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Lords criticise innovation and advocacy restrictions on charities

Charities are being “stifled by a contract culture” and face threats from government to restrict their advocacy work, according to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.

The Committee’s report
Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society, which follows their investigation into challenges facing the sector, has praised charities for being “the eyes and ears and conscience of society” but is critical of their treatment by government, in particularly around lobbying and public service delivery.

Concerns raised by Lords over Charity Commission charging plans

Charity Commission plans to consider charging charities have come under fire from members of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, who say they have “grave concerns” about the move.

Peers are concerned the plans have not been properly evidenced and that the regulator has not set out how a charge will directly benefit charities, according to the committee’s report Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society.

Fundraising income growth at lowest rate in six years

Fundraising income growth of the UK’s biggest fundraising charities is at its lowest rate in six years, analysis by Charity Financials has revealed.

The data provider’s Top 100 Fundraising Charities Spotlight has looked at fundraised income of the 100 largest fundraising charities in 2015/16 and found it grew by 2.3 per cent, under half the previous year’s growth of 5.4 per cent and the lowest growth rate since 2010.

Charity staff raise fears over lack of digital awareness

Charities are at risk of becoming irrelevant and losing out on fundraising due to a failure to prioritise digital transformation, a report has warned.

The Charity Digital Skills Report surveyed 485 charity professionals and found widespread concern about a lack of leadership and strategy around improving digital skills and capabilities, in particular across fundraising and marketing.

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Mobile phone bill donation platform launches

An online platform has launched to allow the public to make donations to charities through their mobile phone bill.

Called DonateToday, the platform also allows mobile phone users to include Gift Aid via their bill.

In a statement DonateToday says that the platform will help charities to “better engage with potential donors on a mobile device” and “open up a whole new channel for donations”.

Regulator issues warning after charity falls foul of business rate scheme

An international aid charity has been criticised by the Charity Commission over its failed attempt to benefit from a business rates scheme that left it owing more than £800,000 to councils.

The regulator found that trustees at Africa Relief Trust, which has since closed down, had mismanaged the charity’s finances through a lack of due diligence and failure to manage the risks of its involvement in a business rate scheme involving landlords of empty commercial premises.

Grant maker calls for action to help small charities survive economic upheaval

Large charities need to link up with their smaller counterparts when bidding for public sector contracts to protect them from the “turbulent” economic times ahead, according to a latest report.

The move is one of a number of measures being called for in a Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales report to help small charities survive recent political and economic events such a the squeeze on council funding and Brexit.

Oxfam named best not for profit employer in the UK

Oxfam has been named as the best charity to work for, based on the reviews of tens of thousands of workers in Britain.

Job website Indeed analysed the reviews of staff across central and local government, uniformed services and charities and found that the international aid charity was the best not for profit employer in the country, according to those that work for it.

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International aid charities get training and funding boost

The Department for International Development (DFID) has linked up with the Charity Commission to offer training support to ‘grassroots charities’ working overseas.

The newly created partnership will provide training to small to medium sized international development charities to boost their ability to support some of the world’s poorest communities.

London charities to benefit from £500,000 social investment funding

A £500,000 funding pot has been made available to help charities compete in the social investment market.

The money is being made available to London based charities through the latest round of funding from the Stepping Stones Fund, which was set up two years ago by the City of London Corporation’s Charitable arm, City Bridge Trust, and UBS to promote social investment.

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