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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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fundraising Regulator is gauging how popular and easy to use the Fundraising Preference Service will be, as part of the latest stage of its consultation ahead of a summer launch.
The service, which will allow those that register to opt out of charities’ phone, email, text and direct marketing communication, is currently the subject of an online consultation by the regulator.
The Charity Commission has received Treasury backing to launch a consultation on charging charities to fund its work.
The regulator says chief secretary to the Treasury David Gauke MP has green lit a formal consultation on the plans.
Trustees at a children’s cancer charity have been criticised by the Charity Commission for a number of “serious deficiencies” including receiving unauthorised payments and failing to manage conflicts of interest.
The regulator’s damning report, following its investigation into the running of the now defunct Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment, concluded that there was “mismanagement and misconduct” by its trustees.
The Charity Commission has overhauled its guidance to trustees to ensure they “get to grips” with their financial responsibilities.
The regulator’s Charity finances: trustee essentials guidance has been refreshed to make it more accessible and readable, in a bid to ensure trustees are better placed to protect their charity’s assets and resources.
A group of 24 charities is calling on the government to give them access to a raft of currently “inaccessible” health and wellbeing data to help improve the support they offer.
The group has written to secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt, as well as senior NHS officials including NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, saying that access to a ‘Health Data Lab’ of statistics would help them to alleviate pressure on health services.
The government is being urged to exempt charitable wills from VAT, in a move that could generate an extra £800m for good causes.
The recommendation has been put forward by legacy consortium Remember A Charity to encourage more people to think of charities when making a will.
The Fundraising Regulator has launched a consultation on the development of the Fundraising Preference Service, with the first question asking for views on what it should be called.
In the first in a series of weekly questions, two alternative names have been put forward for the service, which starts in the summer and will allow those that register to opt out of charities’ phone, email, text and mail direct marketing.
Three animal charities have won their long running legal dispute over a legacy gift worth just under £500,000, following a Supreme Court ruling.
The £486,000 estate of Melita Jackson had been left to Blue Cross, the RSPB and the RSPCA when she died in 2004.
This was since challenged by her daughter Heather Ilott, who claimed she had been unreasonably excluded and was initially awarded £50,000 from the estate by a district judge in 2007.
The Media Trust has announced that BBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed has joined its board of trustees.
He joins having already worked for the charity as a mentor to young people.
The Trust’s founder and patron Caroline Diehl said: “Kamal will be such a great asset to Media Trust’s board, and brings wide experience across the print, broadcast and digital media sector, as well as having been involved in the Media Trust as a volunteer advisor and mentor over so many years.
Cancer Research UK has launched a marketing campaign to promote plans to become an entirely ‘opt in’ charity within four months.
The charity is to ask all exisiting supporters for “unambigious and explicit permission” for the charity to contact them for any marketing activity, including fundraising communications.
Around 100 voluntary and not for profit groups are to benefit from a £50,000 donation from the People’s Postcode Lottery to In Kind Direct, the charity set up by the Prince of Wales to distribute surplus stock.
The total value of legacies to charities could be set to plummet by around £18m a year when a controversial hike in probate fees comes into force in May, legal experts are warning.
The concerns have been raised after the Ministry of Justice announced last month that the £215 flat rate probate fee on estates worth more than £5,000 will be scrapped and replaced with a sliding scale of fees that can be as high as £20,000 depending on the value of the estate
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to a debt counselling charity it is investigating. The regulator has announced that Adam Stephens, charities specialist at accountancy firm Smith and Williamson, will take over the management of The Rav Chesed Trust, which has been subject to a statutory inquiry into its finances since July 2015.
The Charity Commission is examining a charitable foundation set up by ex-Premier League footballer Craig Bellamy following the closure of its academy in Sierra Leone.
The former Liverpool and Manchester City player set up The Craig Bellamy Foundation in 2008 to support children in the African country through a football academy and boarding school.
The Charity Commission is being urged by sector leaders to ensure changes to the annual return strike a balance between the need for transparency and avoiding placing an unnecessary burden on charities.
A group of 22 charities has struck a deal with Apple to receive donations via the technology giant’s phones, tablets and laptops.
The charities involved, including Action Aid, Comic Relief, RSPB and Oxfam, can now receive donations through Apple Pay, which allows users to enter their bank details in advance to speed up the payment process in person, online or using apps.
The 18th Annual Charity Times Awards are now open for entries.
Celebrating best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector, the objectives of the awards have remained consistent since their inception:
Women’s charities are to benefit from a Spring Budget that has come under fire for ignoring the wider voluntary sector.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that women’s charities would receive £12m from the Tampon Tax Fund, with a full list of recipients to be published later this month.
We are delighted to reveal the 2017 Better Society Awards shortlist. In all cases the standard has been very high, and on behalf of the selection panel we would like to congratulate those shortlisted, and reassure those not, that it is not because of a lack of quality.
A charity and a university have linked up to form a biotech company to develop drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
The formation of Keapstone Therapeutics by Parkinson’s UK and the University of Sheffield is understood to be the first of its kind, where a charity and group of researchers have created a company with the aim of advancing one particular research programme.
Marie Curie has announced that three senior executives will be leaving next month as part of an overhaul of corporate services.
Director of finance Andrew Whitehead and chief information officer Charlie Hooper will leave on April 21, while director of people, planning and performance Belinda Brown is to depart on April 6.
Legacy income rose by 10 per cent over the last year, according to latest Legacy Monitor Consortium figures.
In the 12 months to December 2016 the consortium’s 83 charity members received £1.43bn from 52,300 bequests.
Charities are being called on to invest in contactless payment technology after a survey revealed three in ten people would be more likely to donate if such methods were available.
YouGov’s Charity Giving 2017 report also found that one in ten (11 per cent) would be more likely to give a one off payment via a street collection if they had the option of using contactless payment.
Charities need to offer individuals “genuine choice and control” over how their data is collected, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office draft guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation.
This includes using “active opt in” methods in obtaining consent, such as unticked opt-in boxes.
