big Society Online – thoughts on the future direction of digital fundraising

Tweet The Cabinet Office recently asked me for a few thoughts on how technology could be harnessed more effectively to support the “Big Society” objective of increasing charitable giving and volunteering. The resulting essay was published (alongside several others, and … Continue reading

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Why Apple is blocking iPhone donations to charity, and why it matters

Apple’s policy prohibiting donations within iPhone Apps is now formal, and blocks a powerful new way for donors to engage with charities. As a result, charities are likely to miss out on millions of pounds of income to support their work unless the policy is reversed. Continue reading

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CharityHack 2010: a few powerful ideas for transforming online fundraising

Quick summary of some of the most interesting and powerful fundraising ideas from PayPal’s recent Charityhack event. Continue reading

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A chugging fiasco?

A look at the reasons for Newsnight’s recent attack on face-to-face fundraising, and at the response from the sector. Continue reading

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Naomi Campbell, dodgy diamonds, and charity governance

The general questions of charity governance relating to the dirty diamonds received by Naomi Campbell. Continue reading

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Big Society: the not-very-big briefing

Big Society: an introductory briefing on the thinking behind the Big Society, early progress in its implementation, and reactions from the third sector. Continue reading

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Burdens on the Big Society

Why is HMRC introducing tedious extra paperwork at a time when the government is trying to encourage people to get involved in charities? Continue reading

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