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29/06/2015

The guidance aims to help trustees and chief executives strike the right balance in fundraising. It is intended that it will complement the Charity Commission’s guidance


26/06/2015

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson yesterday announced the launch of the long-awaited Local Sustainability Fund, and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to boosting paid volunteering leave. Here is his speech in full


26/06/2015

The fund will provide grants to around 250 organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector over two years


26/06/2015

Royal Mail aims to raise £2m for the Stroke Association over two years as part of a Charity of the Year partnership


26/06/2015

There are now more than 2,000 charities using CAF Donate, the charity has announced


25/06/2015

Charity Commission research into trust and confidence in the organisation found that just 23 per cent of charities agree that they should meet some or all of the regulator’s costs


25/06/2015

The IoF is also in the process of recruiting an independent chair for the Standards Committee


24/06/2015

The Big Lottery Fund-backed initiative sees a partnership of local councils, voluntary organisations and academics, led by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation work to reduce social isolation and improve the lives of older people across Greater Manchester


24/06/2015

The decision follows a review into the code’s treatment of ‘no cold calling’ stickers after a Fundraising Standards Board adjudication on the issue last year


23/06/2015

The conversation aims to engage with those interested in Big Society Capital’s activities and to help identify how it can increase access to information as well act as a champion for wider transparency in the social investment market


23/06/2015

The ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme is looking for projects to bid for part of the fund, which aims to tackle long-term unemployment and help those socially excluded to access support


22/06/2015

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Damian Hinds reviews the Government’s recent and future work on the tax regime for charities


19/06/2015

An NAO report on PbR contracting estimates the schemes now account for at least £15bn in public spending, but the watchdog said neither the Cabinet Office nor the Treasury currently monitor how PbR operates across government


19/06/2015

In a speech to the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association’s annual meeting, Wilson said public scrutiny and criticism of fundraising practices is at an unprecedented level, and the reputation of the sector is at “serious risk”


18/06/2015

The PFRA’s annual report shows membership of the organisation increased 5 per cent to reach 162 paid-up members in 2014/15


18/06/2015

The regulator’s research shows that only two in five people make checks before giving. Charity Commission director of policy and communications Sarah Atkinson said Ramadan is a time for giving, and the regulator wants to ensure people’s donations go to supporting their intended causes


18/06/2015

A new report has identified a strong correlation between fundraised income, awareness, and media spend


17/06/2015

The Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity in September 2014


16/06/2015

Institute of Fundraising CEO Peter Lewis has rejected claims from NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington that self-regulation of fundraising is not working in its current form


15/06/2015

The new charity aims to stop women dying of breast cancer by 2050, and will fund research aimed at tackling the disease


12/06/2015

Sir Stephen Bubb has hit back at comments from Charity Commission chair William Shawcross that current public concern over fundraising practices represents a crisis for the sector


11/06/2015

Charity Commission chair William Shawcross said the regulator’s research suggests around two thirds of people feel uncomfortable about some methods of fundraising


11/06/2015

I CAN’s trustees are in the process of recruiting a new chief executive, and hope to make an appointment by the autumn


11/06/2015

The announcement follows publication of the FRSB’s interim investigation report on Tuesday


10/06/2015

Contributors range from charities such as ActionAid, Oxfam, and Women’s Aid, to large companies like Capita and GlaxoSmithKline. The Charity Commission contributes, as does the Cabinet Office, BBC, and Department for International Development


09/06/2015

The FRSB’s investigation was launched on 18 May, prompted by allegations that 92 year old Bristol woman Olive Cooke, a committed volunteer fundraiser and regular charity donor, was overwhelmed by fundraising requests


09/06/2015

Portfolio director Julia Grant will act as chief executive while a replacement is sought


05/06/15

Local charity Direct Help & Advice (DHA) has received funding from charitable body Severn Trent Trust Fund to provide a specialist debt advice service for regional clients.


03/06/15

The winners of an award that will see charities across the North of England being mentored and coached by senior business leaders have been revealed today.


02/06/2015

Consultancy nfpSynergy polled 1,000 people on their view of charity reserves


01/06/2015

Navca’s survey did however find that 40 per cent of respondents were optimistic about the overall prospects of their own organisations


29/05/2015

Nick O’Donohoe and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2011 jointly produced a blueprint for Big Society Capital as a social investment bank to be funded by unclaimed dormant bank account assets


28/05/2015

Setting out the legislative agenda at the State Opening of parliament, briefing notes accompanying the Queen’s Speech outlined the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. Many items in the legislative programme will impact upon the voluntary sector, but the Charities Bill is the only specific measure


28/05/2015

Now in their 16th year, the awards are free to enter and reward excellence across more than 25 categories


27/05/2015

A number of media reports from the BBC, Daily Mail, The Mirror, and others earlier this month claimed persistent fundraising requests caused Olive Cooke significant distress before she was found dead in the Avon Gorge in early May


27/05/2015

Briefing notes accompanying the speech say the Bill is designed to protect charities from abuse, strengthen the powers of the Charity Commission, and make it easier for charities undertake social investment


27/05/2015

The survey of 301 charities with over £3m in income found 61 per cent expect the number of people donating online will increase in the next three years


26/05/2015

David Cameron earlier this month indicated the State Opening of Parliament will feature the announcement of a new Bill to combat extremism


26/05/2015

RNLI’s app, developed by Bournemouth-based digital agency 3 SIDED CUBE, is designed to support the institution’s H2Only fundraising challenge


22/05/2015

The move follows a statutory inquiry into the charity, announced in October last year


22/05/2015

The appeal has helped provide aid to more than half a million people since the 7.8 magnitude quake struck south west of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on 25 April


20/05/2015

Digital Transformation seeks to bring charities together with some of the biggest names in technology


20/05/2015

The Charity Commission has warned the public and charities to be on the look-out for scammers following a recent fraud operation targeting religious foundations


20/05/2015

The investment will be used to help Cornerstone provide care and support services for adults, young people and children across Scotland who live with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs


19/05/2015

The amount of money signed and available through Big Society Capital since the institution launched reached £359m at the end of 2014, up from £104m the previous year


18/05/2015

Announcing the change, the international development charity said it has doubled its income during the past decade, and expanded its work on technology and development into new countries in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America


18/05/2015

The Fundraising Standards Board is investigating allegations arising via the media that Olive Cooke was caused severe distress by the volume of fundraising requests she received. The Institute of Fundraising is reviewing the code governing fundraising practices


18/05/2015

SIS Community Capital has been developed by Social Investment Scotland. The fund will be used to support between five and 10 social enterprises


15/05/2015

Charitable expenditure by Church Commissioners for England reached almost £215m last year, according to its latest annual report


15/05/2015

The Charity Commission said in addition to the fraud conviction, a review of Urban Relief’s finances revealed reported income and expenditure did not match the amount of funds that flowed through the charity’s bank account


15/05/2015

The winners of the inaugural Better Society Awards were announced at a ceremony in London last night, with UBS, Greggs, CCLA Investment Management, and JustGiving among those to achieve recognition


14/05/2015

Chevras Machzikei Mesifta was previously part of the commission’s class inquiry into charities that have on two or more occasions failed in their legal duty to submit accounts


14/05/2015

NCPC is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland


14/05/2015

An online survey of almost 2,100 people found 26 per cent have made a donation since the appeal launched two weeks ago


13/05/2015

London-based Bfon Trust was previously part of the commission’s class inquiry into charities that have failed their legal duty to submit accounts on two or more occasions


13/05/2015

Rob Wilson, Conservative member for Reading East achieved a 46 per cent share in securing 23,217 votes in the election last week


12/05/2015

A 7.3 magnitude quake struck an area around 47 miles east of Kathmandu this morning. The latest quake follows the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck south west of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on 25 April


12/05/2015

New hire will oversee The Scout Association’s work to make scouting more youth-led, inclusive and community-focused


11/05/2015

The first £1m has been raised through a three-year corporate bond paying 3.5 per cent gross fixed interest a year


08/05/2015

The newly-registered UK charity helps other charities increase their social impact through improved efficiency and effectiveness


08/05/2015

Rob Wilson, Conservative member for Reading East achieved a 46 per cent share in securing 23,217 votes


08/05/2015

Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb has congratulated David Cameron on his re-election as Prime Minister, and called on the Conservative Party leader to ‘unmuzzle and unleash’ the third sector


07/05/2015

DEC member agencies are working across 17 districts in Nepal, providing aid in more than 60 villages, camps and towns in some of the worst-affected part of the country


