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Boost your skills with Fundraising Everywhere’s Charity Leadership Festival

Do you have your career sights set on a leadership role?

Are you managing a team right now but want to transform your skills to become a better leader?

On May 24th, Fundraising Everywhere are hosting the first Charity Leadership Festival; a two-hour, four (virtual) tent extravaganza to explore the core foundations of epic leadership.

Whether you’re a leader looking to boost your skills or you’re working on building your career, read on for a quick tour of the tent highlights and find out why this event is for you.

Culture Tent

Happy teams equal epic output.

In the Culture Tent we’ll be exploring the vulnerabilities behind leadership and how to forge a deeper connection between leaders and teams.

We’ll hear from The Children’s Society’s Executive Director of Social Impact, Joe Jenkins, who joins us to share about loneliness at the top, plus you’ll hear ways to build a better place to work and reduce staff burnout with Madison Gonzalez.

We’re also featuring an exciting session from our friends at JustGiving where we learn how they use insights profiling to build better leadership (I’m definitely a ‘red’…)

Skills Tent

The virtual tent for bulking out your leadership toolbox.

Highlights include a session from ACAS to support leaders with handling difficult conversations at all levels (managing up is as important as down or sideways), and we’re very excited to be welcoming back the British Red Cross’ CEO, Paul Amadi, to share how the charity use internal events and activities to keep staff up-to-date and motivated.

Growth Tent

In this tent we’re taking our map to a better sector and grabbing a telescope to look towards a brighter future.

Leader of the Be More Pirate movement, Alex Barker, will be sharing how adopting a pirate mindset builds better leaders (eye patch not required, but highly encouraged) and the RNLI join us to talk about how they lead with trust and achieve epic harmony and results with volunteers.

And the sessions in this tent aren’t just sea themed.

I’ll be hashing out flat leadership with Meredith Niles and Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen to discover whether this approach to leadership is as good as it sounds.

Future Tent

Our future tent is a completely live, interactive experience led by you and facilitated by topic experts.

At 12.10pm you’ll learn in guided discussions with sector colleagues how to engage with ever-changing audiences including websites, email, and social media.

To close out the conference, at 1.05pm you discover how to navigate your charity into the unknown when it comes to data, virtual events, and crypto.

Pretty exciting, right?

And because we’re hosting this Fundraising Everywhere event on Everywhere+, all attendees will access the event until June 24th to catch up on the topics you couldn’t want live.

As a friend of JustGiving, you receive an extra 50% off the early-bird price which means all of this if yours for just £26.

Sign up today and take the next step towards your career goals.

Use the code JustGiving50 on our website to get 50% off this month’s Leadership Festival. Book before May 22nd to bag yourself that extra early bird discount.

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One-third of donors directed half their giving to disaster relief | Philanthropy news

Last year, 37 percent of American donors gave half or more of their charitable contributions to disaster relief efforts, and 64 percent gave to a charity they had never supported before, a survey commissioned by Vanguard Charitable finds.

Conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Vanguard Charitable, the survey of more than 1,300 American donors found that the top reasons American donors gave to disaster relief included wanting to assist those impacted by humanitarian crises (46 percent), feeling overwhelmed by a situation and wanting to help (33 percent), seeing charitable giving as the only way they could provide support (30 percent), and having a personal connection to the disaster/crisis (30 percent). The survey found that donors who contributed to disaster relief efforts gave more overall, meaning that disaster relief giving did not take away from, or occur in place of, ongoing giving. 

“From COVID-19 to a devastating humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, we’ve seen donors respond to disaster relief needs in inspiring and meaningful ways,” said Vanguard Charitable president Rebecca Moffett. “In fact, this data reflects that disaster relief support is an integral part of the giving landscape, often increasing total generosity as donors look to give when and where support is needed most. And because the money in donor-advised funds has already been set aside for charitable purposes, donations from DAFs tend to be more responsive in moments of crisis, and more resilient during moments of economic uncertainty.”

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Trust in nonprofits fell slightly last year, survey finds | Philanthropy news

While there is room for U.S. institutions across the board to increase public trust, a majority of respondents believe nonprofits will do what is right for society, a survey conducted by Independent Sector finds. 

Conducted in February in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence, the third-annual Trust in Civil Society survey found that 56 percent of Americans said they trust nonprofits, down 3 percentage points from the 2020 benchmark study (59 percent). Trust in philanthropy edged down from 36 percent to 34 percent during the same period. According to the survey, financial well-being and education are major drivers of trust, and trust of nonprofits among women fell during the pandemic.

Given the findings, Independent Sector recommended that nonprofits work to make greater progress to support and strengthen the country, for example by leveraging trust in the social sector to strengthen U.S. democracy, deepening engagement with communities and institutions, and upholding public expectations of government accountability.

“Increasing public trust of institutions and the social sector is a pressing issue for the U.S. We all benefit from strong public trust,” said Independent Sector president and CEO Daniel J. Cardinali. “Trust is the priceless currency for nonprofits, philanthropies, business charity programs, and all of us to build a healthy, equitable society. We see what happens when trust breaks. Our 2022 Independent Sector Trust in Civil Society report elevates important data and recommendations for conversations about how the social sector can engage more deeply and do better so everyone in our country thrives.” 

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Digital, other channels of giving are expanding, study finds | Philanthropy news

Emerging trends in the United Kingdom and Brazil reveal an expansion of digital and other types of channels for giving, including online giving, crowdfunding, charity rounding up, and social impact publishing, a new research series from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

The research series, Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving, builds on the school’s Global Philanthropy Environment Index and Global Philanthropy Tracker and will be released in phases over the next five months. The first two studies examine philanthropic engagement in Brazil and the UK prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with profiles of China, India, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, and South Korea to follow.

Based on an analysis of three case studies in Brazil, the first profile found that prominent emerging ways of giving include charity rounding up, crowdfunding, and social impact publishing, which involves the production of inspiring, revenue-producing editorial content. Donations collected through rounding up for charity via Arredondar increased from BRL1,091 in 2013 (equivalent to $590 in 2021, adjusted for inflation) to more than BRL1.6 million in 2020 (equivalent to $330,186 in 2021, adjusted for inflation). In addition, the study found that the most successful initiatives prioritized transparency and accountability in giving.

Based on an online survey of nearly 3,000 individuals in the UK, the profile found that prominent expanded methods of giving include online giving and crowdfunding. Among donors interviewed between May and July 2021, 60 percent reported that gifts they had made in the past year had been made online, with the most common way being through a third-party app. In addition, researchers found that 63 percent of people who used social media to request donations also made requests in person.

“The results of the first two country profiles suggest an evolution in giving practices and highlight a significant expansion of digital giving practices and peer-to-peer giving,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “While these findings are the first in a series, the documented growth in digital giving and shifting donor expectations in the UK and in Brazil reinforce existing evidence that digital practices can help democratize the practice of philanthropy. Digital innovation makes philanthropy accessible and fosters greater transparency and accountability for how gifts lead to impact.”

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