A scheme to mentor and rehabilitate prisoners sentenced to less than 12 months has reduced re-conviction rates, figures published today show. The pilot, being run at Peterborough prison by Social Finance with support from a number of voluntary organisations, has helped prisoners who would previously have had no support. It provides them with help as they prepare for release and then to access the services they need, including housing, employment, financial services and substance abuse services once they are out of prison.
Malcolm Hayday, founding chief executive of Charity Bank, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to charities and Social Enterprise.” Hayday, who left the bank after 10 years in 2012, was one of the pioneers of social finance. He joined the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in 1993 to explore the possibility of loan finance as a new resource for the charity sector.
Confirmation that the Assad regime has been using chemical weapons against its own citizens must prompt Western intervention in Syria, analysts from think-tank Henry Jackson Society (HJS) have said. Tonight an internal memo from US and European officials has confirmed that ‘the intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year’.
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has today welcomed the focus on the themes of “social impact investing” and “tax, trade and transparency” of this year’s G8 summit, and urged attendees to use the event to make progress in breaking down barriers to long-term responsible investment.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude today has announced new commitments on open data that will give citizens detailed information on the operations of charities and companies. For the first time, information about how charities earn and spend their money will be available in an open data format. When turned into applications by technology developers, this will help citizens to make more informed decisions about the causes they consider supporting.
Social Enterprise UK has responded positively to the news that Chris White MP has been named Social Value Ambassador. Social Enterprise UK chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, Peter Holbrook, said: “This is a very welcome move. Chris has been an extraordinary champion for social value. He navigated the Public Services (Social Value) Act through parliament with commitment and a real desire to revolutionise public sector commissioning practices. The Act is already being embedded by public sector commissioners and councils in England and Wales who want to use their spending power to create lasting social change in villages, towns and cities.
The second annual Insight in Fundraising Awards took place last night in London. Charities and their data insight partners came together to celebrate excellence in insight driven fundraising, with RNIB, UNICEF UK, Comic Relief, Cancer Research UK, and RNLI amongst those winning awards for their work.
At the Social Value Conference yesterday, the Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd announced the appointment of Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, as the first official Social Value Ambassador. The conference, organised by Social Enterprise West Midlands in Birmingham, heard how Chris White will be working closely with Local Authorities and the voluntary sector to raise awareness of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, which came into force earlier this year and received cross-party support.
NAVCA chief Joe Irvin has today led a delegation of NAVCA members to give evidence to the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector. In his evidence Irvin cited gagging clauses in the work programme as one of the worst example of charities independence being wilfully attacked. The Panel is made up of senior charity experts and was established by the Baring Foundation because of continued concerns about charities’ independence.
The Charity Commission is calling on charities to take part in a new review project looking at strategy development and review in charities. The project, launched jointly by the Commission and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), will involve 25 volunteer charities, each of which will receive a pro-bono strategy review from an ICAEW member. All charities registered with the Charity Commission and with incomes of less than £5m are eligible to take part.
The Charities Property Fund, managed by Cordea Savills, has acquired a portfolio of car showrooms for £17.4 million, let on long leases with annual fixed rental increases and options to extend for a further 20 years, meaning the Fund has now passed the £500 million milestone: with £510 million under management. The acquisition price reflects a 7.2% yield after the costs of acquisition. The Fund has also passed the £500 million milestone and is now fully invested with £510 million under management.
Nearly three quarters (72%) of voters do not want councillors to cut funding to charities by more than they cut other services, according to a survey released today. The survey, released by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, follows research which found that as many as half of all local councils have cut funding to charities by a greater proportion than the overall cuts to their budget.
Charity fundraising regulator, the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), has today published its annual complaints report, revealing a total 33,744 fundraising complaints reported to UK charities in 2012, and shows a 93% increase on doorstep fundraising complaints from 2011.The FRSB Complaints Report 2013 presents an overview of complaints received by 1,068 charities with fundraising programmes that deliver £4.16 billion in voluntary income annually.
The new legal structure of Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) has taken off in a big way and is set to become the leading structure for newly formed voluntary organisations with charitable aims – especially for smaller and medium sized charities, says the Directory of Social Change. CIOs became law in England and Wales in January 2013 under the Charities Act 2011, and since then the Charity Commission has registered more than 200 new charities as CIOs.
A new report by the Third Sector Research Centre provides a detailed overview of the environmental third sector in England. The research is the first attempt to provide a national listing of environmental charities, and gives information on the number of organisations, their income, sources of funding, functions and distribution. 1,800 charities have the environment as their primary focus in England and Wales, just over 1% of all charities on the Charity Commission Register.
At the world’s first G8 conference on social impact investing Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday reinforced the UK’s commitment and leadership in growing the global social investment market, which already creates jobs and growth in the economy and tackles entrenched social problems whilst saving money for the taxpayer. The PM noted that social impact investment strengthens society by providing finance to charities, social enterprises and community groups and enables them to expand their services and develop better solutions to entrenched social problems such as supporting troubled families, providing job and training opportunities for young people or simply enabling people to invest in community projects.
ACEVO chief Sir Stephen Bubb has criticised the Public Administration Select Committee report The Role of the Charity Commission and “public benefit”: Post legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006 calling it "unhelpful, an unnecessary distraction", and calling instead for the Charity Commission to get its act together. Bubb said: "This is a bad report. It is an unhelpful and unnecessary distraction, at a time when charities need distraction like a hole in the head.
Most of the Sector has welcomed the Public Administration Select Committee's report The Role of the Charity Commission and “public benefit”: Post legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006 with CFG, NCVO, the IoF, FRSB, PFRA all welcoming the report and the DSC noting it is "a considered report". In response to the publication of the PASC report, Caron Bradshaw, CEO, CFG, commented: “Ensuring that the sector is proportionately regulated is essential, both for preserving public trust and confidence and enabling innovation and growth.
The Charity Commission is being asked to do too much, with too little, says the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) in its report on the implementation of the Charities Act 2006. The report, The role of the Charity Commission and "public benefit": Post-legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006 observes that the charitable sector is at the heart of UK society, involving millions of people and £9.3 billion received in donations in 2011/2012 with around 25 new applications for charitable status are received by the Charity Commission every working day.
The chairman of the Charity Commission has responded positively to Public Administration Select Committee report The Role of the Charity Commission and “public benefit”: Post legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006, calling it a "well informed and helpful report." William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “We welcome the Public Administration Select Committee’s thoughtful and balanced report on their post-legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006.
New research by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has ranked the UK as performing relatively better than most other developed nations over the past decade at meeting its overseas aid spending commitments on ending under nutrition. The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has ranked the UK with the highest overall score out of 23 OECD members despite its overseas aid spending on nutrition programmes accounting for a lower proportion of its wealth than countries like Denmark and Canada.
The Public Accounts Committee has strongly criticised the Charity Commission's procedures for regulating charities in its examination of the Cup Trust scandal, with ACEVO CEO Sir Stephen Bubb warning the Committee's report is a wake-up call for the Commission. The Public Accounts Committee presented the most damning indictment of the work of the Charity Commission: noting the Cup Trust never met the legal criteria to qualify as a registered charity; the Commission’s approach to regulation and enforcement lacks rigour and evidence suggests that the Cup Trust case is just the tip of an iceberg, and with it possible worse scandal for the sector.
Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a further investment of £20m in 39 skills projects through its Skills for the Future Programme. This money will deliver 876 new placements, adding up to 918 years’ worth of paid training opportunities for people seeking a career in heritage. It will not only support traditional heritage skills, key to sustaining our rich cultural landscape, but also a wide variety of more contemporary ones, such as business planning and digital skills.
The Big Lottery Fund is today seeking a lead partner to manage and deliver a new £25 million UK-wide programme, Rethink Good Health, to tackle late onset of alcohol misuse amongst older people. It is estimated that over 1.4 million or over 14% of older men and women in the UK drink over safe limits. In England in 2012/13 there were more admissions to hospital of pensioners for alcohol-related injuries and illness than of 16 to 24 year olds.
The work of a network of churches, social enterprises and charities working together to help people most in need in their local communities, has been recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron with a Big Society Award. The Cinnamon Network provides small start-up grants of up to £2,000 to churches to fund social action projects including Street Pastors in Manchester, a befriending scheme for isolated older people in Wokingham and debt advice services in Bradford.
The Charity Commission has approved changes to the articles of Charity Bank to allow the bank to continue operating as a bank and secure its operation for charitable purposes. The requirements of the banking regulations mean that it is not possible for Charity Bank to continue both as a charity and as a bank, and has ceased to be a charity effective as of close of business on May 31 2013. Charity Bank is the only operational bank that has charity status. It was registered as a charity in 2002 and its income for the last financial year was £4.9million.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Public Safety Charitable Trust. The Commission opened an investigation into the charity in October 2011 after concerns were raised regarding business rates relief, and opened an inquiry on May 21 2013, following further concerns of risks to the charity’s assets as a result of a court judgement on May 14 2013. The Commission also issued alerts to charities on this subject on December 11 2011 and 20 May 2013 respectively.
The Charity Commission has today stated its policy and approach to the recovery of property which has been lost to charity through a serious breach of trust. This could be by trustees or others who, by their conduct, have been responsible for its loss. The Charity Commission clarified that trustees are volunteers, who give generously of their time and expertise for the benefit of their charities and the wider public good.
A report released today by Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam warns that more than half a million people in Britain have received aid from food banks in the past year. The two charities, with the backing of the Trussell Trust, are calling for an urgent Parliamentary Inquiry into the relationship between benefit delay, error or sanctions, welfare reform changes, and the growth of food poverty.
Despite a backdrop of sustained pressure on households' disposable income, research by Halifax reveals a determination by charity donors to safeguard the amount that they give to good causes.70% of people have given money to charity in the last year, with around half (52%) managing to maintain the amount that they donated over the previous 12 months and one in ten actually increasing the amount they give.
Tax evaders will have fewer places to hide their money after nine countries, including tax havens Singapore and Luxembourg, today signed a treaty agreeing to share information about financial account holders. Signatories to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters agree to share information on request from other countries, with optional provisions for that to become automatic.
Charities will face increasing pressure to commercialise, delivering profit for corporate supporters as well as clearly measurable outcomes over the next decade, with some struggling to meet the challenge, according to a new futures report from Charities Trust. The report, which also sought the views of corporate opinion leaders, community practitioners and other experts, found that big business will play a much larger part in driving delivery from the charities it partners.
Think-tank the Adam Smith Institute has revealed that taxpayers have finally stopped paying the taxman and started to put their earnings in their own pockets. Tax Freedom Day—the day when the average Briton finishes their stint working for George Osborne and begins to work for themselves, falls today. For 150 days of the year, every penny the average person earns is sent to the Treasury, according to Adam Smith Institute calculations.
£40m of Lottery funding is to be invested in community health schemes across England as new research reveals that taking part in these projects can make you almost three times happier than if your income were to double. 14 organisations, including local health bodies and leading charities, will receive the funding from Big Lottery Fund to deliver the interventions to encourage healthier eating, increase physical activity and promote good mental health.
“Nudging” people to give could generate tens of millions of pounds extra for good causes, according to ground-breaking studies published today. Simply reminding people making out their Will that many others choose to leave a legacy to charity or including a photograph in an appeal can double or treble the numbers of people giving. The study was conducted by the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the University of Bristol’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation.
The MS Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Mitchell as its new chief executive from September. Mitchell is an experienced leader and is currently charity director general at Age UK. She has led high profile campaigns and driven policy change in a number of critical areas, including social care funding, which have resulted in fundamental improvements for those in later life.
Three times as many Britons would leave a gift to charities that they are passionate about in their will, if their solicitor reminded them to consider this opportunity, according to results of a trial spearheaded by Remember A Charity - the Institute of Fundraising’s long term campaign to increase legacy giving to charities. With gifts in wills currently bringing in £2 billion per year for UK charities, 13% of all charitable donations, a trebling in the number of people leaving a gift could have a significant financial impact for good causes.
Results of a survey about attitudes to social enterprise among UK charities were released today by Social Enterprise UK, and its findings are ‘overwhelmingly positive’, according to the national membership organisation. Currently 45% of registered charities identify themselves as social enterprises and more than half of the voluntary sector’s income is earned through trading (selling goods and services) and delivering government contracts, rather than donations or grants.
The deceased are rapidly becoming Britain’s most important fundraisers, as in memory giving nets record amounts for worthy causes. According to data from JustGiving more than £27 million was raised on the website last year – with donations also up 32 per cent so far this year. In fact, donating to a charitable cause is now the preferred mark of respect with two thirds of British adults (67%) choosing to make a donation to charity over flowers.
The 2012 Charity Times Awards Investment Manager of the Year Rathbone Investment Management, has followed this up by winning the Charity Investment Manager of the Year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Award Winners 2013. Each year the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards brings together a top level group of the elite of advisors and managers in the international wealth industry.
The late May Bank Holiday this weekend sees the start of a £10.5m campaign to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers. Grow Wild – a new campaign funded by the Big Lottery Fund– aims to inspire people to get together to transform unloved urban sites, gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches.
The Charity Commission has today launched a consultation on proposals to introduce changes to the Annual Return and the content of the Register of Charities for 2014 onwards. All registered charities with an income of £10,000 and above are required to submit an Annual Return, which is used to strengthen the Commission’s regulatory work and keeps the charity’s record on the register up to date for the many members of the public and others who use it. Last summer the Commission consulted on the nature of information it should collect from charities to inform its wider information strategy.
The Charity Finance Group (CFG) and the Small Charities Coalition have launched a report into financial management in small charities. The two umbrella organisations are also seeking input on what they and others could do to improve standards of financial management in small charities. Making it count - a report into financial management in small charities for the first time takes a wide reaching look at financial management roles and practices in small charities, along with the challenges they face, and highlights key areas where additional support would be of most benefit.
Crisis has welcomed the report of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and its conclusion that the Work Programme is failing to move homeless people closer to work. The Work and Pensions Select Committee report, released today, states that the Work Programme is ‘not reaching the most disadvantaged’, singling out homeless people as one of the groups not receiving the help they need. Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: “The Work Programme has been a huge disappointment for too many homeless people. It has taken them no closer to what they really want: a better life through work.
A comprehensive package of measures to help the voluntary sector and mutuals compete for contracts to cut reoffending was announced today by the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice. This follows proactive engagement with a range of organisations from the voluntary sector, social enterprises and entrepreneurial staff in Probation Trusts looking to form new mutuals. Many of these measures are being introduced in response to the recommendations set out in social enterprise organisation 3SC’s action plan.
Government contracts must enable social economy organisations to provide decent employment conditions, says a new research paper, based on an international report produced by the Third Sector Research Centre for the OECD. There has been much political interest in the role of the social economy, or third sector, in providing jobs and supporting vulnerable people into the workforce. But Governments must recognise the pivotal role that state contracts play in financing many of these organisations, and therefore affecting conditions and services.
Minister for Government Policy Oliver Letwin and Minister of State for Schools and the Cabinet Office David Laws are today publishing the second annual update on the government’s ambitious programme of public services reform. This includes the government’s response to David Boyle’s review into barriers to choice in public services, three further Choice Frameworks and a new Choice Charter. The Open Public Services Update 2013 sets out the significant achievements the government has made in modernising public services in education, health, neighbourhood services and many other areas.
Some British towns and cities contain welfare ghettos where more than half the working age residents depend on out-of-work benefits, according to a major new investigation into the anatomy of the welfare state. Parts of Denbighshire in Wales, Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Wirral, Tendring and North East Lincolnshire are the worst affected, the report reveals. In Liverpool, there are nearly 70 neighbourhoods where the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits is 30 per cent or higher.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today published two case study based reports on: DFID’s use of contractors to deliver aid programmes; and DFID’s Support for Civil Society Organisations through Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs). ICAI has given both programmes a rating of Green-Amber. Graham Ward, ICAI Chief Commissioner, said: “The case studies that we examined for both DFID’s use of contractors and programme partnership arrangements show promise for impact on intended beneficiaries. Civil society organisations and private sector contractors are valuable delivery mechanisms for aid and we have made a series of recommendations to increase the value that they deliver.”
Ten charities have won GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and well-being, GSK and The King’s Fund announced last night at the awards ceremony held at the Science Museum. GSK’s accolade, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, awards at least £30,000 to each organisation, and provides them with training so they are able to take their organisations to the next level.