Loose financial management and monitoring put an aid charity’s assets at risk, the regulator has said
There are currently no published criteria for how devolution deals are made by central government, NCVO said
The Dormant Assets Commission has identified vast sums of money lying unclaimed across various financial products
The product provides sector specific insurance for small charities and community groups on modest budgets
The regulator has published the findings of its compliance case on the Garden Bridge Trust, having examined the charity’s books and records and met with trustees
The transaction completely removes risk for Cancer Research UK Pension Scheme’s current pensioners, accounting for a third of its pension obligations
Almost one in five charity leaders fear their organisation is struggling to survive, according to the UK’s largest survey of charity chief executives
The awards, presented by the Directory of Social Change, celebrate and recognise the achievements of social change makers in the voluntary sector
The Good Practice Guidance establishes a set of five core principles – sensitivity, transparency, integrity, collaboration and informed
Funds have been raised from the public, corporate supporters, and the Government through its Aid Match contribution, DEC said
Applications for the first round are open until 5 April
The regulator has taken steps to freeze Capricorn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary's bank accounts in order to protect its assets
Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown has been interim chief executive since Campbell Robb stepped down last year
Directory of Social Change chief executive Debra Allcock Tyler wrote to the Chancellor this week, setting out arguments against a system in which charities pay a fee to fund their regulation
Following the launch of Skills for Health’s new social media toolkit senior marketing manager Dawn Bratcher shares some key tips
Nesta and The Office for Civil Society have launched new volunteering funds worth £2m, to support early years development and improve the public’s money management skills
The partnership aims to raise £500,000, which will then be matched by the Morgan Stanley International Foundation
The DMA's Skip Fidura says charities must be honest, transparent and give individuals control to build and maintain trust
Skills for Health, the sector skills council for health sector employers, has today launched a social media toolkit for the UK healthcare sector
Almost £2m in grant funding is being made available to help charities and social enterprises manage their impact
The Charity Commission became involved with the Politics and Economics Research Trust after concerns were raised around the charity’s funding of campaigning organisations Business for Britain and Taxpayers’ Alliance
The study shows the largest six per cent of charities, those with income over £500,000, spend £49.8bn on delivering services each year
Esther Blake says volunteer mentors can transform the lives of children in care
The charity was selected by 65 per cent of the 50,000 staff who voted for the company's next charity partner
Some of the country's most senior policy and regulatory figures will address sector leaders at the Charity Times Annual Conference in May
A partnership between social impact investment company Resonance and homelessness charity St Mungo’s, the first close of the fund has attracted investment from the London local authorities of Croydon, Lambeth, and Westminster
ShareAction’s Jo Mountford explains how investing responsibly can see charities' investments support their missions with more than just financial returns
The proposed changes focus on issues like people in vulnerable circumstances, fundraising communications, the delivery of charity collection bags and how charities oversee their third-party contracts
Navca's annual chief officer's survey found 70 per cent of respondents experienced an increase in demand last year
Charities are benefiting from over £1m in fines collected from transgressing firms by The Environment Agency
Among the new funds are several that are exclusively available to charities, and some that are available at lower cost than funds usually available to small and medium-sized charities
The smart benches provide mobile device charging ports and free Wi-Fi access, and the ability to make a £2 donation to Cancer Research UK by tapping a contactless debit or credit card
A charity has been struck off the register after being used to launder the proceeds of crime, the regulator has announced
Last year’s Buzz scores reflected what had been a difficult time for charities in the public eye, but many charities this year saw an improvement in brand perception
The charity has been the subject of an inquiry since 2015, after failing to comply with an action plan issued by the regulator
The foundation will focus on projects helping the elderly, young, women in crisis due to domestic abuse, and residents with physical or mental disabilities
The ICO will consider representations made by each charity before making a final decision about enforcement action
The body overseeing devolution of health and social care has signed a memorandum of understanding with thousands of the region’s voluntary, community and social enterprise groups
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to run Support the Heroes, over serious concerns with the charity’s fundraising arrangements
Children England CEO Kathy Evans says recent evidence of declining trust in society’s institutions is a call to action for the charity sector
Send a Cow provides some of Africa’s most marginalised people with training, tools, seeds and livestock to grow their own food and lift themselves out of poverty
Launched 2014, Step on Board matches professional people with charities and organisations with a social or environmental mission
In a recent survey, data protection came sixth in a list of eight additional responsibilities charity managers said their trustees had taken on in recent years
The FPS will enable people to opt out of communications from a particular charity or charities
The role is the highest level of ambassador to the charity
Trump this week signed an executive order preventing federal money going to groups performing or providing advice on abortions overseas
Grants awarded to 17 charities and organisations tackling inequality and disadvantage across London
The issues came to light after the commission made a compliance visit to the charity, prompted by the foundation's operations in high risk areas and failure to submit annual returns
The charity chief executives’ network’s annual pay and equality survey has revealed improved gender diversity, but a lack of progress on race
Governance and legislative responsibilities are taking up an increasing amount of trustee time, according to a new survey
The awards, supported by Charity Times, celebrate the efforts commercial companies are making to improve the world
Charities have 10 months from their financial year end to file their documents with the Charity Commission
The inquiry was opened in 2014 to investigate how Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Britain safeguards vulnerable children and adults
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is funding three years of fundraising training, open to charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1m
The grants, jointly funded through a partnership between DCMS and the foundation, will be used for renovation and improvement projects in 39 museums and galleries
Recent reports to Action Fraud have highlighted two scams where social media or email platforms are being used to encourage people to donate to fake appeals
Trust in non-governmental organisations has fallen in the UK alongside a growing global mistrust of society’s major institutions, according to new research
The current chief executive's term comes to an end later this year
However, there have been early successes and young people have been positive about the NCS experience, the National Audit Office said
The regulator opened the inquiry in July 2015 after the charity was unable to provide records of expenditure for over £129,000 spent overseas
Trading figures show that sales from the charity's high street shops rose by 10 per cent across November and December compared to the previous year
After forming an alliance in 2014, the two organisations will conduct all operations as the Royal Society for Blind Children
Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and its supporting business, Newlife Trading Ltd, have merged to become ‘Newlife, the Charity for Disabled Children’
