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Schools Fundraising Book Launched

The latest Charity First Series title - Raising Funds for Your School - A comprehensive guide, by Nick Ryan - is being launched today and is now available for purchase (in paperback and PDF formats) from this site. The title will be introduced at a launch reception held at, and generously hosted by, London law firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP, We acknowledge with gratitude the assistance of The Southern Co-operative towards the production of this book.

Out Soon - Schools Fundraising Guide

We are very pleased to announce that the latest title in the Charity First Series: Raising Funds for Your School – A Comprehensive Guide is due to be published shortly. Written by Nick Ryan, director of Vantage Fundraising (www.vantagefundraising.co.uk), a fundraiser who has raised hundreds of millions of pounds for educational establishments, the book aims to provide schools of all types with all the skills and techniques needed to maximise, and make sustainable, their fundraising income. We hope that Raising Funds for Your School will be available in the Summer Term. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date on this release. 

Guide to working with the media to be published next week

We are very pleased to announce that the latest title in the Charity First Series - Effective Media Relations for Charities: What journalists want and how to deliver it - is due for publication on Tuesday 22nd March.

Charities have recently been receiving an unprecedented amount of critical attention from the press, with negative coverage of a wide range of issues including fundraising and marketing techniques, management and directors’ pay. And according to recent research findings from nfpSynergy, a majority of journalists expect this critical trend to continue, with charities becoming subjected to ever closer scrutiny. While some press criticism may be warranted, there are equally many instances of negative stories taking root because charities themselves fail to work proactively with the media to explain their aims and activities. Effective Media Relations for Charities aims to remedy this situation by showing charities of all sizes the practical steps required to get the media on their side.

Authored by Becky Slack, founder of Slack Communications, the book has been produced in association with CharityComms, the membership network for communications professionals working in UK charities.

The new title will be available both as a downloadable PDF and in paperback format from this site. Make a note to revisit after 22nd March to buy your copy, and join our mailing list to be sure of getting a reminder.

In Preparation

We are delighted to be working with two new authors - each a leading professional in their field - on two new titles for release in 2016. The working titles are Effective Media Relations and The Complete Guide to Fundraising for Schools. We look forward to releasing further information on both these titles in the near future - be sure to join our mailing list to keep up to date with news. And do let us know if there is a subject you would like the Charity First Series to cover - submissions from authors are always welcome.

New Charity First Title on Church Finance

The latest Charity First Series title, Beyond the Collection Plate: Developing Church Income from Different Sources has just been published. The new guide is initially available as a downloadable pdf (A4, 79pp) from this site, with other formats planned to follow. 

Book on Church Finance to be published soon

The latest Charity First Series title, Beyond the Collection Plate: Developing Church Income from Different Sources is due for publication soon. Make sure you are on our mailing list to receive further details of this release.

The new guide will initially be available as a downloadable pdf (A4, 79pp) from this site, with other formats planned to follow.

501(c)(3) Guide Out This Week

Organising and Operating a US Charity - A Guide to US 501(c)(3) Organisations is being published as the latest addition to The Charity First Series on Wednesday 19th February. Make sure you are on our mailing list to receive further details of this release.

The new guide will be available as a downloadable pdf (A4, 38pp) from this site, priced at £12.99 (including VAT). 

Our Next Release A Guide to US 501(c)(3) Organisations

The latest Charity First title is due for release during February. Organising and Operating a US Charity: A Guide to US 501(c)(3) Organisations provides the reader with a quick reference guide to the issues that face Section 501(c)(3) organisations, both from a practical and a technical perspective. Authored by Kristin Konschnik and Jaime McLemore, of Withers LLP, the guide gives a broad overview of the US federal tax system that applies to charitable organisations, highlighting the most important considerations.

Whether you are an individual considering your charitable giving options, an existing Section 501(c)(3) organisation interested in learning more about a particular issue, or another organisation wondering if a Section 501(c)(3) organisation is right for you, this booklet will contain the guidance you need to make a decision and move forward.