Nominations are being sought for Fellowships of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) from fundraisers with a track record of commitment to the Institute and the fundraising profession. Fellows are recognised for their contribution to fundraising above and beyond their day job. In particular, fellowship acknowledges the commitment of those who give their time to the Institute in development of the profession of fundraising.
NPC has said that charities working with young people need to do more to measure the softer outcomes which impact upon youth employability. As part of the ongoing Inspiring Impact programme the charity think tank and consultancy has today launched The journey to employment, a new report which looks at the key factors which influence young people’s ability to get a job and how these can be effectively measured. New figures released yesterday show that for January to March 2013 there were 958,000 unemployed 16 to 24 year olds, representing an unemployment rate of 20.7%, down 0.1 percentage points from October to December 2012.
The review into skills and leaderships needs in the social sector has today published its response on a new blog site: www.leadingsocial.org.uk. The response follows a six month review at the invitation of Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, led by Dame Mary Marsh and supported by a working group of representatives from across the social sector. The review has identified eight critical areas where there are skills and leadership needs, with recommendations on how the sector and the Government can respond. Connecting these areas, the review points to three key themes that sit at the heart of the challenge...
New research reveals that companies gave over £470 million in cash donations to charities and community groups, with total community contributions reaching almost £600 million. However, compared with previous research the total value of cash donations fell by 9%, with community contributions declining by 27%. The 9th edition of The Guide to UK Company Giving, published by the charity Directory of Social Change (DSC), examines the charitable giving and community support programmes of 550 companies, including many big household names such as Lloyds Banking Group (£43.8 million in cash donations); Tesco (£26.5 million); and Marks & Spencer (£9.1 million).
Social investor Nominet Trust today announced the approval of funding for eleven ambitious technology ventures that demonstrate the potential to achieve significant social change. The investment, which totals over £1million, is a testament of the Trust’s continued commitment to championing digital technology for social good. All of the projects which are to be awarded funding have a bold vision and a deep understanding of how technology can be used to address social challenges, such as youth unemployment or social care provision.
Vital frontline advice services across England will today be sharing in a multi-million pound support package as the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) announces 226 awards made under the Advice Services Transition Fund. The Cabinet Office is supporting BIG’s programme by contributing half of the funding. Today’s awards build on BIG’s role in funding the advice sector and comes as a direct and timely response to the challenging circumstances advice providers and those dependent on their services are facing.
A new report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) highlights an enduring link between public attitudes to poverty and the state of the economy, but shows how this link to welfare is weakening. The research - carried out by NatCen Social Research, explored public attitudes to poverty and welfare over the past three decades. It found that perceptions of and expectations for poverty levels became more pessimistic during the recessions of the 1990s and late 2000s, with a societal explanation for poverty gaining favour at the expense of an individual explanation.
Many of England’s volunteer centres faced a substantial hit to their income in the last financial year, new data from NCVO shows. The results of the 2011/12 Annual Return for Volunteer Centres, a survey of volunteer centres’ income and activities, show that 40% of volunteer centres for whom there is data for both years lost over a quarter of their income compared to the previous year. One in five (21%) had cuts of 50% or more of their income.
Helping thousands more new businesses get off the ground by expanding the Government’s Start-Up loan scheme and opening up further the £230 billion worth of public sector contracts to the smallest businesses will help boost growth and transform the economy according to the Prime Minister’s enterprise adviser, Lord Young. In his second report to the Prime Minister, Growing your Business: A report on Growing Micro Businesses, Lord Young highlights the increasing importance that micro businesses – those which have less than 10 employees – have on the success of the economy.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today welcomed the Government announcement on the Sustainable Communities Act, which means that local (parish and town) councils can drive a new “bottom-up” process that allow local people to drive central government action to help their local communities. The campaign for the Sustainable Communities Act arose out of the very concerning problem of community decline, which can be seen in the national decay of everything from small shops and Post Offices to green spaces and recreational facilities.
The Big Lottery Fund has announced today the appointment of Dawn Austwick as the organisation’s new chief executive. Austwick joins the Big Lottery Fund from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, an organisation she has successfully led as a chief executive since 2005. She will be taking over from Peter Wanless who stands down as chief executive at the end of May to become chief Executive of NSPCC.
Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) has increased its clients’ overall exposure to infrastructure funds by over £40m over the last 12 months and by £60m over two years. In the past nine months IW&I has invested in new share issues launched by four of the largest publicly quoted infrastructure funds: GCP Infrastructure, International Public Partnerships, John Laing Infrastructure and HICL infrastructure.
As we reach the third anniversary of David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s press conference in the Rose Garden promising to work together to prioritise ‘national interest’, national charity 4Children has written to the Chancellor urging him to meet families to hear first-hand how tough life is – and importantly how he can help. 4Children note how families with children throughout the UK face a third consecutive year of austerity measures, leaving many significantly worse off than they were three years ago.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), as part of its commitment to help charity Go ON UK eliminate the digital divide, is announcing an investment of up to £15 million to build the skills that people and organisations across the UK will need in order to take full advantage of support and services available online. There are 16 million people in the UK who currently lack the basic online skills to confidently make full use of digital tools available to them and 7.4 million people who have never been online.
Cabinet Office Minister Nick Hurd has endorsed a new report that shows how charitable foundations can deliver further social benefit by partnering with private money from banks and individuals. The report comes ahead of a G8 forum on social investment, held in June, which will form a key part of the UK’s G8 Presidency in 2013.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has today announced six new appointments to the Board of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. The new board members are: Peter Clarke; Claire Dove, Orlando Fraser, Tony Leifer...
At an event to launch Big Society Capital’s (BSC) first Annual Report last night, Nick O’Donohoe, CEO, outlined a number of proactive initiatives for 2013 to drive the development of the social investment market. He set out that the BSC is working with large grant makers and other social investors to create new forms of financing, available across the different development phases of community assets.
Save the Children and GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, have launched an ambitious partnership which combines the expertise, resources and influence of both organisations. Together, the organisations will tackle some of the leading causes of childhood deaths by improving access to vaccines and medicines, healthcare workers and nutritious food.For the first time, Save the Children will be involved in helping GSK to research and develop life-saving new medicines designed especially for children in hard-to-reach communities.
Charity finance directors should embrace a culture of innovation to ensure third sector organisations thrive, the chief executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (RSA) has said. In a deep and thought-provoking speech, Matthew Taylor spoke today at length about finance, leadership and change at the Charity Finance Group Annual Conference entitled Striving, surviving, thriving, where over 600 charity finance leaders were in attendance.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced initial support worth £68m for six major projects in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The sites are: Silverstone, home of British motor racing in Northamptonshire; HMS Caroline, the last surviving warship of the First World War fleet, in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter; Redruth’s old Brewery transformed to celebrate Cornish heritage; London’s Alexandra Palace - ‘The People’s Palace’ - with over 140-years worth of history...
Skills - Third Sector kicks off a co-design process to create an innovative digital platform where charities and social enterprises can more easily find and compare training and other skills support. In a changing financial and technological environment, charities and social enterprises are under increasing pressure to grow and develop. As a result charities and social enterprises could miss key opportunities for further growth, and potentially risk withdrawal of funding and closure.
A £10 million charity bond that will fund permanent homes for people with a learning disability has proved so popular that it has been oversubscribed by people looking to invest in a bond that gives a social as well as financial return. Golden Lane Housing (GLH), the housing arm of Mencap, launched the bond in February with the support of Triodos Bank.
The UK has committed to help the new government of Somalia to tackle the threat of international terrorism, crime and piracy by helping it to manage its public finances, cope with future famines and create a more peaceful and secure future. The UK, alongside other donors, committed international support for Somalia’s new federal government at today’s Somalia conference.
Young Offenders’ Institutions (YOIs) in England are not providing the most basic education requirements, new data from the think-tank the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) shows. It found that just one in nine state-run YOIs are delivering their minimum requirement of 15 hours of education to each teenager per week.
The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the birth of a new mechanism which will empower individuals to seek out justice when their rights to food, adequate housing, education or health are violated. The new measure, which came into force on May 5, is known as the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
In the first ever survey asking charities in Scotland what they think the potential impact of Scottish independence on fundraising in Scotland might be, respondents were far easier able to identify disadvantages (74%) than advantages (56%). Institute of Fundraising Scotland manager Gregor McNie said overall very few charities had discussed the possible impact of independence.
Analysis of the Census by the think-tank Demos reveals that almost half of ethnic minority residents in England and Wales now live in areas where white British people are in a minority. Figures from the 2011 Census show that 4.6 million minority Britons (45% of the minority population) were living in these areas, defined as those where less than half of the population are white British.
National financial advisory firm, Foster Denovo, is urging employers to plan around the key stages of auto-enrolment, and to prepare for their responsibilities early. At today's auto-enrolment workshop for the charity sector, Ian Bird, equity partner at Foster Denovo, will join forces with the Pensions Regulator, AEGON and the Department for Work and Pensions, to highlight the practical steps that organisations need to consider.
Charities, community groups and agencies from across Wales have gathered together to celebrate, share and learn from a ten year, £3.3 million grant programme, in Wales. The strategic grant making programme has been operating in five Welsh local authority areas: Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Anglesey, Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham, for the past decade and involved local people determining where the £3.3million funding from the Fair Share Trust should be targeted in their area.
Neelam Makhijani, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, played a prominent role in the recent Development Cooperation Forum special policy dialogue, which took place at the United Nations last week. The panel discussion, entitled The role of philanthropic organisations and development partnerships in the post-2015 setting, was hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and was chaired by The Economist’s US business editor and chief Matthew Bishop.
More than 20 charities and volunteers have been named in the shortlist for the 2013 Scottish Charity Awards. Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the vital work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.
New research by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations shows that the Scottish Government needs to invest more strategically in grassroots community organisations to stop people’s problems spiralling out of control and mitigate the chaos being created by the welfare cuts. John Downie, director of Public Affairs, SCVO said: “Community-based organisations are on the frontline helping people cope with the welfare cuts and have a vital part to play in helping the most vulnerable people in our communities before their problems become even more complex.
Big Lottery Fund is investing £5.3m in four UK-wide initiatives that will inspire and engage over two million people and ensure the 2012 spirit continues to thrive in communities through to 2014 and beyond. The funding is being released ahead of the Big Lottery Fund’s £40 million ‘Spirit of 2012’ Trust, set up late last year, being formally established.
The Institute of Fundraising’s Special Interest Group for Insight in Fundraising has announced the shortlist of finalists for the Insight in Fundraising Awards 2013, to be presented on June 11. The Insight in Fundraising Awards showcase best practice and innovation in harnessing data and insight to improve fundraising performance; and celebrate the successes and achievements of analysts, database marketers, researchers and online fundraisers in delivering value and opportunities for insight to make a difference in the charity sector.
Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure, today announces the shortlist of entries for the Nominet Internet Awards 2013. From an all-time high number of entries, a shortlist of 29 organisations and initiatives has been selected. The public and businesses can show their support for the shortlisted projects and organisations on the website or by Tweeting the hashtag #nia2013 alongside the name of the project they hope to win in each category.
Barclays has strengthened its charities team with the appointment of David Budd as a new relationship director. Budd, who previously worked in the bank’s retail and business banking division, has spent the past year on secondment with Action for Kids, where he was the director of fundraising. Budd now joins Barclays’ charities team in the corporate banking division, and will have responsibility for a portfolio of charity clients including those focused on working with children and young adults.
A third of those caring full-time for older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones receive no practical support, new research from Carers UK reveals. The results of a survey of over 3,000 carers across the UK show that many are struggling alone without advice or support and are seeing caring taking a toll on their health, family finances and careers as a result. The research is being published on the eve of the charity’s landmark State of Caring 2013 Conference tomorrow.
New data released today shows the powerful effect that high inflation had on charity sector finances in recent years. The UK Civil Society Almanac 2013, published by NCVO, examines charities’ accounts for financial year 2010/11. In cash terms, the charity sector generated an extra £2bn in income in 2010/11 compared to the previous year, with a total income of £38.3bn. However, rising costs – inflation was at 5% – wiped out the effect of this increase and meant that the sector’s real-terms income was almost identical to its level in 2009/10.
The Brokerage Citylink, a charity working in partnership with employers, schools and volunteers to create a ‘Pathway’ into City of London employment, is calling on the new generation of young City workers to help bring more young people and employers together to create employment opportunities. The Brokerage, which works with 75 employers ranging from banks and insurance companies to accountancy firms and lawyers across the City and has already helped over 100 young people to find internships and permanent roles in the City, is launching the ‘Brokerage Alumni Network’.
Charity Finance Group today launched a good practice guide for charities on data protection. Protecting data, protecting people: A guide for charities takes account of variations in the way the sector operates and explains what data protection means in the charity context. The guide, available for charities to download from CFG’s website, was developed with support from a steering group of CFG members and the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Research released today into the skills gaps experienced by small charities indicates that they are struggling to deliver in key areas, including fundraising, impact reporting and long-term strategic planning, as a result of increased demand for services. The 2013 Small Charity Sector Skills Survey, published by the FSI and sponsored by the Institute of Fundraising and the Cabinet Office, features responses from 308 small charities.
A leading economist has warned that the current fiscal and monetary policies do not appear to be working in the Eurozone and UK but are having some impact in the United States. At a private lunch hosted by Cerno Capital Partners, George Magnus, former chief economist and now a senior independent economic advisor at UBS Investment Bank, and author of the books: The Age of Aging, and Uprising discussed the current and prospective economic conditions and policies in the US, Japan, the UK, Eurozone and China.
Applications to charitable trusts for financial support have risen, as the individuals applying to them struggle to cope with the costs of education and training. This has heightened the trusts’ social and financial concerns, particularly following a drop in their income as a result of the recession. Further and Higher education students and schoolchildren are particularly affected due to the escalating costs of higher education, the scrapping of Education Maintenance Allowance and the decline in statutory school uniform grants.
UK not-for-profits are facing a generation gap in fundraising, according to a new report launched today by software and services firm Blackbaud and consultancies Xtraordinary Fundraising and Stratcom. Not enough is being done to address a potential long term donation deficit, with Mature donors giving on average 27 per cent more each year than Generation X and 38 per cent more than Baby Boomers.
The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund has opened for applications. The Innovation Fund is the first initiative from the Centre for Social Action, which has been established by the Cabinet Office to support programmes that encourage people to create positive change through social action.
The Charity Commission has today a consultation on draft regulations affecting permanently endowed trusts. New legislation means that trustees of permanently endowed trusts will be able to adopt a total return approach to investment without seeking prior permission from the Commission.
The results of CFG’s latest People and Pay Survey, released today, have shown that more than 8 in 10 charity finance professionals are regularly working more than their contracted hours, with 50% of finance directors working 20% more - the equivalent of one extra day each week. This comes as salaries have remained flat across most roles this year, and the estimated average value of across the board pay awards is 2%, down from 2.6% in 2011 and 2.3% in 2012.
Today, as the first comprehensive analysis of how the UK’s historic buildings are used by businesses is published, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched Heritage Enterprise, a pioneering new funding programme designed to stimulate local economic growth by unlocking the commercial potential of unused historic buildings and sites. With a commitment of at least £25million per annum over the next five years, HLF’s new scheme will empower not-for-profit organisations, such as community groups and social enterprises to work in partnership with the private sector to rescue and return neglected historic buildings to productive use.
A report published today by the Public Accounts Committee examined the staging of the London 2012 Games and plans for delivering the legacy. Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Committee, today said: “Lottery good causes lost money during the period running up to the Games. They need to be assured that they will get some of this back from the financial returns secured from the development of the Olympic Park.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) says that long-term, transformational change and commitment to Payroll Giving reform is essential, and has called on the Government to look beyond the scope of the HM Treasury consultation. In its submission to the Government’s Payroll Giving consultation, supported by the Charity Finance Group (CFG), the IoF argues robustly that if the Government is serious about really increasing and growing donations through the work-based giving system then wider reform is vital.
Jupiter Asset Management has appointed Damian Cocking as head of Private Clients & Charities Business Development. The appointment comes four months after Andrew Clark joined Jupiter as head of private Clients & Charities and reaffirms the Company’s commitment to further grow its private client and charities business in the UK and internationally. Cocking joined Jupiter on 2nd April 2013 from Stenham Advisors, where he was head of Offshore Sales.
