How to Nominate Someone for an MBE

If you’re an experienced fundraiser, the chances are you know of at least one person you believe should receive an MBE or other honour. With so many great people who make a real difference to our communities and charitable efforts, it’s a wonder why none of them have an honour, but it’s important to remember that the hundreds of people who are recognised every year are have been nominated by people like you or me.

You can nominate anyone for an MBE or honour, apart from yourself, so if you know a fundraiser who deserves to be recognised, here’s what you need to do.

Fill in some forms

You can easily find all the forms you need to nominate someone online, and you can submit the information via email, so you can relax knowing everything has been made as simple as possible.

You can nominate someone at any time of year, as there are no deadlines and the awards are given out at New Year in December and the Queen’s birthday in mid-June. The Cabinet Office will undertake background work with HMRC and police checks, with most nominations taking between 12-18 months to process.

The nomination will be initially assessed by a committee made up from people who have worked in the same fundraising area before being assessed by the Cabinet Office responsible for reviewing every nomination.

It’s best practice to nominate someone when they’re still in service with you, and at least 12 months before they step down or retire, as someone after this is not likely to receive the honour you nominate them for.

A two stage process

There are two parts to the nominating process that you’ll need to fill out in your forms, including a citation you’ll need to write. It’s important to remember that most people who deal with your nomination will only see your citation.

The other part of your nomination will include supporting letters written by other people with the purpose of confirming why you’re nominating that person.

Here at Engrave Bricks, we’ve worked with numerous wonderful fundraisers over the years, all of whom deserve an MBE or honours for their work. To find out more about how we do our best to help fundraisers achieve their goals, call us today on 01730 895971 or email us at info@engravebricks.co.uk.

How to Run a Successful Brick Fundraising Campaign

Brick fundraising campaigns are an increasingly popular method for low to mid-level fundraising and works especially for your fundraising project if you have a broad base of mid-level donors to support you. Engraved walls or walkways can be indoor or outdoor, and brick fundraising works by attracting donors who will give you money in return for the chance to engrave a brick with their name or message.

In order to make the most of this fundraising tactic, ideally you need your own space where you can put up the bricks as part of a wall or walkway so that your donors can see their contributions. Brick fundraising is popular for hospitals, schools and community centres, where a large number of people value your organisation but may not have given money in the past.

By running your brick fundraising campaign professionally and to an efficient plan, you’ll see the largest return on your bricks and a decent amount of money raised.

Come up with a plan

Gather together your fundraising team to research and develop a comprehensive, fully-costed and written up fundraising plan for your brick campaign. This will help you all to unify your visions and goals for the campaign, as well as the details of how to achieve it.

Build a fundraising committee

Encourage some of your key supporters, people who are passionate about your cause, to form a leadership committee for the brick fundraising campaign and network throughout your prospect list and their own social networks.

Advertising materials

Professional documentation and brochures, especially showing images of the bricks show donors what they can expect to see. By marketing the bricks well, you’re far more likely to get people to donate and reach your targets.

Offer different levels of donation

One way of getting more people involved and making the campaign more inclusive is by offering different levels of donation, for example, £20 for a small brick and £45 for a large brick. Many people who may not be able to afford the larger brick will see the small option as far more manageable and some people, as well as local businesses, will be drawn to the allure of donating for a larger brick, helping you to raise more money over all.

Ensure the fundraising is fun

Your brick fundraising campaign, like any other fundraising campaign, should be fun for everyone involved and interactive with the wider community. As well as finding as many people to buy bricks as possible, you need to give them and the cause lots of support and make sure all your donors know they’re appreciated.

 

For more information about ordering your fundraising bricks, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Engrave Bricks team today on 01730 895971 or get in touch with us online.

 

How to Set Up your Own Charity

Setting up a charity is a relatively simple process, with six simple steps in England and Wales. The first thing is to find at least 3 trustees in order to manage the running and finances of the charity. The next step is ensuring that the charity you’re planning to create falls into the government’s ‘charitable causes for the public benefit’ list. Once you’ve chosen your charity’s name and structure, all you need to do is create your governing document and register your charity. In the blog piece below, we’ll go into the process in more detail, so you can start fundraising and order your engraved brick on behalf of your donors.

What are ‘charitable purposes’?

In order to fund a charity, you need to make sure that your proposed charity will be carrying out fundraising ‘for public benefit’. This includes contributing to sectors such as:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Health
  • Alleviating poverty
  • Community development / citizenship
  • Saving lives
  • Amateur sports
  • The Arts
  • Religious or racial harmony
  • Human rights
  • Animal welfare
  • Protecting the environment
  • Providing support to the armed forces or ambulance, fire or police forces.

It is also important to know that you can’t set up a charity in order to help one specific person.