Organising and Operating a US Charity: A Guide to US 501(c)(3) Organisations will be available as a downloadable pdf from this site, priced at £12.99 (including VAT). Make sure you are on our mailing list to receive further details of this release.

The Gift Aid Guide due for release soon

The latest Charity First title is due for release shortly. The Gift Aid Guide - Rules Relating to Charity Donations by Individuals provides an overview of Gift Aid legislation, together with practical guidance for charities submitting claims to HMRC. Authored by Transaction Tax specialist Graham Elliott, of Withers LLP, The Gift Aid Guide will be available as a downloadable pdf (A4, 50pp) from this site, priced at £12.99 (including VAT).

The Gift Aid Guide will be of particular use to those – including heads of charity ‘Gift Aid Departments’ – who already have a basic understanding of Gift Aid but wish to improve their knowledge of the finer statutory detail.

Academies Guide Released

We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the Charity First Series. Academy Schools - From Conversion to Successful Operation is an authoritative guide to current legislation relating to the establishment and running of Academies in England. The guide has been co-authored by four expert practitioners, all with detailed and practical knowledge in this fast-growing field. Academy Schools is available now as a downloadable pdf (A4, 61pp): for further details and a free downloadable sample, click here

Academies Guide Nearing Publication

Academies are becoming an increasingly familiar part of the educational landscape in England, impacting on the lives of many thousands of young people and their communities. But as a relatively new development, how well are they understood?

 

Our latest guide in the Charity First Series, co-authored by a group of expert practitioners, will give a comprehensive and authoritative overview of legislation relating to Academies, with practical guidance on their establishment and operation. The book should be required reading for anyone involved in the process of establishing or running an Academy; it will also be of interest to the informed lay reader, who wants to know more about this new development in our educational and social environment.

 

Academy Schools - From Conversion to Successful Operation, is co-authored by Stephen Claus and Graeme Hughes of Brabners Chaffe Street, Liverpool, Tracey Johnson of Moore & Smalley, Preston, Lancashire, and Debra Morris of the Charity Law & Policy Unit, University of Liverpool. Out soon, from the Charity First Series.

 

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Charity First Launch Reception at Farrer & Co

The sun shone briefly in London on Tuesday to welcome the release of the two latest Charity First titles.

 

Charity First Launch Reception at Farrer & Co

Excellent all round knowledge, guidance and advice

“I would like to thank Charity First Series publications for providing excellent all round knowledge, guidance and advice on how to take our charity forward. With their help we are now working towards securing major donors in a professional and legal manner."

Claire Webb

Founder, Emilia's Little Heart Foundation www.emiliaslittleheart.org.uk/

'Fundraising for Small Charities' is Extremely Informative

"I found Fundraising for Small Charities extremely informative with lots of web sites to look at for further help. I would have welcomed this if I was about to set off on a fund raising 'vision'."

Tom Beesley, Chair of Fabric Committee, St Nicholas Halewood

A Much-Needed Resource

Crispin Ellison, Director at Legacy Link Consultancy Ltd has welcomed Legacy Fundraising from Scratch as “a much-needed, readable and useful resource for small organisations”. 

Charity First Series in the News

The Charity First Series hits the headlines in UK Fundraising

An Early Response to Titles in The Charity First Series

Fundraising for Small Charities: A clear, very concise guide that avoids the jargon and cuts to some of the essentials in a very readable way
Legacy Fundraising: Avoids the legal jargon and through the use of some good examples cuts to the all important case for support.
Major Gift Fundraising: Packs a huge subject into a very small space but for those thinking about starting out, a good confidence builder.
Prospect Research:Might be sub-titled Major Gifts part 2 and leads nicely on for those attempted to plan a major gift strategy.”

Peter Maple
Course Director MSc Management in Civil Society (Marketing and Fundraising), London South Bank University

An Early Response to Titles in The Charity First Series