A complaint about Cancer Research UK’s response to questions about the costs of its face-to-face (F2F) fundraising campaign has not been upheld by the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) in its latest adjudication ruling. The complainant first approached the charity questioning the cost of its F2F fundraising in June 2011. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) responded setting out the cost and return on investment of the campaign in August 2011 and dialogue continued between the two parties until March 2012.
A new report examines charity commitment to raising resources through trade rather than donations and identifies best practices and key challenges for charities looking for new income-generating activities. The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) today released the firm’s latest research: Charities Unlocked: Realising the commercial and social value of charitable assets.
Local charities must get a say in setting the priorities for local European funding, NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has said today, following the publication of government guidance that sets out how priorities for European funding will be set locally. Priorities for the funds in each area across England will be determined by its Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has appointed Simon Howard, a former group chief investment officer with over twenty years of experience in investment management, as its new chief executive. He will take over on May 7 at the trade association for responsible investment and other financial services that advance sustainable development.
Claire Squires, the marathon runner who died running the race but raised nearly £1m in the process has been honoured with a national fundraising award. The family of Claire Squires collected the award on her behalf after she was named Most Popular Fundraiser at the JustGiving Awards – a title given to the person who receives the most individual donations to their JustGiving page in one year.
Leading medical travel insurance specialist Insurancewith.com has launched the ‘Who Cares Award’, with support from charity Genetic Alliance UK, to find the most extraordinary carer in the UK. The awards will be based on nominations from the public or through dedicated charities of those people who support others, dedicate their lives or put their lives on hold to care for others. Candidates can be young or old, a professional nurse or a relative.
The public remain firmly wedded to the fundamental principles underpinning the NHS but under certain circumstances could support the introduction of charges for some treatments and services, suggests a new report published today by The King's Fund and Ipsos MORI. The report is based on two day-long events with members of the public to explore their views about how to pay for health care in the future.
More than half the money so far given directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee by the public for the Syria Crisis Appeal has come via digital sources, the charity said today. This is the first DEC appeal to pass this milestone. The DEC also announced today that the Appeal total has now passed £10.3m.
Some of the UK’s leading fundraisers are a step closer to receiving the well-deserved plaudits of their peers with the announcement of the shortlist for the Institute of Fundraising’s (IoF) annual National Awards 2013. IoF head of training and events, Ruth Moore said: “This year we have created new award categories to showcase excellence, recognise achievement, and to celebrate fundraising successes over the past year – the National Awards have been running for 21 years and are the only awards created for fundraisers by fundraisers."
Money for good causes can be increased if stifling legislation and regulation are changed, say researchers nfpSynergy. Charities are missing out on vital funds because their lotteries are being stifled, a new report argues. A Chance to Give, published by research consultancy nfpSynergy, is calling for an overhaul of unnecessary legislation they say “has not kept up with the real world” and is hurting a vital fundraising tool.
A new Code of Practice published today by NCVO aims to improve the relationships between prime and subcontractors in public services. Developed jointly by NCVO and Serco, the Code of Practice is intended to help prime and subcontractors, whether in the private or voluntary sectors, work better together and minimise the problems encountered by some subcontractors.
A little-noticed announcement on public spending at last month’s Budget looks set to pit pensioners and working-age people against each other in the future over their share of the controversial welfare bill, new analysis from the Social Market Foundation reveals today. The SMF analysis examines the Chancellor’s intention to set a cap on a significant proportion of Annually Managed Expenditure (AME), the part of public spending that includes social security benefits and tax credits.
Today Credit Action releases its annual Tax and Benefits report, which highlights a 27 important tax and benefit changes happening this April. Of these, Credit Action has found that 18 (two thirds) of changes listed in the report have a detrimental effect on people, while only five are beneficial. The report profiles the 5 major structural reforms to the benefit system, such as the introduction of Universal Credit and the household benefit cap, in addition to another 22 changes beginning this month which include...
The Resource Alliance has welcomed the announcement of the new development bank for BRICS nations, and is calling for capacity building to be placed at the heart of its investment strategy. The BRICS bank was discussed at the recent summit of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). It will fund infrastructure and development projects throughout developing nations.
Britain’s ‘golden summer’ could have been a false dawn in terms of volunteering, new research shows. Despite a summer of Olympic glory and the praise heaped upon Games helpers, few people have been inspired to give their time to good causes and there has been no overall increase in volunteering.
The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust, a youth-led charity working across Northern Ireland, has entered administration because of increasing defined benefit (DB) pension liabilities. The charity, which was set up in the aftermath of the bombing of the centotaph in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, has seen liabilities rise to £250,000 and has only £150,000 of assets in the form of its building.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into Stanbridge Earls School Trust, in Hampshire relating to the management and administration of the charity following the Department for Education’s (DfE) rejection of the charity’s action plan to address failings identified during a recent Ofsted inspection.
The impact of EU data protection plans on direct mail fundraising would result in charities being able to raise less money for good causes. In a letter to EU Vice President and EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes and UK MEPs the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) says the proposed Regulation on EU Data Protection Regulation could have a major detrimental impact on charities that use direct mail to fundraise unless the consent definition is changed.
The latest recipients of the Government’s £10 million Social Incubator Fund have been announced. ‘Hub Launchpad’ and ‘Social Incubator North’ will be the next projects to receive over a million pounds each in backing. The fund is designed to provide investment into ‘social incubators’; organisations that will offer a period of intensive support to social enterprise start-ups.
Action on Hearing Loss and Deafness Research UK confirmed today the two charities have merged. Both charities are known for their ground-breaking work in biomedical research, with Action on Hearing Loss currently funding UK and international work into treatments and cures for hearing loss and tinnitus, and Deafness Research UK focusing on UK research.
People are giving as much to charity overall in the midst of recession as they did during the boom years, with the poorest giving the highest proportion of their income, a new study shows. Professor Yaojun Li, of the Institute for Social Change, University of Manchester, analysed survey data on over 100,000 adults in England and Wales over the ten years to 2011.
More than two million poor families face significant increases in their council tax bills from next week, a report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has found. The research shows 2.4 million low-income families will pay on average £138 more in council tax in the new financial year (2013/14). The findings from the New Policy Institute (NPI) are the first, full assessment of Council Tax Benefit (CTB) reform.
The National Union of Students (NUS) has announced that Ben Kernighan will join as the new chief executive. He will take up the position on July 8 2013. Kernighan joins NUS from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) where he currently is the deputy dhief executive. He will leave NCVO in June. Kernighan joins the NUS from a successful career in the voluntary sector having worked at the Terence Higgins Trust before moving to the NCVO in 1998.
The Charity Tax Group has today warmly welcomed the commitment by the Secretary of State for Health to look again at the case for extending VAT refunds to the non-business activity of charitable providers of NHS services, following the recommendation by Monitor, in the Fair Playing Field Review, that the Government should report on the case for extending VAT refunds to some charitable NHS-funded healthcare providers by Budget 2014.
Changes need to be made to the government’s flagship welfare policy in order to ensure less people in work are reliant on the state to top up their wages. At the moment there are 1.3 million workers who rely on benefits, in the form of Working Tax Credit, to top up their incomes. A new report from Policy Exchange shows that while people said they wanted to work more, they did not actually follow their words up with action.
An ACEVO taskforce headed by former Department of Health permanent secretary Sir Hugh Taylor will call for a “Prevention Revolution” in the NHS, with care shifted out of hospitals into the community through greater use of the charity sector, a new training and payment regime for doctors, social impact bonds, and an ‘NHS Investment Bank’. The report of the taskforce will warn that failure to embrace this agenda will lead to “the end of the NHS as we know it”, given flatlining budgets and rising demand for care from an ageing population.
New research published today by Centre for Cities calls on the Government to establish a national fund for urban development to drive forward major projects like city centre redevelopment, office buildings and houses. The research, Developing Interest, supported by the European Investment Bank, highlights that deficit reduction and a lack of appetite for private sector investment has left a major gap in funding needed to kick start development projects across the UK.
A new survey commissioned by the Mayor of London has revealed that the 2012 Games made over half of Londoners more aware of volunteering opportunities and encouraged 42 per cent of people to volunteer for the first time or more often. 68 per cent have been involved in some form of volunteering over the last 12 months.
Responding to the Work Programme Evaluation report published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Social Enterprise UK has said payment by results promises much, but in practice is failing those further from the labour market. The Report findings state that three-quarters (77%) of private and public sector organisations intend to remain involved in the Work Programme compared to 60% of voluntary and community sector organisations and social enterprises.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is today announcing two new initiatives in England that will bring improvements to the lives of vulnerable older people by reducing isolation, helping to deal better with change, and building confidence for the future. The announcement is part of BIG’s older people investments which in total are pledging at least £160 million to support initiatives that respond to the needs of vulnerable older people in England and across the UK through to 2015.
Towergate, which has contributed nearly £7m towards its four main charity partners – Cancer Research UK, ChildLine, Great Ormond Street and Help the Hospices – since 2005, has announced its latest internal charity award winners.
Marking the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day, this year’s Comic Relief – Funny for Money, raised a record breaking sum of money to help poor and vulnerable people in the UK and Africa. As the evening on the BBC drew to a close £75,107,851 has been raised – the highest total reached on the night in Red Nose Day’s 25 year history.
Official figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that since 2011 there has been a ten per cent rise in households accepted as homeless and owed the main homelessness duty and over the last two years these numbers have risen by 26%. The national charity for single homeless people, Crisis, has long warned that the Government’s cuts to housing benefit will cause homelessness and these figures show that the cuts are now hitting home.
The Public Accounts Committee today published its 39th Report of this Session which, on evidence from the Department of Health, examined progress in making NHS efficiency savings, reporting it is achieving its financial savings target, but raising other concerns. The King’s Fund also warned the financial squeeze is beginning to have an impact on NHS quality and access to services in some parts of the country.
Triodos Bank has announced a major milestone, with its UK lending surpassing £500m for the first time. The news follows a 15% increase in the bank’s lending to sustainable enterprises during 2012. Triodos only lends to businesses and charities delivering social and environmental benefits, from renewable energy to community initiatives, so all the money deposited with the bank by its savers actively supports projects working towards a more sustainable society.
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations, has launched a global search for fundraising, branding and communication agencies to join its new roster for international fundraising and communications. The chosen agencies will provide professional services that will play a key role in supporting UNHCR’s work to provide protection, shelter, safety and essential services to refugees and others uprooted by conflict and violence worldwide.
The Social Value Act should drive change in local communities by encouraging business to more closely consider the social impact of their procurement decisions, according to Deloitte, the business advisory firm. The Act, which requires public sector authorities to assess the social, economic and environmental impact of companies being awarded contracts, can make it easier for small businesses and charities to enter public sector supply chains.
National, independent health and social care charity, The Patients Association, has today revealed the findings of its new research into Primary Care Services. As many as three quarters of people (79%) wouldn’t feel safe relying on NHS out-of-hours services in a medical emergency according to study by The Patients Association.
A lack of focus on the role of local authorities in tackling climate change has been highlighted in a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee. The report, which examines the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle climate change in the coming years – known as the Draft Second Climate Change Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2) – notes the part which local authorities play both as consumers and suppliers of services.
A new online recruitment portal – Charity Careers Scotland – has been launched in a bid to support and boost the Scottish voluntary sector and its employment market. The new service is created and managed by Bruce Tait Associates, Scotland’s foremost fundraising consultancy and voluntary sector recruitment specialist www.charitycareersscotland.co.uk is now live offering a revolutionary recruitment journey, and is populated with more than 5,000 potential candidates wanting to work for a charity.
Believe.in, a social fundraising platform that helps individuals to connect with charities and raise money for good causes, today announced its launch and commitment to change the way charity giving operates online. Believe.in said that unlike competitors who keep a percentage of donations as profit, Believe.in’s commitment is 100% of money raised through the platform, including any GiftAid reclaimed, goes direct to the intended causes.
The sector has responded relatively positively to the 2013 Budget. ACEVO, CFG, NCVO, CAF, the IoF and Social Investment Business all focus on positives in the Budget, but the Directory of Social Change stresses the failure of the Chancellor to pay back money borrowed from the sector to fund the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and UKSIF stated it was a missed opportunity.
The winners of the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards have been unveiled at an Awards Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Among the highlights were a third Laureus Award for Jamaican sprint giant Usain Bolt, a triple success for British sport with honours for Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe, and a special new Award for Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian of all time.
New Heights Community Project in Kingstanding, Birmingham is the latest winner of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society Award. The accolade recognises and celebrates individuals, groups or organisations doing exceptional work in their community and going above and beyond to make things better for others.
The Community Development Foundation (CDF) has today published six case studies of community projects tackling crime, ranging from rehabilitating re-offenders to preventing youth anti-social behaviour. The projects were part of CDF’s Community action against crime: Innovation fund.
Charity Finance Group has announces that the winner of the Adrian Randall Prize 2013 is Hilary Seaward. Applicants were invited to submit creative solutions to tackling problems and issues related to charity finance which have been neglected or are difficult to address, with the potential to win a £5000 prize to help develop their vision.
The Charity Commission has today published an independent research report into charities and social investment, alongside an analysis of the findings. The research was carried out by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) on behalf of the Commission, between July 2012 and March 2013.
Citizens Advice Scotland’s chief executive has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, urging him to halt the welfare reforms that are hurting vulnerable people and damaging the Scottish economy. Margaret Lynch’s letter, sent in advance of the budget, cites independent economic evidence to say that the government’s welfare reforms are not only hurting poor and vulnerable people but are taking £2.7bn out of the Scottish economy.
Big Lottery Fund - the largest distributor of good cause funding from the National Lottery - has announced a £40m health injection for England. The new ‘Well-being’ funding will be channelled into initiatives that increase physical activity, improve eating habits and tackle mental health across the country, including targeting areas, groups and people experiencing the starkest health inequalities.
NAVCA is giving its support to the Ethical Care Charter drawn up by UNISON. The Charter establishes a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of homecare and local authorities are being invited to sign up to the Charter. NAVCA has a long record of encouraging intelligent commissioning and has been an outspoken promoter of issues such as grant funding and social value. Charities are important providers of care to support independent living.
New figures released today by PwC, Charity Finance Group and the Institute of Fundraising show that the economic conditions continue to prove challenging to charities. More than nine out of 10 charities (93%) have said that they were experiencing a squeeze on fundraising while more than two-thirds (67%) said that demand for their services had increased.
With the budget just a week away, NAVCA and Locality have called for the Chancellor George Osborne to create a fund to help micro social enterprise and local charities generate growth in the poorest areas. To tackle the stalling economic growth, they want a fund of £150 million to provide £3 million growth funding to the 50 most deprived areas in England.
Changes being made to the Immigration Rules today will provide additional flexibility for businesses, and enable top international students to pursue their careers in the UK, says the Home Office. The government is extending the offer already available for highly skilled migrants to encourage the brightest and best global talent to come to the UK to study, work, invest and set up business.
Under half (47%) of mainstream UK donors think people should give money to charity if they can afford to, a new report by the charity think tank NPC has found, and only 39% of people in the UK give over £50 a year. As the voluntary sector comes increasingly under pressure, with falling income and growing demand for services, NPC’s Money for Good UK report shines a light on who gives to charity and why.
A radical structural shift is needed in order to address the deep-seated deficit and underlying problems of British competitiveness, a new publication from the think tank ResPublica urges today. Making it Mutual: The ownership revolution that Britain needs calls for a new economic model that extends ownership to all. In the wake of the long-term squeeze on wages and income, a mutual business model is needed that delivers growth that benefits everyone.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has launched a Kick-Starter fund to support organisations wishing to showcase the impact of their innovative projects to potential social investors. The news comes as David Cameron prepares to use the UK’s presidency of the G8 Summit in June to put social investment on the global political agenda. As of May 2013, England-based social businesses and those behind social investment products such as charitable bonds will be able to apply to BIG’s £299,975 Kick-Starter fund to pay for the development of a social impact report.
Junior school children give nearly £20 million a year to charity, according to new research which charts the extent of young people’s generosity in the run up to Red Nose Day on Friday. Children aged between 9 and 11 give an average of £1.99 a month to charity - representing donations of £19.64 million a year, according to a survey released as the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) launches a major new inquiry into giving, chaired by former Cabinet Minister David Blunkett.
