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REPORT: On the brink of closure: can small charities survive the cost of living crisis?

Small charities doing vital work to support local communities are facing untenable challenges because of the cost of living crisis. Because of increasing costs, workforce challenges and significant rises in demand from beneficiaries, almost half of those we surveyed are fighting for survival. Urgent government intervention is required to ensure they can keep supporting their communities. 


The Anniversary of Sir David Amess' Murder

A statement from The Jo Cox Foundation:

Today marks one year since the murder of Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West. The thoughts of the Jo Cox Foundation team are very much with his family, loved ones, and colleagues on this tragic anniversary.

It reminds us of the appalling fact that two MPs were murdered in the space of six years. The intimidation and violence we see against elected representatives must never be viewed as an inevitable part of our politics. It is a serious problem that is harming our democracy, and concentrated effort is needed to find solutions.

Sir David’s family, like Jo’s, wanted some good to come from this tragedy. We must all reflect on and take inspiration from their moving words last year:

"We ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness."

 


Unlocking Connection: 7 Keys for Connection

Since 2021, Meta has partnered with the Connection Coalition to provide small grants to members who want to test ideas and ways to build connections and community through the pandemic and beyond.

 


My Kickstart experience: understanding how I work best

Our Stronger Communities Officer Ella describes her Kickstart experience and the importance of an understanding workplace.


World Humanitarian Day

This World Humanitarian Day we want to celebrate the life of Jo Cox, a lifelong humanitarian, and champion some of the amazing work that has happened in her name around the world through the Jo Cox Memorial Grants.


Breaking down barriers to the charity sector with the Kickstart scheme

Our Digital Communications Officer Kira describes her experience with the Kickstart scheme and the value of real-life experiences. 

 


Inclusive Recruitment in the Charity Sector

In late 2021 we applied for the TPP inclusive recruitment grant. At The Jo Cox Foundation, we want to talk openly about how we’re on a journey to becoming a more inclusive organisation - we’re doing some things right, but we know we have more progress that we can make.


The Sixth Anniversary of Jo's Murder

A statement from The Jo Cox Foundation:

Six years ago today, on 16 June 2016, Jo Cox was murdered while on her way to a constituency surgery in Batley and Spen. Those closest to Jo lost a devoted mum, daughter, sister, wife, friend, and colleague. The country lost a talented parliamentarian, passionate campaigner, and life-long humanitarian.


Foodbank donation statement

We made a grant to the foodbank run by the local Batley and Spen charity Purpose of Life, as well as to multiple others in the area, as part of a Covid grant to be spent on alleviating food poverty. 


Join us and take the Civility Pledge for the upcoming elections

Encouraging civility in politics is a key part of our work to continue Jo Cox’s legacy. As the elections on 5th May 2022 draw closer, The Jo Cox Foundation invites candidates to reject intimidation and abuse, and shape the tone of political discourse by taking the Civility Pledge. 

Robust debate and scrutiny are essential aspects of our democratic process; abuse and intimidation shouldn’t have to be. Abuse can make elected representatives feel they need to step down, and put potential future candidates off standing altogether. Women in particular suffer a disproportionate level of this behaviour. We all have a responsibility to challenge this.