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
The new foundation will make grants to individuals and organisations, and provide other finance, advocacy and support
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
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
The second bond to be launched through the Retail Charity Bonds platform has reached an early close after raising £27m
Recruitment for a new chief executive will begin this month
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
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
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
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
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
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
Former chief executive Justin Byworth announced he was stepping down last October, after five years in the role
Sarah Broad has been appointed chief financial officer at national disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability
The board upheld a complaint related to disclosure around how money is allocated when fundraising in partnership with a school
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
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
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.
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
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
Supported by the Resource Alliance, the two-year project will look at social entrepreneurship, impact investment, venture philanthropy, direct philanthropy, and organised philanthropy
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
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
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
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
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
New research from British Heart Foundation has found 43 per cent of Britons intend to leave money to charity in their Wills
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
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
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
NCT has announced Nick Wilkie is to join the charity as its new chief executive from July
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
Social enterprises contributed £22bn to UK GDP over the past five years, according to a study from RBS
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
Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association is launching a new retail charity bond, to help fund its work providing housing and support to vulnerable people
New appointment replaces Lord Wilf Stevenson of Balmacara, standing down today after five years in the role
Charities Aid Foundation chief executive John Low has urged political party leaders not to forget the charity sector
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
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
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
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
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
Introduction of a charity exemption from the new Diverted Profits Tax has been welcomed by the group which campaigned for the change
Charities are generally cautiously optimistic about their income, but are increasingly seeking new revenue streams to meet growing demand according to new research
Charities and the public sector would enjoy preferred provider status under a Labour government
The government has signed an agreement with charities and Payroll Giving Agencies to further boost the contribution of payroll giving schemes to the sector
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
One-in-seven charity chief executives say their organisations are struggling to survive, as most remain concerned about generating income and maintaining financial sustainability
The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into a Christian charity for repeated failure to file annual accounting information
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
Access: The Foundation for Social Investment has launched today with over £100m to help early stage charities and social enterprises access social investment
The Law Commission is consulting on changes, including to rules around permanent endowments, to remove unnecessary regulation of charities
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
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
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
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
Charity investment experts are welcoming a new fund structure available to charities, announced in today’s Budget
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
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
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
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
Karen Wilson has joined North West charity Alternative Futures Group as a new managing director
The Charity Tax Group is hopeful the government will offer a charity exemption to the new Diverted Profits Tax after conversations with HMRC
The Boys’ Brigade has appointed Andrew Johnston as its new chief executive officer
The government is seeking views on the operation of the employer debt regime for non-associated multi-employer pension schemes
The Charity Times Awards have launched for 2015, inviting entries from the charities and service providers that embody the best qualities of the sector
The Fundraising Standards Board has welcomed Colin Wilby and Andrew Nebel as lay board members
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
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
The number of female chairs of the country’s top charities fell significantly over past year, according to new research
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
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
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
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
Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed Lynda Thomas as its new chief executive
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
The shortlist for the inaugural Better Society Awards has been announced, including more than 60 companies across a diverse range of industries
The government is to remove restrictions preventing proceeds from incidental non-commercial lotteries from being donated to charity and good causes
Former Citizens Advice chief executive David Harker died aged 64 on Monday after a short illness
Acevo has called for alliance contracting between the third and public sectors to help prevent future crises in the NHS
Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s core services are to be transferred to NCVO
Amazon China president Dr Doug Gurr has been announced as the next chair of the British Heart Foundation
Santander has launched this year’s £2m awards programme for trading charities and social enterprises
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
People generally prefer buying from charity shops to online marketplaces like eBay, according to new research
Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced the appointment of Vaughan Lindsay as its new chief executive from May
A Joint Committee report on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill has lent support to two key Charity Commission proposals for the legislation
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
Landmine clearance organisation The HALO Trust has announced James Cowan CBE DSO as its new chief executive
The government has produced guidance setting out what it has to offer UK social investors and entrepreneurs
A new Office for Civil Society skills project aims to help commissioners maximise the contribution of the voluntary sector in public services
Nick Haisman is to take over as chief executive of Family Links from April, replacing founding CEO Annette Mountford
The Charity Commission has found no evidence of “improper interference” by former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the charity of which he is patron
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
Entries to the inaugural Better Society Awards close today, and companies are encouraged to seek to have their positive contribution to improving society recognised
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
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
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
Locality has secured a new Department for Communities and Local Government contract to run the Community Ownership and Management of Assets programme
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
HM Revenue and Customs has launched a digital service allowing charities to register online for tax purposes
Threadneedle Investments’ UK Social Bond Fund has marked its one year anniversary and reached over USD $100m (£67m) in assets under management
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
Acevo members are to receive special loan discounts for their charities from CAF Bank under a new partnership between the organisations
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
Charity chief executive pay fell in real and nominal terms last year, according to Acevo’s annual survey of sector leaders
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
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
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
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”
The Charity Commission has stressed its commitment to supporting the sector, but argued the relationship between the regulator and charities should never be “cosy”
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
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
British Postal Museum & Archive chair Dr Helen Forde is to stand down this year, ahead of her term concluding in 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Samaritans chief executive Catherine Johnstone has announced she is to step down after more than six years in the role
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
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
Chancellor George Osborne has announced £3m in funding for Royal Navy charities, to be paid for out of Libor fines
The Fundraising Standards Board has not upheld a complaint against Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in relation to doorstep fundraising
William Shawcross has been reappointed chair of the Charity Commission, and the role has been expanded from two to three days a week
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
Individual giving services provider the Fundraising Initiatives group has acquired R Fundraising
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
ACEVO has welcomed four new trustees alongside new a new chair and vice chair after its AGM last week
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
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
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
The impact children can have on their parents’ participation in charity presents an exciting opportunity according to new research from consultancy nfpSynergy
The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE has been reappointed as chair to the board of the Scottish Charity Regulator
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
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
The Big Society project has largely failed against its own measures, according to a three-year investigation by think tank Civil Exchange
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
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
Welsh charity declared insolvent after second employee is arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Jason Lewis, partner and head of transaction finance at Howard Kennedy, has been elected Chief Barker of Children’s charity Variety for 2015.