People who make healthier life choices should be prioritised for non-emergency hospital appointments, according to a think-tank. The idea is one of several ‘nudge-plus’ proposals discussed in a new Demos report, Control Shift, supported by insurer Zurich. It aims to encourage responsible behaviour and address the shift towards greater reliance on the state, instead promoting a public services culture of ‘getting back what you put in’.
4Children's chief executive has warned policies put forward by Conservative MP Dr Liam Fox would have a devastating impact on Britain's low income families. The former Conservative defence secretary has called for greater spending cuts and tax cuts, including the temporary abolition of capital gains tax.
An expert in charity law is alerting good causes to a new business structure introduced by the Charity Commission that can bring many benefits. Applications are now being accepted for Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) – an alternative over the way charities traditionally operate as trusts or companies limited by guarantee.
Ten years after the US-led invasion that toppled the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein, Iraq remains enmeshed in a grim cycle of human rights abuses, including attacks on civilians, torture of detainees and unfair trials, said Amnesty International in a new report out today.
Efforts to tackle modern slavery in the UK are in a state of crisis, according to a new report.
More than 1,000 trafficking victims were found last year, including a significant number of British children – yet these figures, shocking as they are, represent only the tip of the iceberg due to a shambolic identification system. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) report condemns the "inadequate" response of the Government, and calls for a radical overhaul of measures to combat 21st Century slavery.
The Charity Staff & Volunteers Awards 2013 have been announced. The awards, presented by the Charity Staff Foundation, celebrate the outstanding dedication and achievements made by charity staff and volunteers across the UK. In December and January, charity staff and volunteers from across the UK nominated their charity heroes.
ACEVO chief Sir Stephen Bubb has written to the Chancellor George Osborne ahead of the Budget next week asking for four sector commitments. Sir Stephen stresses that the most vulnerable in society should be protected from the impact of any further cuts; that further cuts to public services are accompanied by a renewed focus on reform; for the Chancellor to support the voluntary sector’s efforts to diversify income streams and access financial investment; and any measures aimed at encouraging economic growth should recognise the economic contribution made by the sector.
A new report published by The King's Fund has found that, unless a more strategic approach is taken, financial pressures risk undermining the use of volunteers in health and social care. An estimated 3 million people in England volunteer in the NHS, health charities and social care organisations, adding significant value to the work of paid staff.
NAVCA has today published a report analysing the work that the 74 areas receiving Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) investment set out to do, much of which is well underway as the project enters its final phase. The report pulls together common themes or similar areas of work based on the original funding bids.
Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, today said the Social Value Act is about encouraging everyone involved with public sector commissioning to think about how they maximise the value to communities. Speaking at the Social Value Conference today in Liverpool, Nick Hurd, said: “As taxpayers, we should all want those buying services on our behalf to get the best possible value.
The not-for-profit sector comes out top in several aspects of travel policy management and duty of care, according to new figures released today by leading travel management company and charity specialists, Key Travel, from its annual customer survey.
SmarterPensions, The Pensions Trust’s defined contribution (DC) multi-employer offering for the voluntary sector, goes live today. The new DC concept from The Pensions Trust provides the platform for its ‘qualifying workplace pension schemes’ offering members exceptional value, with the Annual Management Charge (AMC) across the majority of the fund range set at 0.45% - one of the best value options on the market.
A poll for Bethnal Green Ventures – which supports ‘tech for good’ startups – has found that over a quarter (27%) of people would most like to run or work for an organisation which aims to make a positive social impact. Over a quarter (28%) of those polled also said they think startups will create the most jobs in the UK in the next three years.
Disabled children in Ethiopia and adults in Tanzania will benefit from grants totalling more than £720,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). The projects are among six receiving funding from BIG’s International Communities programme, which supports projects tackling the causes of poverty and deprivation and the impact they have on people’s lives.
Loughborough Students’ Action Group, which helps to inspire and harness the volunteering power of students from across Loughborough, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. Last year they helped over 2,000 students to give something back to the local community around where they study.
Penny Shepherd, the chief executive of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), will give evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee as part of its inquiry into The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making, this morning. Shepherd’s evidence will build on UKSIF’s written submission to the Inquiry, which focused on: the role of asset owners and companies in boosting long-term investment; the need to integrate environmental and social (as well as governance) factors into decision-making; the role of the Government in ensuring stable policy frameworks; and the importance of the Stewardship Code.
Having investigated all options, NAVCA and Community Matters have announced that the proposed merger between the two organisations will not proceed. They will both now plan their futures as separate organisations. Both bodies have rising pension debt on withdrawal with the Pensions Trust and after a detailed appraisal of the situation, both felt unable to pursue a merger for fear that a merged organisation would be hindered by pension deficits with the potential to escalate.
Charities across Yorkshire and Humber are reporting that deprived communities are already feeling the effect of welfare reforms, even though the biggest changes are a month away. An Involve Yorkshire and Humber report published today shows that voluntary and community organisations are already seeing changes that they attribute to recent and imminent changes to benefits such as housing benefit, council tax benefit and the benefits cap.
A radical new approach to welfare reform is needed in order to address the needs of the poorest communities, a new report from the think tank ResPublica urges today. Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth calls for a more joined-up approach to government policy on welfare, poverty and employment.
Millions of Britons are using consumer power to boycott companies seen to be avoiding their fair share of UK tax, new research reveals. A survey about public perceptions around tax avoidance, commissioned by Christian Aid, found a third (34 per cent) of Britons say that they are currently boycotting the products or services of a company because it does not pay its fair share of tax in the UK.
A European equivalent of the UK’s Compact agreement between government and the voluntary sector is within sight of becoming a reality, European charity leaders heard yesterday. Speaking at the UK launch of the European Year of Citizens, Oliver Henman, head of European and International Affairs at NCVO, said: "We first proposed a European Compact alongside partners in France in 2009 and I believe we are now within grasping distance of seeing it become a reality.
Employers say extra-curricular activities are as important as exam results when assessing school leavers’ CVs according to findings released today by youth programme, National Citizen Service (NCS). Seventy-six per cent of employers say that taking part in extra-curricular activities outside of school will boost young people's chances of getting a job, compared with 75% for qualifications and exam results.
New research by Marie Curie Cancer Care into public perceptions towards end of life care reveals a nation of Scots who are reluctant to talk about death, divided over the NHS’s ability to deliver good quality end of life care and confused about the services available to someone with a terminal illness. The poll, conducted by ComRes, has been released to mark the launch of charity’s annual fundraising campaign the Great Daffodil Appeal.
Wealthy donors reveal that evidence about the difference a charity makes and a personal connection to a cause are the biggest influences when it comes to giving to charity. A survey by the charity Pilotlight found that while over 70% of philanthropists and city executives said a personal link to a charity was behind their decision to donate, nearly 60% said information on the impact of the charity’s work was a key factor.
A new survey of charities by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has found that loss of benefits, and the associated stress and fear, are key concerns for people using their services. The research also found that ignorance among the general public about welfare changes is the top barrier to charities addressing devastating impact of the cuts.
The Charity Commission has issued advice to charities and the general public to minimise the risk posed by bogus fundraising collectors. The safer giving alert follows recent high profile cases involving terrorism which showed how criminals used the name of a well-known registered charity to fundraise for illegal purposes.
A challenge launched today aims to uncover England’s most innovative and disruptive early-stage ventures whose imaginative use of digital technology will have a profound impact on the future life chances of young people. The Tech for Good Challenge is now open for entrants and the application process is simple. Early-stage ventures that fit the criteria are invited to submit information about their enterprise, product or service via a form on the Big Issue Invest website. Applications close on April 15.
State Street Global Markets, the investment research and trading arm of State Street, today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for February 2013. The Global ICI rose 8.7 points this month to finish at 94.8, up from January’s (revised) reading of 86.1. As was true last month, the increase was driven by North American institutions, whose confidence rose 13.9 points from January’s (revised) level of 85.1 to reach 99.
So called Generation X-ers, such as Peter Andre who turns 40 today and Derren Brown who turns 42 today, will face a very different type of retirement, but one that our society and economy are unprepared for and where innovation is lagging, says a new report from Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. The report, Five Hours a Day: Systemic Innovation for an Ageing Population, calls for real change to address our ageing society, not just carrying on with out-of-date assumptions about ageing and with out-of-date ways of living and working.
In response to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) consultation on Transforming Rehabilitation: A revolution in the way we manage offenders ACEVO has made a series of practical recommendations to help strengthen and support voluntary and community sector delivery of rehabilitation services, highlighting in particular the issue of contract size, the design of payment by results contracts and measuring results to help implement the Rehabilitation Revolution.
The annual Human Rights Risk Atlas reveals that on a global scale nearly half (48%) of countries globally pose extreme or high risks to human rights violations to their citizens. A new report from ethical investment specialist, Ecclesiastical Investment Management (EIM), reveals how fortunate we are and discloses what businesses need to consider when operating globally.
The vast expansion of the global middle class could lead to global charitable giving of nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars a year if people in rapidly developing economies give in line with the UK, according to a new report published today. Giving could rise to $224 billion a year (£146bn) by 2030 – enough to wipe out extreme poverty and in excess of the Gross Domestic Product of Ireland - if the world's middle classes match the average 0.4% of spending donated to charity by people in the UK.
Employment figures just released by the Office for National Statistics, for the period from October to December 2012, show the largest annual rise in employment in over two decades. The number of people in work for this period rose by 154,000 compared to the previous quarter, taking the total number of people employed in the UK to 29.7 million. Employment has risen by 880,000 since the 2010 General Election.
Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin ‘Wheels 2 Work’ is the latest winner of Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. It is an innovative scheme enabling job seekers living in rural areas without public transport to travel to work. As the first scheme of its kind in the country, it has helped over 2,500 find a way to travel to work in the area.
The first workshops to help charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises (VCSEs) capitalise on opportunities to work for government are now open for registration. Developed by the Government with partners in the private and voluntary sectors, the masterclasses will use case studies, practical tools and the direct experiences of experts to guide organisations through what is required to win and deliver public service contracts.
Five innovative programmes that get volunteers involved in solving some of the biggest social challenges – from combatting isolation in old age to helping young people get jobs – will receive follow-on funding from the Innovation in Giving Fund. The Fund is run by Nesta the UK’s innovation foundation, and funded by the Cabinet Office.
A month ahead of Budget 2013, Charity Finance Group are asking the Government to ‘meet us half way’ on tackling some of the enduring tax and regulatory issues with financial implications for charities. CFG's budget submission sets out what CFG is doing to improve the operating environment for charities and the areas where the sector needs Government to take more decisive action.
New research into the Work Programme, released today by the Third Sector Research Centre, casts further doubt on the quality of services being delivered, particularly to those furthest from the labour market. The research, which involved interviews with Primes and providers, highlights that tier 2, ‘specialist’ providers, appear to be receiving no or very few referrals. This raises concerns about what is happening to those in need of specialist provision. The study notes that ‘gaming’ – including creaming off those who are closest to the labour market, and ‘parking’ those who are hardest to help – is endemic within the programme.
Pessimism is growing in the NHS and social care as local leaders respond to mounting financial pressures, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report on service performance published by The King’s Fund. For the first time, the report includes a survey of directors of adult social services in English local authorities alongside its usual survey of NHS finance directors.
NAVCA has published the results of its third quarterly survey of members. The survey takes the temperature of NAVCA members and tracks trends in local voluntary action. Overall the survey shows a drop in optimism among NAVCA members view of the prospects over the coming three months. However, there is still a strong desire for more collaboration and work with other charities and relationships with local statutory bodies continue to show improvements.
The first awards from the Government’s £10 million Social Incubator Fund have been announced. Speaking at Nesta, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said that Wayra UnLtd and Bethnal Green Ventures would be the first to receive backing. The fund is designed to provide investment into ‘social incubators’; organisations that will offer a period of intensive support to social enterprise start-ups.
New figures released today show a sharp rise in volunteering and that people are actively coming together to drive improvements in their communities, minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd said today. The Official Statistics published for the first time by the Cabinet Office show that the proportion of people volunteering at least once a year has now increased from 65% in 2010-11 to 71% in 2012, with an even bigger increase in the proportion of people volunteering regularly.
Investing for Good has published The Good Investor, a new guide for investors who make investments into companies, organisations and funds to generate measurable social and environmental impact. The Good Investor offers a practical blueprint to investors looking to enter the social impact investment market, making it easier to successfully back organisations delivering positive social impact.
New statistics released today reveal the voluntary sector’s paid workforce as increasingly made up of temporary employees; growing numbers of people unable to work the hours they would like, and fewer staff benefitting from on-the-job training. In response, Skills – Third Sector is calling upon employers to prioritise investment in staff development and career planning, as a key strategy for succeeding in increasingly difficult operating circumstances.
A new discussion paper, released today by the Third Sector Research Centre, argues that leadership in the third sector may need to play an increasing role in protecting the voice of voluntary organisations and those they represent. It points out that the sector’s huge diversity makes it difficult to speak for the sector as a whole. It highlights the importance of field specific leadership – such as umbrella bodies for those working in mental health, housing or criminal justice.
Plans to penalise low income families for having young adult job seekers living at home could drive up homelessness, leading housing and homelessness charities warn today. Government proposals being voted on today will see £800 a year cut from housing benefit paid to parents or guardians where there is a young person under 25 seeking work. Current rules make a deduction only if the young person is in employment. The move comes at a time when over 600,000 young people are unemployed and not in education and when rising housing costs are forcing more to remain in the family home.
Claiming gift aid repayments will be quicker and easier for charities from April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said today. The department is writing to 110,000 charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) informing them that, from 22 April, they can enroll to make repayment claims online, through the HMRC website.
A think-tank report calls on the Government to examine how billions being spent on tax credits could be used more effectively to tackle root causes of poverty. The Policy Exchange argues that the Child Poverty target is underestimating the number of children living in poverty in the United Kingdom. It should be replaced with a new piece of legislation that covers both household income and social poverty factors such as whether a child has been in the care system or lives in poor quality housing.
A charity that has been feeding vulnerable and homeless people in Cornwall for over 20 years is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. St Austell Community Kitchen has a simple core aim, which is to offer a nutritious and affordable meal in a welcoming, warm and dry environment to anyone in their community who needs it.
A 6% rise in the number of people sleeping rough is condemned by national homelessness charity Crisis. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) today revealed that 2,309 people were reported by local councils across the country as sleeping rough on one night in Autumn 2012, up from 2,181 in the previous year’s count.
Compact Voice has welcomed a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to every local authority in England, reminding them of the important role of the voluntary and community sector. Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DCLG, reminded councils of the important role of local Compacts and of following government’s Best Value Guidance.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding of £11m for four imaginative schemes to enhance and open up the following sites: The National Theatre’s 20th-century modernist building on London’s South Bank; Rochester Cathedral in Kent, the second oldest cathedral in England; Two historic buildings, the Carnegie Library and a neighbouring listed building, in Scotland’s ancient royal capital of Dunfermline; Cardiff’s Insole Court, a Grade II listed Victorian mansion house and gardens constructed by coal magnate, J H Insole.
Humanitarian disabilities specialist Tanya Barron has taken over as CEO of international children’s charity Plan UK. A Board member of the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Disability and Development, Barron replaces Marie Staunton .
The Department for Work and Pensions has published its response to the Committee's report, Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants. The Committee's report, published in November 2012, assessed the Government's planned implementation of Universal Credit from the perspective or more vulnerable claimants.
The Charity Commission has today published a draft version of online guidance to help trustees gain confidence in their decision making and judgement. It’s your decision – guidance on decision making for charity trustees sets out the principles that should guide trustees when considering important decisionsfor their charity and assessing risks associated with their decisions.
Donations to charity are less likely to be cut back than other areas of spending, even in these tough economic times for British households, according to new research. More people expect to cut spending on takeaways, clothes, holidays and going for a drink than to reduce their donations to charitable causes, according to a survey commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation, (CAF) which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) has announced a £3m pledge to The Prince’s Trust to support the next generation of UK enterprise in a new three year partnership. As part of the recently launched RBS Inspiring Enterprise initiative, RBS has announced a new £3m pledge in support of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme.
