Notts charities join forces in bid to boost fundraising

SEVERAL of Nottingham’s major organisations have teamed up to launch the city’s first Charity Forum – co-hosted by UHY Hacker Young, Brewin Dolphin and Browne Jacobson – in a bid to cause more noise in the local area.

The forum aims to bring local charities under one roof each regularly to encourage them to work together to raise awareness and boost fundraising. The launch comes after a report by the Office for Civil Society stated that economic hardship and a growing sense of local identity are fuelling demand for ‘place-based’ giving in the UK.

Roger Merchant, partner at UHY Hacker Young’s Nottingham office, said:

“We believe that many people in Nottingham would like to give to local charities in the area, but they are not necessarily aware of what’s out there.

“There are so many good causes across the UK and it can be difficult for people to decide where they’d like to donate their hard-earned cash. What we’d like to do is raise awareness of local charities by encouraging these fantastic organisations to work together to receive a bigger share of the charity giving pot.”

At the launch event, several opportunities – such as closer collaboration on projects – were identified by the charities in attendance. There was agreement that it would be valuable for Nottingham charities to raise their profile to ensure that charitable benefit is realised locally. It was stated that often, individual donors are only aware of national charities because of their larger advertising and marketing budgets.

Martyn Poessinouw, chief executive officer at Groundwork Nottingham, which works to create better and greener communities in disadvantaged parts of the UK, attended the launch event.

He said:

“The forum provides us with a chance to look beyond our local priorities – and differences – and see the opportunity for greater and collective good. Recent government-funded research has shown that Nottingham and the East Midlands do not yet have any significant or collaborative ‘place-based’ initiatives involving the public, private and charitable sectors working together to promote and support local charitable giving. I hope that this forum can lead such an initiative.”

Barbara Cathcart, chief executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, which supports Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, has also signed up to be part of the charity forum. She said: “We’re pleased to be among the first charities to join the Nottingham Charity Forum and we all hope it will allow members of local charities to meet, share ideas and experiences and to work collaboratively, all for the benefit of local people.”

Catherine Rustomji, partner at Browne Jacobson, said:

“As a specialist adviser to charities, it is particularly rewarding to be able to help in establishing a forum for local organisations to be able to come together, share ideas and learn from each other to develop their network of potential charity partners for the future.”

David Judge, investment manager at Brewin Dolphin, added:

“Having worked with charities over the years, we felt that it would be helpful if local organisations could use each other’s experience and knowledge – especially with the increasing legislation and responsibilities that trustees now have. This was the catalyst for getting together with the team at UHY and Browne Jacobson as it felt that such a forum wasn’t already available in Nottingham.”

The next meeting will be held in March 2019. To get involved, email or

For more information about UHY Hacker Young, please visit or call 0115 959 0900.

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