Potential entrants for the inaugural Better Society Awards are encouraged to complete their entries, as submissions are set to close in a week.
The Charities Commission is facilitating the way that third parties get involved in the accounts process.
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.
The Charity Commission has appointed an Interim Manager to the charity Al-Fatiha Global.
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.
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
Lloyds Banking Group has selected BBC Children in Need as its official Charity of the Year for 2015 and 2016
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
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
The Field Lane Foundation has appointed Peter Calderbank as chief executive
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
Shelter Scotland and Play for Change have been announced as the Scottish Premier Football League’s first Official Charity Partners
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
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
UKIP supporters have significantly lower trust in charities than those who back Labour, the Conservatives, or Liberal Democrats according to recent polling
Charities must place higher value and priority upon volunteers if they are to prosper as society changes, according to a think tank
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
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
Public confidence in donating has slipped further behind consumer confidence, according to new research from consultancy nfpSynergy
Around 400 Unite members employed by housing charity Shelter are to stage a three-day walkout next week over pay changes
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
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
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
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
The DSC Social Change Awards for 2014 were presented in London last night
Impetus-PEF has been appointed as an approved provider for the Cabinet Office’s £1.5m Impact Readiness Fund
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
#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
The Reading Agency appoints impact research manager, and more…
The Autumn Statement has confirmed military, emergency services, and hospice charities are among organisations to receive further tax support
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
Cass CCE appoints director of social finance and social impact investing, and more…
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
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
New trustee for In Kind Direct, Henderson Loggie appoints partner in charity team, and more…
The Code of Fundraising Practice has been updated, with new standards for the treatment of people in vulnerable circumstances
A survey of senior executives has found volunteering often improves job satisfaction, business skills, and overall engagement with charities
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
British Museum & Archive appoints head of fundraising for new national museum, and more…
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
An expert charity academic has argued the Draft Protection of Charities Bill is too narrow in scope and is “tinkering around the edges”
The Scottish Professional Football League is seeking its first ever official charity partner, to work with the organisation over the 2014/15 season
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
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
Alternative Futures Group names four new trustees, and more…
City Bridge Trust has launched a £1m scheme to help eliminate the barriers to social investment for charities working in London
New chair at Help for Children | Hedge Funds Care UK, Navca names chief executive, and more…
The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action has confirmed Neil Cleeveley as chief executive
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
The regulator has reassured charities that they can feel confident following the current guidance on campaigning, CC9, in the lead up to the election
New marketing communications officer for British Polio Fellowship, and more…
New analysis of armed forces charities challenges common misconceptions of the sub-sector, according to the Directory of Social Change
New director of external affairs for Rethink Mental Illness, and more…
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
New chair for National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, and more…
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
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
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
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
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
St John’s Hospital seeks new chief executive, National Autistic Society names director of external affairs and social change
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
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
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
Almost half of charity trustees recognise there are skill gaps on their board, according to a new survey
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
The Disasters Emergency Committee’s unprecedented Ebola appeal has raised £14m a week after its official launch
A national hub of information, resources, and advice on evidence and impact for the youth sector has been launched today
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
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
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
Charities are looking to active investment management strategies to grow their assets, according to a new survey
The Disasters Emergency Committee has already raised £6m to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa after launching its appeal yesterday
Social impact bond service providers have been urged to seek out new sources of capital to avoid cannibalisation of existing funding
Mike Ashley has been appointed to the board of the Charity Commission, and will chair its audit and risk committee
Rethink Mental Illness names new chief executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home appoints director of operations, and more…
The Cabinet Office has launched a new £1.5m grant fund to help social ventures attract investment and win contracts
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
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
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
NCVO is to review the Charity Commission’s governance structure, looking at ways to strengthen the regulator’s perceived independence
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
The Sick Kids Friends Foundation names new chief executive, and more…
People who associate charities with political activity and government funding are more likely to mistrust the organisations, new research has shown
The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has announced Peter Hills-Jones as its new chief executive
The Mental Health Foundation announces a delivery and development, and more…
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
Alternative Futures Group was named the Charity of the Year with an income over £30m at the Charity Times Awards in London last week
Paul Hamlyn Foundation announces new director, and more…
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
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
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
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…
Substance abuse charities Addaction and KCA are set to merge, the organisations have announced
Andy Bool named head of Sea Life Trust, and more…
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
World Christian Ministries’ trustees responded appropriately to a £30,000 fraud and regulatory action was not required, the Charity Commission has found
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
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…
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
Old Mutual Wealth is set to acquire discretionary investment manager Quilter Cheviot for £585m
Regulators are calling for applications to join the new Charities SORP Committee, to aid development of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice
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
New trustees at National Council for Palliative Care, Clore Social Leadership Programme names new chair, I CAN appoints new trustee, and more…
The Royal National Children’s Foundation has selected Berenberg to manage a £15m equity protect overlay
Royal Life Saving Society UK names CEO, Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals chief executive to move on, and more…
Charities innovating using technology need more support and access to new types of funding to succeed, according to new research
New appointment at British Polio Fellowship, World Vision UK seeks new chief executive, and more…
New fundraising initiative from Morrisons; Commonweal Housing receives £1.1m from Big Society Capital; new initiative for cancer sufferers
World Vision UK is seeking a new chief executive, as Justin Byworth steps down after five years at the helm
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
New procedures and standards are to apply to charities fundraising at train stations in England and Wales, it has been announced today
The principal trustee of a charity has been convicted of Gift Aid tax relief fraud and handed a suspended jail sentence
Charities have been urged to make controversial information more accessible to the public to help people become better informed and improve understanding
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
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
Law firm Allen & Overy has selected Amref Health Africa as its charity partner for the next two years
Wellbeing of Women, The Voices Foundation announce new chief executives, and more…
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
NCT chief executive steps down after 15 years in post, and more...