BlueCat Initiative, a community training provider which uses football as a route to offer education and training, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. They have been recognised for empowering local communities by helping the homeless, vulnerable and deprived. Understanding that sport can bring people from different backgrounds together and help train those who are most vulnerable, Mike Smith-Clare and Franki Longman formed the Street Life Soccer project in 2007.
Men are over 35 per cent more likely to die from cancer than women in the UK, according to a new report released today. The report showed that 202 men per 100,000 died from cancer compared to 147 per 100,000 women in 2010. And this difference is even starker when breast cancer and sex-specific cancers such as prostate, testicular and ovarian cancers are removed from the analysis – men were then 67 per cent more likely to die from the disease.
David Cameron and Boris Johnson have explained how the Olympic and Paralympic Games will benefit the UK for a generation. The most important thing in delivering a successful Olympic legacy, write David Cameron and Boris Johnson in today’s London Evening Standard, is “to learn the lessons of the past”.
The Private Equity Foundation (PEF) and Impetus Trust (Impetus) today announced their intention to merge to create one organisation, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation. The proposed new entity will bring together 16 years’ experience of supporting charity sustainability and scale up through venture philanthropy with the aim of maximising impact. It will have a special focus on enabling best-in-class charities to help many more of the most deprived children and young people in our society.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) National Awards 2013. IoF head of training and events Ruth Moore, said: “The 21 awards showcase excellence, recognise achievement, and are a celebration of the successes throughout fundraising over the past year - and are the only awards created for fundraisers by fundraisers.”
A new campaign, backed by leading children and families charities, is being launched today to call on Government to invest in the country’s greatest asset. Fair4Families argues that families are a major untapped resource and that the Chancellor needs to put them at the top of his agenda in this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The Fair4Families campaign is led by national charity 4Children and demands specifically that the Comprehensive Spending Review...
Reform of the scheme that allows people to give to charity direct through their payroll must ensure that it really works for today's companies and employees, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) said today, with other sector bodies also giving their views on the Government's update on reform of Payroll giving.
The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to reform Payroll Giving. In 2011-12, £118 million was given to good causes by 735,000 people through Payroll Giving, but the Government believes that there is scope to increase this by simplifying the scheme’s administration and making it easier for donors to give.
A snapshot poll of senior staff at NCVO members suggests many are planning to decrease their expenditure. 47% of those polled said their organisation planned to decrease its expenditure in the next 12 months, with 34% planning to increase it. 19% said they would make no change. Nevertheless, 41% of charity leaders polled said they had plans to increase the services their organisation provided within the next 12 months.
The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) today released a report on the size and trends within the sustainable investment industry which finds that globally at least US$ 13.6 trillion worth of professionally managed assets incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns into their investment selection and management.
The Court of Appeal revealed it has concluded the system of criminal records checks, which requires automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions to certain employers, regardless of their relevance to the job in question, is incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act – the right to a private and family life. It circulated a draft judgment to that effect in December in the case of ‘T’, but the Court’s conclusion had not been revealed publicly until now.
Winners of the first-ever Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Partners in Fundraising Awards (PIFAs) representing the best collaborators, supporters and services providers in the sector were announced last night at an event in London. Mark Astarita, Institute of Fundraising (IoF) chair, said: “The awards recognise and reward the very best in the sector, and everyone on the short list is making a significant successful contribution to the sector - and you should be proud that you’re here tonight.”
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has published new findings showing the huge savings that can be made for the taxpayer from turning around troubled families. The Secretary of State for Communities said calculations by some leading local authorities show that councils can save billions of pounds by intervening more effectively in problem households. A Department for Communities and Local Government report, The cost of troubled families, published today shows...
The global economy, and particularly developing nations, could receive a yearly savings boost of up to $157bn if the 2.7bn adults worldwide who are ‘unbanked’ participate in savings-led microfinance programmes. The figure is part of a new report released today that finds the ability to make real progress in financial inclusion, including linking participants with the formal financial system, will not be possible without closer cooperation of banks, NGOs and Governments.
Large charities should be setting a good example to the rest of the charity sector by filing their annual information online and on time, the Charity Commission has said. Nearly 50% of the charity sector’s income is due to be accounted for by 31 January 2013. Many charities have a 31 March financial year end, and have ten months from this date to file their information, leading to thousands of charities needing to file their information online by the end of the month.
In the wake of the Prime Minister's momentous speech on Europe, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations had said the EU is crucial for Britain and the voluntary sector, but reforms are overdue. Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: "This country’s membership of the European Union brings with it a vast range of benefits, as leaders in politics and business have rightly said...
This week Liberty intervened in the case of “ZH”, a severely autistic child who was heavily restrained by police officers while he visited a local swimming pool. During the trip ZH became fixated by the water. His carer tried to gently distract him, being careful not to touch him given his condition. The carer was also concerned any contact would prompt the child to jump into the pool – despite not being able to swim.
Compact Voice has welcomed The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector's second annual report and its use of research into Compact implementation, which draws heavily on Compact Voice's engagement with the voluntary and community sector. The report highlights the importance of collating and sharing information locally and nationally, something echoed strongly by our recent findings using Freedom of Information Act requests.
Grants of £2 million to voluntary and community organisations to help people with taxes, benefits and tax credits led to £26 million in additional tax being declared to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last year. This was an increase of 55 per cent on the previous year. Some 4,500 volunteers were trained by these organisations to answer people’s questions on tax credits, benefits and tax issues.
Global unemployment rose in 2012 amid continuing economic insecurity and insufficient policies stifling overall hiring, a new report by the United Nations labour agency has warned, adding that the world’s youth were most vulnerable to the growing job scarcity. In its annual Global Employment Trends report, the International Labour Organization (ILO) notes that despite the positive trend of falling unemployment over the past two years, the number of unemployed worldwide rose by 4.2 million in 2012 with gloomy expectations of a further increase in 2013.
The independent voice of the voluntary sector has been seriously compromised in the past 12 months, the Independence Panel, a watchdog of senior charity experts, said today. The Panel’s latest report: Independence under Threat, said that both explicit government actions, and inactions, had had a serious impact on the independence of campaigning charities working with it.
The Charity Commission has published new guidance to help trustees protect their charities against abuse by extremists. The guide, which is available on the regulator’s website from today, explains trustees’ duty to prevent their charity being used to promote extremist views or terrorist ideology.
In 2012 Charity Finance Group (CFG) launched the Adrian Randall Prize for ‘inspiring financial leadership’. The prize aims to attract original and creative ideas in the field of charity finance. CFG has had a fantastic response to the Adrian Randall Prize and the judges have seen some truly creative ideas. The three shortlisted applicants have demonstrated intelligent ways to tackle difficult issues within the sector.
At least 17 people, including 11 children, have died mostly from the cold in Afghanistan’s displacement settlements in early January, highlighting the desperate and immediate need for improved aid delivery during the bitter cold winter months, Amnesty International said. According to information Amnesty International has received, the deaths occurred in camps and settlements in Kabul and Herat provinces.
Charity representative body the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today launched the UK’s first not-for-profit public affairs consultancy service. Aimed at charities, the service will help organisations get a foothold in Westminster and Whitehall and help decision-makers better understand the needs of the people they support.
Today the European Court of Human Rights recognised that British Airways employee Nadia Eweida was discriminated at work because of her faith. But the Court also rightly maintained that staff must not discriminate against others at work by dismissing two other claims.
Local people who rely on the help and support of neighbourhood charities face being left out in the cold as Big Society money is ring fenced for charities to deliver public services, according to a new report published today by the think-tank IPPR North.
The Charity Commission has released the new annual return for 2013 which is now available to complete online via the Commission’s website. The information given on the annual return is used to update the information that appears on the online Register of Charities.
A new discussion paper by the Third Sector Research Centre highlights that commercial and statutory income has become gradually more important to charities, and now constitutes over half of the sector’s income. The paper, produced as part of a series of Third Sector Futures Dialogues, seeks to explore concerns about the sector being overwhelmed by the state and the market. It argues that it would be wrong to suggest the sector as a whole is being overwhelmed by these forces.
The UK government’s welfare cuts and changes are pushing thousands of Scots into financial crisis, and the situation is set to get steadily worse - according to a new report by Citizens Advice Scotland. CAS has today published an evidence report showing the effects that welfare changes are having on CAB clients – including sick and disabled people, pensioners, young Scots and families on low incomes – and the strains this extra workload is putting on the CAB service.
More than 300 people today gathered for the first ever Impact Leadership conference, organised by CFG and NPC in London. Delegates from across the third sector will take part in sessions and workshops identifying key challenges and solutions, and plotting the course for their charity to progress further along the impact journey.
Stonewall today publishes its Top 100 Employers 2013, showcasing Britain's best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Accenture tops the list; in second place is Gentoo and the Co-operative comes third. This is the first year that a mutual retailer has entered the top 10 and Gentoo has reached the highest ever position for a housing employer.
A letter to the Directory of Social Change from sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP reveals funds that may be paid back to lottery distributors from the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund. Billions in National Lottery revenues were taken by the last administration to support the building of the Olympics infrastructure – this money would otherwise have supported charitable good causes across the UK.
Despite on-going and unwelcome uncertainty over the Eurozone economy, investors should go into 2013 with a stronger sense of optimism, according to Vision 2013, a new report from Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I). In particular, the year ahead will benefit from a strengthening US economy, firmer fundamentals in developing economies, namely China and India, and a more robust outlook for the UK.
Lloyds Banking Group announces Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland as its Charity of the Year Partnership for 2013 and 2014. Chosen by a Group-wide colleague vote, the funds raised during the partnership will help the UK's leading dementia charity to launch 'Live Well' - its first UK-wide dementia carers programme.
The Board of Directors of Marriage Care has to announced the appointment of Mark Molden as its new chief executive, taking up his position today. Outgoing chief executive Terry Prendergast will take on a supportive and consultancy role with the organisation until his retirement on March 31 after 12 years in the role. Molden joins Marriage Care from Care for the Family, a national charity which aims to strengthen family life and to help those who face family difficulties, where he was chief executive.
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has today published the first in a series of three reports on welfare ‘reform’ by , one of Scotland’s leading public policy experts. The report identifies ways to help mitigate the devastating effects of the welfare cuts and the UK Government’s Universal Credit policy.
A 22,191 name petition has been handed in to the Welsh Assembly to save Welsh charity shops. The petition with record number of signatures of any from the retail sector is calling upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to reject proposals, which will restrict the vital business rate relief for Welsh Charity shops.
A new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) calls on suppliers and regulators to better target help for people who have difficulty meeting the ever rising costs of heating their homes. With household energy bills now double what they were in 2004; CAS says that energy companies and the Scottish and UK Governments must do more to support struggling consumers.
The Directors of Tag Campaigns have announced the company is being placed into voluntary administration with immediate effect. A statement from the organisation said: "The company has invested significantly in the development of pioneering new fundraising methods that have been used in award-winning campaigns, which has led to unprecedented demand for its services and helped raise millions of pounds for charity.
Social Finance has welcomed the announcement from the Coalition Government focusing on prisoner rehabilitation and the offering of much needed resources towards rehabilitating short-sentenced offenders across the UK. Social Finance said it encouraged the Secretary of State for Justice to look beyond the Probation budget to finance this work.
A new charity ‘super conference’ will replace its annual conference this summer, NCVO has announced. The event, Evolve 2013, will be the largest conference of its kind, attracting over 1,000 delegates – twice the size of NCVO’s previous annual conference.
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) is issuing its call for both charities and suppliers to submit details of fundraising activity and complaints received during 2012 in their annual complaints return. Moving on from recent years’ focus on direct mail and telephone fundraising complaints, the FRSB is asking organisations to detail the main causes of email and doorstep face-to-face fundraising complaints.
The Government must ensure its attempts to introduce payment by results for rehabilitation services do not squeeze out charities and community groups, the Charities Aid Foundation has said. Ministers plan to let security firms and voluntary groups take on probation services on a payment by results basis.
Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises (VCSEs) will have the chance to attend a series of new practical workshops to help them capitalise on opportunities to work for government, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd announced today. The Government has devised the masterclass programme to help the voluntary sector to strengthen its commercial skills, and bid successfully for public service contracts.
New rules that will lift the administration burden for charities claiming Gift Aid on the proceeds of donors’ goods sold by charity shops have been announced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The new rules allow donors to make a one-off Gift Aid declaration that covers donations of up to £100, or £1,000 of future sale proceeds, in a tax year.
Home Secretary Theresa May has today agreed that the new criminal record checking system will be free to volunteers, following calls from volunteering organisations. Volunteering England has led a long campaign because of concerns that charging to use the new system would create an unnecessary barrier to volunteering.
The MS Society has appointed Patricia Gordon, the charity’s current director for Northern Ireland, as its acting chief executive. Gordon will take up the post on an interim basis while the charity begins the recruitment process for a permanent replacement for Simon Gillespie, whose resignation was announced last month. Gillespie leaves the MS Society on February 15 to join the British Heart Foundation as chief executive.
A third of donors don’t believe that charity websites relate to them on a human level, according to research commissioned by not-for-profit IT services provider Eduserv. The survey of 2,000 consumers, conducted by YouGov, showed that charities could generate £35.5 million more if they provided more bespoke engagement with donors based on previous interactions. The research revealed that 17% of British consumers would donate up to £15 more per month if a charity provided a more personal approach via their website or email.
Underscoring its ambition to make a visible difference to the communities in which it operates, Lloyds Banking Group launches a new volunteering website today. This new site will make it easier for community groups to find volunteers as well as making volunteering for Lloyds’ employees even easier.
As its tenth Anniversary year draws to a close, Teach First said it was delighted that founder and CEO, Brett Wigdortz, has received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours. The past decade has seen the charity recruit and train over 4,000 teachers to work in schools in challenging circumstances in eight regions of England, becoming the fourth largest graduate recruiter in the UK.
With the Government issuing its Mid-Term Review, taking stock of progress made in implementing the Coalition agreement signed in May 2010, NCVO said the coalition has done some things right, but in other areas, the coalition hasn’t done enough. Deputy CEO of NCVO, Ben Kernighan said: “The country faces long term cuts in public spending and many people are struggling financially. We have less money, but more problems.
Charity Times Awards winning charity Personal Finance Education Group (PFEG) along with 225 MPs, is campaigning for financial literacy to become a compulsory part of the national curriculum in England within maths and PSHE, or personal, social and health education. Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of the Personal Finance Education Group, said: “The financial situations that young people get into are getting more complicated now and it’s getting harder for them to make mistakes without repercussions...
A new book by foreign correspondent and senior research fellow at think-tank Civitas, Jonathan Foreman, urges the Government to revolutionise its approach to overseas aid. Among its recommendations is a shift of one third of the UK’s £8 billion overseas aid budget to the military to ensure that Britain is capable of mounting swift and effective emergency relief operations in the wake of disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and famines.
The People’s Postcode Lottery has raised over £6 million for charity and community projects supported through its grant-giving charity People’s Postcode Trust. The charity has so far invested in over 900 projects across Britain to date offering awards of £500 up to £10,000 through its small grants programme and up to £100,000 for larger projects.
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has released the findings of its investigation into Tag Campaigns (Tag), affirming that the company breached the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Code of Fundraising Practice for Face-to-Face Activity and charity law while fundraising on London’s streets in June 2012. Tag was fundraising on behalf of FRSB member charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care (Marie Curie).
Britain has dropped to eighth place in the annual league table of world generosity - following falls in the proportion of people making charitable donations and volunteering time, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). In last year's annual survey Britain was fifth.
Two grants totalling over £1.3m have today been awarded to two projects in Bristol and North Somerset. The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clevedon Pier, who have each received Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grants of £595,000 and £720,000 respectively, can now get started with exciting heritage projects.
Charities are likely to lose donations from the public if they are thought to spend too little on their cause, new research suggests. The poll, carried out by research consultancy nfpSynergy, found that 61% of people gave this as their main reason not to give and it has been the top choice for three years running.
A new Evidence Library has been launched that aims to put arts-based projects at the heart of the government’s ‘rehabilitation revolution’. Developed by the Arts Alliance, the online Evidence Library is a comprehensive collection of independent research and evaluation on the impact of arts-based projects in the Criminal Justice System.
A new social impact bond, designed to alleviate homelessness in London, is the result of an innovative new partnership between corporate investors, a leading charity and the Greater London Authority. The ‘Street Impact’ programme will be delivered by St Mungo’s, one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities, with the aim of helping 400 people sleeping rough to rebuild their lives away from the streets.