07/05/2015

The investment marked an 80 per cent increase on the previous year, made possible by operating income of £18.8m


06/05/2015

DEC said rain, avalanches and the mountainous terrain are complicating aid deliveries, but vital supplies are reaching people across 15 districts including Sindhupalchok where most deaths have been reported


06/05/2015

New chief executive joins during next phase of the charity's planned growth


05/05/2015

The vast majority of funds raised so far came from individual donations from members of the public, supplemented by £5m from the government through UK Aid Match


05/05/2015

The Early Intervention Foundation has published a joint letter co-signed by organisations including Barnardo’s, NSPCC, Action for Children, and Women’s Aid, calling for a long-term commitment to early intervention for children to reduce the need for spending on late intervention by 10 per cent by 2020


05/05/2015

New chief executive in post from August, succeeding Catherine Johnstone who leaves after six years in the role


05/05/2015

A study has found 50 per cent of respondents felt street fundraisers should not be salaried. Sixty per cent said tin collectors should be unpaid while 53 per cent said charity shop helpers should work for free


01/05/2015

The Northern Rock Foundation has announced the Fresh Ideas Fund will continue for the next three years, after awarding £3m to the Northstar Foundation, to carry on the grant programme


01/05/2015

Five breweries have joined forces to brew a special charity beer, which will see 50p of every pint sold donated to the Hamlet Centre Trust, who support children and young adults with disabilities


30/04/2015

Annual tax statistics show business rates relief accounted for the highest proportion of the relief, at £1.64bn


30/04/2015

Of 2,000 Britons surveyed, 69 per cent said a serious data loss incident would decrease their trust in the charity’s ability to keep their data secure, and 56 per cent said it would decrease their trust in all charities’ ability to safeguard data


29/04/2015

But “retrograde” steps on disclosing cash donations disappoints


29/04/2015

The £19m is made up of £14m given by the UK public by text, phone and online, and £5m from the UK government through Aid Match


29/04/2015

Current chief executive Andy Atkins steps down this summer after seven years in the role


28/04/2015

A discussion paper published today argues that giving parliament a greater role in the appointment process would help dampen perceptions of political bias in the selection of the regulator’s chair


28/04/2015

The regulator encouraged people to help those in need, but said while most fundraising is genuine some unscrupulous people will attempt to exploit the public’s goodwill through fraudulent ‘fundraising’


27/04/2015

New CEO replaces Dame Mary Marsh who moves on after seven years as the programme’s founding director


27/04/2015

Sixty-three per cent of charities with an income between £100,000 and £1m expected conditions to worsen over the next 12 months


27/04/2015

The appeal is to launch on all major UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky on Tuesday


23/04/2015

A survey of more than 100 senior voluntary sector decision makers found over 40 per cent felt their trustees did not understand the importance of IT


23/04/2015

The new foundation will make grants to individuals and organisations, and provide other finance, advocacy and support


22/04/2015

The Labour Party today released it’s a Better For Older People manifesto, a package of policies aiming to address areas such as cost of living, health and social care, and community participation for old people


22/04/2015

Announcing the funding the foundation said the organisations receiving grants are facilitating enhancement of arts education, improving access to the arts, and increasing diversity across the arts, heritage and culture sector


21/04/2015

The second bond to be launched through the Retail Charity Bonds platform has reached an early close after raising £27m


21/04/2015

Recruitment for a new chief executive will begin this month


21/04/2015

CAF research shows almost 20 per cent of people have received medical care from a charity in their lifetime, and over a quarter of charity donations went to health and medical causes last year


20/04/2015

Big Issue Invest has launched its £650,000 Corporate Social Venturing programme offering investment and support to early stage social businesses, in partnership with Barclays


20/04/2015

A survey by Populus for Charities Aid Foundation revealed that on average people think society’s wealthiest should donate 25 per cent of their money to charity over the course of their lives


17/04/2015

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has seen a record number of applications for financial support, up 15 per cent over the same period last year


17/04/2015

Prizes will be awarded as unrestricted grants of between £1,000 and £2,000 at a regional level. Charities must have less than £1m turnover to be eligible


16/04/2015

CTG said HMRC expects charities to comply with new rules which do not zero-rate print and delivery of charity mailings as a composite supply of delivered goods from 1 April


16/04/2015

Former chief executive Justin Byworth announced he was stepping down last October, after five years in the role


15/04/2015

Sarah Broad has been appointed chief financial officer at national disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability


15/04/2015

The board upheld a complaint related to disclosure around how money is allocated when fundraising in partnership with a school


15/04/2015

Locality aims to raise membership to 3,000 by 2020, from the current level of over 500 community-led organisations and 200 associate partners. By 2020 the charity aims to be able to demonstrate “significant influence” in at least five policy areas with positive impacts on the work of Locality members


14/04/2015

In a briefing to members on the policy priorities for the next government, the CFG argues the regulator will not be able to effectively monitor the sector without increased resources, and as more investigations are carried out fewer resources will be available for important work on guidance and support for charities


14/04/2015

The Conservatives have “pioneered” ways to deliver public services, its newly-published manifesto says, including through increased involvement from the voluntary sector. The document highlights the Work Programme as an initiative which it said harnessed the ability of charities to help people.


13/04/2015

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveiled the party’s 2015 manifesto in Manchester today, with an overall commitment that all pledges are costed and no measures require additional borrowing


13/04/2015

Charities and social enterprises in the North West and South West will from today be able to apply for a loan-grant package of up to £30,000 to help them grow their services and become more sustainable


10/04/2015

Supported by the Resource Alliance, the two-year project will look at social entrepreneurship, impact investment, venture philanthropy, direct philanthropy, and organised philanthropy


10/04/2015

Cameron has announced public sector employers and companies with more than 250 staff would be required to allow employees up to three days’ paid leave a year to do volunteering work


09/04/2015

A new paper from think tank NPC argues funders may be legitimately concerned they will end up substituting for public funding where charities provide statutory services, or subsidising private profit where charities are subcontracting to private companies


09/04/2015

The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is a national charity supporting athletes as they transition from sport, and uses their skills to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people


08/04/2015

mcch provides accommodation, employment, community support, wellbeing centres, and specialist support services to around 2,000 people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs across the South East


08/04/2015

The fund is managed by impact investment company Resonance in partnership with homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway. It buys homes to let to homeless individuals and families in London via Real Lettings, a social lettings agency set up by St Mungo’s Broadway


07/04/2015

New research from British Heart Foundation has found 43 per cent of Britons intend to leave money to charity in their Wills


07/04/2015

Charities Aid Foundation’s annual UK Giving study found 58 per cent of British men get involved in volunteering, donating, or sponsorship in a given month compared to 63 per cent of women


02/04/2015

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action has warned that government cuts will likely cost at least 450 jobs across the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland


02/04/2015

TASC, The Ambulance Services Charity, has been formed through the merger of a number of funds including The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund (ASBF), Amcare and The Beds and Herts Ambulance Benevolent Fund


01/04/2015

NCT has announced Nick Wilkie is to join the charity as its new chief executive from July


01/04/2015

GivingLots resold items brought at charity auctions but were never used, raising almost £4m for not-for-profits over its duration. CharityStars auctions lots from the world of celebrity to raise money for charities


01/04/2015

Social enterprises contributed £22bn to UK GDP over the past five years, according to a study from RBS


01/04/2015

Substance misuse charity Aquarius is to become a subsidiary of mental health charity Richmond Fellowship as the organisations join forces to help them improve their service delivery


31/03/2015

Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association is launching a new retail charity bond, to help fund its work providing housing and support to vulnerable people


31/03/2015

New appointment replaces Lord Wilf Stevenson of Balmacara, standing down today after five years in the role


30/03/2015

Charities Aid Foundation chief executive John Low has urged political party leaders not to forget the charity sector


27/03/2015

Most charities are failing to fully meet the requirement to report on their public benefit, according to a new report by the regulator, and most small charities struggle to produce annual accounts of acceptable quality


27/03/2015

The appointment, effective 1 April, comes as the charity pursues its new five-year strategy which will see it strive to double survival from brain tumours and halve the harm they cause to quality of life by 2020


27/03/2015

The regulator has opened a statutory inquiry into the Kurdish Community Centre, as it says the charity has not fully implemented an action plan the Charity Commission set for it in 2013


27/03/2015

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Third Sector Research Centre are to create a data resource that will improve the evidence base for the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to its finances and resources over the past decade


