UK Fundraising is a popular site for fundraisers. The latest statistics show that the site is twice as popular as last year. During 1997 over 90,000 pages were viewed, but that figure has already been surpassed in the first six months of 1998.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has published a database with information on new Members of Parliament. It is designed to help the trust's grant recipients in their parliamentary lobbying work. MPs' employment background, personal and political interests, and other experience are profiled.
The Cancer Research Campaign has won the award for Best Public Sector and Charity Web site in the New Media Age Effectiveness Awards, organised by New Media Age magazine and The Times. The judges praised the site's presentation of regional fundraising events and the secure online donation facility.
The Cancer Research Campaign has also been nominated for the prize for best non-commercial Web site at this year's UK Web Awards sponsored by Marketing, Yell and Internet.Works magazine. Other nominations go to the RSPCA and Red Mole student magazine. The 1997 winner was Amnesty International for its refugee campaign, and the winner in 1996 was OneWorld Onlines.
Internet Service Provider Direct Connection's founder Ben Knox is profiled in this month's Internet Business magazine. The article highlights Direct Connection's charitable ethos. "The company's sponsorship scheme aims to encourage diversity on the Internet by helping bodies not traditionally associated with technology - such as the English National Ballet - exploit the medium."
Public Spirit is an online shopping mall which donates 50% of its profits from purchases of consumer goods to nonprofits. The purchaser can choose the recipient organisation from the list of those that have signed up as members.
The "high-end" merchandise available includes items such as Leica cameras and Nikon sunglasses.
Some trusts and foundations have been publishing their grant-making criteria on the Internet for two or three years now. Wouldn't it be handy to submit your grant application online? Some foundations now offer this facility. But which ones?
The Chardon Press' monthly electronic newsletter has been enhanced and is now automated. It remains available at no charge. The e-zine contains monthly tips, announcements, and news from the publishers of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Find out how to subscribe.
Ebase from Desktop Assistance is a contacts database that is free for nonprofits. Ebase lets you keep all your organisation's data, such as memberships, donations, activist information, in one place, and "provide secure, easy-to-learn access to everyone who needs to use it".