The Big Lottery Fund programme is aimed at England-based charities and social enterprises who are thinking about taking on social investment for the first time
The Prime Minister’s ‘shared society’ vision needs practical underpinning and the third sector is ready to help, charity leaders’ network Acevo has said
May announced a range of measures to address how the UK treats people with mental illnesses in a speech at the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting yesterday
The My Oxfam app enables users to dial up or down the amount they wish to donate and easily manage how Oxfam gets in contact by phone, email or post
Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the Government's social reform agenda, and outlined civil society's role in improving mental health support
The ICO in December fined RSPCA £25,000 and BHF £18,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act
Ikhlaq Hussain of Orphans In Need on how the presentation of a thank you letter can make all the difference to major donors
Board member brings more than 25 years of fundraising experience
Antonia Swinson says charities need to be supported to become property savvy
Gillian McKay hopes future SORP reduce reporting burdens on small charities and focus on key information
Peter Lewis says the best fundraising engages, educates and empowers people to make a difference
Caron Bradshaw says charities are needed more than ever
The regulator said there was a low proportion of income spent on charitable activity, and the public was misled as to the proportion of donations that would reach the charity
The regulator’s annual report of compliance and investigatory work reveals 14 people were issued with a notice of the commission’ intention to remove them as trustees in 2015/16
DEC said Yemen has reached breaking point after two years of conflict
The charity has been ordered to improve its administration and governance following an inquiry by the regulator
The commission concluded that Jediism, as promoted by the Temple of the Jedi Order, does not legally qualify as a religion
People aged 50 and over with fewer social connections, lower levels of income and education, and poorer health may have the most to gain from helping others, a new report argues
The shops will be Mencap’s first charity stores and will be rolled out over the next three to five years
The Grants for Good campaign has written to Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson calling on him to champion grants for charities
Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson this week announced three initiatives aimed at helping small charities get commissioned to deliver services
The clarifications follow consultations on the new powers that prompted almost 100 responses, and stakeholder workshops on the issues
Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley CBE explains how impact measurement is crucial to the charity's success
Yemen has reached crisis point after two years of war, DEC said, with more than 7 million people unsure where their next meal will come from
The Minister has announced Sir Martyn Lewis will chair a voluntary sector-led implementation group formed to put into practice three proposals aiming to benefit small charities
Sponsored by The Leadership Trust Foundation, Acevo fellowships aim to champion inspirational and emerging leaders from across the country
The charities are currently working through the merger process but trustees said the intention is for all existing activities and staff posts to be retained
Dr Penny Woods, CEO of British Lung Foundation provides her thoughts on the future for funding
Big Society Capital has partnered with three crowdfunding platforms in a £10m crowd match fund to allow the public to invest directly in charities and social enterprises
The ICO yesterday announced a fine of £25,000 for the RSPCA and £18,000 for the BHF for breaching the Act
CAF, which coordinates the annual campaign, said an estimated 4.5 million people in Britain did something to support a good cause on 29 November
OnSide Youth Zones chief executive Kathryn Morley says innovation and collaboration are needed if voluntary and public sector provision is to continue to deliver
The group will include senior representatives from across the investment industry and will be chaired by vice chair of Allianz Global Investors Elizabeth Corley
Every five years the trust reviews and assesses its work to ensure it stays relevant to the changing needs of Londoners
Several voluntary sector bodies last week welcomed the new standards, which soften the Government’s position announced in April that a clause would be inserted in all Government grant contracts preventing recipients using the funds for lobbying
All profits from the sale of each download and generated through streaming in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to be shared equally between two charities
This new conference, taking place in March, will explore the benefits of partnerships between charities and corporates to both parties, and issues of impact assessment and alignment
Voluntary sector bodies have welcomed new standards for government grants that safeguard charities’ ability to communicate with policymakers
The regulator has ruled that footballer Didier Drogba’s charity may have misled donors, but found no evidence of fraud or corruption at the foundation
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson marked the opening of the bidding round at a domestic violence organisation in London, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
Two historic charitable institutions in the UK book trade are set to merge
All three have taken up their new posts this month and will each serve a three year term
The Fundraising Regulator said the FPS is to be launched in spring or early summer next year
The 24 Fellows will be the first trained under a new capabilities framework, which outlines the attributes, behaviours, and skills emerging leaders need to achieve success in their roles
A study from sector think tank NPC found that more than a quarter of charities in England and Wales have an association with faith. Such charities raise around £16.3bn a year towards their work
Action Tutoring chief executive Susannah Hardyman says giving is as much about volunteering as donating money
The number of charitable donations valued at £1m and over last year reached its highest level since before the financial crisis
The Stepping Stones Fund has recently awarded a total of £700,000 to 17 London charities, boosting the total number of organisations to have received awards from the fund to 49
Eastside Primetimers CEO Richard Litchfield argues that the bodies supporting the voluntary sector should operate in a more joined up way to improve the infrastructure for charity mergers
Health and social care organisations were involved in nearly 40 per cent of all charity mergers in 2015/16, according to a new report
Chancellor Philip Hammond has failed to impress the whole sector with his first major fiscal announcement, with many charity leaders unhappy with the amount of voluntary support in this week's Autumn Statement
A further £102m in charity funding from bank fines was among the headline voluntary sector issues to emerge from this year's Autumn Statement
The Treating Donors Fairly guidance aims to help fundraisers recognise where people may be in vulnerable circumstances, and recommends ways in which fundraisers should respond
New chief executive will take up the role next month following a short handover
Charity Finance Group chief executive Caron Bradshaw has called on charities to fight for their right to act independently for their beneficiaries in a divided political climate
First half figures announced by the IoF revealed overall recorded rule infractions by street fundraisers fell by 62 per cent compared to last year
The charity leaders’ network has appointed Vicky Browning as its new Chief Executive, who will start early next year.
An investment service from CAF for charities has gone live, offering access to more than 4,000 funds at the touch of a button.
Nearly three-quarters of UK charities are now viewing environmental, social and governance factors as important in the management of their investments, says a new survey.
NPC outlines the many opportunities that data presents to the charity sector.
Alert from the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator reminds charities that agreements must be in their best interests and comply with the legal requirements.