Naming your charity

When thinking of a name for your charity, you need to ensure you don’t pick a name that’s too similar to a pre-existing charity or any trademarked words you can’t use. Additionally, your charity name shouldn’t be misleading and can’t include offensive words or acronyms. If you’re planning to use any acronyms or additional names, you will have to list these when you apply to register as well.

Charity structures

There are four different charity structures you can choose, depending on how you want to run your charity and how you plan to fundraise, including:

  • Charitable company – Trustees have limited or no liability for the charity’s liabilities or debts and you’ll have to register with Companies House.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – This structure is designed for incorporated charities and you register with the Charity Commission rather than Companies House. Once again, your trustees will have limited or no liability for CIO liabilities and debts.
  • Charitable Trust – Charitable Trusts are appropriate for a group of trustees who need or want to manage assets including buildings, land, money and investments.
  • Unincorporated Charitable Organisation – If you’re looking for a simple way for yourself and a group of fellow volunteers to run a charity for a common purpose, you can choose to register as an unincorporated charitable association. However, this choice means the charity can’t own premises or employ any staff.

What to include in your governing document

A governing document needs to ensure all your trustees and anyone interested understand why your charity exists, how it is run and by whom, how your charity appoints its trustees, the rules on your trustees’ expenses. Rules about paying trustees, how the charity should be closed.

Registering your charity

You will need to apply for registering your charity if the income to the charity is £5,000 per year or more or it’s a CIO in England or Wales. You will have to provide a number of supporting documents and proof of income in accordance with government guidelines.

At Engrave Bricks, we work closely with a number of different charitable organisations, and we understand just how rewarding running a charity can be. Engraved bricks are an excellent way for your charity to fundraise large amounts and help your donors to feel fully included in achieving your charity’s goals.

For more information, simply call us on 01730 895971 or email info@engravebricks.co.uk today.

Find out everything you’ve wondered about Engraved Bricks

Engraved bricks are a great way for you to increase the donations for your cause by offering people a lasting way to publically declare they’ve contributed to the cause. Often used for schools, community halls and sports clubs, engraved bricks will help you to raise a substantial amount of money and work to really build bonds and increase community spirit. Here at Engrave Bricks, there’s so much to know about our bricks before you decide to use them as a means for your fundraising campaign.

How do I tell which brick size is right for me?

Whilst most private donors are happy with the two lines of 16 characters, you may find that larger bricks are used by corporate sponsors, who will happily spend around £100 on a larger brick for fundraising they’re passionate about. If you want to be able to offer four lines for people to buy at a premium, our larger bricks are the ideal choice.

Will the engraving wear out?

At Engrave Bricks, our bricks are designed for use in industrial sites, car parks and even roadways, so you can rest assured that the bricks won’t wear out. As for the engraving itself, you’ll be happy to know that it will last as long as the bricks themselves last. However, cleaning the bricks with acid or a powerful jet wash may cause the colour to fade!

Is your engraving process better than traditional sandblasting?
At Engrave Bricks. Our engraving process will guarantee you a smooth, neat, and even finish to your bricks. Unlike sandblasting, you won’t have to worry about leftover debris and unhappy sponsors!

Can we use concrete bricks?

At Engrave Bricks, we use clay bricks rather than concrete to manufacture our products as concrete tends to lose its colour and succumb to efflorescence. Clay, on the other hand, will easily keep its colour over the years and is extremely strong and durable.

For more information about our bricks and how we can help your fundraising campaign, simply call us on 01730 895971 today.

4 Interesting Things You Never Knew About Bricks

Whilst it may seem unlikely, there are plenty of interesting facts about bricks that will help you to see this humble building material in a whole new light. At Engrave Bricks Ltd, we work with bricks all day, and over the years, we’ve found out a number of truly amazing facts that will totally transform how you see this building material.

 

There are different bricks for different uses
Whilst the vast majority of bricks are made from a mixture of shale and clay, before being fired in a kiln, there are different categories of bricks that have been designed for different uses. Face bricks are manufactured for durability and appearance, making them perfect for the exterior of buildings. Common bricks are made for functionality when appearance isn’t important, meaning they’re often used if your building will be covered in plaster or render, or if you’re building underground.

Fireplaces, kilns and furnaces need their own bricks too, and for this, fire bricks (or refractory bricks) are specially developed to withstand incredibly high temperatures. Various additives are added to ensure fire bricks have low thermal conductivity and are highly energy efficient. Finally, paving bricks are designed for roads and walkways.

 

Barium Carbonate controls efflorescence in bricks
Efflorescence is the white powdery material that sometimes affects new masonry. Many brick manufactures add in barium carbonate to prevent this as it locks in the water soluble salts that cause this process.

 

Different minerals and chemicals determine the colour of bricks
The chemical and mineral content of the raw materials used to create bricks will determine their colour. Most fired bricks contain sand 9silica), clay (alumina), iron oxide, lime and magnesia. The iron oxide causes bricks to take on their distinctive red colour, whereas adding more lime will cause the fired bricks to become more yellow or white. Many brick manufacturers will be able to offer a range of colours and textures to meet your needs.

