3101, 2017

Access Impact Management Programme

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Charities, Social & Environmental Impact, Social enterprises|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Aleron is delighted to have been appointed an approved provider for the new two-year Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change. The Impact Management Programme aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact, with an ultimate view to helping them access social investment and/or build their commissioned income.

The programme combines training, grant-funding, peer support, expert advice and an online platform.

There are two strands to the programme:

  1. Pathway – for organisations that are new to impact management
  2. Growth – for organisations with more developed impact practices, seeking investment/contracts

Aleron will work with ventures […]

1612, 2016

Network Impact Event, 1st December 2016

December 16th, 2016|Categories: Social & Environmental Impact|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

On the 1st of December 2016, Aleron and Sinzer co-hosted an event bringing together over 50 leaders from charities, foundations, investors, and peak bodies to discuss network impact. At the event a range of experts from frontline practice, investment, and research backgrounds shared their first-hand experience, practical lessons, and reflections on the future of impact in networks.

Four key themes emerged through the session:

Theme One: Network impact is a post-organisation mindset

Bethia McNeil, Director for the Centre for Youth Impact, argued that the sector’s current approach to doing impact is often individualistic, expensive and protectionist. Network impact offers the chance to go […]

1910, 2016

Charity fundraising: responding to turbulent times

October 19th, 2016|Categories: Charities|Tags: , , |

by Jasper Joyce, Consultant at Aleron

It has been a turbulent twelve months for charity fundraising. Across the UK fundraising sector as a whole, several examples of poor fundraising practice have been exposed, and there has been much debate about what constitutes acceptable fundraising activity. Following this prolonged wave of significant public, media and political attention, The Charity Commission published Charity Fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20). CC20 was published in the context of two particularly pertinent formal reviews. Charitable fundraisers must understand in full the implications of both:

1910, 2016

How can Scottish charities overcome the challenge of declining public trust?

October 19th, 2016|Categories: Charities, Data Analytics|Tags: , , , |

by Christine Corlet-Walker, Consultant at Aleron (Scotland)

In June, Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR released its research findings from The Scottish Charity Surveys 2016. The report highlighted a decline in the public’s trust in Scottish charities in 2016. This came shortly after similar findings were uncovered through a UK wide Charity Commission report conducted by Populus, Public Trust and Confidence in Charities, 2016.

With part of the Aleron team now based in Edinburgh, we are beginning to understand this local context first hand.

The findings are stark. The Populus report showed that trust in charities has fallen by 15% in the past […]