A commitment has been made to ensure the same quality of service provision, and that service users will continue to have the same support workers
A survey for the Open University Business School’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership found local community charities were second only to doctors in the list of organisations or professions respondents trusted
The seventh annual Trustees’ Week focuses on the theme of ‘stronger charities through good leadership’
A consultation has been launched by the code’s joint owners NCVO, Acevo, SCC, ICSA, and WCVA
CFG’s accounts show income grew 4 per cent to nearly £1.88m, excluding an Esmée Fairbairn grant to fund CFG’s Small Charities Programme
The CEOs of Impetus PEF and Action Tutoring say charities should stop short changing themselves
The Fundraising Regulator has signed memoranda of understanding with Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Institute of Fundraising, setting out how it will work with the organisations to raise standards
In a report published today, the commission said regulatory concerns were raised and featured in national media in 2014 and 2015, leading to its engagement with Help for Heroes
The new rules cover the annual reports of larger fundraising charities, and the agreements charities have in place with professional fundraisers or other businesses that raise money on their behalf
Brainstrust has appointed a new chair and its first chief executive
In its third year in the UK, #givingtuesday takes place on Tuesday 29 November following Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Myanmar retained the top spot in Charities Aid Foundation’s annual index, followed by the United States
Access – The Foundation for Social Investment has launched the two-year programme, which will be delivered by Social Investment Business
A new website has launched to help charities fight fraud in their organisations
The Tampon Tax Fund is a £15m fund for women’s charities, equivalent to the amount HMRC estimates is raised from VAT on sanitary products
The regulator opened a statutory inquiry into Muslim Aid in 2013 to examine financial irregularities relating to areas of the charity’s overseas activities
A lack of separation between an education charity and its connected parties resulted in an agreement with a service company owned by one of its trustees being ‘too generous’, the Charity Commission said
New appointment will take up the role in Tom Watson’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport team
A former Energy and Climate Change Secretary has challenged the charity sector to take environmental issues more seriously
The regulator has advised a Lords Select Committee on charity that the sector needs to better communicate its value and work
New appointment joins from the University of Sheffield
Former Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will chair NCS Patrons, a cross-sector group of patrons and ambassadors aiming to help the National Citizen Service reach more young people
The Charity Authorised Investment Fund structure will be available exclusively to funds established for charitable purposes
More than £250,000 of the total was given via three awards in the funder’s Reducing Poverty programme
The government has announced a new ‘Inclusive Economy Unit’ that will be based in the Office for Civil Society
The groups set out measures aimed at boosting economic growth, supporting people to take ownership of their local areas, and harnessing innovation via technology
Awards have been made through the fund’s Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes
In a submission ahead of the Chancellor’s statement on 23 November, CTG said irrecoverable VAT is currently costing charities around £1.5bn a year
Janey from Shelter says personalisation was at the heart of the charity’s award winning Fix Renting campaign
The commission received a serious incident report from Bangladeshi Parents and Carers Association in April 2012
The guide, 12 questions about digital for trustees, contains examples of key concepts boards should consider when approaching digital.
Organised by The Clothworkers’ Company in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital, volunteer matching charity Reach, and recruitment specialists Prospectus, the awards are free to enter
A group of the UK’s biggest employers, including ASOS, BT, Beaverbrooks, Experian, Linklaters LLP, and The Entertainer are funding a campaign calling for every employer in the UK with over 250 employees to offer payroll giving to their staff
It is the second tranche of funding in Big Society Capital’s Charity Bank investment programme, following a £4.5m investment in March 2014
Charities with fundraising expenditure of more than £100,000 fall within the scope of the levy, equating to around 2,100 organisations
The Changemaker Fund is focused on skills, knowledge, and innovation projects
People are becoming more politically and socially active in response to what they see as a more divided society after the EU referendum, new research shows
CAF is set to offer the CAF Investment Account from October, in partnership with online investment service Interactive Investor
In addition to the charity of the year and individual categories, the awards as always set out to recognise a variety of fields of charity management, celebrating the best standards of leadership and professionalism
The Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust has donated £5m to Kent Community Foundation to set up a new grant-making endowment fund for local charities in Kent and Medway
Foundation grant-making increased to £2.7bn in 2014/15, according to a new report
New chief executive joins from Save the Children
Digital communications expert and co-author of the Charity Social Media Toolkit Zoe Amar looks at why charities should learn from each other to reap the benefits of social media
A group of leading fundraisers has set out a range of proposals aimed at giving the public greater control over how charities contact them
Nicholas Faraday says a vital part of what an organisation does is how it manages and reports on its finances, and this is equally true for small charities
The regulator opened an inquiry into the charity in late 2011 after it learned sexual abuse allegations had been made against the person then serving as the charity’s youth pastor
In a statement, the 76 year old charity announced that the closure comes despite intensive fundraising efforts and years of investing to diversify income
Running from 7 to 13 November, Trustees’ Week celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee
The three new grant funds are the first to be funded by government through the second phase of the Centre for Social Action and will be managed by innovation foundation Nesta
The Northern Impact Fund is being delivered by Key Fund, an investor in community and social enterprises
The charity announced its closure plans today, citing an increasingly difficult funding environment
One year after Sir Stuart Etherington delivered his review of fundraising regulation, the new regulator has set out the steps it will take to ensure fundraising is carried out according to good practice
The Charity Commission said its newly-published research shows that taking pragmatic steps to actively identify and manage financial difficulties helps charities deliver better outcomes for themselves and beneficiaries
As a Living Wage Friendly Funder, Lloyds Bank Foundation pays its staff the Living Wage and will encourage those seeking funding to pay the Living Wage to posts funded through its grants
The Charity Commission said it has been engaging with Action Aid for Animals since 2012
Big Society Capital has partnered with organisations including the Charity Commission and Association of Chairs to support charity and social enterprise boards on social investment