 

Brick frogs
Some bricks have indentations called brick frogs. There are many theories about why it is called a brick frog, and the purposes these brick frogs serve, as well as a debate whether brick with frogs should be laid frog-up or frog-down.

 

For more information about how Engrave Bricks will manufacture your fundraising bricks, simply call 01730 895971 or email info@engravebricks.co.uk today.

Bricks are the best building material

Bricks are a great building material for pretty much any building project you can think of. Many fundraising groups us engraved bricks as a way to achieve their targets, but as a general building material, bricks have a wide range of benefits you can enjoy.

Bricks are made from natural materials
Bricks are made from a mixture of clay and shale, two of the world’s most common materials. When the bricks are fired in a kiln, they go through a vitrification process that fuses the particles together to create an incredibly durable building material.

Bricks have been used for centuries
Bricks have been used as a building material for over 5,000 years, originating from India and spreading throughout Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. Nowadays, bricks are stringently manufactured, but if you go to archaeological sites, you’ll see just how enduring bricks really are.

Bricks offer the best protection from the weather
Bricks are not only fireproof, they offer high wind protection and they’re great at controlling the moisture in your home. This is perfect for the British weather, where the often cold and damp conditions easily damage properties.

Bricks are incredibly low maintenance
Bricks don’t rot, need to be painted or get eaten away by insects, and they often only look better with age, giving you a high level of value. You’ll also find that bricks are incredibly good at absorbing noise, perfect if you’re building a property in a populated area.

Bricks are the energy-efficient choice
Bricks are a dense material and have the ability to store warmth, before slowly releasing it, ensuring that your home stays cool throughout summer and warm in winter. This is one of the many reasons the brick has enjoyed thousands of years of popularity.

Bricks are sustainable
Not only are bricks energy efficient, they use sustainable materials and can be easily recycled in a number of different ways. Additionally, because bricks are so durable and can last for centuries, it only takes a low amount of energy to manufacture.

 

Succeed at meeting your fundraising targets by ordering engraved and personalised bricks from Engrave Brick Ltd today. Simply call 01730 895971 or contact us online.

Fun Fundraising Ideas to Ensure Success for Your Charity

At Engrave Bricks, we specialise in creating engraved charity bricks for sponsors to buy in order for you to raise funds. It helps to make people feel more invested in their community and provides a lovely sense of history to your project. Engraved bricks are especially appropriate if your fundraising hopes to rebuild an old building or helps to build a new structure. Along with engraved bricks, there are plenty of fun and interesting ways you can raise funds for a charity and achieve your goals.

Fundraising for large events – Donating furniture

If your fundraising is helping people in need or has anything to do with re-homing people, a second hand furniture stall is perfect. Not only does it give you an excuse to clear out your home, you can be sure that your old furniture will be going to people who really need or want it. This environmentally-friendly option ensures your furniture isn’t needlessly on the landfill.

Charities can use donated furniture to help people on low incomes, and homeless people get on their feet, after having found a home. If you’re donating furniture to a charity group, they can turn your donation into a considerable amount of money in order to continue their good works.

Fundraising in the workplace – Charity head shave

This fundraising event isn’t for the fainthearted, but the perfect option if you want to avoid bungee jumping or sky diving. Charity head shaving always raises lots of money, especially if you have a loud, bubbly and prominent member of the community committing to it.

Charity head shaving is a great way to draw attention to your cause and is incredibly easy to organise. It’s a superb low-cost way of raising money, as you can potentially carry it out with no overheads (if you can find someone with shavers!).

Fundraising for animal-related charities – A fun dog show

There’s a lot to consider if you decide to host a dog show, such as the classes, prizes and organisation, but they can be perfect for fundraising for kennels and catteries. They bring the wider community together and provide charities and fundraising groups the perfect opportunity to spread information about responsible pet care.

Fun dog shows should entertain the whole family, allowing children to have a large input as well as grownups. Remember that the purpose of charity dog shows is to be fun for everyone and raise money, so you should try and make sure that no one gets too competitive.

All-round fundraising idea – Bake sales

Bakes sales are a classic fundraising idea and the reason they’re so popular is because they’re consistently successful in raising funds. No matter the reason you’re fundraising, this simple and cheap idea will see you rake in the profits – perfect for the Church roof or new school wing! It’s also the perfect way to introduce young children to fundraising and charity, as they can easily get involved and maybe even have a tasty treat as a reward after a long 9yet fun!) afternoon baking!

At Engrave Bricks, we believe that engraved bricks are a lovely way to raise funds and help people feel as if they’re really part of the community, a lasting record of their efforts to help you raise funds will really see that money fly in. When you combine these other fundraising ideas with your efforts, you’re bound to achieve your target quickly and smoothly.