Gillian McKay: There are fundamental problems with regularly reviewing risk registers

"If there is a ‘special place in hell’ for the unduly risk averse, then there is equally one for the endless meetings of reviewing risk registers.

"There is also a fundamental problem with this approach to risk management; it gives the false comfort that a risk can be mitigated by the control identified. Many charities have controls, but the actual events includes elements that cannot be thwart that control."

Fundraising methods of human rights charity put donors at ‘unacceptable’ level of risk

The fundraising methods of a human rights charity put donors at ‘unacceptable levels of risk’ and placed ‘undue pressure’, an investigation by the Fundraising Regulator has concluded.

An inquiry into the International Liberty Association, which was set up with the aim of promoting respect for human rights in the Middle East, found the charity had placed ‘undue pressure’ on donors to offer financial contributions of up to £11,000.

Instagram to launch new donation tool

Instagram has announced it will be launching a new tool, allowing people to donate through Instagram stories.

The announcement was made at the Facebook Community Summit at the company’s HQ last week. The tool hasn’t yet been rolled out but is due to be implemented in the coming months.

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Sir Stuart Etherington to step down as NCVO chief

Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, is due to step down from his position after more than 25 years in the role.

Etherington is set to retire from his post later this year and an open application process will be launching today.

Charities ‘worryingly’ unprepared for no-deal Brexit, CFG survey finds

The majority of charities are ill-prepared for a no-deal Brexit and must do everything in their power to prevent it, new research has found.

Charities need to make volunteering more inclusive, report finds

Charities need to work to address the ‘structural barriers’ preventing people from volunteering, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, a new report has revealed.

Opinion: meeting fundraising targets shouldn’t mean damaging reputations

"Supply chains are becoming increasingly opaque. Charities must remain diligent throughout the entire process. Both Comic Relief and Spice Girls checked out the ethical sourcing credentials of manufacturer Represent, however, it subsequently changed the manufacturer without their knowledge.

"As a result, we’re seeing first-hand the reputational damage that can occur from unethical sourcing practices."

Lack of mergers show sector's reluctance to form alliances, report finds

Takeovers are more common among the charity sector than ‘mergers of equals’, showing a reluctance for charities to form strategic alliances, a new report has revealed.

BT’s MyDonate fundraising platform set to close

BT’s fundraising platform MyDonate is winding down towards closure in June 2019.

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