Stay Informed Using the RSS News Feed

Keeping up to date with the latest fundraising news and events just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of the RSS Feed. In short, an RSS feed is an easy-to-use online tool that will allow you to view the latest news headlines without having to even visit the website. RSS feeds are entirely free to use and are an increasingly popular way of keeping informed.

Details of how to use the RSS feed are featured at the bottom of the page. If you are not yet familiar with RSS feeds however, you may wish to read this handy guide to first.

What's an "RSS feed" and why would I want one on my organisation's website?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (amongst other meanings) – A simple and industry standard format for distributing news headlines and other content on the Web, which works like this: a client subscribes to a RSS feed and then every time that there is new content on the source web site, the client is notified.  There is an excellent one page primer on

What form does it take?  What does it look like?

An RSS feed is, in essence, a list of headlines and summaries.  Depending on the software used to read them, they may be displayed in a manner similar to emails, with a title and then body text, in a list.  Every headline will contain a link back to the original source article.
What do I need to read an RSS feed?

  • You can download special news reader software. The good folk at Google have compiled a fine selection here. 
  • A modern web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer 7, Firefox has built in RSS reading functionality. 
  • Also, many email programs, e.g. Thunderbird, incorporate RSS functionality (these are also called news aggregators).
  • If you don't want to download newsreader software, you can simply visit a website that acts as a reader such as or

How to Start Using the RSS Feed

If you would like to use the RSS feed, simply click on the icon below and copy the URL address you visit to your RSS feeder.

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