Small Charity Week: putting small charities in the spotlight (17th-22nd June 2019)

June sees the start of Small Charity Week (17th-22nd June 2019), a national awareness week aimed to publicise the invaluable work which small charities do as well as provide relevant  advice, training and an opportunity to engage with policy makers and influencers.

At Community Impact Bucks, the vast majority of the charities that we work with on day-to-day basis are very small yet the contribution they make in the county is phenomenal.  The impact of their work in our communities is clear to see but they can also face challenges which are unique to organisations their size.

To support their great work, we are running two sessions specifically tailored to small charities during Small Charity Week:

  • Suitable for anyone who is responsible for submitting funding applications, our half-day Getting Fit for Funding workshop on Wednesday 19th June will provide tips on how to make a good case and deliver a strong application.
  • On Friday 21st June small charities have an opportunity to discuss any legal or governance issue with a specialist in our free 1:1 sessions with IBB Solicitors.

We also have a wide range of free online tools and advice on all aspects of running your organisation – from planning and strategy advice, fundraising and volunteer tip, to help with IT and HR. We will be signposting some of these on social media during the week – follow us on @CommunityBucks and @CommunityImpactBucks to get a taster of what we have to offer.

During Small Charity Week, there is a full schedule of national and regional events which small charities or local community organisations with a turnover of under £1 million can get involved with. Here is a summary of the week ahead:

Day 1:  I Small Charities Day

The week kicks off with I Small Charities Day on Monday 17th June, a day to promote the incredible work which small charities carry out in Bucks and across the UK. Getting involved is easy and your small charity has the chance to win up to £450.

To help plan any activity, have a look at the supporting materials to promote the competition  and the tips in the full competition rules.

For more information, click here. #ILoveSmallCharities

Day 2: Big Advice Day

This day (Tuesday 18th June) is made up of free 1:1 advice sessions tailored to individual organisations in London and across the country. The event in London is now fully booked but there are still spaces at regional events. Click here for locations and registration details. #regional

Day 3: Policy Day

The Policy Day (Wednesday 19th June) gives small charities the chance to meet policy makers and influencers, encouraging the discussion of any issues affecting you and your work.

There are still spaces available for the international development round table and a number of regional events  – find out more here and follow @SCWeek19 for news and updates.

On a local level, shine a light on the importance of small charities – use some of the messages in here to show local contacts what they can do to make a difference to small charities.

Day 4 – Fundraising Day

Fundraising Day is the great way to get your current and new supporters fundraising. Taking place on 20th June, there are lots of free events, initiatives and competitions to link up with and help you raise vital funds for your small charity. To find out more about the FSI Fundraising Conference and fundraising tool kits such as the Great Big Small Charity Quiz Download Pack and the Community Fundraising Guide, click here.

Day 5 – Big Impact Day

Celebrating the achievements of five charities and their impact at a local, national or international level, this year’s winners of the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards be announced on Friday 21st June.

For help in measuring impact, take a look at the resources on our website.

Day 6 – Celebration Day

Marking the end of Small Charity Week on the 22nd June, Celebration Day is a great excuse to shout about the amazing work done by small charities in Bucks. For ideas and help to plan a celebration event, there’s a free Celebration Day toolkit and picture frame available. Click here and join in the celebrations!

Sign Up

To be kept up to date with all Small Charity Week news make sure you are signed up to the Small Charity Week mailing list by emailing and follow @SCWeek19 on Twitter/ #SmallCharityWeek.

Remember, for some of the above events, charities must be a member of the FSI. Membership is free and means you will also be able to access free and heavily subsidised training and support for your charity. Become a member today, click here.

Good luck with Small Charity Week!