The regulator said it met with Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators’ trustees and issued an action plan in October 2015, but has “serious concerns” the charity has not yet complied
Rogare argues fundraising is ethical when it balances fundraisers’ duty to solicit support on behalf of beneficiaries with donors’ right not to be unduly pressured
Charities and other frontline organisations can apply online for in-kind support up to a value of £75,000, or grant funding up to £50,000
The annual list analyses the UK’s legal market, based on thousands of submissions from law firms, barristers’ chambers, and interviews with more than 25,000 clients and buyers of legal services
Founder and chief executive to step down next year
The total is a world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event, and up more than £5m from 2015
Localgiving is a donation platform aimed at helping smaller charities get to grips with online fundraising
NAVCA and Small Charities Coalition are partnering with CFG on delivering the Small Charities Programme, which is being supported by a £135,000 grant from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Bircham Dyson Bell senior associate Sarah Williams says changes outlined in a recent consultation could help charities focus on their missions and avoid costly delays in implementing decisions
Remember A Charity in your Will Week launched yesterday. Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson and Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs have jointly written to solicitors in support of the campaign
Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support followed in C&E Advisory’s seventh annual corporate partnerships barometer, with M&S and Oxfam dropping to third from the top spot last year
Almost 60 per cent of UK-based NGOs expect the EU referendum result to negatively affect the partnering agenda
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced an £80m package of support for England’s youth sector, inviting local voluntary groups to bid for funding for their projects
Executive and board level support is a key part of successful legacy fundraising campaigns, says Remember A Charity director Rob Cope
Debating the motion on the role of civil society in democracy and the case for regulating lobbying, Conservative peer Lord Patten said the National Trust “seems to have developed a new line in what can only be called autocratic and out-of-touch behaviour”
Global Aid Trust says last year's ITV Charities Behaving Badly programme and associated regulatory attention resulted in the withdrawal of its bank services
In feedback published by the Charity Tax Group, HMRC’s Charities Outreach team has set out the most common queries it receives from charities and the most common errors with claims
Organised by Charity Finance Group, Children England, Locality, and NAVCA, participants at the summit produced 16 principles to ensure devolution harnesses existing capacity in local communities
New CEO replaces Kevin Cahill, who is stepping down after 25 years
The charity has objects targeting the relief of people who are deaf and hearing impaired
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh was one of the subjects of last February’s ITV documentary ‘Charities Behaving Badly’, by production company Hardcash
Access – The Foundation for Social Investment has partnered with Rathbones to invest its endowment in social and ethical instruments to maximise the funds’ impact
Announcing its levy framework today, the new regulator also set out its plans for the Fundraising Preference Service which will allow people to opt out of almost all fundraising communications
HM Treasury has opened the funding to projects and organisations within the scope of military and emergency services charities and other related good causes
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Chessed L’Yisroel over concerns with the charity’s financial reporting and controls, including its failure to meet repayment obligations
Allia is working with the Scottish Government to fund the development of affordable housing across Scotland, helping them invest more than £50m in charitable bonds over two years
Mencap has paid tribute to its president Lord Rix after he died aged 92 at the weekend
Announcing the inquiry, the commission said it has been trying to address its concerns with trustees but they have failed to report serious incidents to the commission and to provide adequate responses
The Charity Commission widened the charitable objects of a historic almshouse to allow it to help its beneficiaries on a longer term basis, the regulator has announced
Both organisations’ boards back the merger, recommended by Sir Stuart Etherington’s review of fundraising self-regulation
Led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation, #GivingTuesday will take place on 29 November this year
Research conducted by direct marketing service provider Wilmington Millennium found 6 per cent of ‘Generation Z’ believe that charities have been irresponsible with their direct mail targeting
Charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for People’s Postcode Lottery’s £2.5m Dream Fund
Writing in the Guardian on Saturday, Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith said it is “deeply unfair” that fee charging schools also receive tax breaks due to their charitable status
Richard Litchfield says providing practical support alongside grants can help funded charities boost the impact of their grant money, but there needs to be greater willingness to get behind a ‘grants plus’ model
Across England and Wales, 88 small and medium-sized charities tackling disadvantage will receive grants up to £75,000 over three years
An inquiry into Saint Stephen the Great Charitable Trust and trading company Saint Stephen the Great was launched in 2008 after the Charity Commission received complaints about the administration of the company and trust
Current guidance discouraging boards from considering paying trustees should instead invite charities to make the case to the commission for payments when that is appropriate for better governance, NPC said
Donations paid into Charities Aid Foundation’s charitable accounts reached a record £524m last year, according to CAF’s annual report
CTG chair John Hemming has written to Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills Robert Halfon highlighting concerns over the extent to which the levy can be utilised by the sector in its current form
Deloitte carried out the review, recommending a new board structure comprised of a balance of external trustees and Bureau trustees with an independent chair
The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology will use the funding for two initiatives over three years
The match funding aims to help encourage donations to local charities and community groups, helping them raise income, attract new donors, and raise awareness of their work
Two mental health charities in the form of Depression Alliance and Mind have merged.
Asset Risk Consultants has launched a new portfolio analysis service for charity trustees further developing the information it provides to the third sector.
Charity Commission publishes updated guidance to reflect the new statutory power for charities to make social investments.
The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust announced it has awarded grants totalling £312,100 to organisations to help Londoners engage in the performing arts.
Macmillan Cancer Support maintains its position as the top charity brand, new analysis from YouGov’s mid-year CharityIndex shows.
The Charity Commission published a report of its inquiry into Didi Nwe Organisation, identifying misconduct and mismanagement in the charity's administration.
Funding regulator should be a model of support and voluntarily funded, say civil society leaders.