The Charity Commission has today launched a new tool to help charities find umbrella and infrastructure bodies offering tailored advice and support. As part of its wider partnership programme, the Commission has developed new pages of its website allowing charities to access information about the support provided by over 40 umbrella and infrastructure groups. The Commission hopes the pages will help charities identify the ‘best fit’ umbrella body for their needs, and will encourage more charities to make use of the support available within the sector.
One in six charities believe they may face closure in the coming year amid public spending cutbacks and falling donations from the public, according to a new poll of charities. Nearly half of charities say they are being forced to dip into reserves to maintain their work, while nearly one in three say they fear being forced to cut services or jobs, according to the survey, commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
Policy making from Whitehall is often criticised for its lack of regard for the real world and the Civil Service has said this is an area it wants to improve. Now The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is joining forces with the Institute for Government (IfG) to form a new partnership aimed at connecting Whitehall policy makers with practitioners working in local communities on projects that are helping vulnerable people.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has named Simon Gillespie as its new chief executive from April 2013. Gillespie, currently chief executive at the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, will succeed Peter Hollins who is due to retire after a decade with the UK’s leading heart charity. Gillespie has spent six years at the MS Society following spells at the Charity Commission and Healthcare Commission.
The sector has responded realistically to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. While the Autumn Statement contained very little that was specific to charities, there were some welcome announcements. The most notable announcement relates to a review of digital giving, while a number of policy announcements made in Budget 2011 and Budget 2012 were also restated. But overall, the sector focused on the harsh realism of the economic situation and the negative impact on the sector of extended austerity.
Fellowships for emerging leaders, awards for organisational good practice, and an Annual Skills Day are amongst the first activities planned by the Champions of the Leadership 20:20 Panel. At the second meeting of the Panel, ACEVO, NCVO, Skills-Third Sector and the Chartered Management Institute presented their plans to implement the recommendations of the Leadership 20:20 Commission.
While welcoming Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) plans to put a new online Gift Aid claims system into place by April 2013, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) says the implementation timescale might be tough for some charities and may put pressure on already stretched capacity and budgets. Peter Lewis, IoF CEO, said: “The move to online Gift Aid claims is welcome and should speed up payments to charities and reduce administration, but some of our members might find the timescale to implement the changes very challenging.
The Board of Leeds Mencap is to welcome Cath Lee as the new CEO of the charity. Lee, who until recently was the CEO of the Small Charities Coalition, brings many years of experience of working within the not-for-profit sector to the role.
The sector has welcomed Nick Hurd's interim response to Lord Hodgson’s review of the 2006 Charities Act. In his letter the minister for Civil Society applauds the work of Lord Hodgson, which has also been praised by charities. Hurd has chosen not to accept the controversial proposal to make it easier to pay trustees but all the other proposals he categorises as ‘green’ or ‘amber’.
Housing associations must seriously consider their social role and act as ‘localism intermediaries’, participants at the launch of ResPublica’s new report have heard. Hazel Blears MP, the vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise, said that the report is a crucial intervention to reinvigorating the ‘social passion’ of the social housing sector.
Research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, found losses among small and medium sized charities have spiralled since 2007. CAF's analysis of accounts lodged with the Charity Commission found that charities of all types with incomes of up to £1m a year reported total deficits of £306m in their financial year ending in 2011, compared with an overall surplus of £325m in the 2007 financial year.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) today awarded almost £7m to further grow the Lloyds Banking Social Entrepreneurs Programme. This additional investment will enable the programme to deliver an impact of more than £14m to the UK, increasing the numbers of social entrepreneurs funded through the programme to over 1,000, who aim to benefit over 120,000 people within their communities.
James Partridge of Changing Faces was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at yesterday evening’s DSC Social Change Awards in London. The award is described as ‘for individuals who have made a major impact on their organisation/community and have devoted their time and energy to achieving sustained positive change over the span of their working life.’
The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Public Fundraising Regulatory
Association (PFRA) today launch a joint national agreement to improve and maintain standards of face-to-face fundraising through voluntary agreements between councils and the PFRA. The ground-breaking agreement will be launched by PFRA chair Paul Stallard and Councillor Mehboob Khan, the leader of Kirklees Council and chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, at the LGA’s annual Safer Communities conference in
Charities should not take public trust and confidence for granted, the new chair of the Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, stressed today. Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) on today, William Shawcross highlighted the importance of good governance in upholding public trust in charities.
The next generation of wealthy young philanthropists want to use their money to bridge the gap between rich and poor, according to a major new global survey. Nearly half (44%) of wealthy under 30s pointed to the gap between rich and poor as the biggest problem facing society today - compared with fewer than a third (28%) of the over 45s, according to the report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations.
Sector leaders have welcomed Government amendments to the Small Charitable Donations Bill, that cleared its final hurdle in the Commons last night. After months of campaigning to make the Bill fairer and more accessible for charities, these amendments will ensure that more charities are able to benefit from the scheme. The Bill will now proceed to the House of Lords.
This year’s ACEVO Pay Survey demonstrates that the sector’s leadership is reacting to challenging financial circumstances by restraining executive pay. The survey showed that the median CEO annual salary decreased by 3.1% in 2012, from £60,000 to £58,139. A majority of CEOs (51%) saw their pay freeze, a fall in real terms or fall. Of those who did have pay rises, 65% saw their pay rise in line with inflation only, that is a 0% rise in real terms.
UK consumers continue to donate money to their favourite charities but not-for-profits can do much more to encourage ongoing fundraising, according to new research from Blackbaud. The new report, Donor Perspectives: An investigation into what drives your donors to give, features data from 1,436 UK respondents and revealed that 22.4% of respondents had increased the amount they donated to charity in the past year, with six in ten donating the same amount as they had in the previous year.
Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is announcing over 500 successful projects across the UK which will be receiving a total investment of £4.5m to help people explore their community’s heritage, through its All Our Stories programme. This grant programme - developed to coincide with BBC Two’s history series, The Great British Story: A People’s History - aims to get thousands more people involved in exploring the local history, customs and traditions that are important to them.
Bahrain is facing a stark choice between the rule of law, or sliding into a downward spiral of repression and instability, Amnesty International warned in a new briefing today. The briefing Bahrain: reform shelved, repression unleashed comes days before the first anniversary of a landmark report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), which was established by the country’s authorities to investigate abuses during the 2011 anti-government protests.
As the conflict escalates between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, Amnesty International is calling for an international arms embargo and for the immediate deployment of international monitors. Since 14 November, dozens of civilians in Gaza and three Israeli civilians have been killed.
Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ of £22.5m for six projects. The sites are: The much-loved but badly fire-damaged Hastings Pier in Sussex...
Prime Minister David Cameron has used a speech at the annual CBI conference to set out how he believes Britain can be made more competitive in the ‘global race’.
The Prime Minister said success will come from taking tough decisions on the deficit, reforming our education system, and taking steps towards leaner, faster government.
The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) alongside Muslim NGOs from around the UK have underlined their deep concern for the people of Gaza following the renewed intensification of conflict and violence within the region.
Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has launched the Social Value Guide, designed to help local authorities and other public bodies prepare for the Social Value Act ahead of its implementation in January 2013. The guide, produced in association with Anthony Collins Solicitors, is aimed at commissioners and procurement officials, and explains how the Act was shaped, why it’s important for local government, and offers practical guidance on how social value can be embedded into commissioning and procurement.
NAVCA is alarmed by Government plans to drop equalities impact assessments (EIA) before cutting or introducing new services, announced by David Cameron yesterday in a speech to the CBI in London. In the past failure to do this has led to landmark legal victories for Charities such as when Birmingham City Council attempted to change eligibility for adult social care from thousands of disabled people.
The campaigning charity, Legacy10, today calls for an urgent overhaul of the honours system to increase recognition of people who give money and time to good causes. Legacy10 is calling for an end to the awarding of honours solely for “services to business”, and instead asks that all awards in this category should be granted if there is also firm evidence of charitable or philanthropic service too.
Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO, has called on charity chairs to do more to drive up the performance of their boards, as new figures suggest CEOs tend to be significantly more worried about board performance than their chairs. The figures, drawn from the ACEVO/attenti pay survey of 576 chief executives and 159 chairs, found that chief executives were significantly more likely to be dissatisfied than chairs on...
Volunteering England chief executive, Justin Davis Smith, will lead NCVO’s new volunteering directorate under the organisations’ merger proposals, NCVO announced today.As executive director for volunteering and development, Dr Davis Smith will be NCVO’s senior ambassador for volunteering.
Now that the Olympics are over, ‘legacy’ is the buzzword on everybody’s lips, particularly the government’s. However on closer inspection of the finances, it seems that the celebratory rhetoric hides the fact that statutory funds are fading for grassroots sport, warns the Directory of Social Change.
Charities are more valuable to business than they realise: that’s one of the many conclusions reached in this year’s annual C&E Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. Nearly three quarters (74%) of business respondents agreed that "on the whole, NGOs are effective, professional entities with which companies can do business" and only 6% of corporate respondents disagreed with this view.
Older people volunteering in their local communities could be a key way to support the needs of an ageing population, according to new research published by the Community Development Foundation (CDF). The new report looks at the outcomes of the Active at 60 Community Agent programme, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, which aimed to reduce social isolation.
The Government will need to set out £48 billion of additional cuts to annual public spending or tax rises at the next spending review in order to get the deficit reduction plans back on track, according to new analysis published today by the Social Market Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
The UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise, London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), was the standard bearer of the Third Sector last night at the National Business Awards, winning the Transformational Change of the Year Award. LEYF chief executive June O'Sullivan was commended by the judges for transforming a vulnerable charity into an innovative social enterprise meeting the needs of the communities it serves.
Two of the largest technology companies focused on not-for-profits in the UK have partnered on a new integration that is set to save time and improve data quality for charities. Not-for-profit software and services provider Blackbaud and online giving platform JustGiving have connected their respective APIs (application programming interfaces) so Blackbaud customers can import donor and supporter data directly from JustGiving.
A new type of venture capital programme, worth £1.4m, is being launched in Yorkshire, specifically targeted at investing in social enterprises and to help the private sector to combine philanthropy with business objectives.It is believed to be the first regional fund of its kind, providing access to grant and loan finance, specialist advice and pro bono support from the private sector, in a single programme.
International development charity VSO today announced the appointment of Angela Salt as VSO UK Director. Angela Salt comes to VSO from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where she was Head of Nations and Regions.
Charity Finance Group (CFG) and PKF Accountants and business advisers have today published the findings of the 2012 Risk Survey Managing Risk Making the most out of your resources. Responses from over 200 charities show continued anxiety arising from income uncertainty, with many seeking better value for money by improving how they use their assets.
ACEVO and the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) have welcomed the new NHS Commissioning Board mandate, published today by the Department of Health, and announced a new work programme to assess how NHS Trusts and third sector organisations can jointly contribute to delivering the new mandate. The work programme the two organisations have announced today will...
The Institute of Fundraising (Iof) has today launched a new, single Code of Fundraising Practice underpinned by the four key principles - legal, open, honest and respectful - that places the IoF at the heart of self-regulation in the sector. Launching the Code, Stephen Pidgeon, chair of the IoF Standards Committee that initiated and led the development of the new code, said: “I'm immensely proud that after a year of consultation and hard work by many IoF staff and members we have reduced the 28 original Codes of Fundraising Practice to one. They were long and repetitive, and in some cases contradictory.
There is little empirical evidence to demonstrate why the third sector is unique or distinctive, says a new discussion paper from the Third Sector Research Centre. The Centre calls for debate about how we value the sector, but raises caution about attempting to value the sector as a whole, or using a purely financial language to do so.
Will to Give, the organisation that promotes legacy giving in Northern Ireland has launched a Will Notification Service today at their conference in Belfast. The WillGifts NI Service will for the first time inform charities who have been named in wills probated in Northern Ireland. Legacy giving is a small but important income stream for charities; currently only 3% of people in Northern Ireland who have made a will have opted to leave money to charity.
The Charity Commission has today published two new online tools for newly appointed trustees. An online Trustees Handbook aims to help charities ensure a smooth handover between departing and newly appointed trustees. The guide also informs new trustees about their duties and responsibilities towards their charities and explains how to make use of the Commission’s online services and guidance.
The voluntary sector’s paid workforce experienced a slight fall in the second quarter of this year. Latest analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that the number of paid employees in the sector decreased by approximately 4,000 over March to June 2012. This represents a decrease of just 0.6% on the previous quarter and takes the number of paid employees to a total of 775,000 during the mid-point of 2012.
The charity Victim Support is calling on voters across England and Wales to make sure the police and crime commissioners (PCCs) they elect on 15 November promise to put victims first. PCCs will eventually be responsible for organising and funding local services for victims of crime. They will be free to offer as much or as little help to victims as they want.
New research by technology and welfare charity Lasa shows that 7 out of 10 charity professionals (78%) think the sector will miss fundraising and income generating opportunities if it does not engage fully with digital. Over half (56%) said that their charity needed training to maximise digital’s potential, with 55% stating that digital must be a ‘core competency for all staff.’
Donations to charity fell by 20% in real terms during 2011/12. The public gave £1.7bn less to charity than the previous year, according to the longest-running and most authoritative annual study of giving across the United Kingdom. The number of people giving to charity has declined and the amounts they gave also fell, according to a major new report, compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
NAVCA and Locality have sent a budget submission to the Chancellor, George Osborne. They make the case for a fund that will help micro social enterprise and local charities generate growth in the poorest areas. The submission calls for a fund of £150 million to provide £3 million growth funding to the 50 most deprived areas in England.
2013 will be the first year that Europe will celebrate CSR excellence through a pan-European CSR Awards Scheme - an EU funded CSR Awards Programme aimed at giving higher visibility to best practice in the field of CSR in Europe. In this context, we are delighted to inform you that the European Commission has announced that CSR Europe and Business in the Community (BITC) have won the bid to lead this first ever European CSR Awards scheme.
The Charity Commission has today published its report into its statutory inquiry into the charity Cancer Care Foundation concluding the trustees of the charity did not act in the best interests of the charity. In coming to this conclusion, the inquiry examined the following issues...
More than 5.9 million charity donors plan to use online giving websites and mobile phone donation services in the next year as growth in digital giving accelerates – an increase of 42%, new research from virginmoneygiving.com shows. virginmoneygiving.com’s nationwide study of how people donate to charity shows around 14% of charity donors – equivalent to 4.13 million – have used online or mobile services in the past year.
Marie Curie Cancer Care has made £1 million available to fund palliative and end of life care research which aims to improve care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in the last year of life. The funding, which has been made available through the annual Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme, will be announced at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool today.
After a challenging 2011, global property equity funds saw a sharp rebound in the first half of 2012, says S&P Capital IQ Fund Research in its latest sector trends paper. The peer-group median fund was up 12.6% in the first half of the year, in contrast to a 7.8% decline in 2011 and a fall of 10.5% in 2010.
Volunteering England and NCVO have today announced the names of the trustees from Volunteering England who will join the board of NCVO as part of the organisations’ proposed merger. Two Volunteering England trustees, Chris Wade and Tessa Willow, will become trustees of NCVO, while a third, Lynne Regan, will join NCVO’s nominations committee, which considers nominations for the NCVO’s board of trustees.
As part of National Trustees Week 2012, CFG and CIG are teaming up to connect charities that need investment expertise on their trustee board or investment committee with experienced investment professionals. Having relevant knowledge and skills on a trustee board when managing investments is a key determinant of success and can give the board greater confidence in its decision making.
The Fundraising Initiatives group, international provider of specialist individual giving services is launching a UK agency Person to Person Direct (P2P). P2P provides a premium service of elite in-house teams of experienced face-to-face charity fundraisers that perform highly targeted street fundraising campaigns.
A million people are needed to take part in the nation’s biggest ever call to action on dementia, under a new scheme launched today by Prime Minister David Cameron to challenge the way the public thinks and acts on dementia.Members of the public will be educated in local sessions, church halls and work places to become ‘Dementia Friends’.
One in five trustees say their charity board lacks a diverse range of skills and over half (51%) believe that a more diverse board would enhance their charity’s effectiveness, according to new research from Trustees Unlimited. A third of trustees said that diversity could be improved by recruiting more people from ethnic backgrounds or younger people (31%).