25/03/2015

The government is to donate almost £500,000 to the Winter Pressures initiative for elderly people, which is offered by the Red Cross, Age UK, Westbank Community Health and Care, and Royal Voluntary Service


25/03/2015

Introduction of a charity exemption from the new Diverted Profits Tax has been welcomed by the group which campaigned for the change


25/03/2015

Charities are generally cautiously optimistic about their income, but are increasingly seeking new revenue streams to meet growing demand according to new research


25/03/2015

Charities and the public sector would enjoy preferred provider status under a Labour government


24/03/2015

The government has signed an agreement with charities and Payroll Giving Agencies to further boost the contribution of payroll giving schemes to the sector


24/03/2015

A new £2m impact fund has been launched to help charities and social enterprises access finance through the growing peer-to-peer and crowdfunding market


24/03/2015

One-in-seven charity chief executives say their organisations are struggling to survive, as most remain concerned about generating income and maintaining financial sustainability


24/03/2015

The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into a Christian charity for repeated failure to file annual accounting information


23/03/2015

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Cradle Child Trust after a member of the public raised concerns about the charity’s involvement in fundraising activities and possible impropriety by trustees in connection with funds being raised


20/03/2015

Access: The Foundation for Social Investment has launched today with over £100m to help early stage charities and social enterprises access social investment


20/03/2015

The Law Commission is consulting on changes, including to rules around permanent endowments, to remove unnecessary regulation of charities


19/03/2015

Seven new Social Impact Bond investment schemes have been announced, targeting those with long term health conditions and mental illness, disadvantaged youth, and children in care


19/03/2015

The Directory of Social Change has renewed its campaign for the return of money taken from Big Lottery Fund to pay for the 2012 Olympics, after there was no mention of a refund in yesterday’s budget


19/03/2015

Charities need to change the way they work with older volunteers and donors, with over 65s’ contribution to the sector likely to significantly increase over the next two decades


19/03/2015

The Chancellor’s announcement of measures such as additional tax relief and funding for charities has been broadly welcomed by the sector, but some elements missing from the budget have resulted in some harsh criticism


18/03/2015

Charity investment experts are welcoming a new fund structure available to charities, announced in today’s Budget


18/03/2015

Chancellor George Osborne announced an expansion to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme among measures beneficial to the charity sector in the final budget for this parliament


18/03/2015

Voluntary and community organisations are more pessimistic about the financial prospects for local groups than they have been for two years, according to NAVCA’s latest quarterly survey


17/03/2015

A government consultation on employer debt rules for non-associated multi-employer pension schemes has been welcomed, but an expert has said it is hard to see radical changes being made


17/03/2015

The Fundraising Standards Board handled 488 fundraising complaints in 2014, 17 of which were escalated to the board for resolution at stage two and six went on to adjudication at stage three


16/03/2015

Karen Wilson has joined North West charity Alternative Futures Group as a new managing director


16/03/2015

The Charity Tax Group is hopeful the government will offer a charity exemption to the new Diverted Profits Tax after conversations with HMRC


16/03/2015

The Boys’ Brigade has appointed Andrew Johnston as its new chief executive officer


13/03/2015

The government is seeking views on the operation of the employer debt regime for non-associated multi-employer pension schemes


13/03/2015

The Charity Times Awards have launched for 2015, inviting entries from the charities and service providers that embody the best qualities of the sector


13/03/2015

The Fundraising Standards Board has welcomed Colin Wilby and Andrew Nebel as lay board members


12/03/2015

Charities should collect evidence to demonstrate they make a difference and not fear talking to the public about failed projects, according to new analysis from NPC


12/03/2015

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson has outlined the government’s high hopes for the GivingTuesday initiative, which took place in the UK for the first time last year


12/03/2015

The number of female chairs of the country’s top charities fell significantly over past year, according to new research


11/03/2015

Pearson and Save the Children have launched a £1.5m partnership to help out-of-school children caught in the Syrian refugee crisis access quality education


11/03/2015

Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb has written to the Treasury setting out a six point plan for the Chancellor to deliver better partnership working with the third sector


10/03/2015

Big Lottery Fund has announced a £5.5m partnership with Comic Relief, to provide grants to improve the health of mothers, babies and children; and the lives of people living in urban slums in Africa


10/03/2015

Trustees of BeatBullying were not unreasonable to expect to receive the grant funding that would have enabled the charity to continue running, the Charity Commission has found, and the board did not attempt to mislead regarding the financial position of the charity


06/03/2015

Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed Lynda Thomas as its new chief executive


06/03/2015

A lack of guidance from government on how banks should respond to counter-terrorism legislation has resulted in many charities working in conflict areas having their accounts frozen or closed, a new report concludes


04/03/2015

The shortlist for the inaugural Better Society Awards has been announced, including more than 60 companies across a diverse range of industries


04/03/2015

The government is to remove restrictions preventing proceeds from incidental non-commercial lotteries from being donated to charity and good causes


04/03/2015

Former Citizens Advice chief executive David Harker died aged 64 on Monday after a short illness


03/03/2015

Acevo has called for alliance contracting between the third and public sectors to help prevent future crises in the NHS


03/03/2015

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s core services are to be transferred to NCVO


02/03/2015

Amazon China president Dr Doug Gurr has been announced as the next chair of the British Heart Foundation


02/03/2015

Santander has launched this year’s £2m awards programme for trading charities and social enterprises


27/02/2015

Tesco and Diabetes UK have announced the retailer’s colleagues, suppliers and customers raised £18.6m for the charity from March 2013 to December 2014


27/02/2015

People generally prefer buying from charity shops to online marketplaces like eBay, according to new research


26/02/2015

Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced the appointment of Vaughan Lindsay as its new chief executive from May


25/02/2015

A Joint Committee report on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill has lent support to two key Charity Commission proposals for the legislation


25/02/2015

Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office are to publish data revealing how much local authorities and government are spending with social enterprises in procuring products and services


24/02/2015

Landmine clearance organisation The HALO Trust has announced James Cowan CBE DSO as its new chief executive


24/02/2015

The government has produced guidance setting out what it has to offer UK social investors and entrepreneurs


24/02/2015

A new Office for Civil Society skills project aims to help commissioners maximise the contribution of the voluntary sector in public services


23/02/2015

Nick Haisman is to take over as chief executive of Family Links from April, replacing founding CEO Annette Mountford


20/02/2015

The Charity Commission has found no evidence of “improper interference” by former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the charity of which he is patron


19/02/2015

The thresholds above which charities are required to have accounts audited by an auditor on the Register of Statutory Auditors are to be increased, the Cabinet Office has announced


19/02/2015

Entries to the inaugural Better Society Awards close today, and companies are encouraged to seek to have their positive contribution to improving society recognised


19/02/2015

The Charity Commission is taking further regulatory action in respect of two charities in response to ITV expose Charities behaving badly, which aired last night


18/02/2015

The Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation have announced up to £5.3m of funding for three early action projects in Coventry, Norwich, and Hartlepool


18/02/2015

The Charity Commission has suspended a trustee and opened a statutory inquiry into Khalsa Missionary Society, resulting from an ongoing Home Office investigation into suspected immigration abuse at the charity


18/02/2015

Locality has secured a new Department for Communities and Local Government contract to run the Community Ownership and Management of Assets programme


17/02/2015

Young people not in employment, education, or training (Neet) would be required to do community or charity work in order to claim benefits under a future Conservative government, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today


16/02/2015

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a digital service allowing charities to register online for tax purposes


16/02/2015

Threadneedle Investments’ UK Social Bond Fund has marked its one year anniversary and reached over USD $100m (£67m) in assets under management


16/02/2015

The Lobbying Act has had a “myriad of unintended consequences” and risks harming charities’ ability to help and represent their beneficiaries, according to a new report


13/02/2015

Acevo members are to receive special loan discounts for their charities from CAF Bank under a new partnership between the organisations


13/02/2015

Lord Young’s review of the Social Value Act has concluded the law is having a positive effect where it is being taken up, and delivered recommendations on how to take the Act forward


13/02/2015

Charity chief executive pay fell in real and nominal terms last year, according to Acevo’s annual survey of sector leaders


12/02/2015

Late intervention on the social problems affecting young people is costing the Government almost £17bn a year, according to research by the Early Intervention Foundation


12/02/2015

Looking at new options for funding the Charity Commission is “inevitable” in the current fiscal climate, according to the chair of the UK200Group’s charities and education special interest area


11/02/2015

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is contributing £100,000 to help carry on the work of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector


11/02/2015

The Government has been issued with recommendations to protect the independence and voice of charities in response to a “disturbing trend” towards “attacks on their freedom to defend the most vulnerable people in society”


