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People of colour more likely to have considered charity gifts in wills, survey finds
Wednesday, 28 February 2024
People of colour are more likely than individuals from white ethnic backgrounds to have considered donating to charities in their will, according to new...
Independent schools look to campuses overseas as Labour plans VAT on fees
Tuesday, 27 February 2024
The prospect of Labour adding VAT to school fees could mean more satellite schools are established in Asia, the Middle East and Europe to bring in more...
House of Commons debate held last week on independent school fees and VAT
Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Introducing a debate on independent school fees and VAT, Conservative MP for Northampton South, Andrew Lewer said: ‘Why is it that the sector often...
Telegraph publishes college and sixth form rankings
Tuesday, 13 February 2024
The Telegraph presents a ranking...
Artificial intelligence could threaten fundraising jobs, report warns
Tuesday, 13 February 2024
Charities urged to take part in 2024's Great Gift Aid Hunt
Wednesday, 7 February 2024
Every year, an estimated £564 million worth of Gift Aid goes unclaimed. Now in its second year, the Great Gift Aid Hunt...
Lumina Tutoring requests volunteer support for its free tutoring programme for care-experienced young people
Wednesday, 7 February 2024
Lumina Tutoring presents an extraordinary opportunity for our sector to collaborate and demonstrate the remarkable, tangible impact of working collectively...
Stamford Card fundraising initiative is selected as a finalist in the Donorfy national awards – voting open now
Wednesday, 31 January 2024
The Donorfy Awards recognise inspirational fundraisers. Stamford Endowed Schools ‘Stamford Card’, which fosters community collaboration by...
New article by Dr Ali Body explores the concept of philanthropic citizenship and raising philanthropic children
Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Lou Bennett explores the latest benchmarking and if schools can afford not to invest in development (ISMP)
Tuesday, 23 January 2024
The latest IDPE and Gifted Philanthropy Schools’ Fundraising and Engagement Benchmarking Report 2023 demonstrates that schools’ development...
Isabelle Blake-James shares her experience of building the development office at St Dunstan's College
Tuesday, 23 January 2024
Prince George will be in 'diverse crowd' if he attends Marlborough College, thanks to bursaries campaign
Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Amid rumours that Prince George could follow in his mother's footsteps and join Marlborough College, The Telegraph explores the school's extensive...
Viability of cathedral schools under threat from Labour's tax plans, MPs told
Tuesday, 16 January 2024
During a House of Commons debate on choral music in cathedrals, Conservative MP for Lichfield Sir Michael Fabricant said that cathedral schools, which...
10 days left to enter Chartered Institute of Fundraising Awards
Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Nominations are now open for the 2024 National Fundraising Awards, which celebrate and recognise the achievements of remarkable fundraisers. The Awards,...
Gen X Brits 'feeling the squeeze' and delaying legacy pledges, charities warned
Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Generation X charitable donors in the UK are less likely to have made a will than baby boomers when they were the same age, according to a new study. Researchers...
How charities can use WhatsApp Channels
Tuesday, 9 January 2024
We explore WhatsApp’s newest feature, Channels, and what it means for charities.

The exciting thing about digital technology is that new tools...
Scottish charities report rising costs and staff shortages
Tuesday, 9 January 2024
Voluntary organisations in Scotland have reported facing rising costs and shortages of staff and volunteers.
Pupil premium funding rates to rise by less than 2% in 2024
Tuesday, 2 January 2024
Schools Week reports that rates of pupil premium finding paid to schools to support disadvantaged children will rise by less than 2% next April. The rise...
Over 40% of people more likely to donate to charity at Christmas, report finds
Tuesday, 2 January 2024
Civil Society reports that 42% of people said they are more likely to donate money at Christmas than at other times or year, according to Enthuse’s...
Big Give Christmas Challenge raises record £33m in a week
Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Civil Society reports that one of the UK’s largest match-funded campaigns has raised a record £33m for 1,077 charities in a week. This year,...
Annual report on education spending in England
Tuesday, 12 December 2023
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has released their sixth annual report on education spending, showing changes over time across different stages of education,...
Fundraising Regulator proposes increases to the Fundraising Levy
Tuesday, 12 December 2023
The Fundraising Regulator has opened a review to the charity sector on its proposal to increase the Fundraising Levy. The levy constitutes the majority...
The National Parent Survey 2023 revealed that the parents of 2.8m children are struggling to afford sending them to school
Tuesday, 5 December 2023
The National Parent Survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Parentkind, revealed that one in four parents are struggling with the everyday costs of sending...
Quarter of people to give less to charity this Christmas, poll suggests
Tuesday, 5 December 2023
According to a recent poll by match funding organisation Big Give, due to the cost of living crisis, 25% of the public will give less to charity this Christmas....
Wolfson Foundation launches new funding round for secondary schools and sixth form colleges
Tuesday, 5 December 2023
The Wolfson Foundation supports high-achieving state-funded secondary schools and sixth form colleges to improve the teaching at GCSE and A-Level...
Charity Commission launches guidance on social media
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
The Charity Commission has recently issues new guidance around charities' use of social media. The guidance is includes that charities using social...
HMCTS commits to improved probate reporting and new charity indicator
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Remember A Charity and the Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) welcome new commitments from His Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS)...
