Charity Talks 2016/17

Social Enterprise – can it work better for you? – 26 October 2016

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 6:00pm- 9:00pm (6:00pm for a 6:30pm start)

  • Chris Moore, Chief Executive, Clink
  • Mark Salway, Director of Social Finance, Cass CCE

How do you fulfil your mission in a practical way and break even financially? The Clink Charity provides accredited catering training to serving prisoners who provide restaurant facilities to the public who pay to eat. The restaurant has 3 income streams to help to pay for this training which reduces recidivism rates after discharge because the ex-offenders gain employment upon release. Chris Moore describes how they do all this and Mark Salway shows how many more charities can consider these social enterprise methods, which integrate raising money with service delivery.

Campaigning for less popular causes: wars, conflict and refugees – 14 December 2016

  • Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam
  • Charlotte Ravenscroft, Director, Evidential Consulting, London

Many charities with less popular causes look across with envy at those organisations they feel have an easy time.  Mark Goldring will describe Oxfam's campaigning for peace, human rights and greater acceptance of refugees and the considerations they have to keep in mind to attempt policy and practice change. The respondent will put Oxfam's experience into a wider framework for campaigning success, especially with causes that are not so widely welcomed.

How to make fundraising effective, legitimate and ethical – 3 May 2017

Wed 3 May 2017 at 6 for 6.30pm

  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Stephen Lee, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City, University of London

After the many legitimate criticisms of charity fundraising, how have charities responded to the increased formal and informal regulatory environment? In particular how have they maintained and hopefully increased income? Lynda Thomas, a fundraiser before being appointed to her post and someone with influential evidence and opinions to the critical debate, will address this from Macmillan’s perspective. Stephen Lee will respond giving more broadly based advice from his extensive practical and academic knowledge.

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Charity Turnarounds – changing ahead of curve – 19 July 2017

Wed 19 July 2017 at 6 for 6.30pm

  • Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding
  • Caroline Copeman, Consultant, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City, University of London

Charity turnarounds are usually attempted after things have gone too far, the organisation is in dire straits and the cure can be terminal. How do you judge when and how to persuade a charity that it must change before it realises it needs to, i.e. “ahead of the curve” to use a concept promoted by Charles Handy? Julie Bentley has led a change programme at Girlguiding and she will explain how, whilst Caroline Copeman will talk more generally about how organisations might think differently about reinvention and getting ahead of the curve.

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