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As the environmental charity for Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful campaigns, acts and educates on a wide range of local and national environmental issues aimed at making Scotland clean, green and more sustainable. Its work includes everything from educating young people and helping local communities look after their neighbourhoods, to targeting behaviour such as littering, helping keep landscapes and coasts clean, and providing services to help businesses, public bodies and community groups meet their environmental responsibilities. As a result of its varied services and campaigns, the charity holds complex data requirements and its website is a constantly evolving library of reports, information, guidance and e-learning resources.Read More →

English Heritage has become the latest charity to sign up to Giftcoin, the blockchain platform that brings transparency and trust to charities. Reaching millennial donors is a significant challenge for charities in a digital age where trust, in charity and good causes, seems to be at an all-time low. However, new developments in blockchain technology – the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – offer a disruptive new solution, allowing donors to track when and how their donation is spent. English Heritage is the charity charged with managing the National Heritage Collection, which comprises over 400 of England’s historic buildings, monuments and sites. Spanning moreRead More →

Shelter is hailing the success of a new charity ecard initiative after it fundraised almost 90% more than originally expected over the festive period. The charity joined the online greeting card alternative DontSendMeACard.com ecard and donation platform in summer 2017, after agreeing upon additional custom requirements for their Christmas campaign. The objective was to be able to invite both individual and corporate supporters to send Shelter Christmas ecards and donate the cost of printed greeting cards. This was achieved by commissioning the DontSendMeACard team to provide customised ecard pages offering a Shelter-branded experience. Shelter’s expected donation amount was almost doubled, receiving an increase of almostRead More →

Devious tricks to defraud small charities through online attacks have been exposed in the first ever threat assessment for the sector, along with guidance about how to defend against possible risks. The work by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, will give the sector more help than ever before to defend itself from the most common cyber attacks. There are almost 200,000 charities registered in the UK and the NCSC’s Cyber Threat Assessment reveals how their valuable funds, supporter details and information on beneficiaries is being targeted. Alongside the assessment, the NCSC has also published the Small Charity Guide to outline easy and low-cost stepsRead More →

Wonderful.org has welcomed initiatives from The Fundraising Regulator and Charity Commission to address the issues surrounding fees charged by fundraising platforms that have been raised in parliament and in the national press. The two organisations met to discuss greater transparency with the public, particularly about fees. The Fundraising Regulator indicated that donors should be aware of all deductions that platforms may make from the donation itself, from Gift Aid, or through card processing fees should be made clear. A ban on charging card processing fees came into law in January but there are platforms still passing this cost to donors. Public concern about these charges came to theRead More →