The DMA’s fundraising taskforce earlier this year published a whitepaper and held a sector-wide consultation to identify the key issues, risks, and opportunities facing fundraising
Blockchain technology could make charity administration requirements like annual reporting extinct, according to a discussion paper from Charities Aid Foundation
The regulator is investigating a charity that it says does not appear to have had a bank account since last February
Wilson was named Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on Sunday
Financial backing for the Sir Stephen Bubb-led Charity Futures Programme is being provided by the partners of Woodford Investment Management
Access – the Foundation for Social Investment has invested £4.44m in the Health and Wellbeing Challenge Fund South West, to be delivered by Resonance
DCMS spokespeople have declined to confirm media reports that Wilson retains the civil society brief
A study from YouGov and the Charities Aid Foundation has suggested there are opportunities for charities to increase donations through better use of mobile apps, social media, and contactless payments
Sir Stephen Bubb has questioned whether the current model of charity governance is fit for purpose, as he prepares to officially launch the Charity Futures Programme
The awards, in their 17th year, aim to recognise excellence across the many fields of charity management, promote and raise the profile of the voluntary sector, and celebrate the work charities do alongside partners in the public and private sectors
Announcing its new paper, Boldness in times of change, NPC said charities are already being affected by substantial changes to demography, technological trends, and politics
New Minister succeeds Matthew Hancock who had held the post since 2015’s general election
New chair takes over from Sir Martyn Lewis, who has chaired NCVO for the past six years
The Charity Commission’s annual report showed the number of trustees removed was up from four in 2014/15
A new report on corporate match-funding has found donors are likely to give 2.5 times more to charity on average when match-funded
Formal responsibility for regulation and dealing with complaints transfers from the Fundraising Standards Board to the new Fundraising Regulator
The lender announced it has now helped charities and social enterprises with more than £40m in repayable finance since it was established in 2002
Social Investment Tax Relief has unlocked £3.4m for charities and social enterprises, according to new research
Fundraising complaints increased 6 per cent to 66,814 last year, according to a new study
The Life Chances Fund is structured around six key themes: drug and alcohol dependency, children’s services, early years, young people, older people’s services, and healthy lives
Regular giving and direct debit processing specialist Rapidata’s Charity Direct Debit Tracking Report showed the cancellation rate was 2.86 per cent last year, the second lowest average annual rate ever
The new power enables the commission to issue warnings when it considers there has been a breach of trust or duty, or other misconduct or mismanagement in a charity
Mike Kelly discusses why the third sector must do more to demonstrate its value, following the Charity Commission’s announcement that public trust and confidence in charities is at its lowest level since monitoring began
All RAF messes have standardised financial control systems and the regulator wants to be sure similar problems to those that arose at the defrauded charities are not unfolding elsewhere
Tax relief to charities increased by 8 per cent to £3.67bn in 2015/16, according to new estimates from HM Revenue & Customs
All registered charities with an income of more than £10,000 and all Charitable Incorporated Organisations reporting on their financial years ending in 2016 must complete the online form
The fund provides targeted support in the form of grants and risk finance
Charities are learning from and responding to the challenges thrown up after a trying year, sector leaders have said, as new research has revealed trust in charities is at a low ebb
Public trust and confidence in charities is at its lowest since monitoring began in 2005, according to the Charity Commission
Shadow minister for civil society Anna Turley has joined Labour MPs quitting their posts in protest of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party
The sector is estimated to receive around £200m a year from grants and contracts from Europe, income now at risk following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union
Charities will have a key role in uniting a country bruised by a bitter campaign on the UK’s membership of the European Union, sector leaders have said
New chief executive takes up the role from 18 July, replacing James MacBain
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh is to set out her view of the scale of the problem facing Britain’s children’s services and the thinking behind a different model in a new book
Around 2,000 charities will fall within the scope of the Fundraising Regulator’s proposed levy regime, according to a consultation published today
Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has revealed the artists to be honoured at the O2 Silver Clef Awards
City of London Corporation’s charitable funder City Bridge Trust has marked Refugee Week by announcing it has awarded grants of nearly £758,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers in the past year
Direct charities tend to maintain higher target allocations to property than investment managers with charity mandates, according to a new survey
Former colleagues are paying tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP and former charity employee who died after being attacked yesterday
Faith based organisations account for almost a quarter of the annual income of charities in England and Wales, according to new research
A vote to ratify the merger agreement was to be held yesterday, but in a joint statement IoF CEO Peter Lewis and PFRA CEO Peter Hills-Jones said the vote has been pushed back
In an address to the Charity Times Annual Conference last week, Wilson said grants, fundraising, social investment, and public sector contracts will all play an important part in funding the sector’s work
Many small charities are feeling the impact of competition from larger better-funded organisations, according to new research
An increasing number of charities are planning to dip into reserves to maintain services, according to new research
Winners receive funding and access to a team of senior business leaders through the organisation Pilotlight
But the regulator is keen to accentuate the positive in communicating its expectations
Geetha Rabindrakumar explains why it is not just the finance team that should take an interest in social investment
The agencies will maintain their individual brands and service operations, but come together in a new working partnership under the umbrella of newly formed holding company, VRD Group Ltd
The Charity Commission has set out its expectations for trustee oversight of fundraising, in response to the issues that came to light last summer
The FRSB said the complainant objected to receiving the fundraising call as he was registered with the Telephone Preference Service and did not recall giving permission for the charity to contact him
The regulator's guidance has been endorsed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and the Muslim Charities Forum
All public donations are to be matched pound for pound by the UK government, as the annual charity appeal celebrates its tenth anniversary
FTEC was previously known as the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, but the charity sold its awarding organisation business in September 2015
The consultation covers new guidance on the reporting of ‘relevant matters’, and a plain English approach clarifying that the guidance is expected practice not simply recommended practice
More awards have been given this year than in 2015, with 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups receiving the award
The City Bridge Trust has awarded over £780,000 in grants to community organisations in London in the past month, the funder has announced
Acevo chief executive Asheem Singh has written to Conservative MPs and Vote Leave campaigners Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith, seeking assurances on the treatment of charities post-referendum
Freedom of Information requests to all local authorities in England have found more councils than ever are considering social value when commissioning services, but many continue to make little or no use of the Social Value Act
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is set to become a subsidiary of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, alongside its international arm INTBAU
Acevo’s chief executive designate Asheem Singh has said the regulator’s board has never been less representative, or aware of the sector it oversees
Simon Callaghan on the need to increase the number of trustees with fundraising skills
The paper ran two articles in February claiming the Ministry of Defence was investigating the charity
