Many charities struggle to recruit new trustees and attribute it to a lack of willing volunteers, but for most, poor advertisement is usually at the root of the problem.
"For small charities like ours, the concept of a merger might seem a bit daunting, especially if it’s with a much larger organisation.
"[But] the social care sector is a changing landscape. The charities that come together, will not only be stronger as a result but will increase the reach of their incredible impact – that’s what I’m excited about."
The Charity Commission has issued a fresh warning, urging charities to put preventative measures in place to avoid falling victim to insider fraud.
The regulator’s warning comes after the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) released a national alert highlighting the insider threat from fraudsters and cyber criminals.
"In today’s world, technology continually changes the ways in which we do things, and it is important that Macmillan embraces this innovation to achieve its aim of reaching and improving the lives of people affected by cancer.
"Our reputation is built on trust, and it is important we do everything we can to build and retain that confidence, whilst also embracing innovations and new technology to improve our services wherever possible."
The government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to the sector, but as always, the devil is in the detail. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know.
New research reveals a growing acknowledgement amongst insurance brokers of the importance of contributing positively to society, with charitable giving the most popular way of achieving this goal.
The government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to "strengthen the organisations, which hold our society together”.
The new civil society strategy is an encouraging start, but it “could have gone further” in clearly setting the government’s role in a number of charitable areas and releasing dormant assets, the sector has claimed.
A decision to force charities to pay for the Charity Commission’s services to help plug its current budget gap is “short-sighted” and “counter-productive”, the Directory of Social Change has argued.
Reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange has merged with health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care.
Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, who merged earlier this year, has unveiled its new branding, revealing the new charity will be called Bowel Cancer UK.
Relationship support charity Relate has appointed Aidan Jones OBE as its new chief executive.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at Capricorn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary amid concerns about the charity’s governance and management.
Councils are leaving charity shops facing a ‘postcode lottery’ regarding business rate relief and waste disposal charges, research suggests.
The net fall in the number of high street charity shops has almost doubled over the last year, according to latest figures.
Research carried out by the Local Data Company for accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) into High Street retail trends found that 271 charity shops closed in 2017, but just 202 opened.
A care charity has removed the word “hospice” from its name because it is deterring people from using its services.
International aid organisations have warned the government against using global development funding to promote the UK’s commercial and security goals over helping the world’s poorest people.
"Leadership in the third sector is more crucial than ever and finding talented employees can be a challenge at a time when both employers and candidates are feeling cautious."
"It’s a minefield. The path a charity trustee follows is strewn with legal traps to ensnare the unwary and widely reported charity collapses suggest it’s all too easy to be caught out. High-profile scandals, including those engulfing Oxfam, The Presidents Club and Kids Company risk discouraging other current or future charity trustees."
Almost 75 per cent of insider frauds at charities are facilitated by “excessive trust” and a “lack of challenge” from people working within the charity, the Charity Commission has warned.
The Institute of Fundraising has announced a new ‘innovation partnership’ with fundraising platform Charity Checkout.
A former chief executive of Age UK Concern South Tyneside has been accused of stealing over £700,000 from the charity between 2007 and 2015.
Fundraisers are being invited to apply for a new diversity access fund, set up by the Institute of Fundraising to support and enable a diverse range of fundraisers to develop their skills and experience.
The extensive media coverage of the Presidents Club story from earlier this year served as a timely reminder that charities have to think carefully about the donations they accept, and when they might refuse or return them.
The Directory of Social Change has unveiled a new toolkit, designed to question and monitor the Charity Commission’s political independence.
It’s the question we all want to know the answer to: “what’s the latest on charitable giving?”
Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, has resigned in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal, which hit the charity earlier this year.
A new set of principles, developed by and for the UK charity sector, have been published to help guide the development of more effective digital services.
The Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show has received a gold medal.
Ensuring charities thrive in the 21st Century amidst the rapid acceleration of new technologies is at the top of the government’s agenda, Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch has said.
The winners have been announced for the 2018 Better Society Awards, which took place in London on 24 May.
"While many charities have fewer than 250 employees, and haven’t had to comply with gender pay reporting, not doing so could be a missed opportunity for smaller charities to promote their employment practices. After all, equality and diversity have been at the heart of the way the sector has operated for years."
Charities have been warned to “get into the guts” of blockchain soon, or risk being left behind.
