While email is an essential tool for fundraisers, we still rely on printed direct mail to source and communicate with many donors. Yet direct mail can be expensive, and postage costs are going up next year.
Former England women's cricket captain and President of The Lady Taverners, Rachael Heyhoe Flint has been invested with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket in the New Year's Honours List.
She had previously been awarded an MBE in 1972 while still captain of the national side, for services to women's cricket.
Congratulations to Betty Reed, 81, from Brighton for 40 years of local fundraising. She received the Royal British Legion's gold award for service in recognition of her 40 years of voluntary support for the appeal.
Her husband, Peter Reed, a disabled ex-serviceman, died 38 years ago. Since then, she has been supported by the charity.
Comic Relief is seeking more applications from Northern Ireland for their grants programme. Only 4% of the total awarded went to N Ireland which means there was only £980k spent there in the last 3 years.
Comic Relief operates 3 grants funds for work within the UK. Each of these has different criteria and different application processes and deadlines. The grant programmes up to 2008 are for: