Help for not for profit and charity trustees

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  • Comms III

    this is the last of three posts on the subject of communications In the previous posts, I suggested that the first task was to decide on with whom you wanted to communicate. Books on marketing talk about segmenting the audience which is sound advice for commercial firms. It is relevant to small charities and when…

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  • Comms II

    I discussed the issue of who to communicate with in the last post. Here i want to say a bit more about what you communicate I briefly discussed who you might want or need to communicate with in the last post and here I want to move on to what messages you wish to impart.…

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  • Fundraising

    some of the problems with this vexed subject, part 1 If there is one topic that comes at the top of the list of small charity’s concerns it’s fundraising. When I wrote my book, I stayed away from the subject as I thought there was plenty of advice around already: I now think that was…

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  • Letter published in the Guardian

    My letter on the subject of charity funding and the lack of support the sector receives was published in the Guardian today, 31 December 2022. All three letters on this subject can be read in the link below. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/dec/30/the-tories-are-expecting-charities-to-pick-up-the-pieces-of-the-cost-of-living-crisis Peter Curbishley Author of How to be a Successful Trustee

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  • Guardian leader

    The guardian devoted a leader to current situation with charities. The Guardian devoted a full length leader (on 27 December 2022) to the current situation with charities in the UK: Like the communities it serves, the voluntary sector is in need of repair. Although it is welcome to see the affairs of the sector get…

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  • Seasons greetings!

    May I wish my small band of readers a Happy Christmas and also a happy New Year. Peter Curbishley

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  • The agenda

    the agenda for meetings is all important When I used to work in a civil service environment, I remember being surprised at how much time and effort was expended on planning for meetings. What was on the agenda – and what was to be left off – the order of the items and anxiety at…

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  • Trustees needed …

    Are boards asking for the right sort of person when recruiting a new trustee? I get a regular flow of trustee positions via LinkedIn and in my inbox and I was struck looking through them, by the sorts of trustee being looked for. A common feature in these adverts is for specialist skills. These are…

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  • Are charity people too nice?

    are people who work or volunteer for charities and not for profits too nice? A surprising question perhaps, even slightly insulting – what’s wrong with being nice anyway, better to be thought that than the obvious alternative. So what does it mean or imply? Firstly, nearly all those who work in the not-for-profit world do…

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  • Wealthy charity givers

    There was an item on today’s BBC World at One (15th September 2022) on the subject of wealthy people giving money to charities. This giving has become quite substantial and with the drop in street collections and a decline in funding by local authorities, it might be thought a good idea. To the extent that…

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