A new report, published by Muslim Aid, has revealed the lessons learned by the third sector in response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster.
Contact the Elderly CEO Meryl Davies tells David Adams about only recently learning of the charity and how organisations can achieve a great deal by using simple methods.
Oxfam is set to make £16m in cuts due to huge losses following the Haiti sex-scandal earlier this year.
There’s a gap between those following the rules of MiFID II and those who are adhering to the spirit of it – make sure you don’t get caught out, says Richard Maitland.
Charities are not immune to fraud. In some instances, charities are specifically targeted by criminals due to their perceived lack of controls and heavy reliance on trust based governance.
Charity auditors’ initial responses to new reporting rules have been ‘disappointing’ and raised ‘serious concerns’, Charity Commission CEO Helen Stephenson has said.
Speaking at the ICAEW charity conference last week, Stephenson said the rules the Commission implemented following the collapse of Kids Co, which encourage charity auditors’ to flag matters of material significance in their audit reports, have been “just not good enough”.
Charities from around the UK have been invited to contribute to the UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice, due to launch later this year.
The code, which aims to help charities improve their digital skills and increase their digital activity, is being funded by Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation and will officially launch in November.
The NCVO has today published a draft code of ethics, recommending charities operate with a ‘presumption of openness and appropriate transparency’.
Trust in charities has 'plateaued' to levels unseen since 2005, a new report from the Charity Commission has revealed.
Trust in Charities 2018, published by the Charity Commission today was part of a series of studies examining the factors the public associates with a trustworthy charity and revealed transparency is "not enough" in rebuilding trust.
"Good governance is vital to protecting a charity’s staff, volunteers, users and donors. It helps to ensure that funds are used correctly, that trustees and staff are clear about the purposes of the charity and that objectives are being delivered effectively.
Civils and drainage solutions supplier Keyline has agreed to extend its existing corporate partnership with Prostate Cancer UK for a further five years.
The charity sector needs to do more to help plug the diversity ‘deficit’ that currently exists among charity leaders, a new report from ACEVO and the Institute of Fundraising has warned.
ICSA: The Governance Institute has published a new set of guidance, aimed at helping charities to recognise and improve boardroom behaviours.
The new guidance follows the Charity Governance Code's seven principles of good governance and translates these principles into suggested boardroom behaviours for trustees, chairs, CEOs and governance professionals.
The Presidents Club scandal highlights a number of ‘important lessons’ for other charities after trustees were found to have had “little awareness” of fundraising expectations, the Fundraising Regulator has said.
The City Bridge Trust has awarded grants worth over £3.3 million to 33 charities tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding.
Oxfam has announced it is training an additional 119 staff to investigate safeguarding incidents as part of its wider action plan to tackle safeguarding across the sector.
Charity membership body, Acevo, has recorded its first surplus for half a decade, despite its income having fallen by a further £250k, its latest annual report and accounts have shown. Published today, the accounts reveal a more positive outlook for the membership body, which was previously battling with a bulging deficit and annual drops in income, membership and reserves.
"It is time charity boards reassess how they recruit and focus on a candidate-led approach. By placing the search process at the heart and finding the right people for the right roles, we can ensure that charities will be able to improve functionality, raise more money and ultimately, deploy their resources more effectively for the communities and causes they serve."
There are a number of different types of trustees and if you recognise any of them in yourself, it's probably time to move on, says Louise Thomson.
The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into a religious charity over late submission of accounts. The Islamic Educational Society of Blackburn had been included in a class inquiry by the regulator launched in February last year into charities that had repeatedly defaulted on their accounting obligations.
April and May are the peak times for job vacancies in the charity sector, according to an online recruitment firm’s research.
CV Library analysed the timing of more than 150,000 of its job listings and found that an average of 10 per cent of all charity sector roles in a year are posted during May, compared to just half that proportion in December.
Charity Bank has announced record growth during the first quarter of 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged well-wishers to make a charity donation instead of sending them presents ahead of their wedding.
MPs are warning charities against hiring public affairs agencies for their lobbying activity and are instead recommending building a close relationship with around a dozen of their ranks.
The new chair of the Charity Commission has announced a new strategy to help the public regain trust in charities.
The appointment of Baroness Stowell was “hasty” and showed “scant regard” for the appointment process and for parliament’s role in public appointments, MPs have claimed.
Donations made in the memory of London marathon runner Matt Campbell have exceeded £100,000.