Over five million young people would consider becoming a charity trustee and nearly three quarters (73%) believe that giving more young people a seat on the board would help charities better engage with young people, according to a new poll. The ComRes survey, commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, found nearly three quarters of 18-35 year olds (74%) believe that helping run a charity would enable them to make a difference in society.
The Scottish Government has launched the third phase of the Scottish Investment Fund, a revolving fund which exists to build financial sustainability in the third sector. Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is the primary delivery partner of the fund and believes a total of around £2 million is available. Chief executive Alastair Davis is urging third sector organisations to apply for funding by 16 November.
It is impossible to measure national government compliance with the Compact, according to a new report. Compact Voice has today published a report detailing the responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, submitted by Compact Voice to 14 government departments.
Winners of the prestigious 2012 National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards range from a major toy retailer and a telecoms supplier to a chain of high street restaurants and the UK’s rail infrastructure. Peter Lewis, Institute of Fundraising (IoF) chief executive said at the opening of the sixth awards ceremony this year hosted by HM Treasury: “Payroll Giving has reached £118m, its highest level ever with nearly three-quarters of a million employees using it to donate money to charity. This is a great achievement for Payroll Giving, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
A new £6m programme to strengthen the organisations that underpin the voluntary sector’s work was launched formally yesterday by NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington and Big Lottery Fund England director, Dharmendra Kanani. The BIG Assist programme will support infrastructure organisations – local and specialist charities who work to support other charities, such as local community service organisations, volunteer centres and rural community councils – to be more sustainable and adapt to changing environments.
Vital frontline advice services across England will receive a multi-million pound support package as the Big Lottery Fund has launched the Advice Services Transition Fund. The Cabinet Office is supporting BIG’s programme by contributing half of the funding. This programme builds on BIG’s historic role in funding the advice sector and comes as a direct and timely response to the challenging circumstances advice providers and those dependent on their services are facing.
Charities are continuing to battle with financial pressures whilst still working to deliver services to the people who need them, according to a new survey of charity leaders. The latest Charity Forecast Survey by NCVO, shows that 89 per cent of respondents expect to increase (44 per cent) or maintain (45 per cent) the services that they offer over the next quarter. Although 43 per cent predict their expenditure will decrease over the next 12 months and just 16 per cent expect it to remain static.
The names of the 18 successful applicants to win a place on the 2013 Clore Social Leadership Programme have been announced today. The appointment takes the number of Clore Social Fellows to a total of 65. The new Fellows will join the unique, personalised leadership development programme, described as ‘transformational’ by existing Fellows. Amongst the recruits, and for the first time this year, are aspiring leaders working internationally for UK-based organisations.
Many people with dementia are not dying in the place they want to, with their families unaware of their end of life wishes because of a double stigma around dementia and death. According to new research published by Alzheimer’s Society today My Life Until The End: Dying Well With Dementia, found that there is a lack of public understanding of dementia and an unwillingness to discuss death in society.
The latest financial report from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport states that £377 million in unspent contingency from the Olympics budget will be handed over to the Treasury. But the Big Lottery Refund campaign is disappointed that government coffers are set to benefit from the funds before lottery good causes, which were raided to help finance the Games.
Charity Finance Group (CFG) has joined up with the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) to produce a short guide to support charities with their banking arrangements. Banking for Charities, which is aimed at the trustees and managers of charities, provides information on key aspects of charity banking including selecting and opening a suitable bank account, understanding fees and charges, and account switching.
Leading sector association chiefs appeared today before the Public Accounts Select Committee (PASC) to give evidence. The committee held the session as part of their scrutiny inquiry into the implementation and operation of the Charities Act 2006. In particular they are looking into the recommendations made by Lord Hodgson in his report on the regulation of the Charitable Sector and the Charities Act 2006.
Drinkaware, the UK’s leading alcohol education charity, has appointed Elaine Hindal as its new chief executive. She succeeds Chris Sorek, who returned to the United States earlier in the year, and will take up her new post in January. Hindal brings experience from both the charity and commercial sectors.
Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, has announced the first closing of a new £25m impact investment fund, Nesta Impact Investments, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nesta Investment Management. Nesta Impact Investments brings together Nesta’s experience of early stage venture capital and impact investment to invest in organisations developing innovative solutions to address social challenges facing the UK.
Finance Count 2013, the sector’s leading financial management benchmarking study, has been launched by Agenda Consulting and Charity Finance Group. Over 140 organisations of different sizes and sub-sectors have participated over the past three years of the study, which benchmarks each charity’s finance function against a customised group of other participants, as well as the sector as a whole.
The media should be at the forefront of the international transparency movement, using the increasing amounts of open data released by governments to help drive prosperity, expose public corruption and waste, and hold governments to account, minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude will say.
The Charity Times Awards were celebrated last night at a sparkling event attended by over 650 of the sector’s most senior people. The Charity Principal of the Year was won by Brett Wigdortz, CEO of Teach First; the winner of Outstanding Individual Achievement was Lord John Walton, founder of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign; the Rising CEO Star was won by Charlotte Hill, chief executive of UK Youth.
The College of Social Work (TCSW) has welcomed today’s report by the Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) which shows that budget cuts are forcing social workers to focus on family crises at the expense of specialist services aimed at helping at-risk families to turn their lives around.
Following research published by UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association reporting that three in five adults with investments want charities to take a leadership role in responsible investment of assets, Charity Finance Group have released findings from a survey of its members showing that 51% of charities now have an ethical investment policy.
New research from YouGov, released today to mark National Ethical Investment Week (14-20 Oct), has found that almost 60% of GB adults with investments want charities to take a leadership role when it comes to investing their assets in a responsible way. Around £70 billion of assets are held by charities in the UK. The research found that...
NAVCA, Community Matters and the Small Charities Coalition have written a joint open letter to Civil Society Minister, Nick Hurd MP, in response to Lord Hodgson’s report. The letter focusses on ten of Hodgson’s recommendations and classifies them using a traffic light system of red, amber or green. Key points from the response include...
Santander today announced the launch a new £1.23 million fund to support local charities helping disadvantaged people across the UK. Santander Community Plus will provide grants of up to £5,000 and is open to small local charities or local projects of national charities with the funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Charities must be registered in the UK.
The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has responded in detail to the recommendations in Trusted and Independent, Lord Hodgson’s report on the Review of the Charities Act 2006. After sifting through all the recommendations, the DSC has outlined a highly detailed list of fifteen points, which DSC mark as standing out as important, particularly for their potential impact on small charities and the charitable sector as a whole.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has called on charities, social enterprises and funders to put impact measurement at the heart of their activities, stating that ‘charities aren’t being handed anything’ and are having to compete for contracts and capital. The minister, who was speaking at NPC and Third Sector’s Impact Conference, also criticised ‘risk averse’ commissioners and accused them of stifling innovation and preventing the opening up of public services.
Seventy five per cent of charities say they measure the impact of their work, according to a new report released by NPC. Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) of these have invested more in measuring results over the last five years. The charity think tank and consultancy, which this week launched its new brand and website, has produced Making an impact, the first representative study of impact measurement amongst UK charities.
Local authority youth services are increasingly trying to deliver one-to-one advice and support themselves even though the evidence is clear that the voluntary sector does it more effectively. Youth Access today launches the results of its annual survey of the financial health of youth information, advice, counselling and support services.
Figures released today by EIRIS, the sustainable investment research specialists, show that there's currently around £11 billion invested in Britain's green and ethical funds, up from £4 billion ten years ago. The figures are launched for National Ethical Investment Week (14-20 October 2012) which aims to ensure everyone knows that they have green and ethical options when it comes to their financial decisions.
As charities adapt to the tough funding environment, a new free guide is launched today in response to a rise in demand for information and advice about how they can become a social enterprise. The guide, Why Social Enterprise?, has been produced by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and Pilotlight, a charity that brokers free business coaching to small charities and social enterprises to help them grow and become more sustainable.
The Government’s Open Public Services agenda, announced last year, encourages the voluntary sector to bring innovation to local services, but there are significant barriers which hamper this reality according to a new report launched today. Published by NCVO and 14 partner organisations, Open Public Services: Experiences from the Voluntary Sector demonstrates the experience of charities in bringing transformation and innovation to public services.
Nick Hurd, minister for Civil Society, has appointed Dame Mary Marsh to lead a review into leadership and skills in the voluntary sector. Dame Mary will draw upon her impressive experience working with the charity and voluntary sector, which includes her being the founding director of the Clore Social leadership Programme and eight years as chief executive of NSPCC, to examine how effectively existing support is meeting the requirements of the sector.
Voluntary and community sector organisations in 15 areas of England have today been given the backing of the BIG Lottery Fund to enable them to work together to improve and better coordinate services to tackle the needs of people with deeply entrenched multiple and complex problems. The VCS organisations will lead partnerships to apply for a slice of the BIG Lottery Fund’s (BIG) £100 million investment over eight years to improve the lives of people with multiple and complex needs, including homelessness, reoffending, substance misuse and mental ill-health.
The winners of the inaugural Blackbaud Digital Fundraising Awards in association with UK Fundraising have been announced at a ceremony in Central London yesterday. Winners in nine different categories were announced after a public vote saw almost 8,000 votes cast in support of the different finalists, who had been chosen by a panel of digital experts: Sylwia Presley, Steve Bridger and Ross McCulloch, chaired by UK Fundraising editor Howard Lake.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) What next for localism? inquiry won further support last night from senior Conservatives in local government. The inquiry, which will examine how successful the government has been in giving power away to local communities, and to parish and town councils in particular, was welcomed by the new minister for Local Government, Brandon Lewis MP who said: “The Localism Act is not the end, it is just the beginning. We're looking to do far more than we've already done.
A new report launched today by the technology and welfare charity Lasa, named Digital: What Every Charity Leader Should Know, reveals that opinion leaders including Martha Lane Fox and Beth Kanter want charity leaders to exploit digital’s potential for income generation, collaboration and reaching supporters to create a more sustainable sector .
In a new report released today, Over the Limit: The Truth about Families and Alcohol, national charity 4Children warns of a silent epidemic of alcohol misuse by British families. The report warns that too many parents remain oblivious to the negative effects that alcohol can have on their parenting.
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has joined over fifty companies, industry bodies and NGOs in signing a letter – convened by the Aldersgate Group – which calls on the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to set a 2030 carbon intensity target for the power sector.
The Government must ensure its attempts to introduce payment by results for public services do not squeeze out charities and community groups, according to a new report published today. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, draws on the recent experience of its social investment arm CAF Venturesome in helping charities and social enterprises to finance payment by results contracts.
Joe Irvin, NAVCA’s chief executive, has challenged the Labour Party to provide a viable alternative to the Big Society. Joe Irvin made the challenge during a fringe meeting jointly hosted by NAVCA and the think-tank ResPublica at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.
Seven out of 10 charity sub-contractors say that their Work Programme contracts are at risk of failure in a new report released today. The report, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), found that 47% of respondents felt that their contracts were at risk of failure within the next six months and 26% thought they were at risk of failure before the end of the contract.
Charity Bank - the UK’s only FSA regulated bank set up to invest depositors’ money in loans to charities and social enterprises - has appointed Patrick Crawford as its new chief executive. He replaces Malcolm Hayday, who is stepping down as CEO after 10 years, having founded the bank in 2002. Malcolm Elliott joins as deputy CEO.
The European mainstream needs to focus on the ‘reluctant’ supporters of right-wing populist parties rather than the committed hard core in order to combat the electoral rise of right-wing populism, according to a new report by research and advisory group Counterpoint being launched today in Brussels. Through quantitative analysis of data sets from 10 European countries, the researchers show that in most countries at least half of right-wing populist voters are reluctant supporters.
Ten charities from across England will be competing to engage their communities and supporters in a new form of fundraising. The Crowdfunding Challenge, which runs until November this year, pits ten very different organisations against each other to learn, experiment and raise money from crowdfunding.
The Battle Against Cancer Investment Trust (Bacit) is aiming to raise £500 million by floating on the London Stock Exchange and generate millions each year for research into cancer treatments. The fund will waive fees to investors. BACIT founder Tom Henderson, formerly of Cazenove, whose father was the former chairman of the ICR and London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, said: "For many years I have wanted to combine my background in fund management with supporting the incredible work of the Institute of Cancer Research."
Global development charity SolarAid has appointed Pippa Palmer to be its interim managing director, to lead it through the next phase of strategic planning. The appointment, commencing in early October, comes at a time of extraordinary focus, as the organisation prepares to galvanise efforts to achieve its ambitious goal of eradicating the use of kerosene for lighting in Africa by the end of the decade.
There is just one week left to enter a nomination for the 2012 Compact Awards, which are run annually to celebrate good partnership working across sectors. Award winners will be chosen from those groups, individuals, organisations and activities which highlight and demonstrate the very best of Compact working.
The performance of the NHS is continuing to hold up well, but there is concern that quality of care may suffer as financial pressures bite from next year, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report published by The King’s Fund. A survey of 45 NHS finance directors undertaken for the report found that a majority are confident of delivering average cost improvement targets for this year of just under 5 per cent.
A majority of delegates (61.1%) at a recent Charity Symposium hosted by Rathbone Investment Management stated that returns on investments are their most significant source of income, compared to just 25.7% citing fundraising as their principal means of funding. Only 12.4% receive their most significant financial support from legacies.
State Street Global Markets, the investment research and trading arm of State Street, has released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for September, revealing the Global ICI fell from August’s revised reading of 91.0 to 86.9. North American investor confidence continued to decline this month, falling 3.2 points from August’s reading of 84.3 to end at 81.1.
The Charity Commission should encourage charities to be more transparent and clearer about the results they achieve if they are to maintain the public’s trust, NPC’s chief executive Dan Corry will say tonight at the Commission’s annual public meeting. Corry will tell the Charity Commission’s incoming Chair William Shawcross that impact reporting principles should no longer be considered as a fringe activity but that charities should be routinely evidencing their effectiveness, especially as they seek to play a greater role in public service delivery.
Over a third of charities that were late in filing their annual account information in 2011 had prepared the document in good time, new research from the Charity Commission has revealed. The regulator has looked at the accounts of 400 late-filing charities and found that 35% were signed before the charities’ respective filing deadlines – suggesting the charities were simply not filing the information online and on time with the regulator.
NAVCA has become an accredited Living Wage employer, becoming the first national voluntary sector umbrella charity to do so. By being a Living Wage employer, NAVCA will ensure that staff, including regularly contracted staff, are paid the Living Wage (currently £7.20 per hour outside London and £8.30 per hour within).
A new CBI report on public services reform identifies how to maintain high quality public services and achieve £22.6 billion or more of taxpayer savings by further opening up public service delivery to independent providers. The Open Access report highlights the challenge of making significant reductions in public spending in order to balance the budget by the end of 2016/17. It also takes into account the increasing pressure that changing demographics will put on services.
The Private Equity Foundation has revealed its five years of impact. The Key points are: 97,668 young lives changed; with the Private Equity Foundation is committed to unlocking the potential of disadvantaged young people. By helping four to 24 year olds at home, through school and into the workplace, the charity aims to transform their life chances and drive down the nearly one million young people currently not in education, employment or training.
New National Lottery funding will help more talented young deaf athletes fulfil their sporting potential and support athletes who are training for next year’s Deaflympics. UK Deaf Sport will receive more than £125,000 from Sport England to support the UK Team’s preparations for the competition in Bulgaria. The investment will also fund work to help individual sports to fully integrate young deaf and hearing-impaired athletes within their talent programmes so they can realise their full potential.
The Policy Exchange think-tank highlights in its latest paper that the current system of tagging is in desperate need of reform. Future of Corrections shows a more effective use of tagging, where police and probation officers are directly involved in keeping track of offenders and recommending to prison governors and the courts which criminals should be tagged, could save hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money and help the Coalition achieve its goal of stabilising the prison population by 2015.
A government-backed pilot scheme, which could lead to millions of pounds being invested in charities struggling to raise money from High Street banks, is to be launched today by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Legal & General and Minister for Social Enterprise Jo Swinson.
The People’s Supermarket (TPS) is taking action and campaigning on behalf of social enterprises across the UK. TPS has recently become a certified social enterprise with their successful application for the Social Enterprise Mark – the only international certification authority for social enterprises – which only reinforces their values and credibility.
