Small Charity Week: 19-24 June 2017

Small Charity Week aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charities. Run by the FSI since 2010, the week has different activities and initiatives every day to support the multitude of hard-working small charities we have in the UK.

To take full advantage of the FSI’s activities during Small Charity Week, you’ll need to be an FSI member.  It’s free to join for charities whose turnover is less than £1.5million and you’ll get access to lots of reduced or free of charge training and support.

So, what’s going on during Small Charity Week?  You can find out everything that’s planned on the Small Charity Week website where you’ll also find loads of tools and resources to help you plan how you can take advantage.

Monday 19 June: I Love Small Charities Day
The day to kick off the week’s activities with a chance for small charities to win up to £450 with a fun photo competition on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  All you need to do is download the #Ilovesmallcharities poster template, tell everyone why you love your small charity and post it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  It’s a great way to raise your profile.

Tuesday 20 June: Big Advice Day
The Big Advice Day is an opportunity for small charities to access expert advice in a range of disciplines such as fundraising, marketing, governance to name but a few....  You can get advice at the FSI advice hub at City Hall in London, by phone or Skype. Sign up for your free place now.

Wednesday 21 June: Policy Day
97% of UK charities have a turnover of less than £1.5m and it’s important their voices are heard.  Policy Day is an opportunity for small charities to meet policy makers, commissioners and influencers across the country with a free of charge Westminster reception for small charity trustees, a debate on international development and policy discussions in local areas. 

Thursday 22 June: Fundraising Day
As well as guides and resources to help you run your own events, there’s loads going on here…

  • The FSI Fundraising Conference.  The free conference will give small charities the chance to access learning from experts on a range of different topics.
  • eBay auction in partnership with PayPal Giving Fund – call on your patrons, supporters or anyone else to provide an appropriate item to auction and PayPal Giving Fund will match fund the two items that sell for the most money, up to a value of £1000 each.
  • Localgiving and FSI match funding – Starting at 10am on Thursday 22 June and running until 23.59 or the £25,000 funding pot runs out (whichever comes first), Localgiving will double one-time donations to local charities £-for-£ up to £25.  Visit the Localgiving website for more information and to sign up.  Then spread the word to your supporters and get them to donate!
  • Give at Checkout competition – enter by 2 June to be in with a chance of being one of the small charities selected by eBay to receive checkout donations from eBay purchasers during Small Charity Week
  • Remember a Charity – if your Eligible Voluntary Income is less than £250k you could enter the competition to win a year’s membership of Remember a Charity which will make you part of a high profile national campaign and provide you with resources to help you with a legacy strategy. 
  • Leetchi Money Pot competition – fundraising site is offering all charities that create a money pot £50 towards a fundraising project, plus one winning charity will receive match funding of up to £1,500

But that’s not all.  We’re running our very popular Fit for Funding training day - a practical one-day course designed for anyone who wants to get ready to apply to grant funders.  Find out more and book your place on our events page.

Friday 23 June: Small Charity Big Impact Day
Winners of the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards announced. 

Saturday 24 June: Celebration Day
The week closes with a day of celebration to say thank you to small charities for all their hard work and effort. The Small Charity Week website has a free Celebration Day toolkit for you to download and get ideas on how you can celebrate the work you do.

Don't forget to keep checking the Small Charity Week website which will be regularly updated with advice, support and toolkits to help you make the most of the week.