The Here and Now

Consumers are still (blissfully) ignorant of the personal data they are giving away when they sign up to social media sites or use a file sharing app or get an OS update or order all their Christmas presents online.

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Cash Flowing

The killer of most small businesses is cash flow. The monthly peaks and troughs of managing it have been known to keep me awake at night. People automatically assume it’s because I’m a control freak and don’t like the ‘free-fall’ experience of running a business. I’m...

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Credit where it’s due

As PtG has grown it’s been clear we needed funding, and I’m pleased to say we got what we needed, when we needed it and without any hassle. But the journey of discovery we went on, trying to find funding that was available and appropriate, was…let’s just say it was...

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Lovers of Humanity

What does philanthropy mean to you? The word philanthropy comes from the Greek phrase for lover of humanity.  Over time it’s meaning – or the perception of its meaning – have changed somewhat. Now we see philanthropy as being The Grand Gesture meted out by...

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Friends and Family

I was indulging in a half hour of watching the acute observation of family life found in Modern Family.  I love it.  Me and Mr PtG are Mitch and Cam to a T – dramatic persona and petty neuroses included. The latest episode saw Claire Dunphy getting lambasted by her...

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The right tools for the job

Customer service. All businesses need to provide it or else they have no business. Simples. It’s one of those givens that goes along with needing to put petrol in your car or gravy on your chips (OK, I’m a Northerner.) But we all like to receive good customer service...

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The clues in the name

We were doing some work recently which caused us to look at captured email addresses in detail. We noticed something that had us scratching our heads. What do you do if you have a supporter record in one person’s name – Barbara Smith for instance – but the email...

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Head Space

I’m a reflector. I’ve always been one, but I didn’t really understand my thinking process until I was older. It means two things; sometimes I can make a snap decision which isn’t always the most sensible, although this doesn’t happen anywhere near as much now I’m...

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Just Giving. But to whom?

Is it too late to question why we allowed something as toxic as the Daily Mail to exist? I read the Third Sector piece about the DM’s article on JustGiving. I may be in the minority here, but I feel as if now they’ve sent the sector into a tailspin over Data...

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