Thursday, 31 July 2014

Workplace Sexism

I was talking to a friend last night and she asked me if I had ever read Every Day Sexism, which is a website and very active Twitter feed exposing the daily harassment that women are faced with in the streets, at home, and at work.

One of the first tweets I noticed was a link to an article: 10 sexist scenarios that women face at work

At the bottom, it asks women how many they've faced.

For my part:

  1. I've been expected to make tea, and handed the empty cups, even as the Office Manager
  2. I fully recognise the scenario of men getting the first handshake and then being deferred to throughout the conversation
  3. I've been called a 'good girl'
  4. I've experienced inappropriate solicitations and wandering eyes

Equality in the workplace, even in terms of pay, is still not a place we have arrived at. Do your part to stamp out inappropriate behaviour both in the office and in yourself. Team effort, people.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Top 10 Social Media Tips

Good Article here by The Guardian: 10 things your charity needs to know about social media

Worth taking five minutes out to read. If communications are an important growth point for your organisation at the moment, also check out my tab on Social Media & Networking.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Find Your Contact

Quick tip for charities applying for grants in the UK: don't just send it to 'Dear Sir/Madam'. It's hideously impersonal. Always try to address your application to a specific person at the organisation.

Even if names of staff are not listed on the Trust's website, you can still head to the Charity Commission website (in England & Wales, or Scotland) and search for the Trust. A Trust is a charity just like any other, and should have a registration entry. Type in the name of the organisation, then click the tab at the side which says Contact & Trustees.

Nine times out of ten, the main contact's name will appear above the organisation's address. If not, have another search through their website. Still no joy? Give them a call and ask.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Development Book Club

Somebody brought this to my attention. I thought I'd share. If you're up for an intellectual challenge, it's a book club with monthly discussions relating to international development.

Welcome to Development Novice! We’re an online book club for those beginning our careers in international development. We read one book a month then discuss its themes and relations to our work/studies. While the title of this blog is “Development Novice” anyone interested in development is encouraged to participate. Whether you are a young professional, student (you have time for this?), or established in the field, you are welcome to read and share your experiences.

The thinking person's book club.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Online Donations Change in Law

At the beginning of last month, a change came into effect which means that UK charities can no longer include an automatic donation alongside online purchases.

Charities selling online will now need to make it clear where there is an obligation to pay. This can be done by having a prominently displayed and clickable ‘pay now’ button on a web page so the customer is aware that their action will result in the order being completed and a charge being applied.
In the new rules, consumers will be able to cancel any order they make online or when not in the seller’s business premises for up to 14 days instead of the current 7 days. Charities will also need to provide consumers with a cancellation form.

So what does this actually affect?

Well, you know when someone buys something online, and there's the option to 'Donate £1 to charity'?

It's fine to have that, so long as the box is set to zero and the customer has to physically click to opt-in. It can't be set to an amount that is automatically charged. 

As the article heading above suggests: customers need to give active consent to add to their purchase total.

Which rather suggests they didn't have active consent before.

There's an interesting discussion on LinkedIn, where I outline why I'm in favour of this rule. It also gives an example of a charity who has suffered a drop in donations since it came in.

Ethically, it's a bit like lemons. However, as one poster suggested, it may encourage charities to re-think how they ask for donations. My post on the Science of Persuasion might help to fruit ideas.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Science of Persuasion

Here's a useful video for Social Enterprises and Charities alike, whether fundraising or trying to increase your business flow.