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Directory of Social Change launches new service
Just two weeks after the Directory of Social Change took ownership of GuideStar, a new service has been launched. The Funder's Snapshot from GuideStar Data Services helps funders get a quick and simple update in their field of giving so they can be smarter and more proactive in directing their funds. Drawing on the most detailed repository of data on English and Welsh charities, the Snapshot offers a bespoke report on charities eligible for funding and helps funders decide: are there enough qualifying charities who could receive our donations? are they doing the kind of work that matches our funding objectives? are they already sufficiently funded by others?

Lord Hodgson: the sector verdict
The sector has broadly welcomed Lord Hodgson’s Charities Act review report, Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities, and its underlying focus on reducing red tape for the sector while maintaining public trust and confidence in charities. Though the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) suggested that while the report gets it right on most counts there are some ‘jarring notes’.

Tag Breached Charity Law and Code of Practice
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has released the findings of its investigation into Tag Campaigns (Tag), affirming that the company breached the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Code of Fundraising Practice for Face-to-Face Activity and charity law while fundraising on London’s streets in June 2012. Tag was fundraising on behalf of FRSB member charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care (Marie Curie).

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June/July 2013 Cover Story: Testing times, big opportunities

Contrasting sector evidence suggests the fundraising environment is tougher than it has ever been while other data suggests it is indeed tough but equally ripe with opportunity. Hugh Wilson unravels the debate

August/September 2013 Cover Story: Revisiting the Big Society

Andrew Holt searches through the maze that is the Big Society for meaning

April/May 2013 Cover Story: Measuring Impact

Impact measurement is the current sector zeitgeist. Hugh Wilson finds charities embracing it to keep funders happy and arguments over the measurement of data, but ultimately, the benefits of good impact measurement are significant and the idea is here to stay

February/March 2013 Cover Story: Are charities special?

What is the role of charities? Are they unique? Or do charities increasingly ape what other organisations can do just as well? Hugh Wilson investigates

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