The Charity Commission is getting tougher on charities that fail to comply with the law, the regulator’s chief executive Paula Sussex has said
New vice president at Dogs Trust, and more…
New chief executive at The Eve Appeal, and more…
Charities are to benefit from almost £10m in funding arising from fines on banks for LIBOR rigging
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
Charities and social enterprises have been invited to apply for funding under the new £1m Social Action End of Life Support Fund
St Loye’s Foundation and Community Care Trust are to merge, the charities have announced
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
Information technology and data security professionals are volunteering to help charities with their IT security needs
The IKEA Foundation has made its largest single emergency donation ever to help fight the Ebola outbreak gripping West Africa
New executive director of strategy and policy at St Mungo’s, new chair for Institute of Business Ethics, and more…
New chair at the Institute of Business Ethics, and more…
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
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
New chief executive on board at Crisis, and more…
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
Impetus PEF announces new trustee, and more…
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
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
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
Abbyfield Kent Society announces new director of care, and more…
A strike ballot of more than 500 staff at St Mungo’s Broadway has been announced by union Unite, over workers’ terms and conditions
The Law Commission has recommended charity trustees be given a new specific statutory power to make social investments
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…
Liverpool FC appoints new head of charity foundation…
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
Elizabeth Finn Care announces new chief executive, and more…
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
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
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
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
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services are working towards a merger later this year
Group B Strep Support appoints new chair, Mentor recruits new chief executive, and more…
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
Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise sector Michael O’Toole is departing to join Mentor as chief executive from 6 October
Corporate partnerships are improving business practices and delivering greater impact than financial support alone, according to a new survey
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
Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness recruits social investment and impact lead, Citizens Advice builds team for digital services overhaul…
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
Charities have been warned they risk losing trust and public funding if they overstate their contribution to resolving social problems
New board member at The Nuffield Foundation, new chair at Alternative Futures Group, and more…
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
Bridges Ventures has announced the final close of the £25m social impact bond fund
New director at Coalition for Collaborative Care, Graham-Pelton takes on senior consultant, and more…
Digital campaigns must be well targeted and part of an integrated strategy including offline activity, experts have said
Two new senior appointments at All We Can, Farm Africa names deputy chair of trustee board, and more…
Tesco, Diabetes UK, and the British Heart Foundation have announced a major new partnership which aims to raise millions of pounds
Tilney Bestinvest announces composition of charities division, YMCA Birmingham names new director of development and asset management, and more…
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
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
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
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
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
Community Integrated Care names new chair of trustee board, Blue Cross appoints new chief executive, and more...
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
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
New director of philanthropy at Impetus-PEF, retailTRUST names new chair, and more...
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
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
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
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
North West Air Ambulance is increasing the capability of its employees with support from training firm Clearer Thoughts and the Skills for Growth Bank
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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%.
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
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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’...
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...
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.
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...
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to the charity Christ Embassy, registered charity number 1059247. The Commission used its powers under the Charities Act to appoint Rod Weston of Mazars as interim manager of the charity to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees as a temporary and protective measure. He took over the management of the charity on 11 August. The charity’s trustees have been informed of the decision, and the Interim Manager will be communicating with the charity’s beneficiaries.
The DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal has reached a total of more than £6m just three days since it was launched. The generosity of the British public will allow the DEC’s member agencies to continue to accelerate the huge humanitarian relief effort required in Gaza as a new 72 hour ceasefire is now in effect. Aid agencies and their partners are once again taking advance of the lull in the fighting to reach more of the hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need of clean water, food, shelter, medical treatment and psychological support.
As is its normal practice in response to a national appeal such as the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza appeal, the Charity Commission is providing guidance to the public on giving safely to charity. The Commission is encouraging the public to help the victims of the humanitarian disaster in Gaza by donating to registered charities with experience of working in high-risk areas and conflict zones. The regulator says that most fundraising is genuine, but warns the public to guard against unscrupulous people who exploit the generosity of the public by fundraising fraudulently. The Commission says there are simple steps people can take to help ensure they give to genuine registered charities.
The recent success of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) National Convention marks all change on the Convention Board, as they welcome Liz Tait as chair.
Liz Tait, director of Fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said: “Passionate about the difference fundraising can make to great causes, I'm proud to be the new Chair the Convention Board and am looking forward to working with the Institute of Fundraising and the Board to take Convention from strength to strength. The National Convention is a very special event in the fundraising calendar and, for me personally, one of the highlights of the fundraising year. It's three days packed full of learning, networking and inspiration, and next year's Convention is not to be missed.”
Dedicated volunteers who give up their time to support patients and hospitals have been recognised for the important role they play with an investment of £2.6m to grow and support their work. The funding boost will go to up to fourteen projects that will provide extra help to hospitals by supporting older people during the busy winter months and it will work to improve overall patient satisfaction and patient outcomes. Through the Reducing Winter Pressures Fund, up to eight groups will share £2m to run projects that help older people stay healthy and recover quicker from illnesses. This can then avoid unnecessary pressure on A&E services and help avoid delayed discharges from hospital.
Today Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, who recently joined forces to launch the Dementia Friends campaign, release a new report on the future financial implications to the nation’s businesses of dementia, and call on employers to adapt their working environment to support the increasing numbers affected by the condition. The report, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) reveals that by 2030, dementia caring obligations will cost companies more than £3 billion. As the population of England ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to rise to 1.09 million by 2030.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Gaza has reached a total of more than £4.5m in less than 24 hours, with money continuing to pour in from the public. The generosity of the British public will allow the DEC’s member agencies to continue to accelerate the huge humanitarian relief effort in Gaza. Despite the renewed fighting, aid agencies and their partners are out on the ground helping some of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people in need of clean water, food, shelter, medical treatment and psychological support. The initial surge in funding comes after the DEC launched its Gaza Crisis Appeal on Friday evening across all major UK broadcasters.
The Charity Commission is inviting charities, trustees and their advisers to attend its Annual Public Meeting on 17 September 2014. The meeting will be chaired by William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission, who will also open the meeting. Attendees will then hear from the regulator’s new chief executive, Paula Sussex, on the Commission’s work over the last year and her plans for the coming months. The meeting will also include a lecture from the renowned historian and author Dr Frank Prochaska on “The State of Charity”.