10/02/2015

The Charity Commission has stressed its commitment to supporting the sector, but argued the relationship between the regulator and charities should never be “cosy”


09/02/2015

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Big Lottery Fund have announced the Big Assist programme will be extended for a year and receive more funding


09/02/2015

New Philanthropy Capital has called for Big Lottery Fund to make millions available to charities to enable them to scale up and innovate as part of the think tank’s manifesto, published today


05/02/2015

British Postal Museum & Archive chair Dr Helen Forde is to stand down this year, ahead of her term concluding in 2016


05/02/2015

The Cabinet Office is providing £1.2m in grant funding to three charities contracted to offer services aimed at taking the pressure off the country’s busiest accident and emergency departments


04/02/2015

Make-A-Wish UK has announced chief executive Neil Jones is to depart, and the charity is in the process of finalising the appointment of a replacement


04/02/2015

Big Lottery Fund has announced an extra £10m for its social investment readiness programme, Big Potential, to support organisations that are more advanced or seeking larger investments


03/02/2015

Mercy Ships has been selected as the 2015 charity partner of Worldwide Recruitment Solutions. WRS works for clients and contractors in the oil and gas, mining, marine, construction, engineering and power sectors across the globe


03/02/2015

The Government should give people more say over their community assets and greater opportunities to save them, the Communities and Local Government Committee has said


02/02/2015

St Mungo’s Broadway provides support to homeless and at risk individuals, and the charity will benefit from pro bono business and legal advice from RPC


02/02/2015

Annual income for Alzheimer’s Research UK increased 29 per cent to just over £14.2m last year, according to the charity’s annual review


02/02/2015

Samaritans chief executive Catherine Johnstone has announced she is to step down after more than six years in the role


02/02/2015

Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb has sought assurances from Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood that due process was followed in the reappointment of Charity Commission chair William Shawcross


30/01/2015

Give As You Live was named the most committed company to the sector and Elena Joseph was judged most committed individual at the Institute of Fundraising Partners in Fundraising Awards last night


30/01/2015

Chancellor George Osborne has announced £3m in funding for Royal Navy charities, to be paid for out of Libor fines


29/01/2015

The Fundraising Standards Board has not upheld a complaint against Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in relation to doorstep fundraising


29/01/2015

William Shawcross has been reappointed chair of the Charity Commission, and the role has been expanded from two to three days a week


27/01/2015

Charities Aid Foundation is calling on employers to do more to encourage staff to give their time for good causes, after research showed 72 per cent of employees said they do not get paid leave to volunteer


27/01/2015

Individual giving services provider the Fundraising Initiatives group has acquired R Fundraising


26/01/2015

UBS is to sponsor social investment specialist Resonance to develop a Social Investment Tax Relief fund aiming to launch in Bristol in the first quarter, the first in a planned series of funds targeted at addressing inner city poverty


26/01/2015

ACEVO has welcomed four new trustees alongside new a new chair and vice chair after its AGM last week


23/01/2015

Companies that make a positive contribution to improving society have been given more time to ensure their efforts are recognised, after an extension to the deadline for entering the inaugural Better Society Awards


23/01/2015

The way charities use funds leads the list of things people think organisations do not do well, newly published data shows, and a minority feel charity chief executives should get paid the same as their private sector counterparts


22/01/2015

The National Audit Office has found the Charity Commission has made good early progress in implementing the recommendations from its 2013 report, but there is much hard work ahead


22/01/2015

The impact children can have on their parents’ participation in charity presents an exciting opportunity according to new research from consultancy nfpSynergy


21/01/2015

The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE has been reappointed as chair to the board of the Scottish Charity Regulator


21/01/2015

The local infrastructure that supports charities, community groups, and social enterprises needs to be redesigned and resourced to meet future challenges, according to a commission called to look at the issue


20/01/2015

The Weston Charity Awards were originally launched to service charities working in the fields of youth, welfare, and community the North East but are being expanded to cover the whole of the North


20/01/2015

The Big Society project has largely failed against its own measures, according to a three-year investigation by think tank Civil Exchange


19/01/2015

The regulator is reminding the roughly 54,000 charities with 31 January deadlines for annual accounts and returns to file them on time, urging them to use the online process


19/01/2015

Santander has announced British Heart Foundation as its Charity of the Year partner for 2015. The year-long partnership will aim to raise £1 million to help the BHF in its fight against cardiovascular disease


16/01/15

Welsh charity declared insolvent after second employee is arrested on suspicion of fraud.


15/01/15

Jason Lewis, partner and head of transaction finance at Howard Kennedy, has been elected Chief Barker of Children’s charity Variety for 2015.


15/01/15

Potential entrants for the inaugural Better Society Awards are encouraged to complete their entries, as submissions are set to close in a week.


14/01/15

The Charities Commission is facilitating the way that third parties get involved in the accounts process.


13/01/15

The Ice Bucket Challenge was a major factor behind a fall in charitable donations made during the run-up to Christmas, according to new analysis.


12/01/15

The Charity Commission has appointed an Interim Manager to the charity Al-Fatiha Global.


12/01/15

FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF today launched the ‘1 in 11’ campaign to extend educational opportunities to marginalised children starting in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal.


09/01/2015

Social impact investment fund the Real Lettings Property Fund now stands at more than £46m after Big Society Capital and City of London significantly increased their initial commitments


08/01/2015

Lloyds Banking Group has selected BBC Children in Need as its official Charity of the Year for 2015 and 2016


07/01/2015

The transparency of reporting by large charities in receipt of public funds has been criticised in a new report by think tank Centre for Policy Studies


06/01/2015

The Retired Greyhound Trust has named Lisa Morris-Tomkins as its new chief executive. Morris-Tomkins joins from Greyhound Rescue West of England where she is interim chief executive


06/01/2015

The Field Lane Foundation has appointed Peter Calderbank as chief executive


05/01/2015

A lack of financial controls and record keeping allowed a trustee to extract considerable personal financial benefit from charity Helping Hands for the Needy, the regulator has concluded in a new report


22/12/2014

Shelter Scotland and Play for Change have been announced as the Scottish Premier Football League’s first Official Charity Partners


19/12/2014

The government is to waive VAT on sales of First World War memorial charity single All Together Now. The move is funded by the fines levied on banks for manipulating interest rate benchmarks. Millions of pounds in fines have been earmarked for military good causes


19/12/2014

New research suggests those on higher incomes generally use a wider variety of charities than low earners. A Charities Aid Foundation study found those with incomes over £55,000 were more likely to use multiple charity services, with an average of 3.9 used in the last 12 months


18/12/2014

UKIP supporters have significantly lower trust in charities than those who back Labour, the Conservatives, or Liberal Democrats according to recent polling


17/12/2014

Charities must place higher value and priority upon volunteers if they are to prosper as society changes, according to a think tank


15/12/2014

A three-day strike of around 400 Shelter staff planned for Tuesday has been suspended following the charity putting forward a new offer after negotiations, union Unite has announced


11/12/2014

Chancellor George Osborne has announced the government will provide £4m from Libor fines to the new Virgin Money Foundation over four years, with Virgin Money matching funds in the first year


11/12/2014

Public confidence in donating has slipped further behind consumer confidence, according to new research from consultancy nfpSynergy


10/12/2014

Around 400 Unite members employed by housing charity Shelter are to stage a three-day walkout next week over pay changes


10/12/2014

The Charity Commission has made public a statutory inquiry into Yoruba Language and Cultural Heritage amid concerns over suspicious donations and funds transferred from the charity’s account to trustees


09/12/2014

Bridges Ventures has agreed to invest £1.5m in three Social Impact Bonds designed to reduce homelessness among young people in Greater Manchester, Greenwich, West Yorkshire, and the West Midlands


09/12/2014

Autism Wessex’s social care service has been awarded a contract by the Borough of Poole and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to provide person centred care and support services


09/12/2014

The new SORP committee has been announced, to be chaired by Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator head of enforcement Laura Anderson and Charity Commission head of accountancy services Nigel Davies


05/12/2014

The DSC Social Change Awards for 2014 were presented in London last night


04/12/2014

Impetus-PEF has been appointed as an approved provider for the Cabinet Office’s £1.5m Impact Readiness Fund


04/12/2014

Scaling up efforts will not be appropriate for all small charities, a think tank has said, but all charities have a responsibility to assess whether scaling is a viable option


04/12/2014

#GivingTuesday’s UK debut made an impact beyond social media, with Charities Aid Foundation reporting a number of organisations registered a sharp increase in donations on the day


