Donating to Charity

Lessons From a Social Media Phenomenon

Mark Braund | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

In August The Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC) well and truly took over social media, with a host of celebrities, business leaders and members of the general public jumping at the chance to film themselves pouring a bucket of ice cold water over themselves and making a donation to charity.

Are You a Charity Sheep?

Clive Norman | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

What is happening at the moment is almost a massed sheep like behaviour. Okay yes it is highlighting a terrible disease and raising funds. But ask yourself who is behind this and if you could follow it back to its source you would find a very clever advertising executive.

A Small Charity Making a Big Impact

Beth Britton | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When it comes to my great passion, dementia, the UK's major charities - Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer's Research UK and Dementia UK - are all becoming household names. Interestingly though, when my story of my dad's life with dementia was unknown, it was a charity hardly anyone in the dementia world talks about who showed most interest in me.

Intentions Matter

Tom Burns | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Burns

In a recent column by Oliver Burkeman on why profiting from giving isn't always bad, he said that "starving refugees care about food and shelter, not motives." In essence, doing the right thing for the wrong reasons is just as good as doing the right thing for the right reasons

About That 'Fuck the Poor?' Thing

Adrian Grist | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

This 'social experiment' leads us to the conclusion we're all total bastards. And I must be a bastard too, because when I see a man with a sandwich board rattling his unsanctioned charity tin without any clue as to which charity (if any) he is working for, I too would ignore him.

Facebook Philanthropists

Liam Deacon | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

I've had it. I refuse to sponsor one more person to go skydiving, travel across South America collecting pictures of themselves patting wretched children on the head or drive a car across Europe in the name of the environment.

How I Started Taking Charity Seriously

Francesca Day | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Day

Pledging to give 10% might be the most important decision I will make in my life. Whatever else happens, I will save and elevate countless lives - the lives of those who most need my help. That's worth giving up a few lattes.

Who Will Be Clever Enough to Be Britain's Next Mark Zuckerberg?

John Nickson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
John Nickson

We are suffering from a lack of leadership, something the Victorians had in spades. By failing to give significantly, the new rich are failing to set an example and inspire those who will follow them. Government makes noises about encouraging more philanthropy but most politicians follow focus groups rather offer leadership...

All Charity is Evil

Matt Lacey | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

From then, each month now has a designated charity aim, with January's 'dryathalon' all the way to 'Stoptober'. Alongside these, people will be engaging in so-called fun runs and comedy nights across the country. What's wrong with that? It's all for a good cause, they say as they proffer their jangling buckets.

How Charities Ensure Donations Don't Go to Terrorists

John Low | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Low

For charities working in war zones or countries hit by acts of terrorism, the world can be a dangerous and difficult place. Charities dealing with the humanitarian effects of conflict or political upheaval face the task of making sure help goes to the people who need it most, while not inadvertently supporting armed groups or those involved in terrorism...

It's Good to Give - Why American Bosses Get It (And British Ones Don't)

David Erasmus | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
David Erasmus

In the USA company giving rose by 12% last year to reach an epic $18.2billion. UK companies, by contrast, have shown a sharp decline in giving, down 27% this year - according to a recent report by the Directory of Social Change. So what's the story - why aren't Britain's bosses backing charity?

Rising to the Challenges of Philanthropy

John Low | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK
John Low

Perhaps the most difficult challenge for philanthropy is its uneasy relationship with inequality. It is an uncomfortable truth that inequality is pretty much a necessary precondition for philanthropy.

7 Marathons On 7 Continents in 7 Days

Huffington Post UK | Tom Bywater | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK

Could you run a marathon? Maybe. How about two straight after each other? Unlikely. But what if you were asked to run seven marathons in seven days...

Want a Better World? Stop Giving Charity!

Marko Kasic | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK
Marko Kasic

Peter Amores is changing the world. Not your world, but the world of young people in Tondo, Manila, one of the Philippines most dilapidated slums and ...

Syria's Urgent Need for Humanitarian Support

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

There needs to be more awareness of the plight of Syrian civilians in order to highlight this issue and further get the aid they so desperately need. The hospitals in Syria are struggling to accommodate the growing number of patients that need medical assistance and care.

Claire Squires Leads Nominations For Justgiving Awards

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

A seven-year-old boy who raised more than £2,000 for the emergency services that rescued him, a committed fundraiser who died whilst running the Lond...

A Voice for Victims: Why Funders Should Support the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery

Gina Miller | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Miller

She had not been given a day off in three years and her employers had taken her passport away. She was shouted at, beaten and the children spat at her, hit her and pulled her hair. I asked why she had not left or run away. She said because her boss had told her that without a passport she would be put in prison by the British police for many years and would never see her children.

Pancake Day and Lent - Why Stop With the Larder or the Confessional?

Lily Bevan | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lily Bevan

How else might we purge, or prune, for the oncoming Spring? Clutter is common after the excesses of the festive period - so why not welcome the length...

Celebrities and Charity: The Price of Philanthropy

Sophie Bradley | Posted 12.04.2013 | Home
Sophie Bradley

Damned if they do, damned if they don't. For the last seven years I have worked with celebrities, their agents, publicists (and in some cases their mums) to coordinate their support of charitable projects. And while no-one invites condemnation like a wealthy celebrity who does nothing for charity, those who do contribute open themselves up to a whole other raft of criticism. The big difference is once you're famous, you'll be judged. Every move a celebrity makes is up for scrutiny, including the issues that concern them; their politics; their faith; and the charities they choose to support.

My Five Steps to 'Smarter Giving' in 2013

Gina Miller | Posted 19.03.2013 | Home
Gina Miller

Is it time to think differently about how we support charities? 2012 was something of a rude awakening for many charities - a year when household inc...

Running Fundraisers: How to Choose a Charity

Yasmin Morgan-Griffiths | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Morgan-Griffiths

My decision to donate my marathon funds to Amnesty International was based on their excellent reputation, measurable progress and realistic goals. I believe they work to resolve human rights abuses effectively through campaigning for changes to legislation, administration and education.

The Psychology of Christmas Presents - What Does Your Gift Say About You - What Does Theirs Say About Them?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

During this season charity fund raisers actively appeal for the disadvantaged. They almost universally don't ask for presents - much preferring you donate cash - because this is pragmatically the most useful contribution you could make. If it's obviously more helpful than other gifts in the domain of charity, so economists remain perplexed as to the irrational paradox of continuing to buy each other 'suboptimal' presents?

Meaningful Christmas - Gifts That Keep on Giving

Lulu | Posted 17.02.2013 | Home
Lulu

Maybe it's the global economy. Maybe it's a newly discovered sense of pragmatism. Whatever it is, this is without a doubt the first Christmas in recent memory that doesn't have me excited about shopping. And I know I'm not the only one! My friends and family seem to have been struck by the same anti-shopping - and even anti-gift getting spirit. So, while I've received the cookie-cutter answer "nothing" every time I pose the question "what do you want for Christmas?", I still do have my own ideas about the gifts I'd most like to give. I've decided this year to give meaningful gifts - in other words, gifts that keep on giving.

Lending Is the New Giving

Stacey Dooley | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stacey Dooley

Although I was only in Bosnia and Herzegovina a short time it became very apparent, very quickly, just how important these loans are, with one of the entrepreneurs telling me she literally sees this as the only option for women in Bosnia to make a living.

Top Tips for Giving Effectively This Christmas

Dan Corry | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Dan Corry

Giving to a good cause may sound simple but with over 160,000 charities registered in the UK alone it can be hard to know where best to send your money and to be confident of its impact.