Friends of the Elderly (FotE) has today launched a campaign calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help change the future of loneliness. The campaign is encouraging people across the country to get to know their older neighbours, and look out for each other where they can. FotE, which is an official charity partner of 10 Downing Street, hopes to engage a minimum of 30,000 people in the first year of the campaign – the equivalent of at least 10 people in every town, village and city across the country.
The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA), the regulatory body for street and doorstep direct debit fundraising, has slammed a report on chugging by CharityAid for its "unfounded and unsubstantiated claims" that chugging is the most damaging form of charity fundraising. Peter Hills-Jones, head of policy and communications at the PFRA, said: "The arguments put forward by many who oppose street fundraising, such as those that appeared here while clearly passionate, simply fail to deal with reality or take into account uncomfortable truths."
Results for the first group (cohort) of 1000 prisoners on the Peterborough Social Bond (SIB) were announced today, demonstrating an 8.4% reduction in reconviction events relative to the comparable national baseline. The project is on course to receive outcome payments in 2016. Based on the trend in performance demonstrated in the first cohort, investors can look forward to a positive return, including the return of capital, on the funds they have invested. The momentum in the project reflects the significant advantages of the model – that long term funding provides the scope to build a deep understanding of the complex needs of offenders and the flexibility to invest in meeting them.
Iraqis displaced by fighting in the north-west of the country must be given urgent humanitarian assistance, Amnesty International said after tens of thousands of civilians fled the town of Sinjar and surrounding areas following an attack by Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants. Hundreds of civilians from Sinjar and its environs are missing, feared dead or abducted, while tens of thousands are trapped without basic necessities or vital supplies in the Sinjar Mountain area south of the city. Most of those affected are members of the Yezidi minority.
Charity think tank NPC has cautiously welcomed some of the initiatives in the latest Commissioning Strategy from the Department of Work and Pensions. NPC raised concerns with the DWP last year about the damaging effect that payment-by-results (PbR) contracts can have on some charities and the people they are trying to help. Under this system, charities face incentives to place people into immediate employment. However, where they are dealing with the ‘hardest-to-help’, who often have a variety of complex needs, rushing somebody back into work may produce unsustainable or even negative results.
The Charity Commission is reminding charities with net current liabilities to explain how they are addressing the associated risks in their Trustees’ Annual Reports (TAR). In a report published today, the regulator reveals the results of a probe of charities whose accounts recorded net current liabilities. In other words, current debts are more than the funds available to cover them. The report found that, of the 98 accounts reviewed, nearly half (42) failed to discuss the issue in their reports, meaning that they missed the opportunity to explain to funders and stakeholders how they were managing the risk.
Chugging is the worst and most damaging form of charity fundraising there has ever been – says a new report. Charity Aid asked every council in the country about chugging and the responses revealed that many councils regard chugging as “aggressive harassment” of the public. They want to ban it but the government doesn’t. Chugging is the practice by paid professionals of stopping people in the street to ask for charity donations.
Blind Veterans UK announced today that Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB has been appointed as its chief executive. Caplin will begin work at the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women on 13 October 2014. A highly distinguished military officer who spent more than 30 years on active service, Nick Caplin began his career as a helicopter pilot for the Army Air Corps. He went on to hold a number of high-profile senior postings, including General Officer Commanding United Kingdom Support Command (Germany), deputy commander and Chief of Staff of the Joint Helicopter Command and Kosovo Protection Corps Co-Ordinator.
Large-scale immigration will ultimately have a negative effect on standards of living as any economic benefits will be outweighed by the pressures imposed by a much larger population, a study published today by the think-tank Civitas shows. In a new analysis of the economic and demographic consequences of current levels of immigration, distinguished Cambridge economist Robert Rowthorn argues that any gains would be small compared with the strains placed on amenities such as housing, land, schools, hospitals, water supply and transport systems.
The Charity Commission has today published inquiry reports into 12 of the charities that were under investigation as a result of double defaulting on their annual accounts and returns. The Commission concluded that the charities' trustees were in default of their legal obligations to file accounting information with the Commission and this was mismanagement and misconduct in the administration of the charity and a breach of trustees' legal duties.
After years of campaigning, charities are set to receive a partial refund of millions in Lottery cash raided for the London Olympics. In 2007, the last Government raided an additional £425 million from the Big Lottery Fund to plug a shortfall in the ballooning Olympics budget. Following outrage from charities and many MPs, the then Government promised to repay the money after the Games by selling Olympics assets. The current Government has promised to honour the deal – but with most of the money not due to come back until the 2020s.
Ciarán Devane will move on as chief executive after seven years at the helm of Macmillan Cancer Support. He will leave Macmillan at the end of October, before joining the British Council as chief executive in January 2015. Devane joined Macmillan in May 2007 and since then the charity has undergone a remarkable transformation. During his tenure, annual fundraising income has doubled and cancer services have expanded. In 2013, the charity provided information and support to 5.2 million people affected by cancer.
Today, the think-tank ResPublica will be launching its latest report: Virtuous Banking: Placing ethos and purpose at the heart of finance. The report reviews the way in which the banking industry governs and organises itself and explores how the financial sector can be made more responsive, responsible and ethos driven. The banking industry is Britain’s great economic and social enabler. Given the capacity of our banks and building societies to promote growth and empower communities, our financial institutions have the potential to be society’s most transformative institutions. Yet this view is not the commonly-held view amongst the general public.
VSO’s 2013-2014 annual report released this week shows it is cementing its role as a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering. Over the last year, the charity’s income rose from £57 million to £68.7million – an increase of 20%. This is particularly impressive given the challenging economic climate. Growth was represented across all income streams, with individual giving increasing by 17%, and legacies growing by an impressive 75% in the UK.
