Charity shops and trading

IWITOT 2020: Why I wish I’d thought of charity shops

by Jennifer Ruthe

IWITOT audition winner Jen Ruthe champions charity shops and explores how they engage supporters and encourage giving.

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IWITOT 2020 Winner: Help Refugees pop-up shop, Choose Love

by Megan Townshend

Meet the wonderful winner of I Wish I’d Thought of That (IWITOT) 2020, the virtual edition!

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Help Refugees - Choose Love

by Ben Eden-Davies

Ben Eden-Davies of Unicef sings the praises of Choose Love, a unique pop-up charity shop with a smart and engaging difference.

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Shelter’s hugely successful Christmas ecard campaign

by Alex Furness

Working with DontSendMeACard, Shelter allowed donors to send on-brand ecards and tapped into this emerging fundraising method with astonishing results.

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Macmillan Cancer Support ‘eCards’

by SOFII

Macmillan Cancer Support wanted to update their outdated eCards platform, which was too dependent on Adobe Flash software, with a modern platform that could be optimised for mobiles and tablets.

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Knickers Model’s Own in aid of Cancer Research UK

by SOFII

A grieving daughter's fashion tribute to her mother became a highly successful digital fundraising campaign that turned grief into a triumph and a legacy, raising nearly £60,000. 

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Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supply Store

by SOFII

Fiendish fun in this creative shop that raises funds for the children's writing and mentoring centre on the same premises that is accessed through a secret door. 

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Slimming World Big Clothes Throw partnership with Cancer Research UK

by Marie Burnett

This is a case history of a fantastic partnership between Cancer Research UK and Slimming World – the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw. Going since 2013, this campaign allows Slimming World members to celebrate slimming success by donating their ‘before’ clothes to CRUK charity shops. This has generated over £5 million worth of stock for the shops, whilst also highlighting the issues of obesity and related cancers. All with minimal investment on the charity’s part!

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Lessons from a charity shop

by Laura Croudace

Do you think that charity shops are not ‘pure’ fundraising, in fact, aren’t fundraising at all? During a stroll in the sunshine, Laura Croudace came across a charity shop that, in her words, ‘blew me away’. Click here to see how and why she thinks we could all learn from FARA’s approach to running shops.

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‘Social Swipe’: raising money for Misereor through interactive posters

by Craig Linton

The world's first interactive advertisement display able to accept credit card donations, Social Swipe makes it simple to donate and gives instant emotional gratification to the donor: No wonder over 1,000 people swiped a donation in the first month.

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