Cater's Choice

Nick Cater casts his eye over this week's choice offerings.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater

<h2>Television</h2>

Have You Got What it Takes?

Continuing on Five every evening this week, this documentary is a master class in what every charity wants from the media.

It shows the RSPCA training programme transforming would-be staff into real-life heroes. Dispatches: The Olympics Cash Machine Tonight on More 4, this programme wonders who will make the most from the charity cash diverted by the state to be frittered away on the £9bn-and- counting games, whose "faster, higher, stronger" motto is surely the antithesis of charity inclusiveness.

<h2>Workshop</h2>

Daytime TV and soaps

A half-day session in London tomorrow on how to get your charity and its issues into a soap or onto the sofa. Might just be a £117.50 place or two still available: 020 7874 7610 or www.mediatrust.org.

Good Practice for Socially Excluded Volunteers

This roadshow visits Nottingham (18 September), Birmingham (19), Peterborough (25), Bristol (26) and London (3 October). Find out more at www.goldstar.org.uk.

<h2>Web</h2>

thebiggive.org.uk

Check out this soon-to-launch site backed by recruitment agency founder Alec Reed, designed to help any charity reach the seriously wealthy with ideas for projects worth from £100k into the millions.

<h2>Book</h2>

Giving

Published tomorrow by Hutchinson at £20, this is Bill Clinton's take - US-skewed but global in scope - on "how each of us can change the world", ranging from individual donations of money, time or skills to market mechanisms.

<h2>Event</h2>

Global Day for Darfur

As the UN General Assembly convenes on 16 September, protesters will demonstrate outside the Sudanese embassy in London to urge action to protect civilians. Details: www.globefordarfur.org.

AWARD: Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize - The invitation-only Hilton Foundation symposium today at New York's Waldorf-Astoria on 'The Changing Face of Philanthropy: Evolution or Revolution?' is a reminder that nominations for the $1.5m global prize close on 1 November.

<h2>Party conference</h2>

The Liberal Democrats head for Brighton on Saturday for five days of discussion. Fancy a day of debate at the seaside?

- Contact Nick Cater at catercharity@yahoo.co.uk.

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