The GLA Housing Committee has today published a report calling for a change in the law to tackle rough sleeping as new figures show that rough sleeping in the capital has risen by a massive 23% compared to the same quarter of last year. Responding to today’s report and figures, Matt Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis, said: “Behind these statistics are thousands of people suffering because of cuts to housing benefit and a woeful lack of affordable housing, particularly in London where demand is greatest.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is calling for charities to protect their historical records, as part of a new project to archive charity sector documents. The five-year scheme, funded by the British Academy, will reach across the UK and seeks to digitally preserve key voluntary sector records, particularly those dating back to the creation of the modern welfare state in 1945. It aims to ensure that records relating to welfare reform, which transformed the relationship between charities and the state, are not lost.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Catalyst Trust, registered charity 1122374. The charity is established for general charitable purposes which it achieves by the making of grants, loans, guarantees or other assistance to charities or for charitable purposes. A complaint was made to the Commission regarding the charity in October 2013 which raised questions about its financial management, including whether it had been in the best interests of the charity for the trustees to accept a property as a gift.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched a call for evidence as part of a review into the voluntary sector’s finances, alongside its partners Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and Small Charities Coalition. The call for evidence, which is open to all voluntary organisations, provides the opportunity for respondents to tell their story about the impact of the recession on their organisation and how they have adapted to the changing funding environment.
Rathbone Investment Management, a leading provider of discretionary investment services to individuals, charities and trustees, confirms its appointment as manager of the Charity Bond Support Fund. The Fund is a £10m investment commitment from Big Society Capital designed to help Charity Bond issuers to raise capital by encouraging both issuers and investors into the Charity Bond market. The Fund is designed to increase access to debt financing for charities, adding a scalable source of capital to complement existing sources of finance, including grant capital, voluntary donations, bank lending and retained earnings.
ACEVO and the Charities Aid Foundation today launched a joint project to put charities and social enterprises at the top of the political agenda in the run up to the 2015 election. The joint ACEVO-CAF project will produce collections of essays by leading thinkers and politicians from the three major parties. The project will be launched at major thought-leading events to be held at the three major Political Party conferences in September and October 2014. The Conservative collection, the Blue Book of the voluntary sector has the support of Brooks Newmark MP, minister for Civil Society, having previously been championed by former minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP.
Citizens UK, the organisation that created the Living Wage campaign, is today, launching its People’s Manifesto in the build up to the 2015 general election at a Civil Society Summit, hosted by Queen Mary University of London. In 2010 Citizens UK’s General Election Assembly was dubbed by the media as the ‘Fourth Debate’ when Brown, Cameron and Clegg all took to the stage at Westminster Central Hall to address the organisations eclectic membership and respond to its manifesto. The 2015 Citizens UK People’s Manifesto launched today has been created with input from 300 institutions from across the UK and demonstrates real areas of concern from a diverse group of communities.
The Charity Commission welcomed the ruling on the Dove Trust as the next step in helping charities receive the funds they are owed by the Dove Trust; the charity that ran the online giving website Charity Giving. Shortly after his appointment, the IM of the charity had concluded that there were insufficient funds for a full distribution to be made to over 1,800 charities and good causes that were owed money by the Dove Trust. Given the complexity of the charity and trust law issues involved, the Commission asked the court to decide how the IM could lawfully distribute the limited funds that were available.
National charity Living Streets has announced Joe Irvin as its new chief executive.
Irvin, currently chief executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, will take over on 1 September from Phillipa Hunt, Living Streets’ interim chief executive since the departure of Tony Armstrong last month. Living Streets’ chair of trustees, Archie Robertson, said: "The Trustees are delighted to have Joe on board.
Work has begun at Nottingham’s historic Malt Cross following the award of a £1.38M Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant. With keys exchanged and builders moving in, the renovation will help transform one of the city’s best-loved venues into a multipurpose heritage and creative arts centre for public use. Two previously unused floors of the building on St James’s Street will be renovated alongside an 11th century cave directly underneath the public house area of the Malt Cross. Once complete, the rooms will host an array of learning and heritage activities, complete with a new space for music practice and an exhibition gallery.
Environment and health charities have the least ‘donation-friendly’ websites and the charity sector as a whole is failing to address the opportunity to maximise fundraising through mobile devices according to a new study from Eduserv, the not-for-profit web and IT services provider to the charity and public sector. The study Optimising Charity Websites for Donations which is published today, found that animal charities came top when it came to having the most donation-friendly websites. This was largely down to the fact that charities in this sector had made the greatest efforts to adapt their websites to the increasing volume of visits via mobile and tablet devices.
Bond, the UK membership body that unites over 400 development organisations working for the world’s most vulnerable people, today pledged its full support for the UK’s first Girl Summit. The Girl Summit, co-hosted by the UK government and Bond member UNICEF UK, takes place in London today. It aims to mobilise UK and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. Bond will be represented at the summit.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Families Against Neuroblastoma, registered charity number 1135974. The inquiry opened on 13 June 2014. The charity, which was registered in 2010, has objects that include the promotion of the physical and mental health of neuroblastoma sufferers in the UK, and the support of sufferers and their families. The charity currently only has one trustee. The regulator is investigating a number of concerns but its focus is a lack of a proper governance structure at the charity, and as a result the risks that may arise to the charity’s funds or other property.
The Charity Commission has today published a report on its case into former registered charity MSL Mountaineering Trust which details how the regulator’s investigation uncovered evidence which led to HMRC securing prosecutions. The Commission became aware of concerns about discrepancies in MSL’s annual accounts when another charity submitted a complaint. They reported that in its accounts MSL claimed it donated £130,000 to them however they only received £17,000. The Commission made a number of enquiries but it was not satisfied with the responses, and its concerns grew.
A report released today, Rising to the Challenge: A Policy Agenda to tackle Low Pay, by The Work Foundation, Lancaster University, will reveal that despite the economic recovery, the UK still lacks an effective strategy for dealing with the challenge of low paid work. The Work Foundation asserts that to have a meaningful impact any low pay strategy must include policies on wages, skills, and productivity in low-wage sectors. The report authors highlight that low pay now affects 5.1 million employees (21%) of the workforce in the UK and that over a quarter of low-paid workers remained stuck in low pay for over a decade.
