Small charities

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) helps small charities by sharing knowledge, expertise and experience. Upwards of 1,500 charities are helped each year, not one of them with a turnover above £1.5 million and most raising considerably less.

SOFII believes we should celebrate small charities more than we do so, together with FSI, has started this showcase with the aim of levelling the playing field, or even to get the ground sloping just a little in the small charity’s direction.

Creating Better Futures: ‘name the bear– every child has a name’ competition

Hope + education = opportunity.

by SOFII

How a tiny organisation with a turnover of only £16,000 is raising money to educate orphans in Zimbabwe.

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S.A.L.V.E International: motorbike May appeal

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by SOFII

A simple idea that any small charity could do to help them share the stories of the impact they have more widely and to raise money for something that they urgently need.

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Saint Demetrios: Greek festival

Traditional dancing at the festival.

by SOFII

Each year St Demetrios Greek Orthodox church in Seattle, USA traditional festival is run entirely by volunteers - including some excellent fundraising.

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Aching Arms: teddy bears member-get-member scheme

More Aching Arms’ teddy bears.

by SOFII

The story that was voted best of all at SOFII’s 2013 Once Upon I Wish I'd Thought of That event.

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Operation Christmas Child: the shoebox appeal

Operation Christmas Child rely on volunteers to help deliver the shoeboxes to children overseas.

by SOFII

This festive exhibit is a wonderful example of how one person’s idea (and a lot of help from volunteers) can really make a difference. Operation Christmas Child has maintained constant success over the past 20 years.

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SOFII’s small charity showcase

by Ken Burnett

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) helps small charities by sharing knowledge, expertise and experience. Upwards of 1,500 charities are helped each year, not one of them with a turnover above £1.5 million and most raising considerably less. SOFII believes we should celebrate small charities more than we do so, together with FSI, has started this showcase with the aim of levelling the playing field, or even to get the ground sloping just a little in the small charity’s direction.

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The National Autistic Society: borrowed ideas can be free and effective

by Carolyne Coupel

Carolyne Coupel of The National Autistic Society in the UK has a very small budget, but it’s not a problem because, as she says, she has SOFII, where she finds her ideas.

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Do it yourself fundraising

by Marc Pitman

Start-up nonprofits often ask me, ‘How do we raise money?’. The panic of making budget seems to make raising money impossible without knowing someone rich and famous like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.

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Morinville and District Hands Across the Seas (HATS) ‘delightful treasures’ event

The organisers of the ‘delightful treasures’ event.

by SOFII

Small local events often raise small amounts of money. But if there are hundreds nationally, or even internationally, they have the potential to raise thousands.

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Goonj..: dignity through recycled clothing

by SOFII

Collecting clothing for distribution or resale is one of the most ancient and venerable of charitable activities. The charity gift, or thrift, shop concept is built upon it. So SOFII is delighted to honour this enterprising initiative from Goonj.., the first organisation in India to address the issue of decent clothing.

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