Over 70 per cent of large charities have experienced cyber security breaches within the last 12 months, a new government survey has revealed.
Less than half of local charities are confident they will survive beyond five years due to a huge imbalance between time and resources, a new report has revealed.
Only five per cent of charities are ready for the new General Data Protection Rules, according to a new survey.
The RSPCA has appointed the former CEO of Relate, Chris Sherwood, as its new chief executive officer.
The Institute of Fundraising has published updated guidance on the acceptance and refusal of donations, following the Presidents Club scandal earlier this year.
The new guidance, which aims to help trustees and fundraisers make clear and consistent decisions regarding accepting or refusing donations.
Charity sector income has surged to a new high of over £47bn, pushing through its recession recovery period, the NCVO almanac has shown.
Every charity needs a digital trustee on its board, in the same way it needs a treasurer, Baroness Barker has said.
With just over a week to go until the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, David Britton, charity director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, discusses what charities should be doing to prepare themselves in the run-up to 25th May.
Charity leaders have written to Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch, calling for a strategy that “fundamentally reassesses” how the government works with the sector.
The government’s new civil society strategy needs to incorporate “the biggest shake-up of charity tax since the Victorian age”, Charity Finance Group has said.
There has never been a better time for charities to raise funds from legacy giving. The transfer of assets between generations has never been greater and is expected to increase sharply over the coming years. But the key to driving income from legacies is a long-term approach.
Eight in 10 charity leaders acknowledge they need to advance the pace of digital change within their organisation, new research has revealed.
There were a distinct lack of charity voices present in the response to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal earlier this year, digital expert Zoe Amar has said.
Since prevention is better than cure when it comes to fraud, charities, irrespective of size and stature, should be asking themselves these questions about their day-to-day operations, what systems are in place and whether there is a plan to ensure an effective response if fraud is detected.
The charge, issued by the Information Commission’s Office (ICO), was delivered in response to the charity’s failure to secure the personal data of over 417,000 supporters when hackers entered the charity’s computer network by exploiting a weak password set by the account in 2009.
Amazon is tripling UK charity donations through AmazonSmile for a limited time this month.
"What I love most about the convention is challenge and debate. I attend with a view to not only learn, but to unlearn; to listen to other perspectives and question my own way of thinking and change bad habits."
Recent figures revealed charities are losing a huge amount of income due to unclaimed Gift Aid – but with a number of changes having been made to the tax system, what role does Gift Aid play now?
"There seem to be high stakes of detection expected of the work of auditors and these may have very little to do with what the auditor is required to do to reach their conclusion that the accounts are not materially misstated."
The term “ethical policy” alienates beneficiaries and donors and triggers an intellectual discussion based around personal opinions, Age UK’s director of fundraising has said.
Oxfam failed to ‘get the tone right’ in its initial responses to the Haiti scandal and subsequently didn’t apologise to the public quick enough, its director of communications said.
There were ‘significant failures’ at the Presidents Club Charitable Trust and its trustees were in breach of a number of key charity law duties, a new Charity Commission report has found.
Marie Curie's chief executive, Dr Jane Collins is set to step down from her role in Spring 2019.
The chief executive of ACEVO, Vicky Browning, has criticised the Charity Commission as being “unnecessarily negative” in its narrative surrounding its recent report on trust.
Published yesterday, Trust in Charities 2018 revealed trust in charities has 'plateaued' to levels unseen since 2005 and that transparency is “not enough” to rebuild the public’s trust in the third sector.
Consumer charity, Which?, has announced the appointment Anabel Hoult as its new chief executive.
Almost 90 per cent of donors prefer to donate directly via their website instead of through third-party fundraising websites, new research has revealed.
Children’s charity Wide Horizons has been forced to close after Greenwich council made a last minute U-turn and refused to lend the struggling charity £200,000.
Sexual exploitation and abuse among the charity sector has been ongoing for a 'long time' and the sector is guilty of being almost 'complicit' in the scandal, a scathing report by MPs has revealed.
MPs are urging the government to put in place a swift replacement to the European Social Fund (ESF) when the UK leaves the European Union, saying any gap in provision would be “disastrous”.
The fund currently provides £500m a year to charities and other organisations for supporting the employment prospects and skills of people in disadvantaged communities.
The chief executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has stepped down amid safeguarding concerns at one of its children’s care homes.