A Newham homeless charity is in the running for three prestigious national awards this month. Caritas Anchor House, which supports over 200 homeless and vulnerable adults each year, has been longlisted in the first stage of the Centre for Social Justice awards as a project displaying innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown. The Charity Times Awards 2014 have also shortlisted the charity in two categories: Social Champion, for which the charity was runner up and highly commended in 2013, and Big Society.
Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, has welcomed today’s announcement that it has been awarded £1.25 million from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund. The award will go towards the funding of the development of a new £1.65 million accommodation, rehabilitation and training unit at Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno Centre, North Wales. The new unit will enable Blind Veterans UK to provide vision-impaired ex-Service men and women with medium-length stays of between six weeks to six months to access our life skills for independent living programme.
Ofsted inspectors are continuing to encourage unproven child-led teaching methods and discourage traditional teacher-led lessons, an investigation by think-tank Civitas has found. Despite repeated claims by the Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, that Ofsted no longer prefers a certain style of teaching, a forensic examination of hundreds of Ofsted reports has uncovered evidence that the bias persists.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Markaz – EL Tathgheef – EL Eslami, registered charity number 328364. The charity is also known as The Centre for Islamic Enlightening. The charity, which is based in London, has objects including the advancement of the Islamic faith in the UK and the advancement of education of the public about Islamic religion and culture. The Commission’s inquiry will investigate regulatory concerns about issues connected with related party transactions between the charity and a company, which appears to run a TV station and is in voluntary liquidation.
The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on Common Investment Funds (CIFs) and Common Deposit Funds (CDFs) ahead of compliance with a new European Directive which becomes compulsory on 22nd July 2014. CIFs and CDFs are pooled investment funds that only charities can invest in. As registered charities they are regulated under charity law by the Charity Commission and as investment funds, their managers are subject to oversight by the Financial Conduct Authority.
A £16 million Youth Engagement Fund aims to improve young peoples’ educational achievement and employability. Through joint funding from the Cabinet Office, Department for Work and Pension and the Ministry of Justice, it aims to support up to 18,000 young people in over 100 schools in England. The fund is being promoted around the country this week with events in Leeds and London to tell potential bidders about the overall aims of the fund and the bidding process. More than 250 people have already registered an interest in the fund via the e-procurement portal.
Two new Statements of Recommended Practice have today been published by the joint SORP making body, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The new SORPs provide a comprehensive framework for charity accounting that all charities that prepare accrual accounts must follow. The new SORPs apply to financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2015. The new SORPs were needed due to changes in UK accounting following the new Financial Reporting Standard that was issued by the Financial Reporting Council in March 2013.
Brooks Newmark is the new minister for civil society. He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree. He has represented the constituency since 2005. ACEVO chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb welcomed the appointment. He said: “I am pleased to welcome Brooks Newmark to the position of Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office – and minister for civil society. He has a tough act to follow in Nick Hurd but he brings a sustained record of excellence in academia, business and government and this will stand him in good stead.
After the minister for civil society Nick Hurd announced he would be stepping down from his position, leading lights in the sector have been paying tribute to Hurd’s work. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO said: "Nick Hurd has been a dedicated and knowledgeable Civil Society Minister, the longest to serve in that role. He has been a fantastic partner to the third sector and a pleasure to work with. We wish him the very best for the future."
Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, has stepped down from the role as part of David Cameron’s reshuffle ahead of next year's General Election. The Prime Minister is yet to announce a successor to Hurd. Hurd tweeted his departure last night: “Am standing down having been given by DC the rare opportunity to do six years in a wonderful brief. Very proud of what we achieved.” He then added four more tweets: “Thanks to so many friends and critics in our brilliant voluntary sector. You have often driven me nuts but my respect and love is undimmed.”
With the General election less than a year away, the Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, is urging charities to follow new guidance on campaigning for charities, produced by the Electoral Commission, and to follow its own rules on political campaigning. Charities and Campaigning, published by the Electoral Commission, explains the rules of charity law and electoral law so that charities can ensure they comply with all the relevant legislation when campaigning in the run up to an election. The regulator is urging charities to read and follow this guidance, as well as the Commission’s own guidance Speaking out – Campaigning and political activity by charities.
NHS England has formed a steering group to develop a national health and care commissioning framework for people with learning disabilities. The group will be chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb, the chief executive of charity leaders network ACEVO. It will work with the healthcare, charity and voluntary sectors, as well as with people with learning disabilities and their families to set out a framework to guide more innovative and integrated local commissioning of healthcare and housing to best support people with learning disabilities at home and in their communities, reducing reliance on hospital care.
VSO, a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering, has appointed Sam Younger as the UK board chair and international board vice chair. Younger was the previous chief executive of the Charity Commission and has over 30 years experience working in regulation, public policy and charity. He has had many positions of leadership and previously worked as the founding chair for the Electoral Commission, director general of the British Red Cross, and managing director of the BBC World Service.
The Board of VSO International has announced the appointment of Jim Emerson as chief executive, on a fixed term contract. Emerson, who is currently Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance and a Board member of the International Civil Society Centre has more than 30 years of experience in international development and humanitarian work. Mari Simonen, chair of VSO’s International Board, said; “VSO is delighted to have secured the talents of an experienced development expert as Jim to lead the charity over the next few months while we continue our search for a permanent Chief Executive expected to be in post by the end of 2014.”
CFG's latest flagship publication Navigating the Pension Maze 2014 was launched today at their London Members’ meeting. CFG’s latest flagship publication The Pension Maze series is an exciting endeavour to guide charities' financial leaders through the complex world of pensions. Six years on from the last edition much has changed in charities’ pensions practice as the 2004 changes have fed through the system, auto-enrolment has taken its grip on employees large and small. Coupled with the announcements made in the Chancellor's 2014 Budget and the raft of other recent pension reforms, the publication is more important than ever.
