14/06/18

The former chief executive of Butterwick Hospice has been sentenced to four years in jail after de-frauding the charity of over £91,000.

According to a BBC news report, Graham Leggatt-Chidgey spent thousands of pounds on the company credit card between the years of 2009 and 2017 on luxury hotels, restaurants, designer clothes, and jewellery.


12/06/18

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.


13/06/18

Amazon is tripling UK charity donations through AmazonSmile for a limited time this month.

From 15-29 June, Amazon will be tripling its usual donation of 0.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent of the net purchase price to the charity of the customer’s choice, with over 6,000 charities to choose from.


08/06/18

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.


31/05/18

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”.


31/05/18

A new report, published by Muslim Aid, has revealed the lessons learned by the third sector in response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster.


29/05/18

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.


31/05/18

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.


30/05/18

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.


30/05/18

Organisations wishing to enter the 2018 Charity Times Awards have one week to get entries in before the deadline of 07 June.


29/05/18

Charities have been warned to “get into the guts” of blockchain soon, or risk being left behind.


25/05/18

The winners have been announced for the 2018 Better Society Awards, which took place in London on 24 May.


25/05/18

Eight in 10 charity leaders acknowledge they need to advance the pace of digital change within their organisation, new research has revealed.


25/05/18

"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."


25/05/18

A comprehensive literature review into legacy giving has been published to help charities and fundraisers wanting to make the most of the income source.


24/04/18

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.


26/04/18

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.


27/04/18

Over 70 per cent of large charities have experienced cyber security breaches within the last 12 months, a new government survey has revealed.


27/04/18

The Institute of Fundraising has announced a new ‘innovation partnership’ with fundraising platform Charity Checkout.


02/05/18

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.


03/05/18

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.


14/05/18

When we asked civil society for its views on the health of the charity sector we got a very clear and rather brutal answer.


15/05/18

The Directory of Social Change has unveiled a new toolkit, designed to question and monitor the Charity Commission’s political independence.


17/15/18

Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, has resigned in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal, which hit the charity earlier this year.


18/05/18

Charity leaders have written to Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch, calling for a strategy that “fundamentally reassesses” how the government works with the sector.


22/05/18

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.


22/05/18

The Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show has received a gold medal.


23/05/18

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.


05/04/2018

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.


05/04/2018

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.


06/04/2018

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.


09/04/2018

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.


10/04/2018

Councils are leaving charity shops facing a ‘postcode lottery’ regarding business rate relief and waste disposal charges, research suggests.


10/04/2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged well-wishers to make a charity donation instead of sending them presents ahead of their wedding.


12/04/2018

A care charity has removed the word “hospice” from its name because it is deterring people from using its services.


13/04/2018

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.


17/04/18

The new chair of the Charity Commission has announced a new strategy to help the public regain trust in charities.


25/04/18

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.


26/04/18

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has appointed Wendy Becker as its new chair of the board of trustees.


27/04/18

Only five per cent of charities are ready for the new General Data Protection Rules, according to a new survey.


30/04/18

The final agenda for the Charity Times Annual Conference has been announced, with key speakers including Baroness Elizabeth Barker and Camila Batmanghelidjh.


02/05/18

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.


03/05/18

The RSPCA has appointed the former CEO of Relate, Chris Sherwood, as its new chief executive officer.


04/05/18

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.


16/05/18

Every charity needs a digital trustee on its board, in the same way it needs a treasurer, Baroness Barker has said.


17/05/18

It’s the question we all want to know the answer to: “what’s the latest on charitable giving?”


18/05/18

"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."


15/05/18

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.


04/04/2018

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.


09/04/2018

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.


10/04/2018

Charity Bank has announced record growth during the first quarter of 2018.


11/04/2018

Save the Children’s handling of allegations of misconduct and harassment against its staff is to be investigated by the Charity Commission.


12/04/2018

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.


13/04/2018

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.


17/04/18

"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."


23/04/18

"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."


24/04/18

Donations made in the memory of London marathon runner Matt Campbell have exceeded £100,000.


26/04/18

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.


30/04/18

The Ethical Property Foundation has appointed Peter Damesick as its new chairman.


09/05/18

Charity sector income has surged to a new high of over £47bn, pushing through its recession recovery period, the NCVO almanac has shown.


11/05/18

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.


18/05/18

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.


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