03/12/2014

The Reading Agency appoints impact research manager, and more…


03/12/2014

The Autumn Statement has confirmed military, emergency services, and hospice charities are among organisations to receive further tax support


03/12/2014

The Dove Trust has begun paying charities and good causes the funds they are owed according to an order from the High Court in July


02/12/2014

Cass CCE appoints director of social finance and social impact investing, and more…


02/12/2014

The charity sector’s equivalent to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer sprees, #GivingTuesday, has landed in the UK with support from a high profile range of backers and a large social media presence


02/12/2014

The Community First Endowment Match Challenge fund has now exceeded £110m, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson has said, and a further £2m is being made available to the fund


01/12/2014

New trustee for In Kind Direct, Henderson Loggie appoints partner in charity team, and more…


01/12/2014

The Code of Fundraising Practice has been updated, with new standards for the treatment of people in vulnerable circumstances


01/12/2014

A survey of senior executives has found volunteering often improves job satisfaction, business skills, and overall engagement with charities


28/11/2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee has published an independent report outlining how its member agencies provide assurance they are following agreed ways of working when responding to emergencies


27/11/2014

British Museum & Archive appoints head of fundraising for new national museum, and more…


27/11/2014

The regulator has urged charities to take care to safeguard their fundraising activities from bogus collectors, while counter-terrorism police announce a crackdown on fraudulent fundraising


27/11/2014

An expert charity academic has argued the Draft Protection of Charities Bill is too narrow in scope and is “tinkering around the edges”


26/11/2014

The Scottish Professional Football League is seeking its first ever official charity partner, to work with the organisation over the 2014/15 season


26/11/2014

A support fund launched by the Cabinet Office has helped charities and social enterprises win contracts worth more than £115m, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson has said


25/11/2014

The Charity Commission is consulting on proposed changes to trustee guidance, which clarify the regulator’s expectation that trustees are expected to comply with good practice unless they can justify doing otherwise


24/11/2014

Alternative Futures Group names four new trustees, and more…


24/11/2014

City Bridge Trust has launched a £1m scheme to help eliminate the barriers to social investment for charities working in London


21/11/2014

New chair at Help for Children | Hedge Funds Care UK, Navca names chief executive, and more…


22/11/2014

The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action has confirmed Neil Cleeveley as chief executive


20/11/2014

Politicians have been urged to protect charities’ independence and rights to free speech in law, and restore ministerial responsibility for the sector to a cabinet level post


19/11/2014

The regulator has reassured charities that they can feel confident following the current guidance on campaigning, CC9, in the lead up to the election


19/11/2014

New marketing communications officer for British Polio Fellowship, and more…


18/11/2014

New analysis of armed forces charities challenges common misconceptions of the sub-sector, according to the Directory of Social Change


18/11/2014

New director of external affairs for Rethink Mental Illness, and more…


18/11/2014

The UK was the joint seventh most generous nation in the world in 2013, and the second most generous in Northern Europe according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s latest annual World Giving Index


17/11/2014

New chair for National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, and more…


17/11/2014

A new study from community association network Locality has revealed fewer of its members are earning income through public sector contracts, and a higher proportion are making a loss on the activities


17/11/2014

The government is waiving VAT on sales of the Band Aid anniversary single, which is raising funds to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa


17/11/2014

A charity set up to help revive ailing small town high streets is closing after hitting cashflow problems, but hopes a successor will evolve to carry on its work


17/11/2014

Acevo has called for civil society to have a strong voice in the devolution debate as the Conservatives prepare to announce plans for constitutional reform and the constitutional convention


14/11/2014

The Charity Commission has placed Life Changing Ministries International Church South Cheshire Trust in monitoring, and will follow up to ensure progress and compliance by trustees after failings in governance and financial controls at the charity


14/11/2014

St John’s Hospital seeks new chief executive, National Autistic Society names director of external affairs and social change


13/11/2014

A number of charities appear to suffer from a conflict between the CEO and trustees, and few charities link strategy to risk assessment, according to a review of charity strategies by the ICAEW


12/11/2014

The government should look at re-routing bank fines to help charities doing important work in their communities, NPC chief executive Dan Corry has said


12/11/2014

The Charity Commission has warned it may take further regulatory action against a Christian charity should it fail to address its outstanding annual report and accounts, and a range of other issues


11/11/2014

Almost half of charity trustees recognise there are skill gaps on their board, according to a new survey


10/11/2014

The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church St Mary of Debre Tsion over concerns arising from a long-running disagreement between the charity’s management and trustees


06/11/2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s unprecedented Ebola appeal has raised £14m a week after its official launch


06/11/2014

A national hub of information, resources, and advice on evidence and impact for the youth sector has been launched today


06/11/2014

Chancellor George Osborne announced today that the government is to refund the expected VAT of up to £1.1m from the sales of poppies used at the First World War commemorative installation at the Tower of London


04/11/2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee's Ebola Crisis Appeal has raised £12m so far after its official launch six days ago. The total includes £5m in match aid from the UK government


04/11/2014

Acevo has launched a new commission to examine a ‘care deficit’ in public services, and look into how charities and social enterprises can work better in future partnerships with the public sector


03/11/2014

Charities are looking to active investment management strategies to grow their assets, according to a new survey


31/10/2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee has already raised £6m to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa after launching its appeal yesterday


31/10/2014

Social impact bond service providers have been urged to seek out new sources of capital to avoid cannibalisation of existing funding


31/10/2014

Mike Ashley has been appointed to the board of the Charity Commission, and will chair its audit and risk committee


30/10/2014

Rethink Mental Illness names new chief executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home appoints director of operations, and more…


30/10/2014

The Cabinet Office has launched a new £1.5m grant fund to help social ventures attract investment and win contracts


30/10/2014

Disasters Emergency Committee has launched its Ebola Crisis Appeal, to scale up efforts which have already seen member agencies help more than 2.5 million people affected by the spread of the virus


29/10/2014

Londoners can now donate to young people’s charities every day they travel on the Underground, bus, tram, DLR, Overground, and National Rail services that accept Oyster


29/10/2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee is to launch an appeal in response to a disease outbreak for the first time in 50 years, to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa


28/10/2014

NCVO is to review the Charity Commission’s governance structure, looking at ways to strengthen the regulator’s perceived independence


28/10/2014

A new report from the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations calls on voluntary groups to create more consortia of public service organisations which persist beyond the lifetime of an individual contract or election cycle


28/10/2014

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation names new chief executive, and more…


28/10/2014

People who associate charities with political activity and government funding are more likely to mistrust the organisations, new research has shown


27/10/2014

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has announced Peter Hills-Jones as its new chief executive


27/10/2014

The Mental Health Foundation announces a delivery and development, and more…


23/10/2014

The regulator will not require charities to declare campaigning spending in their annual returns, but it may revisit the issue when it next considers changes in 2016


23/10/2014

Alternative Futures Group was named the Charity of the Year with an income over £30m at the Charity Times Awards in London last week


22/10/2014

Paul Hamlyn Foundation announces new director, and more…


22/10/2014

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and community development agency Sobus have set out a new model to improve access to social investment


22/10/2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced £8m in new funding for the Charity Commission, to help it tackle abuse including the use of funds for extremist and terrorist activity


21/10/2014

A group of umbrella bodies has called for an early review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme after research has uncovered a range of awareness and understanding issues with the programme


21/10/2014

New chairs at Prisoners Abroad and PRS for Music Foundation, Acevo appoints new head of trading and consultancy arm and health policy unit, and more…


20/10/2014

Substance abuse charities Addaction and KCA are set to merge, the organisations have announced


20/10/2014

Andy Bool named head of Sea Life Trust, and more…


20/10/2014

The government’s commission on social mobility and child poverty has set out the role of charities in its plan to reduce the division in UK society out to 2020


17/10/2014

World Christian Ministries’ trustees responded appropriately to a £30,000 fraud and regulatory action was not required, the Charity Commission has found


17/10/2014

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations has named Paul Farmer of Mind and Sharon Allen of Skills For Care as its new chair and vice-chair


17/10/2014

City Bridge Trust approves extra funding to The Prince’s Trust; Charity Commission operational compliance case on Society Network Foundation; Salvation Army Trading Company launches 200th shop; and more…


17/10/2014

Research consultancy nfpSynergy has suggested the next government consider a range of amendments to the Gift Aid scheme to get the most out of the programme


17/10/2014

Old Mutual Wealth is set to acquire discretionary investment manager Quilter Cheviot for £585m


