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Why charity branding HELPS fundraising directly

I hear a lot from fundraisers and non-marketers that branding doesn’t actually ‘work’ for charities and that it can actually be a total waste of hard-earned money.  So let’s (loosely) use maths and logic, the core tools of good fundraisers, to suggest why this need not be the case. Read more

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Social Investment – a missing link for Corporate CSR?

By Barry Collins

Investment in social enterprises is still very much a fledgling agenda in the mindset of the investment community. This is probably not surprising as the criteria for being designated a social enterprise as used by the Cabinet Office in its 2012 Social Enterprise Market Trends ‘ suggested the following five criteria: Read more

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What if it isn’t women who are the problem?

By Carole Pemberton

Anyone who has been interested in the issue of equality at work for some time, will have grown weary of endless reports noting the slow progress towards greater representation of women on UK Boards.  Read more

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Appetite growing for social investment – among the funders

By Amanda Carpenter

Sitting in a crowded auditorium at Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently listening to Bridges Ventures present their report “Shifting the Lens – A De-risking Toolkit for Impact Investment. Read more

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Tomorrow’s world – what inspires young people today?

By Jim Haywood

Back in the early 70’s, I remember watching the BBC programme Tomorrow’s World with a sense of fascination and excitement.  It was my weekly window into the latest innovative applications of science and technology.  Whilst some of these didn’t quite get off the ground (floating bicycles, centrally heated ski poles and plants doubling as TV aerials……), many went on to improve and enrich our lives. Read more

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Winning business in the public sector

By Kevin Baughen

Two years ago, I wrote a piece for the Guardian website about how small organisations were struggling to even be considered to deliver local, public services in spite of the Big Society initiative claiming this was all going to change…

Have you seen any evidence of change since then?  We’re genuinely interested at Achill Management in the kinds of organisations that are perceived to be appropriate to deliver public contracts but who aren’t Serco or Group 4 (and they still win contracts despite unbelievable behaviour!). Read more

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Why Does Resilience Matter?

By Carole Pemberton

We live in a world which is marked by disruption: whether it is the impact of the financial crisis on organisations and individuals; changes in social patterns in how we live, or climate change. The certainties which marked previous generations are no longer available to us. That is why resilience is now on the agenda of those involved in working with communities; of organisations trying to adapt to shifts in economic power, and individuals. Read more

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