The resolution, filed alongside New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, asks Exxon to report on how its business model will be affected by global efforts to limit the average rise in temperatures to below 2-degrees Celsius
The ad hoc committee has been tasked with considering issues related to sustaining the charity sector, and the challenges of charity governance
The Government is inviting applications for three positions on the Charity Commission’s board
The charity approached the regulator after UKIP used a picture of Gladstone’s Library and the statue of Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone that stands in front of the library in their Welsh Assembly Manifesto
The latest Annual Fraud Indicator estimated the cost of fraud to the charity sector has increased 73 per cent since 2013
Announcing the inquiry, the commission said it carried out a compliance visit and inspection to the charity in January 2015. The commission issued an action plan as a result of identifying regulatory concerns
Charities Aid Foundation’s UK Giving 2015 study found 67 per cent of people had given to charity in the 12 months prior to being surveyed, while 42 per cent had given in the preceding two weeks
The new power, contained in the Charities Act 2016, enables the regulator to disqualify people from being trustees in circumstances where they are judged not fit to act, for up to 15 years
Views are invited from members of the public, customers, stakeholders and partners of the Big Lottery Fund
The Charity Commission has concluded the trustees of a grant making charity breached their legal duties by repeatedly failing to file annual returns
Umbrella groups have warned that the UK’s interpretation of Common Reporting Standards could negatively impact upon thousands of charities
The charity said grant-making will be focused on four key areas, towards its goal of ‘a just world free from poverty’
The complaint involved the Alderley Edge, Cheshire branch of a national restaurant chain adding a discretionary £1 donation to the charity to every diner’s bill
A consultation has opened on the matters of material significance that auditors and independent examiners are required to report to regulators
Expanding the National Citizen Service and simplifying the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme are on the Government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead
Around 300,000 UK Tesco colleagues are raising money for the National Charity Partnership to tackle heart disease and diabetes
Tax incentives encourage charitable giving but are too often skewed in favour of the wealthy and causes favoured by governments, according to a new report from Charities Aid Foundation
Sir Stephen Bubb is planning to have some downtime to get over the “trauma of separation” as he steps down from the helm of Acevo after 15 years
Bubb will head the Charity Futures Programme, which will sit within Acevo and has been made possible by a philanthropic gift
Loss or availability of key contracts/funding streams was cited as a key risk by 50 per cent of the top 100 charities by income
Returns exceeded target by 2 per cent, the commissioners reported, with notable performance delivered by property, private equity, and timber
The men were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday
CARE International, IntoUniversity, and Rays of Sunshine and were among the charities recognised at the second annual Better Society Awards in London last night
Government and industry should consider how civil society can help tackle corruption, charities have said as experts gather at the UK Anti-Corruption Summit in London
Shadow Minister for Civil Society Anna Turley argues British charities benefit hugely from the UK’s membership of the EU
The Charity Commission said it found “unsatisfactory record keeping” in the charity’s annual report for 2012/13, submitted in December 2015
GoGen, which ceased trading weeks after the Daily Mail’s report was published, was found to have breached the Code of Fundraising Practice clause prohibiting exploitation of vulnerable people
The regulator has published reports on its regulatory cases into The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and The Roddick Foundation
The new brand, logo, content strategy and strapline aim to enable instant understanding of the charity’s work and the role of working animals in sustaining the livelihoods of millions of people around the world
Views are sought on the SORP’s structure, format and accessibility
NCVO, Acevo, and Social Enterprise UK have written to the Cabinet Office setting out what a consultation on the clause should cover
Disadvantaged groups such as those with disabilities, those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and those from LGBT communities would be disproportionately impacted by the clause
In a statement, the poverty relief charity said it has been working with banks to identify a solution
City Bridge Trust received the accreditation in recognition of its implementation of the London Living Wage policy across its funding relationships
The number of charities serving the capital has increased since Boris Johnson’s election as mayor while the number of charities registered in England and Wales has fallen overall, according to data from think tank NPC
The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into an Islamic faith and poverty relief charity due to serious regulatory concerns about its management, governance, and finances
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee last year held separate inquiries into the circumstances surrounding Kids Company’s closure, and the poor fundraising practices exposed in media investigations over Summer
UPP is the sole funder of the UPP Foundation, and plans to invest £2.5m over the next five years
New chair takes over from Michael Pragnell, who steps down on completion of his second three year term
The Cabinet Office this morning issued a statement saying it would “continue considering the comments of all interested parties ahead of the introduction into grant agreements of the clause”
Announcing the launch, the regulator said the website will be developed and populated over the coming months as the regulatory framework is finalised
Three new categories have been added to the Charity Times Awards for 2016, recognising excellence in both charity management and services to third sector organisations
The centre will be renamed the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, but will continue to be led by current director, Professor Adrian Sargeant, and director of research, Professor Jen Shang
The Financial Action Task Force’s consultation covers amendments to its Recommendation 8, which focuses on non-profit organisations and the risk of terrorist abuse
The Sunday Times Giving List, produced in association with Charities Aid Foundation, showed that just under one-in-five of all those in The Sunday Times Rich List had donated at least £1m to charity in the past year
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a Christian charity after discovering major discrepancies in the charity’s finances
The number of charitable estates grew from 2007 to 2015, despite a declining death rate
Rob Barr explains how charities can better manage fundraising activity saving time, energy and resources
Energy market regulator Ofgem has also reported on the issue today, determining that there is no case to open an investigation
New director brings 30 years' healthcare and the voluntary sector experience to the role
Businesses including Interserve, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, RBS Group, Santander, Wates, and Zurich have signed up to buy goods and services from the UK’s social enterprise sector
The Review of the Future of Civil Society Support in London set out to understand how civil society in the capital can best be supported in order to optimise its positive impact on Londoners
The debate over the Charity Commission’s governance arrangements must be addressed as a matter of urgency, NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has said
The charity said the move reflects its expanding range of supported accommodation projects, family support services and specialist programmes
The trial is initially for a six month period and 12 charities have volunteered to take part
The funding will help charities with an income between £25,000 and £1m tackling disadvantage in local communities across England and Wales
The Charity Commission has published three reports looking at the quality of charities’ annual report and accounts and their compliance with public benefit reporting requirements
Charities with an annual income of over £10m tended to grow while overall income for smaller and medium-sized charities declined or stayed the same
Charities have criticised Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock for failing to address key concerns about new conditions for government grants
A coalition of sector bodies led by the Association of Charitable Foundations has outlined a number of issues with the Charity Commission’s guidance
Big Society Capital said it hopes it will receive feedback from a wide range of individuals and organisations
The appointment comes ahead of the planned merger between the IoF and the Public Fundraising Association due to take place at the end of July