16/10/2014

Regulators are calling for applications to join the new Charities SORP Committee, to aid development of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice


16/10/2014

The vast majority of local authorities are continuing to fund local infrastructure despite dealing with deep cuts, according to a survey of chief officers of NAVCA members


16/10/2014

New trustees at National Council for Palliative Care, Clore Social Leadership Programme names new chair, I CAN appoints new trustee, and more…


15/10/2014

The Royal National Children’s Foundation has selected Berenberg to manage a £15m equity protect overlay


15/10/2014

Royal Life Saving Society UK names CEO, Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals chief executive to move on, and more…


15/10/2014

Charities innovating using technology need more support and access to new types of funding to succeed, according to new research


14/10/2014

New appointment at British Polio Fellowship, World Vision UK seeks new chief executive, and more…


14/10/2014

New fundraising initiative from Morrisons; Commonweal Housing receives £1.1m from Big Society Capital; new initiative for cancer sufferers


14/10/2014

World Vision UK is seeking a new chief executive, as Justin Byworth steps down after five years at the helm


14/10/2014

Companies’ efforts to improve society will be recognised at a new awards ceremony next year, launched to celebrate the contribution the private sector makes to making the world a fairer and safer place


13/10/2014

New procedures and standards are to apply to charities fundraising at train stations in England and Wales, it has been announced today


13/10/2014

The principal trustee of a charity has been convicted of Gift Aid tax relief fraud and handed a suspended jail sentence


10/10/2014

Charities have been urged to make controversial information more accessible to the public to help people become better informed and improve understanding


10/10/2014

Trustees have been reminded of their legal duty to act only in the best interests of their charity, and the regulator’s expectation that conflicts of interest are dealt with effectively


09/10/2014

The regulator has installed an interim manager at Viva Palestina to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees, in response to ongoing concerns about the financial management at the charity


09/10/2014

Law firm Allen & Overy has selected Amref Health Africa as its charity partner for the next two years


09/10/2014

Wellbeing of Women, The Voices Foundation announce new chief executives, and more…


08/10/2014

The proportion of overall income attributable to the country’s largest charities has risen over the past year, according to new figures from the regulator


08/10/2014

NCT chief executive steps down after 15 years in post, and more...


07/10/2014

The Charity Commission is getting tougher on charities that fail to comply with the law, the regulator’s chief executive Paula Sussex has said


06/10/2014

New vice president at Dogs Trust, and more…


03/10/2014

New chief executive at The Eve Appeal, and more…


03/10/2014

Charities are to benefit from almost £10m in funding arising from fines on banks for LIBOR rigging


02/10/2014

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Legal Action, stating the charity has failed to implement or agree to an action plan issued in response to concerns it was operating outside its objects


02/10/2014

Charities and social enterprises have been invited to apply for funding under the new £1m Social Action End of Life Support Fund


01/10/2014

St Loye’s Foundation and Community Care Trust are to merge, the charities have announced


30/09/2014

Education charities have been reminded of the need for balance to ensure their activities are not classified as promotion of particular views or opinions under charity law


30/09/2014

Information technology and data security professionals are volunteering to help charities with their IT security needs


30/09/2014

The IKEA Foundation has made its largest single emergency donation ever to help fight the Ebola outbreak gripping West Africa


30/09/2014

New executive director of strategy and policy at St Mungo’s, new chair for Institute of Business Ethics, and more…


29/09/2014

New chair at the Institute of Business Ethics, and more…


29/09/2014

The Royal Mencap Society Group increased annual income 2.3 per cent to £201.2m in the year to March despite a reduction in overall voluntary income, according to its annual accounts


28/09/2014

Minister for Civil Society Brooks Newmark has resigned amid tabloid allegations of inappropriate communications with an undercover reporter posing as a female Conservative Party activist


26/09/2014

New chief executive on board at Crisis, and more…


26/09/2014

The government is to review the Social Value Act to determine whether it should be widened in a way that continues to support voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises to bid for public contracts


25/09/2014

Impetus PEF announces new trustee, and more…


25/09/2014

Northern Rock Foundation has announced it is to close its current grant programmes at the end of the year and prepare for its likely eventual closure


25/09/2014

A shared, trusted system for measuring the impact of social investments is crucial to building the credibility of the market, according to a charity think tank


24/09/2014

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Hospice Aid UK following an operational compliance case which looked into the charity’s decision to enter into a contract with a direct marketing company and its apparent low level of charitable expenditure


24/09/2014

Abbyfield Kent Society announces new director of care, and more…


24/09/2014

A strike ballot of more than 500 staff at St Mungo’s Broadway has been announced by union Unite, over workers’ terms and conditions


24/09/2014

The Law Commission has recommended charity trustees be given a new specific statutory power to make social investments


23/09/2014

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group names new chief exec, Impetus-PEF welcomes new board member, clouddog appoints four new trustees, CAF’s Traynor joins Ebury, and more…


22/09/2014

Liverpool FC appoints new head of charity foundation…


19/09/2014

Charities will need to be prepared to work in a rapidly shifting environment as powers are devolved to Scotland and other regions argue for greater independence, Sir Stuart Etherington has said


19/09/2014

Elizabeth Finn Care announces new chief executive, and more…


18/09/2014

The Charity Commission is soon to meet with sector leaders to discuss the potential for the regulator to raise at least some of its funding from charities themselves


18/09/2014

The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into Worldwide Ummah Aid following concerns that charitable funds had been seized from a trustee during a routine check by the Metropolitan Police as the individual left the country


18/09/2014

Bath charity St John’s Hospital has launched a £4m social investment fund to support growth and development of local charities and social enterprises with social, cultural, and environmental aims


17/09/2014

British Heart Foundation has reported income of £136.9m in 2013/14, up £2.2m on the previous year, while the charity’s investment portfolio has grown 7.7 per cent


17/09/2014

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services are working towards a merger later this year


16/09/2014

Group B Strep Support appoints new chair, Mentor recruits new chief executive, and more…


16/09/2014

Government has been reminded not to ignore the needs of charities when it comes to pushing social investment, in a new report published by the Charities Aid Foundation


16/09/2014

Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise sector Michael O’Toole is departing to join Mentor as chief executive from 6 October


16/09/2014

Corporate partnerships are improving business practices and delivering greater impact than financial support alone, according to a new survey


15/09/2014

Many people would prefer to support local than national charities, according to a new survey, and almost all feel it is important for charities to keep donors informed on how money is spent


15/09/2014

Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness recruits social investment and impact lead, Citizens Advice builds team for digital services overhaul…


15/09/2014

A global taskforce on social impact investment established under the UK’s G8 presidency has published recommendations aiming to unlock up to USD $1trn (£620m) of new investment to tackle social problems


12/09/2014

Charities have been warned they risk losing trust and public funding if they overstate their contribution to resolving social problems


12/09/2014

New board member at The Nuffield Foundation, new chair at Alternative Futures Group, and more…


12/09/2014

The Charity Commission has stressed the importance of trustee bodies making decisions collectively and recognising their ultimate responsibility for charity management and administration, in an operational compliance report on the Police Dependants’ Trust


11/09/2014

Bridges Ventures has announced the final close of the £25m social impact bond fund


11/09/2014

New director at Coalition for Collaborative Care, Graham-Pelton takes on senior consultant, and more…


10/09/2014

Digital campaigns must be well targeted and part of an integrated strategy including offline activity, experts have said


09/09/2014

Two new senior appointments at All We Can, Farm Africa names deputy chair of trustee board, and more…


09/09/2014

Tesco, Diabetes UK, and the British Heart Foundation have announced a major new partnership which aims to raise millions of pounds


08/09/2014

Tilney Bestinvest announces composition of charities division, YMCA Birmingham names new director of development and asset management, and more…


08/09/2014

A think tank has suggested charities should be given access to the estimated £400m currently sitting in dormant insurance policies and pension funds to further their causes


08/09/2014

DEC has raised £14m and delivered aid to 1.1 million people since its Gaza Crisis Appeal began a month ago, it has been announced today


08/09/2014

Royal Mail Group aims to raise at least £2m for the Stroke Association over the next two years after selecting it as its charity partner


05/09/2014

The Charity Commission has highlighted the outcome of a recent operational compliance case as an example of the benefits of promptly reporting serious incidents to the regulator


05/09/2014

The Charity Tax Group has challenged an apparent change in approach that could see charities facing millions of pounds in additional VAT costs from bulk mailing activity


04/09/2014

Community Integrated Care names new chair of trustee board, Blue Cross appoints new chief executive, and more...


