The UK is top of the developed world for giving money to charity, with 76% of Britons giving to good causes in a typical month. This increase in financial giving makes the UK the sixth most charitable nation in the world, up from 8th, in the World Giving Index, the biggest annual global survey of giving. The survey also found that Britons are becoming more generous with their time. Volunteering levels rose by three percentage points from the previous year to 29%.
The popular trend for judging charities according to the proportion of income spent on overheads is ‘useless’, according to a new report published today by NPC. In Keeping account: A guide to charity financial analysis, the charity think tank and consultancy explains how funders and others can gain a meaningful understanding of a charity’s financial position, and any risks it might be facing. The report talks about topics in the headlines this year—from charity chief executive pay and the importance of unrestricted income to charity survival.
UnLtd, HEFCE, universities and entrepreneurship support organisations across England will build a sustainable system of support for social entrepreneurs.The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is today launching a £2 million programme to strengthen and broaden support for social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in universities and higher education colleges across England. The programme, part of the UnLtd SEE Change, Social Entrepreneurship in Education initiative, will be delivered by UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK.
The Charity Commission has today published new Regulations and guidance for trustees on adopting a total return approach to the investment of the charity’s permanent endowment. New legislation, which comes into effect on 1 January 2014, will amend the Charities Act 2011 and allow the trustees of permanently endowed trusts to adopt a total return approach to investment without seeking prior permission from the Commission. The regulator has today published the Regulations which set out in detail the rules that charities must follow to adopt and operate a total return approach.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is today announcing a £7m of investment in two of the UK’s most wonderful buildings: Durham Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral. Both are due to celebrate important anniversaries in the next five years. HLF’s investment will enable the display of original 13th-century copies of the Magna Carta alongside other artefacts in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the charter in 2015. The Monks’ Dormitory and Great Kitchen, some of the most intact medieval monastic rooms in England, will be restored to house an exhibition showcasing the history of the cathedral and its monastic community.
The UK public have already donated a DEC record of £6 million via tablets and smart phones to assist those whose lives have been devastated by the Philippines typhoon. The record-breaking figure has been donated over a much shorter time period than for previous DEC appeals, including the East Africa food crisis, and the total given now stands at £65 million. Donations from mobile devices have overwhelmingly come from Apple users, who have donated a staggering £4.4 million using their iPhone or iPad.
The Charity Commission has endorsed the latest version of the ACRE Good Practice Quality Standard quality system. The regulator's Quality Assessment Endorsement Programme aims to increase the governance standards and accountability within charities by encouraging umbrella bodies to develop a set of quality standards that their members commit to. ACRE is the national umbrella body of England’s 38 rural community councils, who make up the ACRE Network.
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) today launches a public consultation on the future of the political party. As party membership continues to fall and people’s trust in politicians spirals ever downwards, the ERS is asking members of the public as well as party activists, politicians and experts to share their vision of the party of the future. The consultation consists of three questions: What are political parties for? What does the party of the future look like? What can parties do now to reconnect with people?
Today marks the launch of the Spirit of 2012 Trust, an organisation established with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £40 million. It has the challenging and exciting task of helping to deliver a lasting social and community legacy from the London 2012 Games. The Spirit of 2012 Trust has four key aims: Harness the energy, commitment and organisation of the volunteering legacy of the London 2012 Games for community benefit; build on the energy, creativity and positive spirit inspired by the London 2012 Games to galvanise and inspire groups of people into social action.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today announced that their appeal for people affected by the Philippines typhoon has raised a staggering £65 million. DEC member agencies and their partners have now delivered aid to more than 700,000 people across affected areas of the Philippines, using both funds raised by the DEC and support from many other sources. DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said: “The response by the UK public to this appeal has been nothing short of extraordinary.
National retinitis pigmentosa support and research charity RP Fighting Blindness, has announced it is in the process of transferring its operations to a new legal body - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The planned formal transfer date is December 31 2013. Currently constituted under a Deed of Trust dating back to 1976, it had been felt by the board of trustees and the chief executive that the charity was in need of constitutional modernisation.
More than 2.3 million votes were cast by the public for their favourite good cause - an overwhelming response to the 2013 Lloyds Bank Community Fund and the 1,332 good causes shortlisted in England and Wales. In each community of four local good causes, the two with the most votes will now be awarded £3,000 and the other two will each be awarded £300 to deliver projects and services as diverse as funding anti-bullying workshops in Brighton or restoring a community river bank to its natural state in Andover. Every good cause on the shortlist received votes - cast online, in branches or by SMS during September and October 2013.
Charity shops act as a life support on Britain’s high streets, providing a number of benefits for local businesses, residents and communities, according to a new report by think-tank Demos. An in-depth study into the value of charity shops found they keep people shopping on their high street and drastically reduce the number of empty shops, challenging the perception that they fuel high street decline. Charity shops are also in the frontline of the fight against unemployment.
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