Take part - CIOF invites session proposals for the Fundraising Convention 2024
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has launched a Call for Papers for its 2024 Convention, which will take place on 3 – 4 July at the QEII Centre,...
Big Give Green Match Fund 2024 opens for applications
Tuesday, 21 November 2023
Big Give runs match funding campaigns for charities and special causes. Their Green Match Fund is designed specifically for charities working on environmental...
Housing market drives legacy income to record £4bn, experts report
Tuesday, 21 November 2023
Civil Society reports that Charities in the UK are likely to have received more that £4bn through legacy income for the first time last year, driven...
Blackbaud Status of UK Fundraising Report 2023
Tuesday, 21 November 2023
Blackbaud's annual Status of Fundraising Report is back, offering an overview of fundraising in 2023. Over 700 non-profit professionals shared their...
2024 National Fundraising Awards - nominate a remarkable fundraiser today
Tuesday, 21 November 2023
Nominations are now open for the 2024 National Fundraising Awards, which celebrate and recognise the achievements of remarkable fundraisers. The Awards,...
Schools' capital project grant funder, Garfield Weston Foundation's assets grow by over £1bn
Tuesday, 14 November 2023
Civil Society reports that the Garfield Weston Foundation saw its investments grow by 16% last year, according to recently filed documents. This makes...
'Philanthropy Past, Present and Future' Charity Commission Chair gives Dame Shirley lecture at University of Kent
Tuesday, 14 November 2023
'We have the opportunity here, and now, to breathe life into a new era of philanthropic ambition and impact in this country. To be remembered as the...
Increasing number of people in UK donating to charity, CAF reports
Tuesday, 14 November 2023
According to research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), an increasing proportion of the British public are donating to charity. CAF's latest World...
Research findings see commission called to publicly commit to antiracism antiracist practices
Tuesday, 14 November 2023
UK Fundraising reports that the Charity Commission is being urged to report on diversity data in the charity sector, and to publicly commit to antiracism...
Damian Hinds returns to DfE as minister of state
Tuesday, 14 November 2023
Former education secretary Damian Hinds has returned to the Department for Education as a minister of state, Downing Street has announced. He is replacing...
IDPE calls for member input in response to the Code of Fundraising Practice review
Tuesday, 7 November 2023
IDPE has been invited by the Fundraising Regulator, to feed into their national consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice...
Funding insufficient for enough staff or building maintenance, survey finds (State)
Tuesday, 7 November 2023
Schools are unable to hire enough teachers to properly support learning, a survey of nearly 4,000 teaching staff shows. Whilst only 15 per cent of respondents...
Building a strategy for partnerships in 7 steps: built-in, not bolt-on
Tuesday, 31 October 2023
In a blog post for the Independent Schools Council (ISC), Christina Astin, Astin Consulting, offers a roadmap for schools keen to create an effective partnerships...
More disadvantaged students go for top university courses
Tuesday, 31 October 2023
UCAS reports that more students from the most disadvantaged areas in the UK are applying to the most selective university courses than ever before, however...
Private schools face a double VAT raid under new Labour plans that would stop them reclaiming tax on receipts
Tuesday, 31 October 2023
If Labour wins the next general election, independent schools would be blocked from claiming back money spent on VAT for certain goods, services and building...
Social inequalities, climate change and other areas of sustainability are set to be even greater areas of focus for the new generations of donors, report finds
Tuesday, 31 October 2023
A report from the US bank Citi, called Philanthropy and the Global Economy, says a wealth transfer from the 'silent and baby boomer generations'...
2022/23 key stage 4 performance data reveals disadvantage gap has widened to highest since 2011
Tuesday, 24 October 2023
The key stage 4 disadvantage gap index has widened compared to 2021/22, from 3.84 to 3.95 and is now at its highest level since 2011.
Closing the gap: schools gain support to close social divide
Tuesday, 24 October 2023
Louise Bennett, CEO, IDPE, underlines the importance of bursary fundraising in providing access to educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged...
Bursary fundraising: developing a new campaign with Bristol Grammar School
Tuesday, 24 October 2023
Nadine Latte, Director of Development, Bristol Grammar School, describes Bristol Grammar School's successful 500 Campaign, designed to increase its...
Coutts and NatWest UK trusts management company, the Ludlow Trust, launches new funding enquiry gateway
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
The Ludlow Trust has launched the Ludlow Funding Enquiry Gateway, an online platform seeking to match charities looking for funding with the objectives...
St Dunstan's College win ISOTY Award for an Outstanding Fundraising Achievement, as results are revealed
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Congratulations to IDPE member's St Dunstan's College for winning the Development Award for an Outstanding Fundraising Achievement at the Independent...
VAT on fees would deter Chinese families from UK schools, Boarding Schools' Association report finds
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Labour's plan to put VAT on fees could have an adverse effect on the number of Chinese families sending their children to study in Britain. A poll...
Labour plans to add VAT to private school fees 'won't give state education boost it needs'
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Shaun Fenton, Head, Reigate Grammar School, warns that Labour's plan to impose VAT on private schools will not provide the funding boost state schools...
New NFER report shows disadvantage gap between young pupils remains wider than pre-pandemic
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
New research suggests the learning gap suffered by young pupils as a result of the pandemic is starting to narrow, but it remains wider than before the...
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