04/09/2014

Charities could be missing out on valuable capital from high net worth individuals due to a lack of financial adviser understanding around Social Investment Tax Relief, a new study has found


04/09/2014

Charities should measure the impact of their campaigning activities to help them defend the value of their work, according to a new report from charity think tank New Philanthropy Capital


03/09/2014

New director of philanthropy at Impetus-PEF, retailTRUST names new chair, and more...


03/09/2014

Minister for Civil Society Brooks Newmark has urged charities to stay out of politics and focus on their core agenda, and pledged his support for the sector


03/09/2014

A recent legal ruling extending the cultural VAT exemption to cinema screenings could present a major fundraising opportunity to charities, an accountancy firm has said, but it could also see some VAT recovery budgets increase


03/09/2014

UK public services receive volunteer support valued at around £34bn a year, according to a new study by innovation foundation Nesta, and the charity has called for the creation of more opportunities for people to help


02/09/2014

The Treasury is seeking views on what the public would like to see in this year’s Autumn Statement. In a notice today, Treasury invited charities, businesses, and members of the public to submit views on the statement, which is set to be delivered on 03 December


02/09/2013

North West Air Ambulance is increasing the capability of its employees with support from training firm Clearer Thoughts and the Skills for Growth Bank


02/09/2013

The Charity Commission has issued an alert to charities reminding them of the need to immediately report serious incidents, as the regulator feels such situations are currently under reported


01/09/2014

Youth leadership charity Changemakers has merged into the Foyer Federation from today. Announcing the merger, Foyer Federation said the relationship between the two charities has strengthened since they first collaborated in 2009


01/09/2014

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Aid and Peace Trust amid “growing concerns” about the management of the charity and the on-going risks to charitable funds


29/08/14

New research from the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations highlights that the Government is failing charities and social enterprises who aim to expand, and that social organisations must themselves change if they are to deliver more public services


28/08/14

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Ummah Welfare Foundation, registered charity number 1150190. The charity has objects to relieve poverty and sickness and advance education throughout the world by the provision of services


27/08/14

The Rotherham report indicates the depth of pain and abuse that children and young people have experienced and the challenge faced by professionals to recognise and tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) says The Ann Craft Trust (ACT)


27/08/14

UK businesses and individuals who are solving social problems will be celebrated in October at the first-ever Social Investment Awards, backed by the Cabinet Office and RBS


20/08/14

Sector leadership groups, at both national and local levels, have failed to protect voluntary services groups and their users and communities from the damaging changes of the last decade. This is the broad conclusion of two Inquiry reports released today. The position and role of national infrastructure bodies concerning the cuts to and privatisation of public services. The first report looks at the record of six national infrastructure organisations (ACEVO, NAVCA, NCVO, Locality, Clinks and Homeless Link) and the positions they have taken in relation to cuts and the privatisation of public services.


20/08/14

The Chancellor of the Exchequer named 14 uniformed youth groups that will benefit from the £10 million Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund. The Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund aims to get more young people involved in social action through uniformed groups. The winners were announced after a competitive grant process that aimed to create 15,000 more places for young people to join uniformed youth groups across the UK. This project is funded through LIBOR fines which were raised from banks for misdemeanours and attempted manipulation of the financial markets.


08/09/14

A new advertising campaign combining famous faces from the left and right of politics will be unveiled in Westminster today, as MPs return for their first day back in parliament. The ads include billboards, posters and wraps on tube-station ticket gates, featuring the merged faces of high profile political figures, past and present, including Boris Johnson and Karl Marx, Ronald Reagan and Fidel Castro, Angela Merkel and John Prescott. MPs using the tube will walk through ticket-gates covered with half-and-half faces of their party leaders and other fellow MPs.


22/08/14

Tributes and messages have been pouring in for Stephen Lloyd, much loved and respected former Senior Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, who has died following a boating accident on holiday in Wales this week. Friends, colleagues, clients and those who simply admired his work, benefited from his advice or perhaps heard him speak at one of his many public engagements have been praising Stephen’s expertise, dynamism, creative intellect, wisdom, leadership, sense of fun and commitment to good causes. Stephen headed BWB’s charity and social enterprise department for many years before becoming senior partner.


22/08/14

Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the nation’s most deprived social housing estates within the next decade, says a leading think-tank. In a new report, The Estate We’re In, leading think tank Policy Exchange argues that the condition of many of Britain’s social housing estates is nothing short of a national embarrassment. The paper says that the results of decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems that are entrenched and generational including: lone parents with low educational attainment and poor parenting skills; child neglect and domestic violence; low levels of employment; and the rise of gang warfare and knife crime.


21/08/14

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today confirmed the list of uniformed youth groups to benefit from the £10 million Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund. The winners have been announced following a competitive grant process that aims to increase by 15,000 the number of places available for young people to join uniformed youth groups across the UK. This project is being funded from LIBOR fines pot which has been raised from banks for misdemeanours and attempted manipulation of financial markets.


20/08/14

Today’s education system is failing many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – according to a new survey published by an alliance of organisations led by Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation. On the eve of GCSE results day, the alliance is calling for schools to do more to prepare their students for life after education. Young people aged 16-24 were asked a range of questions including: What’s the biggest barrier to finding work?; Where do you seek advice about employment options? and; If you could change one thing to help young people get jobs, what would it be?


20/8/14

Norman Lamb MP, minister for Care Services has reportedly described Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services as ‘not fit for purpose’ and ‘stuck in the dark ages’ in an interview with the BBC. Responding to the reported comments by Norman Lamb MP, Sarah Brennan Chief Executive of YoungMinds said: “Norman Lamb is right to highlight the desperate state of children and young people’s mental health services. Every day we hear from parents, through YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline, desperate for help for their child. They either cannot access services or they are stuck for months on a waiting list.


19/08/14

A new guide entitled Bridging the Gap: moving onto to nonprofit boards has just launched as part of the legacy support materials from the Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership programme 2014. The free to download guide has been written and produced by Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Mazars, and Trustees Unlimited, and is primarily aimed at people working in the private sector who wish to take up a trusteeship or other volunteer roles in the charity and nonprofit sector.


19/08/14

Charities involved in mergers transferred over £225m to form new organisations last year. Together, the 189 organisations undertaking mergers turned over almost £1bn, or some 2.4% of total voluntary sector income; according to The Good Merger Index, the first overview of charity sector mergers, produced by management consultancy Eastside Primetimers. There was significant activity amongst health and social Care organisations, which accounted for more than 50% of mergers, with a disproportionate bias towards mental health and disability charities, reflecting commissioners’ preoccupation with lower costs and pan-disability provision...


19/08/14

UK charities made an average investment return of 10.4% over the 12 months to 30 June, according to the WM Charity Fund Monitor from State Street. The annualised return for the three years to the same date was 7.9%. The best-performing asset class was property, returning 17%, while UK equities made 13.1%. Overseas equities were the next best performers, returning 9.7%, while alternatives returned 8.9%, pooled bonds 5.3%, overseas bonds 5.1% and UK bonds 4.6%. The worst performer was cash, returning only 0.4%.


09/08/14

Dedicated volunteers who give time to help patients have been recognised through a £2.6 million investment to grow and support their work. The funding boost will go to up to 14 projects that will provide extra help to hospitals by supporting older people during the busy winter months: Up to 8 groups will share £2 million to run projects that help older people stay healthy and recover quicker from illnesses through the Reducing Winter Pressures Fund; £600,000 will be given to 6 hospital groups to grow existing volunteer schemes that work to improve overall patient satisfaction through the Helping in Hospitals programme


19/08/14

There are over 28 million people who need humanitarian aid in the Middle East, nearly half the UK population, Oxfam says today. The figures drawn from Iraq, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen show the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the region. The warning comes as the DEC continues its Gaza Crisis Appeal, which has already raised more than £7 million. Jane Cocking, Oxfam's Humanitarian director said: "In my entire career, I've never seen so much need in the Middle East. The crisis across the region has escalated over the last five weeks with the outbreak of conflict in Gaza and increasing violence in Iraq. There are six year olds in Gaza living through their third war, pregnant women seeking shelter in the desert and people living in fear for their lives.


18/08/14

The DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal has reached a total of just over £9.5m since it launched over seven days ago. This will enable the DEC’s 13 member agencies to continue to scale up their humanitarian response for hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza, while a renewed ceasefire holds. This will involve replenishing urgently needed medical supplies, providing clean water and emergency shelter materials. In addition, agencies will begin supporting the reconstruction of essential infrastructure destroyed in the conflict, such as power supplies, water and sewage systems.