A statement issued by the charity’s chair Eleanor Southwood said that chief executive Sally Harvey has quit after the Charity Commission opened a class inquiry into the RNIB and its subsidiary, the RNIB Charity.
Save the Children’s handling of allegations of misconduct and harassment against its staff is to be investigated by the Charity Commission.
Charities continue to turn to interims for a fresh leadership perspective as they encounter funding pressures, undertake reorganisations or acquire talent to cover gaps whilst recruiting permanent staff. If you’re considering the move, here are ten things to bear in mind.
The final agenda for the Charity Times Annual Conference has been announced, with key speakers including Baroness Elizabeth Barker and Camila Batmanghelidjh.
A former chief executive of Age UK Concern South Tyneside has been found guilty of stealing over £700,000 from the charity between 2007 and 2015.
"To effectively tackle the many challenges ahead, we need a living and breathing strategy that fundamentally reassesses how government works with the sector.
It should not be focused on what government thinks the sector should do; this is for the sector to determine with their beneficiaries. Instead the strategy should set out how the government can support and enable civil society to achieve its potential."
New research has revealed a list of charities that chief executives from across the sector think should merge to form “mega-charities”.
The research, published by Firetail and based on the responses of 39 charity leaders at chief executive and senior level, highlighted the need for mergers among some of the biggest charities in order to create “category-leading” charities that could “drive greater impact”.
The former chief executive of Butterwick Hospice has been sentenced to four years in jail after de-frauding the charity of over £91,000.
"Throughout the engagement exercise, there has been an undertone from the government that although it is “ambitious” for our sector, there is no money around to deliver the strategy. The industrial strategy by contrast has been backed up by tens of billions in government spending through the creation of new investment funds and tax breaks."
Householders are being “bombarded” by charities delivering clothing collection bags to people’s homes against their wishes, Lorde Grade has said.
The trustee boards of foundations are 99 per cent white and over 60 per cent male, “sobering” new research has revealed.
Leaders from national fundraising associations around the world have agreed on a code of ethics for the sector.
A local branch of the RSPCA has been criticised by the Charity Commission for shortcomings in the appointment process of a 'cattery manager'.
The shortlist for the 19th annual Charity Times Awards has been announced.The awards reward excellence across almost 30 separate categories. The best individual charities and charity leaders will be celebrated, alongside the best examples of specific areas of charity management including fundraising, communications, campaigning, use of technology, and more.
"In an ideal world, we'd all see eye-to-eye, whether it's at work or in our personal relationships. For charities, one of the crucial relationships is between CEO and chair, and organisations can sometimes succeed or fail on the back of it."
UK charity All Aboard has recorded a £10,000 loss after being victim to a spate of seven break-ins across its charity shops since March 2018.
"Rules and regulations are essential in setting clear requirements and holding organisations to account if things go wrong, but they can only go so far. Without the right values, culture, and behaviours being set and lived by each and every charity, the safeguarding of everyone who comes into contact with our fundraising activities cannot be achieved."
Action Aid and Families for Children are among 20 charities nominated for a Charity Governance Award this year.
The nominated charities are competing in seven categories with the winners, who receive a £5,000 grant, set to be announced at a ceremony in London on May 24.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s has appointed Wendy Becker as its new chair of the board of trustees.
The Ethical Property Foundation has appointed Peter Damesick as its new chairman.
When we asked civil society for its views on the health of the charity sector we got a very clear and rather brutal answer.
A comprehensive literature review into legacy giving has been published to help charities and fundraisers wanting to make the most of the income source.
Organisations wishing to enter the 2018 Charity Times Awards have one week to get entries in before the deadline of 07 June.
"While of course there will always be issues specific to individual countries, I’ve always found there is more that unites us than divides us."
Charities have been urged to consider how their individual goals sit within the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals post-Brexit.
Jeremy Wright has been appointed as the new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport – a role that also requires oversight of charities on the government agenda.
Charities across the UK that team up for a ‘ground-breaking’ project to improve people’s lives could receive up to to £1 million in funding each.
The charity sector must go further than “simple box-ticking” against their legal duties in order to improve safeguarding, the Charity Commission has said.In response to a report published today by the International Development Committee among sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector, the regulator said charities should be judged “not just by what they do or achieve, but by how they go about it”.
Grants worth £684,000 have been handed out to 15 charities and social enterprises to help them attract further funding by improving how they manage and evidence the social impact of their work.