CAF’s study showed 98 per cent of households had used a charity service, compared with 93 per cent who said the same in 2014
NCVO has published a paper aiming to help trustees and managers assess the implications of the European Union referendum for charities
Becky Slack argues charities need to be braver in their media activity, willing to put their head above the parapet and challenge the status quo
The Constructive Voices initiative invites charities and social enterprises to send in evidence of their positive impact, aiming to connect them to relevant journalists
The London Stock Exchange-listed bond was launched last Tuesday via the Retail Charity Bonds Plc platform
The Charity Commission has engaged with a charity after identifying regulatory concerns including low charitable expenditure, conflicts of interest, and poor governance
The pair join previously announced board members George Kidd, Suzanne McCarthy, Margaret Moore, Sacha Deshmukh, Michael Smyth, and Jenny Williams
Teens and Toddlers specialises in helping young people develop their life skills by acting as mentors to children in supervised nursery environments
The incoming chief executive has more than 30 years’ experience in the retail, commercial and not-for-profit sector
The five-year partnership will develop research in the field of SIBs and provide support to local commissioners
The former chief executive and trustee lied to the board of his now deregistered charity and the regulator, a Charity Commission inquiry has found
The regulator yesterday issued revised guidance on charities’ responsibilities around the EU referendum, in response to concerns raised with the original document
A total of 265 organisations will collectively receive nearly £9m in funding
However, Charity Financials’ bi-annual Banking Spotlight found NatWest remains the largest player by cash held for the top 5,000 charities
Social investment deal-flow has more than doubled since 2011, according to a new report
From April, CRUK will start to ask new supporters to opt-in to receive future fundraising communications
SIS is the first CDFI in the United Kingdom to receive a rating from the agency
The overall total included over £7m from Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers, the largest corporate contribution on the night
NCVO has made 12 staff redundant in a restructure as several projects conclude at the end of the financial year
Lift was originally set up by homeless people as the Brent Homeless User Group in September 2001
The Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Association have signed a Heads of Terms agreement towards the merger of the two organisations
NCVO and Acevo have called for Lord Hodgson’s recommended changes to the operation of the law around third party campaigning to be implemented in full
Stopping short of recommending repeal of the Act, Lord Hodgson recommends narrowing the definition of electoral campaigning to prevent legitimate advocacy work being captured by the law
Chancellor George Osborne yesterday pledged £115m for a package of measures to support people who are homeless and reduce rough sleeping
CTG chair John Hemming labelled it an “interesting, tidying-up Budget” and said confirmation that the 80 per cent mandatory business rates relief for charities will be maintained is its most significant feature
Budget documents also did not mention removing business rates relief for charities, amid announcements of doubling relief for small businesses
The King’s Fund and GSK have partnered with Comic Relief to launch a new programme to improve charity leadership
Recent critical publicity of charities has affected the attitudes toward charitable giving of 80 per cent of people, new research suggests
The charity sector’s independence is at a five-year low, and the sector is more vulnerable than ever to attack, a new report has warned
The LSF will award funds to 265 small to medium-sized high-impact voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
In a regulatory alert, the Charity Commission said a number of UK businesses have received online extortion demands, and charities could also be vulnerable to attack
The government has outlined its plans for boosting social investment in the UK and overseas
The commission will build on the Dormant Accounts Scheme, where banks and building societies contribute accounts that have been untouched for 15 years to good causes
The Charity Commission said a compliance case on the charity found trustees had not met since their appointment in 2012
New Philanthropy Capital said Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘Life Chances’ agenda and the role of charities and social enterprises within it means that key areas of voluntary sector work will come under particular scrutiny
FTSE 100 companies donated an average of 1.9 per cent of pre-tax profits in 2014, according to research published today by the Charities Aid Foundation
The regulator said it will be closely monitoring the situation and will take action where the guidance is breached
The Charity Commission has stressed there is no predetermined position on charging charities for their regulation
The Charity Tax Group has called for relaxation of the Gift Aid history eligibility requirement, to improve take-up of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme among smaller charities in particular
Former CEO Owen Sharp left last autumn to work with Prostate Cancer UK’s close partner the Movember Foundation
The Supreme Court has granted Blue Cross and other charities permission to appeal an Appeal Court decision awarding funds left to the charities to a woman who had been excluded from her mother’s will
Organisations with an income below £1m should not be required to check their fundraising campaigns against the Fundraising Preference Service, according to proposals published by the working group setting up the FPS
The Charity Commission and Ethical Property Foundation are canvassing the sector to identify the key issues charities face with the properties they own, lease, or let
CFG’s statement follows an address by Charity Commission chair William Shawcross yesterday in which he announced a consultation on the prospect of charities contributing towards the regulator’s costs
The response to stories such as those around fundraising and the collapse of Kids Company was not due to the media, but the fact the news “struck a chord” with the public
The Charity Commission is warning trustees to review their charities’ commercial relationships
The charity said the new look, launched in its 10th anniversary year, will support its new five-year strategy to increase investment in pancreatic cancer research and services for sufferers and their families
MacQuillin says much of the media and political criticism of fundraising stems from a ‘Voluntarist’ ideology that charities should be run on an ethos of self-sacrificial voluntary service and avoid becoming too professional
The Church Commissioners for England are among investors seeking regulatory support to prevent ExxonMobil blocking a shareholder proposal requesting information on how the company will weather the global agreement to rein in climate change
Britain Stronger in Europe said 249 UK charities and third sector organisations benefitted from over £217m in funding from the EU in 2014, and these funds would be put at risk should the UK exit the EU
Investment models Big Society Capital is looking to stimulate include corporates investing directly in social enterprises, social purpose joint ventures between businesses and social sector organisations, and social impact bonds
Time is running out to register for the inaugural Better Society Summit, an event designed to help corporates engage with the next generation as staff, stakeholders, and clients
Ten leading bodies have written to Chancellor George Osborne to advocate for strategic investment in the charity sector ahead of the Budget
Overall the top 100 charities saw an average real increase of 15 per cent in fundraising income comparing 2010 and 2015, according to a Charity Financials study
The charity’s flagship fundraiser took place on 25 September. It sees millions of people host coffee and cake mornings where donations are invited
Following research last week showing small and medium-sized charities are suffering the most from public spending cuts, Locality chief executive Tony Armstrong outlines how his organisation is working to safeguard the resilience of its members
The Resonance Bristol SITR Fund will remain open for eligible investors at quarterly intervals through the rest of 2016 with the aim of raising a total of £5m this year
An Ipsos MORI survey of more than 1,000 people commissioned by SCVO found 82 per cent of people in Scotland trust charities and believe they act in the public interest
New draft guidance for charities funding non-charitable organisations explains that a charity can only make grants for activities that in principle it could carry out itself
Alex Goldup argues charities need to protect their reputations, but this will only be possible if they do not shy away from asking difficult questions about how they operate
Registered charity income was over £70bn in 2015, more than 71 per cent of which was generated by charities earning over £5m a year
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