Christmas is the season of goodwill and can be a successful time of the year for charity fundraising. But how do small, local charities make the most out of Christmas?
More than ever, organisations are becoming aware of the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and growing more confident in vocalising their own commitments that they have made to society – whether that is in the form of charity donations, changes they are making to help the environment or offering services free of charge. This has come after a shift in marketing which has evolved from product-based to consumer-based to value-based marketing.
First of all, what exactly is Corporate Social Responsibility?
It aims to ensure that companies conduct their business in a way that is ethical. This means taking account of their social, economic and environmental impact, and consideration of human rights. There has been increased pressure from employees, customers and government bodies for businesses to be more transparent about their activities and maintain acceptable standards in their business practice.
Communicating your CSR commitments improves brand trust and loyalty both internally and externally, as discovered by this study by Nielsen in 2014 – who found that 55% of global online consumers across 60 countries would be willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact.
There have been a couple of excellent examples of this recently. Dell have outlined their Legacy of Good Plan, which details 21 ambitious CSR goals that they intend to achieve by 2020. These include designing out waste and creating a more sustainable supply chain. By highlighting their strategy, Dell are evidencing their long term commitment to society and the environment at large – giving them an advantage over their competitors in a market that is increasingly aware of ethical credentials.
Another example of a great CSR strategy comes from L’Oreal Paris, who have partnered with Prince’s Trust to improve confidence among young people. L’Oreal Paris have evolved from their ‘Because I’m Worth It’ strapline, to ‘All Worth It’, echoing their commitment to boosting young people’s self worth. L’Oréal Paris will run confidence courses quarterly at each of the 18 Prince’s Trust centres, addressing issues such as body language, communication and employability.
These are examples from large organisations, but any commitment – however small – is valuable. Emailing receipts to cut down on paper use and raising funds for a nominated charity are a couple of easy examples of making a commitment to CSR. At McQueenie Mulholland, we have made a commitment to offer marketing support to charities and local organisations and participate in fundraising events.
If you’re struggling for inspiration on what you could do to make a difference to society, we can help. Give us a call today on 01392 423 060.
If you’re a small charity, then legacy fundraising can seem like a daunting prospect. How are you going to approach the people who support you and talk to them about leaving a gift in their will? Death is a tricky subject to broach, especially with people who help your charity to continue to make a difference in the community. But legacy fundraising doesn’t need to be daunting, there are a number of ways in which you can approach the subject in a relaxed and comfortable manner.
We can help you to set up your legacy fundraising programme, and even run it for you if you do not have the time to do it yourself. We will work closely with you to ensure that the bespoke programme we design for you is exactly what you want and will achieve all your legacy fundraising goals.
There are two main ways in which you can approach legacy fundraising; you can talk directly with the people who support you about leaving a legacy in their will, or you can raise awareness for your programme through indirect ways such as newsletters and social media. By raising awareness you are not directly asking people to leave you a legacy in their will, but instead informing them about your programme and giving them a bit of information about it.
An important thing to know about legacy fundraising is that there are two distinct types; pecuniary and residual. Pecuniary legacies are when a person specifies a certain amount of money that they want to donate to your charity in their will, whilst residual legacies are when a person does not specify an amount but instead leaves whatever is left over after all their pecuniary bequests are given, to your charity. It is important to know this as with residual legacies you do not know exactly the amount of money which is going to be left to your charity in the donor’s will – making forecasting more tricky.
If you would like more information about how we can help you establish and manage your legacy fundraising programme then contact us today, where we will be happy to discuss your options and help you decide the best way to approach legacy fundraising for your charity.