Category Archives: Recent posts on charity and giving

“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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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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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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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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