As we prepare for the November Spending review and the DCMS prepares to model for up to an additional 40% in funding cuts
Let's hope that this terrible press for fundraising has a genuinely good legacy and that in the charitable business we do hold up a mirror and start to see some change. Olive Cooke needs to be remembered, and that's for sure....
The entrepreneurial spirit is often difficult to define. If we take the word 'entrepreneur' in its literal context, its French roots could be defined as "between jobs" - and the 'in-between-ness' of the word's original meaning is interesting.
In a changing economic context, most charities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, but I'm coming across more and more CEOs that are tired of hearing the term and Chairs of Trustees that don't seem to know where to start. So what does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?
A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Business has called for better integration of entrepreneurial skills at all levels of education. It's a good report that suggests combining the best of Government, academia, the business community and charitable initiatives to achieve a coordinated programme.
There is a definite and exciting move afoot in the corporate sector, with many companies seeking to establish charitable corporate foundations - charities established by commercial companies.