Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Back Britain's Charities - Campaign Update

Dear Member of Parliament, We are contacting you from the Charities Aid Foundation, a charity that works to improve the charitable giving environment and to ensure that donating money is as efficient as possible.

As you may be aware, we recently launched the Back Britain’s Charities campaign, which is calling on people to do their bit to support charities during this difficult economic time. The campaign follows the publication of the UK Giving 2012 report, which found that donations to charities have fallen by 20% in the past year. In fact, one in six charities fears being forced to close in the next year.

Charities are struggling to keep pace with an increase in demand for their services, and it’s vital that we act now to ensure that the most vulnerable people have somewhere to turn when they need help.

Since being launched, we’ve gained the backing of almost 800 charities from constituencies across the country, as well as the support of about 1,000 members of the public, businesses such as Talk Talk and the Carphone Warehouse, and celebrities including Stephen Fry and Lorraine Kelly.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband has thrown his support behind the campaign, stating that: “I am very happy to support the Back Britain’s Charities campaign. We are a generous, spirited nation, and that is reflected in the commitment we show to our charities. The Back Britain’s Charities campaign is absolutely right to remind people that now it is more important than ever that those of us who are able to give what they can, whether as an individual a family, or a business.”

We’ve also received the support of MPs from across the political spectrum, including the likes of Jonathan Reynolds MP, Paul Blomfield MP, Alan Campbell MP and Graeme Morrice MP.

The campaign is calling for:

· Individuals to give as regularly as possible, regardless of how much they are able to give
· The Government to modernise Gift Aid and Payroll Giving to make giving more efficient
· Public bodies to ensure that funding to charities is not cut disproportionately
· Businesses to maintain or increase their support for charities
· Charities to work with the Government to modernise fundraising and to enhance their impact

Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society, is also supporting the campaign, explaining that: “A vibrant charitable sector strengthens communities across Britain, and many of the most vulnerable people in our society depend on the services that charities provide. The Back Britain’s Charities campaign is playing a vital role in raising awareness of the challenges facing charities during this difficult economic time, and giving those charities who are struggling a voice.”

We would be delighted if you would consider adding your support to the Back Britain’s Charities campaign, which you or a member of staff can do easily by clicking here.

We would also be grateful if you would consider adding your name to Early Day Motion 289 – ‘Back Britain’s Charities Campaign’ – which has been tabled on a cross-party basis, and is helping to demonstrate the importance of supporting charities during these difficult times.

Additionally we’d be eager to hold a short meeting with you to explain a little bit more about the campaign, how it is affecting charities in your constituency, and how you can help stand up for Britain’s charities.

Please do let us know if you’d like any further information about the campaign, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Clapperton Fiona McEvoy
Campaigns Manager Campaigns Manager
Charities Aid Foundation Charities Aid Foundation
sclapperton@cafonline.org fmcevoy@cafonline.org
0300 012 3208 0300 012 3206

Steve Clapperton
Campaigns Manager
T: 0300 012 3208
E: sclapperton@cafonline.org

Visit www.cafonline.org to find out how we work to make all charitable giving effective
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