The UK’s heritage assets remain largely untapped by local authorities and could play a much greater role in helping their area thrive and succeed as a place, according to the new report launched today by the RSA. Commissioned to inform the debate at Heritage Exchange, a new thought leadership event organised in partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the RSA, the report warns that many local leaders disregard the potential offered by local heritage when developing their local area’s economic, cultural or social strategies.
The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into St Paul’s School, a charitable independent school in London, registered charity number 1119619.The regulator’s statutory inquiry will investigate the charity trustees’ approach to safeguarding and handling of allegations of a sexual nature. The investigation follows the police’s arrest of four individuals with links to the school in connection with allegations of sexual abuse and the Commission’s engagement with the trustees since May 2014.
New research by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) reveals that 60% of heritage organisations still rely on grants from funders as their biggest source of income; 21% continue to receive government funding for their projects and 39% depend on grants from other organisations. Only 12% of heritage organisations are sourcing non grant-based financing. In a time of cuts and reductions, this leaves many heritage organisations in a vulnerable position.
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has warned that the charity sector could lose millions under the new framework proposed by the second Pension Protection Fund (PPF) Levy Triennium consultation. Responding to the PPF’s consultation, the NAPF supports the creation of a specific not-for-profit scorecard, but acknowledges that the focus on financial data under the new model means that not-for-profit organisations - including charities, educational bodies, housing associations and government department1 - are likely to be hardest hit by increased levy payments.
The latest Annual Report and Accounts for the Charity Commission shows a steep increase in investigatory case work undertaken by the regulator. The report, which is published today, reveals that the Commission opened 64 statutory inquiries between April 2013 and March 2014, compared to 15 during the previous financial year. The regulator concluded 23 inquiries during that same period, compared to 5 during the previous year. Statutory inquiries are used by the Commission’s to investigate and deal with the most serious regulatory issues and allow it to make use of its full range of legal powers.
Parks trailblazers are set to shake up the way we use and fund our parks, after receiving backing from Rethinking Parks - a £1m programme to support the most innovative and promising new business models for public parks. Heritage Lottery Fund’s report, State of UK Public Parks, released last month showed that while parks have improved significantly over the last few decades, they are at serious risk of rapid decline unless future funding can be generated in new ways. Ideas trying to meet this challenge range from membership schemes and endowment models, to new horticultural approaches and pop-up meeting spaces.
The Human Dignity Trust and law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) today welcomed the Charity Tribunal decision that establishes the Human Dignity Trust as a charity. The Charity Commission refused to register the Trust, an organisation aimed at protecting the human rights of LGBTI people around the world, in June 2012 and then again in October last year. The Commission argued that the purposes of Human Dignity Trust were not cast in an exclusively charitable form and that it cannot meet the public benefit requirement for a charity as its purpose is directed towards changing the law.
Richard Taylor, executive director of Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK (CRUK), has been confirmed as the new chair of the Institute of Fundraising. He replaces Mark Astarita who stood down at the end of his three year term at the Institute’s AGM at National Convention. Stephen George remains as vice-chair after being re-elected to the Board and Helen Elliot, of auditors Sayer Vincent takes on her third term as treasurer. Di Flatt, of Epilepsy Action and chair of IoF Yorkshire starts her second term as the Institute’s Honorary Secretary.
Christian Aid has expressed disappointment that singer Katie Melua, who was nominated for their Tax Superhero Award four years ago after she publicly stated that she paid "nearly half of what comes to me in taxes", had participated in an aggressive tax avoidance scheme. Joseph Stead, senior economic justice adviser at Christian Aid, said: "The news is very disappointing. Christian Aid believes it’s morally wrong for people to avoid paying their fair share of tax, because it undermines vital public services such as hospitals and schools and forces up taxes on people who are too poor or too honest to use such schemes.
For the 500,000 or so trustees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Court statistics published in June relating to the year 2013 will not make good reading. The vast majority of trustees are not professional people such as solicitors, accountants, but are volunteers appointed under the terms of a relative’s or friend’s Will, or perhaps volunteers in the Charity sector, or trustees of a company pension scheme. Action in the Courts against trustees can result in Personal Liability.
Sustainable development is impossible in the absence of peace and security, and these elements need to be addressed in the framework that will follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said Yves Rossier, state secretary of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, at the opening session of the Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development. The Conference, held in Geneva on 8 and 9 July, brought together representatives from across Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to discuss how to effect measurable reductions in armed violence, and improve development, both in the region and globally.
With the 2015 deadline for achieving the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) less that 550 days away, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon today launched the final push towards the United Nations targets – many of which have been met or are within reach – and urged a strong, ambitious successor blueprint “that will leave no one behind.” Presenting to member states a major new report which he called the most up-to-date “global scorecard” on efforts to achieve the eight mostly anti-poverty Goals agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, Ban told the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the world is “at a historic juncture, with several milestones before us.”
United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, introducing a new United Nations-backed report outlining pathways major industrial economies can use to cut their carbon emissions by mid-century, called today for broad cooperation and “bold” action or the world will face dangerous and irreversible climate disruption. “We know that we are not on track, and time is not on our side,” Ban warned during a Headquarters press conference to launch the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project report, produced by leading research institutes in 15 countries, is the first global cooperative program to identify practical pathways to a low-carbon economy by 2050.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of International Inspiration and London 2012, has revealed that, two years on from the home Games, the UK’s pioneering International Inspiration Programme, a sporting and social legacy initiative that underpinned the British bid to host the Games, has exceeded all expectations in reaching over 25 million children and young people across 20 countries around the world.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched its Fundraising Manifesto calling on all political parties to create the best environment for fundraising. The manifesto, If you don’t ask, you don’t get, which has been endorsed by the Institute’s membership following a consultation in the spring, calls on the next government to commit to creating the best environment for fundraising, build the capacity of charities to fundraise, and develop the tax system to best encourage giving and support fundraising. On developing the tax system, the IoF is calling for...
Research published today by the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) reveals the views of 200 young black men about their experiences of finding work in the Capital. Young black men have a higher unemployment rate than any other group of young people and the research shows that they have mixed but mainly poor experiences of support from Jobcentre Plus and Work Programme providers. They also feel isolated from their peers and unsupported in their efforts to ‘do the right thing’.Young black men in London believe that racism and negative stereotyping are the main reasons for their high unemployment rate.