18/08/14

Demand from Scotland’s third sector for the recently established Social Growth Fund has exceeded £10M in its first three months, according to Social Investment Scotland (SIS) which manages the fund. The Social Growth Fund includes £8M from the Scottish Government and a further £8M from Big Society Capital, the independent financial institution set up to develop and shape a sustainable social investment market in the UK. It was officially opened for business by SIS in early May.


13/08/14

The Charity Finance Group has released its 2013-14 annual report, showing a year of continued change and development, despite the tough economic climate. During the financial year CFG underwent a complete change management programme, successfully shifting the skills base of the staff, particularly at a senior level, and driving forward changes to the way in which CFG develops and delivers support to the sector. Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFG, said: “In what was generally a tough year we are pleased to have increased our overall income, excluding donated goods and services, by 7%.


18/08/14

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Human Aid UK, registered charity number 1138111. The charity has objects to relieve the need and suffering of victims of natural or other disasters, to advance the education of the public and to promote racial harmony. Human Aid UK specialise in providing aid and support to orphans and vulnerable women, carrying humanitarian work, development work and building infrastructure. The Commission has also identified that the charity has been involved in delivering aid to Syrian refugees.


14/08/14

The National Citizen Service provided good value for money, according to an independent evaluation published today. The impact report into the government's flagship youth volunteering scheme in 2013, commissioned by the Cabinet Office and carried out by Ipsos Mori, found it cost £49m for its summer programme and £13m for the autumn programme. Comparatively, the summer programme in 2012 cost the government nearly £37m to deliver.


15/08/14

The UK’s biggest companies have almost doubled their donations to charities over the last five years, but most people are unaware of their work in this area, according to new research. The FTSE 100 gave £2.5bn to good causes in 2012, a £1.2bn rise since 2007 – despite the economic downturn. However, consumers are largely unaware of this commitment, people thinking that just over a third (36%) of the FTSE 100 make donations to charity every year when in reality nearly all of them (98%) do. The report also shows that younger people are a lot pickier when it comes to the companies they choose to do business with.


15/08/14

The independent Commission on Voluntary Sector & Ageing, established by the think tanks NPC and ILC-UK, today warns charities to improve the way they work with volunteers, or risk losing the time and goodwill of the ‘super boomer’ generation. The new paper, A better offer, warns: UK charities urgently need to step-up preparations for the future, warns independent commission. ‘Without adapting, charities may find a large part of their voluntary workforce deserting them’...


14/08/14

The Disasters Emergency Committee is warning that with debate about the Gaza crisis sometimes falling into anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, the undoubted need to provide help to hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need could be reduced to a political football. DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: “The DEC’s launch of a public appeal in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has been wrongly interpreted in some quarters as a political statement. It is nothing of the sort. Giving aid is not taking sides...


14/08/14

Today, the Charity Commission and OSCR as the joint SORP-making body have announced that the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have been awarded a contract to provide support for future updates of the Charities SORP including the secretariat for the SORP advisory committee.
Currently, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as the joint SORP-making body also provide the secretariat support involved in developing the SORP. This has included preparing the technical briefing papers for the SORP committee and drafting the text of the revised SORP for input from the SORP committee.


13/08/14

The UK government will suspend 12 export licences for arms and other military equipment to Israel, and on the basis that ‘significant hostilities’ resume once the current ceasefire ends at midnight tonight. But Amnesty International UK arms expert Oliver Sprague said this not enough. He said: “On the surface this announcement appears to show the government finally taking a responsible position over arms sales to Israel...


13/08/14

A year after partnering with health charities, Alzheimer’s Society, Mind, and Prostate Cancer UK, Deloitte is reflecting on the success of the programme to date and planning to continue to drive impact over the next two years. David Barnes, managing partner for public policy at Deloitte said: “The three charities we are currently supporting were selected by Deloitte employees, based on the impact we could have over the course of our three year partnership. To date we have raised over £640k and provided pro bono support to the value of £350k for the charities. Importantly, awareness of the issues they each address has also significantly increased across the firm."


11/08/14

The Scottish Government today announced that 26 projects have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Emergency Food Fund. Commenting, Citizens Advice Scotland policy manager Keith Dryburgh said: “We know that many Citizens Advice Bureau work with local food aid organisations to ensure our clients can access food aid. We are delighted that both Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service and Citizens Advice Edinburgh have been successful in their bids in the large project fund as have other bureaux in smaller projects in Glasgow and Midlothian to support this work.


13/08/14

Better apprenticeships, vocational education & careers guidance key to success
Even a full-blown economic recovery will not solve the UK’s “structural youth unemployment” problem, according to a new report from the think tank IPPR.
The report is published ahead of the latest official UK unemployment figures, which have been falling steadily for the last year. The report argues that youth unemployment is lower in countries where the vocational route into employment through formal education and training is as clear as the academic route.


13/08/14

NAVCA believes that the Charity Commission’s proposals for the 2015 Annual Return need a major rethink and should not proceed in their current form. The proposals, which the Charity Commission has been consulting on since June, would require every charity to state how much income it receives from public service delivery, how much it spends on campaigning, whether it has a remuneration policy for paying executive staff and whether it has conducted a review of its financial controls.


13/08/14

As the Charity Commission uses its latest consultation to up the ante on the highly sensitive issue of campaign spending, think-tank NPC has warned the regulator about how this move might be perceived. The latest Charity Commission consultation, which closed yesterday, proposed new requirements on charities to declare their campaign spending. NPC’s response welcomes the proposals, with clear provisos to ensure that any new rules don’t create an unfair burden for charities.


13/08/14

The DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal has reached a total of £8m just five days since it was launched. This will enable the DEC’s 13 member agencies to continue to scale up their humanitarian response for hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza, while a renewed ceasefire holds. This will involve replenishing urgently needed medical supplies, providing clean water and emergency shelter materials. In addition, agencies will begin supporting the reconstruction of essential infrastructure destroyed in the conflict, such as power supplies, water and sewage systems.


13/08/14

Figures released today by the Department for Work and Pensions show the number of sanctions handed down to people on Employment and Support Allowance has risen by a massive 346% compared to the same quarter of last year, with just under 16,000 sanctions handed down between January and March of 2014. Responding to the figures, Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis, said: “Today’s figures show that in the first quarter of this year, the number of sanctions handed down to people who are ill or disabled rose by nearly 350% compared to the same period last year."


13/08/14

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment, charity number 1129394. The charity has objects to provide integrated cancer treatments for children by fundraising and to provide financial assistance and educational information to families who have children suffering from cancer. Concerns about the charity and its links to an individual were raised with the Commission in January 2012. At the request of the Police and the Crown Prosecution service, the Commission did not engage with the charity until a criminal case against the individual was completed.


11/08/14

The benefits cap should be lowered for people living outside London and the South-east, the think-tank Policy Exchange will say in a future paper. The think-tank said lowering the limit would reflect the difference in the cost of living – and save the nation £100million a year. The cap should be reduced by 10% – to £23,400 – for those living in the rest of the UK. The Policy Exchange paper also says that child benefit should be capped at four children and payments reduced after the first child. It says the collective benefit changes would lead to savings of £1billion by 2020.


12/08/14

ACEVO’s chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb today warned the Charity Commission that they risk alienating themselves from the charity sector in their strategy and approach to regulating the charity sector. The comments emerged as the Charity Commission closed their eight-week consultation on new questions for the charity Annual Return in 2015, the document used by the Commission to monitor and gather information on charities. The Commission is seeking to gather data on campaigning activities, public service delivery and chief executive pay. Each has been a major news story for charities in the last year.


11/08/14

Charities are vulnerable to IT security risks and reputational damage without a formal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place, says a new white paper commissioned by accounting and business software provider, Advanced Exchequer. Charitable organisations should educate key stakeholders about the safe use of mobile devices and investigate the technical measures they can take to safeguard their data and networks, the paper advises. Charities have been quick to exploit the potential of mobile technology as an effective fundraising solution to make their limited funds stretch further.


12/08/14

In response to Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, How to stop your nuisance calls, which aired lat night, the UK’s charity fundraising regulator has expressed concern over allegations of dishonesty and poor practice by telephone fundraising agencies. The Fundraising Standards Board is contacting the relevant charities and agencies to examine the issues raised by the programme and to consider whether further investigation or action is required. Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, said: “Telephone fundraising is an important and effective means for many charities to recruit new donors and fund vital services.


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