Charity shops and trading

Macmillan Cancer Support ‘eCards’

by SOFII

Macmillan Cancer Support wanted to update their outdated eCards platform, which was too dependent on Adobe Flash software, with a modern platform that could be optimised for mobiles and tablets.

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Knickers Model’s Own in aid of Cancer Research UK

by SOFII

A grieving daughter's fashion tribute to her mother became a highly successful digital fundraising campaign that turned grief into a triumph and a legacy, raising nearly £60,000. 

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Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supply Store

by SOFII

Fiendish fun in this creative shop that raises funds for the children's writing and mentoring centre on the same premises that is accessed through a secret door. 

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Slimming World Big Clothes Throw partnership with Cancer Research UK

by Marie Burnett

This is a case history of a fantastic partnership between Cancer Research UK and Slimming World – the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw. Going since 2013, this campaign allows Slimming World members to celebrate slimming success by donating their ‘before’ clothes to CRUK charity shops. This has generated over £5 million worth of stock for the shops, whilst also highlighting the issues of obesity and related cancers. All with minimal investment on the charity’s part!

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Lessons from a charity shop

by Laura Croudace

Do you think that charity shops are not ‘pure’ fundraising, in fact, aren’t fundraising at all? During a stroll in the sunshine, Laura Croudace came across a charity shop that, in her words, ‘blew me away’. Click here to see how and why she thinks we could all learn from FARA’s approach to running shops.

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‘Social Swipe’: raising money for Misereor through interactive posters

by Craig Linton

The world's first interactive advertisement display able to accept credit card donations, Social Swipe makes it simple to donate and gives instant emotional gratification to the donor: No wonder over 1,000 people swiped a donation in the first month.

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Toilet Twinning

by SOFII

The radical concept of toilet twinning brought at least 300 smiles to the audience at IWITOT. John Bird of data experts Blackbaud says its success is because it directly explains the cause and, obviously, has strong links to aspects of the donor's life that make it relevant. The beauty is, some elements are easily transferable to other charities.

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Advantage Africa: Christmas gift wrapping offer

by SOFII

Your volunteers can be powerful donors for your cause. Advantage Africa uses the simple service of offering a Christmas gift-wrapping service in a local shopping centre that raises a substantial amount of money for their work in Kenya and Uganda. This is an idea that could be adapted to raise money all over the world.

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SolarAid: ‘spread the light’ campaign

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by SOFII

Have we all been so busy looking for ways to recruit donors that we are missing something obvious? This exhibit from a fairly new charity, SolarAid, has used the passion their donors feel for the cause to recruit their friends, neighbours and family to become donors to Solar Aid themselves.

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Handicap International: the Christmas tree bag

by SOFII

A Christmas product that aims to get into six million homes to help disabled children.

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