FUNDRAISING NEWS: Disability charities pool fundraising effort

Annie Kelly

An umbrella organisation of five disability charities has received an "overwhelming" public response to its first face-to-face fundraising campaign.

Enabling Partnership, a registered charity that works on behalf of five disability groups, raised more than £100,000 through a trial street fundraising campaign.

"We were concerned that our first face-to-face programme wouldn't work because we don't have a strong brand identity," said Chris Phillips, director of development at Enabling Partnership. "But people responded to the idea of giving one donation to help five charities which are combining to cut costs and share resources."

Enabling Partnership was set up in 2001 to help small disabled charities combine and share fundraising, administration, communications and IT costs.

Current members are ENHAM, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, The National Federation of Shopmobility UK, Holiday Care and the National Information Forum. Even though the charities work together on combined projects, they all retain their autonomy with individual trustee boards and charity registration numbers.

"I think this campaign shows that people agree with the concept of charities working together," said Phillips. "Small charities find it hard to raise voluntary income, and it made sense to join forces rather than have all five organisations chasing the same donations."

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