A new report Rough Justice: uncovering social policies that create homelessness brings to light public policies that are unnecessarily increasing homelessness and the simple steps that could stop these costly mistakes. Homelessness and the threat of becoming homeless is a much wider problem than government figures of 2,414 rough sleepers suggests. The affects are far reaching – with devastating consequences for individuals and families in temporary, unsuitable and unsustainable housing.
Big Lottery Fund continues its commitment to support charities and social enterprises in search of new sources of funding that can help them become more sustainable by launching a guide to social investment today. The Social Investment Explained guide, produced by Social Enterprise UK, is a multi-media resource for charities and social enterprises to help them better navigate the UK’s growing social investment market, as they provide their valued services to people and communities most in need. The free resource, including an introductory guide and case study films, is for both staff and trustees of charities and social enterprises who want an introduction to social investment, and are wondering what it can do for their organisation.
A new survey about Generation Next shows that children and young people born around the millennium are responsible and pragmatic, wanting stricter age restrictions on social vices such as gambling; believing that race and gender will not hold them back but that a lack of affluence will. They are also disengaged from mainstream political parties but not from the political issues that affect their lives, according to a new report by leading children’s charity the National Children’s Bureau and Ipsos MORI. The survey of nearly 3,000 children aged between 11 and 16 found more young people think the legal age at which you can buy alcohol (18) should be higher, than those who think it should be lower (21%, compared with 14).
As part of its long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future, the Government today is agreeing a series of Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England. The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will announce the first instalment of plans to invest at least £12 billion in local economies in a series of ‘Growth Deals’. The money will go towards providing support for local businesses to train young people, create thousands of new jobs, build thousands of new homes and start hundreds of infrastructure projects; including transport improvements and superfast broadband networks.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report today on the Department for International Development’s contribution to improving nutrition. DFID spent £192.8m on nutrition in 2012 and this is expected to more than double by 2015. DFID has committed £3.3 billion to nutrition in 2013-20 and aims to contribute to a dramatic reduction in the high levels of global undernutrition. To achieve this, DFID has supported global action, invested in projects and generated evidence on new solutions.
Fundraisers from across the UK last night received the well-deserved plaudits of their peers at the annual Institute of Fundraising (IoF) National Awards 2014. The awards, now in their 22nd year, reward the fundraising successes of non-profit organisations, teams and individuals, as well as volunteers who have made outstanding contributions over the year. Award winners were applauded at a glittering ceremony in London last night, hosted by comedienne and charity supporter, Ruby Wax.
The Social Economy Alliance – the campaign group for social enterprises and cooperatives made up of 450 organisations – has today called on the sector to back a crowdfunding campaign, and be the first lobby group to blitz Westminster in the new political year. The Alliance is planning a takeover of billboards, posters and ticket barriers at Westminster Underground station, giving the sector exposure to the country’s political leaders, ahead of the General Election in 2015.
Rapidata Services has announced a dramatic fall in charity Direct Debit cancellations to the lowest annual average rate since 2006, before the global recession took hold. Rapidata’s Charity Direct Debit Tracking Report 2014, released today, compiles regular giving data from more than 500,000 monthly Direct Debit donation transactions. This news is hailed as the most positive indicator yet that donor retention is firmly on the rise post-recession.
CFG have identified through its work with DFID, BBA and others that due to the de-risking activities by banks in response to the anti-money laundering and counter terrorism regimes charities are finding it increasingly difficult to send vital funds to conflict and ‘at risk’ locations. However our evidence is mainly anecdotal and there is a real need to establish the extent of this problem and the impact that it is having. CFG have launched a survey open to affected charities.
The National Association of Local Councils today kicked off its campaign to get more people to stand for election as parish and town councillors in May 2015, urging a new generation of neighbourhood leaders to step forward and make a difference in their area. Tens of thousands of seats on England’s most local level of Government – parish and town councils – are up for grabs on the same day as the General Election next May, and NALC wants parishes to improve their democratic mandate with an increase in the number of contested elections.
Two thirds of people think that charities that spend money on rebrands or London offices are wasting donations, new research shows. The study, published by research consultancy nfpSynergy, also shows that over half of people feel confident that a charity spends well if they veto first class travel for staff. The nationally representative poll of 1,000 adults, published by research consultancy nfpSynergy, shows that 69% of people feel London-based offices for charities are ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ wasteful, with just 8% saying they were worthwhile.
Responding to the NAO report on government grants published today, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, has noted that grants to charities are a tiny proportion of the total grant funding the NAO report examines. The NAO report covers £292bn of government grants, of which £61bn goes to recipients outside the public sector. NCVO’s analysis shows UK charities received £2.56bn in government grant income in 2011/12. NCVO says there are clear advantages to grant funding – grants to voluntary organisations are a simple and efficient way for government to meet its objectives and avoiding the bureaucracy and costs of contracting.
Reversing a six year trend beginning with the 2008 recession, charitable-spending by UK family foundations has risen to £1.63bn – the highest level recorded in the history of the Family Foundation Giving Trends series. This comes despite a 35% drop in donations being made into new and existing family foundations – a finding which raises some concern about the amount funds available to support charitable purposes in the future. The finding has emerged from the sixth edition of Family Foundation Giving Trends, led by professor Cathy Pharoah of the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy at the Cass Business School, published by the Association of Charitable Foundations, and substantially supported by the Pears Foundation.
The Big Lottery Fund is today announcing almost £1.4 million in funding to develop an innovative learning campaign that will inspire rural communities across the UK to set up social enterprises. Building on the success of the Village SOS programme the Fund’s new investment will see the launch of The Village SOS Learning, Outreach and Engagement Campaign, an innovative two-year learning programme led by rural network Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) working with a nationwide partnership of eight organisations.
Editor Matt Ritchie covers the final Budget for this Parliament, and the official start of the 2015 election campaign