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Good Practice

In 2008 the Sheila McKechnie Foundation launched Campaign Central, an online resource and forum for campaigners to get advice and share ideas. In 2015 we took the decision to close Campaign Central as we no longer had the resources to maintain it. However, the site contained a great deal of useful information for campaigners and on this page you will find some of the good practice documents that were on Campaign Central, these cover the following topics:

The documents provide advice for campaigniners and activists, but as much of content was produced between 2008 and 2014 we would strongly recommend that you seek additional and more up to date information particularly on any content related to legislation and legal issues.

You can also visit the following sites, which are full of useful resources for campaigners:

Good practice

eCampaigning forum

This is an email forum for campaigners with nearly 3,000 members from across the world. It can be a very useful resource for seeking advice from other campaigners and activists.

Campaigning Strategy website

This website is full of information to help you think strategically about your campaign.

Reports and papers.

Good Guide to Campaigning and Influencing

The Good Guide to Campaigning and Influencing is a guide to effective campaigning.

New Philanthropy Capital: Theory of Change

A theory of change is a tool that sets out a clear path from your day-to-day activities to the outcomes you achieve to the change you want to create.

New Philanthropy Capital: Measuring the effectiveness of your campaign

A short guide highlighting a number of evaluation resources and techniques to help you evaluate your campaign through a series of simple steps.

Government guidance.

Charity Commission – Speaking Out – Guidance on Campaigning and Political Activity by Charities

This webpage sets out the Charity Commission’s guidance on rights and restrictions of charities to undertake campaigning

Electoral Commission: Guidance for campaigners.

Detailed guidance from the Electoral Commission on campaigning in the run up to elections and referendums.

Funding sources

Grant finder

This website includes details of more than 8,000 funding opportunities, including grants, loans and awards from local, regional and national UK government, European funding, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.

Funding Central

Government funded website with information on grants from the European Union, UK Government, the Lottery and Grant Making Trusts.


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