In a key sector speech, ACEVO chief Sir Stephen Bubb has set-out his vision for the sector and how it can become more unified and effective, citing ACEVO working closer with NAVCA. He noted how there are perceptions of what makes a big and small charity; neither of which are useful. "Big charities are often seen as the third sector equivalent of Kraft (predatory, foreign, corporate) while small charities are stereotyped as the equivalent of the village shop in the League of Gentlemen (loud, incompetent, and ever so slightly weird).
The first awards from the £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund have been announced today by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society. The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund has pledged almost £1 million to eight small social ventures to help them scale up and do more for society. The grants will allow them to buy the top quality specialist support that will make them more attractive to investors and commissioners, and which they hope will enable them to raise £23 million in further investments and contracts.
Britain is facing a long-term crisis of giving – with new generations failing to match the generosity of people born in the inter-war years, according to groundbreaking new research published by the Charities Aid Foundation. CAF, which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, is calling for urgent action to reverse the alarming trends highlighted in a new report by a leading academic.
For the first time social investors are joining forces to promote the growth of social investment with leading policy makers. The Social Investment Forum is holding three events at the major party conferences to discuss the role social investment can play in economic growth and exchange ideas on how best to grow the market. The Forum brings together leading national SIFIs along with Big Society Capital and is hosted by SEUK.
Civilians, many of them children, are the main victims of a campaign of relentless and indiscriminate attacks by the Syrian army, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today. The briefing paper (and accompanying video footage) is based on first-hand field investigations carried out in the first half of September by Amnesty International into attacks which killed 166 civilians, including 48 children and 20 women, and injured hundreds in 26 towns and villages in the Idlib, Jabal al-Zawiya and north Hama regions.
‘How much can we spend?’ is a key question for charities with investment assets. Whether seeking to sustain, spend or grow the assets, trustees need to consider the impact of their investment strategy on their spending decisions and vice versa, and all within the context of what is best to deliver their charitable objects. This ‘spending decision’ is the subject of a new report, to be published later this year by the Association of Charitable Foundations.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has today announced its new chief executive as Ed Owen. Owen has been the Trust's Interim chief executive since May and takes over the permanent position following a competitive selection process. Announcing the appointment, CF Trust Chairman, George Jenkins OBE said: "We are delighted to appoint Ed to the permanent position. His personal dedication and commitment to people with cystic fibrosis is well known, and he brings vital leadership skills at this important time.
A new CEO has been appointed at the Key Fund, the leading provider of finance to social enterprises across the North. Karl Gardiner began his career in investment banking followed by a decade in investment fund development and regional economic regeneration. Gardiner was previously director of North East Finance and director at economic development consultancy, Feed Fusion Consulting.
The London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) has appointed Eithne Rynne as CEO. Rynne has a wealth of experience of the voluntary and community sector and her roles have seen her working closely with Central and Local Government and the Business sector.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today published a
report on the UK’s Humanitarian Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa,
giving it a rating of Green-Amber. Millions of people in the Horn of Africa suffer chronic food insecurity and vulnerability. When the rains failed in late 2010 and again in early 2011, the Horn of Africa faced a humanitarian crisis with over 12 million people affected.
Shelter is supporting this year’s Remember a Charity week, to raise awareness of the vital contribution people can make by leaving a gift in their Will. The week - which runs from today to 23 September - will be launched by weatherman Michael Fish, on the 25th anniversary of his infamous weather forecast before the 1987 storms.
Disability charity Scope has responded to the Government publishing its disability strategy, Fulfilling Potential. The Government today published two documents which set out its approach to the commitment to enable disabled people to fulfil their potential and play a full role in society.
A group of organisations including charities have been selected to deliver contracts worth £200 million to run National Citizen Service, the Government announced today. Building on the success of the last two years of pilot programmes, NCS is being expanded to meet the growing demand from young people and their parents. The successful organisations are those that have demonstrated the capacity and expertise to deliver high-quality NCS programmes over the next two years.
Following the UK’s sporting success this summer, and the world’s largest half marathon, the Bupa Great North Run, Bupa has announced a £1 million investment in school sport over the next three years, through its partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. The money will be spent on expanding the Bupa Start to Move programme, which was created in 2010 by Bupa and the Youth Sport Trust to transform how movement is taught to 4-7 year olds.
Clubs for Young People (formerly The National Association of Boys Clubs) has undergone a complete rebrand, including a change of name. Following the change to their identity, the UK’s leading youth charity is now called Ambition. Ambition’s objectives are clear, to support Youth Clubs, community groups and projects in their vital work across the country.
Unemployed ethnic minority people in South London have a growing sense of despair and frustration in their search for work, according to a study published by the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) today. Ethnic minorities make up less than one third of London’s working age population but over half of all Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in London are ethnic minority. To understand the story behind these statistics, BTEG interviewed 41 unemployed ethnic minority people living on the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, along with local agencies that help unemployed people to find jobs.
If the Government is serious about tackling poverty it needs to attack its root causes, representatives from the Child Poverty Unit were told this week. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) hosted an event where members of its poverty-fighting Alliance, which is made up of more than 300 grassroots charities, told Government officials what factors they thought fuelled poverty and suggested ways of addressing them.
Without significant improvements, new benefit reforms risk pushing families into debt and undermining the Government's own aims to boost individuals' personal responsibility and financial resilience, a think-tank has said today. In a comprehensive new report entitled Sink or Swim: the Impact of the Universal Credit, the Social Market Foundation interviewed low income families on how they would adjust to six specific reforms under the new Universal Credit, due to come into force next year, and conducted an analysis of existing evidence on the impact of these reforms.
New research from the charity Victim Support and the campaigning group Make Justice Work shows that most victims of crime support the use of community sentences instead of prison, but need to know more to have confidence in their effectiveness. The nationwide survey carried out by Populus, revealed that when provided with an explanation of what community sentences involve, 70% of victims of crime support them as an alternative to prison for lower level offences.
Philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer has today donated £1million towards tackling social deprivation and creating jobs in County Durham. Investment banker Ruffer and his wife Jane made the decision to give County Durham Community Foundation the money to distribute on their behalf to cement their commitment to the local area.
Staffordshire-based social enterprise Cherry Orchard Gardening Service (COGS), which enables local disabled people to maintain the gardens of elderly residents, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards. COGS provides training, support and employment for local people with learning disabilities to become competent gardeners. They then use their skills to maintain the gardens of vulnerable isolated older residents.
A Sunday Telegraph investigation has revealed the extent to which consultants are paid by The Department for International Development (DFID) on aid projects. The report revealed DFID paid almost £500million last year to consultants including £6million to the University of Cape Town to investigate mental health issues in southern Africa and millions of pounds to US-based organisations: the Clinton Foundation, the International Food Policy Research Institute and Family Health International.
In separate meetings today the Boards of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Volunteering England have taken another step towards merger by agreeing to merge subject to due diligence. The Trustees received reports that the formal talks had reached agreement on key elements in merging the two organisations, covering brand and identity, governance and organisational structure.
Big Society Capital, the world's first social investment bank, has announced details of its initial investment commitments, totalling £37 million, since it was launched by the Prime Minister in April 2012. Big Society Capital's investments back social finance intermediaries that directly fund social enterprises or infrastructure for the market.
England and Wales’ Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector has come together to make a joint offer to be a partner and critical friend to police and crime commissioners in the run-up to November’s elections. Citing the Sector’s closeness to local communities and its unique ability to link with people on the margins of society, a new ‘Offer to police and crime commissioners’ has been published by Safer Future Communities and is being distributed to all election candidates.
Runners in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon set yet another record figure for charity fund raising with £52.8 million being raised for good causes at this year’s race. It is the sixth consecutive year that London Marathon entrants have broken the Guinness World Record for charity fund raising at a single annual event worldwide and brings the total raised for hundreds of charitable causes since the race began in 1981 to £610.7 million.
Chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Professor Richard Parish is to leave his position at the RSPH at the end of June 2013. Professor Parish commented: “It has been a great privilege to lead the RSPH and its predecessors over what will have been an eight year period and to play the leadership role in restoring the fortunes of the Royal Society of Health and the Royal Institute of Public Health.
Employees of Amnesty International UK will be taking strike action today to protest against a cost cutting programme within the organisation, including redundancies. Staff fear that international human rights work will be hindered by the financial cuts being proposed by the senior management and board of Amnesty International UK.
Smaller charities are disproportionately feeling the brunt of funding cuts, according to figures released today by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, with the majority of them spending more than they have coming in. Despite modest income growth for larger charities and housing associations in 2011, turnover has still not picked back up to the 2009 level for other charities.
CSV’s Vocal Project has received a £420,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund for three years to support 120 adults with a learning disability in Norfolk to volunteer, gain employment and access training. The funding will launch the project in new locations, including North and South Norfolk, as well as continuing the well established work in West Norfolk. CSV Vocal Project enables adults with learning disabilities to lead a fulfilling, independent life through volunteering with 1-2-1 support from a community volunteer mentor, until they are able to volunteer independently.
Only £60 million of the government's £1.4 billion regional growth fund to help boost the economy has reached frontline projects, revealed the Commons Public Accounts Committee in its latest report released today. Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said: "Given the dire state of the economy, it is nothing short of scandalous that so few projects funded by the Regional Growth Fund have actually got off the ground.
The Charity Finance Group (CFG) has announced that Kevin Curley, former CEO of NAVCA, has been appointed to the charity’s trustee board as a non-member trustee. Nicki Deeson, head of finance at the Alzheimer’s Society and Uday Thakkar, managing director at Red Ochre, have also been elected as trustees.
The London 2012 Paralympics has led to a significant increase in people feeling positive about the role of disabled people, according to polls tracking how perceptions have changed during the Paralympic Games. Surveys by ComRes carried out immediately before the Paralympics and over the last weekend of the Games, show that three quarters of people (76%) say they feel positive about the role of disabled people in UK society, up from 68% a fortnight ago.
Recruitment firm Russam GMS has appointed Melissa Baxter as principal for its charities and Not for Profit division to help expand the business and meet the growing demand for interim managers, senior level executive search and trustees in the sector.
Richard Driscoll, the chief executive of Crohn’s and Colitis UK for the last 21 years, has decided to stand down from the role in the New Year. “Through his leadership and commitment, Richard has enabled Crohn’s and Colitis UK to become one of the leading gastroenterology patient organisations in the UK and has also made an important contribution to the development of NHS care for IBD patients. Given his loyal and long service, we are going to miss him greatly,” said Keith Stewart, chairman of Trustees.
The Charities Property Fund, the first and largest property fund designed specifically for charities, has outperformed the Association of Real Estate Funds’/IPD UK All Balanced Funds Index for the fifth year in a row. On a total return basis, the Fund has outperformed the AREF/IPD UK All Balanced Funds Index by 2.3% per annum on average.
The Cabinet Office has issued an update to its recently published Procurement Pledge, which established a set of principles about how government will procure services with a range of providers. The Pledge, which is for central government and public sector bodies to sign up to, outlines five key commitments that public sector signatories must meet.
The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) have been awarded a
lottery grant (£362k) for its Routes2Success Community Role Model Programme. The grant will be used to recruit a volunteer force of successful black male role models to participate in activities across England aimed at inspiring young black males (11-25 yrs) to reach their full potential in learning, employment and self-employment.
The Pensions Trust, one of the leading occupational pension providers for the third sector, is to launch a defined contribution (DC) multi-employer offering for the voluntary sector. SmarterPensions, The Pensions Trust’s new DC concept will be available at a cost to employers and members which is competitive to that of other such Trusts in the DC market.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has appointed William Shawcross CVO as the new chair of the Charity Commission. Following his selection as preferred candidate, Shawcross attended a pre-appointment hearing with the Public Administration Select Committee to discuss his suitability for the role. The committee were satisfied that he has both the professional skills and independence necessary to fulfil this role successfully.
Plans to reform the banking system will cost charities millions of pounds by laying them open to devastating losses in the event of a bank collapsing, a coalition of major voluntary sector leaders warn today. The Charity Finance Group (CFG), the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) said proposals in the Banking Reform White Paper would increase risks for charities by leaving them with very little protection if a bank collapses.
The national charity Victim Support has discovered that 91% of people think that it is important police and crime commissioners listen to victims when carrying out their role. However, the YouGov survey for the charity also reveals that: less than a quarter of people (23%) believe that victims will be a priority for PCCs in practice; and just one in five (18%) think that PCCs will make a positive difference to the support victims get.
The Government has today published draft provisions to improve the support provided to those children and young people, and to their parents. These provide for: A new duty for joint commissioning which will require local authorities and health bodies to take joint responsibility for providing services.
A new report offers the first detailed, comprehensive analysis of the impact of cuts and other changes to welfare on disabled people and their families. Disabled people’s organisations and charities have argued that disabled people are shouldering a massively unequal share of the burden of cuts and ‘reforms’ to the Welfare State. They have called for the government to test this argument by carrying out a cumulative impact assessment that would take into account all the changes brought in by the Welfare Reform Act, as well as reductions in funding for local councils, the NHS, cuts to cash benefits, caps on housing benefit and such things as the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
Charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises will be able to access the latest information and advice on funding after the Cabinet Office committed £500,000 to extend the Funding Central website for a further 18 months, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd has announced.
HACT has announced a new partnership with the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) at the University of Birmingham.
The partnership will support HACT’s developing work on community investment, localism and social impact, and enable the Centre’s research to further support the housing sector.
A survey of Volunteer Centres in England has found that over half that receive funding from the local authority had it cut in the past year. 52 per cent experienced cuts of up to 80 per cent, with half of those losing at least a fifth of local authority funding. The average cut was 25 per cent. Only 5 per cent received more money this year than they did in 2011/12, and 42 per cent received the same amount.
Riders for Health welcomes Justine Greening to the Department for International Development and hopes she will bring her focus on transport to her new role. The new Secretary of State for International Development must change her focus from improving transport infrastrure in the UK to making sure health workers in Africa have the transport they need to reach communities, even when there are no roads or service stations.
The Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) £160 million Well-being programme has led to an increase in life satisfaction more than three times greater than would be expected if someone was to double their income. People taking part in Well-being projects have reported an increase in life satisfaction from 6.3 to 7 on a ten point scale.
With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games highlighting the immeasurable contribution of volunteering to national life, voluntary organisations are being encouraged to submit nominations for a prestigious national award, the Cabinet Office has announced. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, which is overseen by the Cabinet Office on behalf of Buckingham Palace, was announced in February 2012 to commemorate Her Majesty’s 60-year reign.
Senior figures from some of the largest Payroll Giving agencies and professional fundraising organisations met to discuss ways of working together to reform the system to make it easier and more attractive to businesses, employees and charities across the country. Those attending the meeting have agreed to continue to explore options and discussions will continue with other key organisations unable to attend.
Social investor, Nominet Trust, has today announced that they have approved funding for five new projects in their latest funding round. All of the projects demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through the innovative use of digital technologies. The largest single investment in this round has been awarded to Slivers of Time.
Nearly a third (30%) of voluntary and community sector organisations are using reserves to keep up their activities in this year according to research carried our by Involve Yorkshire & Humber. A further 24% said they might use their savings, and another 17% reported that they have no reserves to draw upon at all.
The Paralympic Games are already having a major impact on people’s attitudes to disability, according to a poll conducted on the opening of the Games. Nearly three quarters of people (72%) believe that people with disabilities are not generally visible in the media outside the Paralympics, while nearly three quarters of people (74%) believe people with disabilities often experience prejudice or discrimination, according to the ComRes poll, commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations.
Charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations are being encouraged to tell the Government what more can be done to release civil society from the burden of unnecessary or ineffective regulation, Nick Hurd, minister for Civil Society, announced today. As part of the Government’s war on unhelpful bureaucracy, the Health and Safety Executive has already issued simplified risk assessment forms based on common sense and proportionality, while insurance companies have clarified their policies toward volunteer drivers.
Following an open recruitment exercise conducted in compliance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments principles, William Shawcross CVO, has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate for appointment as the new chair of the Charity Commission.
The £10m Investment and Contract Readiness Fund, being delivered by The Social Investment Business on behalf of the Office for Civil Society with support from Deutsche Bank has trebled its capacity with the announcement of 12 new approved providers of investment and contract readiness services.