5 things you should know about Small Charity Week

Small Charity Week celebrates the small charities around the UK making a big difference, helping them punch above their weight with advice, partnerships and resources – we share some of the social media goings-on you should follow.

Chloe Green | 18th Jun 19
Image credit: Open Age @Open_Age on Twitter, joining in with Small Charity Week to celebrate charity partners big and small.

The many thousands of small charities around the UK are being celebrated as part of The FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement)’s Small Charity Week – join the party at across social media.

While the total income of the voluntary sector is dominated by larger charities, small charities constitute 97% of all charities in the UK (as a newly released infographic from NCVO shows). Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to millions of lives. Each year the FSI works with partner organisations to ensure the work of small charities is recognised and celebrated.

There is a truly enormous amount of stuff going on this week with all kinds of charities and partner organisations involved – we share some of the exciting things happening that small charities can get involved with below. To stay up to date with all news, make sure you’re signed up to the Small Charity Week mailing list (info@smallcharityweek.com) and follow the hashtag, along with its own dedicated account on Twitter.


1 – There’s a different focus every day this week

Each day this week will see a different theme, with events, resources, initiatives, offers and a wide range of partners involved.

Yesterday kicked off the week with a day devoted to raising the profile of small charities, with national competitions and cash prizes:


Wednesday will engage the policy makers and influencers who can make a difference to small charities, while Thursday’s Fundraising Day is the perfect opportunity for small charities to engage with current and new supporters to get fundraising.

Tuesday was Big Advice Day, with a national London event, as well as various regional events across the country, where small and local charities and community groups (those with a turnover up to £1 million) could access free expert 1:1 advice on a variety of topics. Small Charities Coalition also opened up its advice line:


If you missed out on today’s advice, the FSI is also sharing top tips from its Skills Conference.


2 – Big charities are supporting small

When larger organisations collaborate with smaller organisations or individuals, great things can happen. That’s why Small Charities Coalition is following the stories of big charities giving a helping a hand to their smaller peers under the hashtag #BigSupportSmall:




3 – CAST have released new research on how to make tech accessible for small charities


4 – There are free events for small charities happening all week

Events that will be run all week, with charities invited to use the high profile of Small Charity Week to run their own charity event, which will be promoted on the Small Charity Week website.

So far, local events range from free advice surgeries, to fundraisers, pop-up galleries, fairs and festivals, speed-matching days and networking picnics.


5 – The NCVO is opening up content especially

As part of Small Charity Week, the NCVO is opening up some of its great member-only learning resources for small charities (which you don’t have to be a small charity to benefit from):

Last but not least, one more thing you should know is that Small Charity Week is now in its 10th fantastic year (here are a few of the key stats so far):