Charity Commission plans to consider charging charities have come under fire from members of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, who say they have “grave concerns” about the move.
Peers are concerned the plans have not been properly evidenced and that the regulator has not set out how a charge will directly benefit charities, according to the committee’s report Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society.
Fundraising income growth of the UK’s biggest fundraising charities is at its lowest rate in six years, analysis by Charity Financials has revealed.
The data provider’s Top 100 Fundraising Charities Spotlight has looked at fundraised income of the 100 largest fundraising charities in 2015/16 and found it grew by 2.3 per cent, under half the previous year’s growth of 5.4 per cent and the lowest growth rate since 2010.
Charities are at risk of becoming irrelevant and losing out on fundraising due to a failure to prioritise digital transformation, a report has warned.
The Charity Digital Skills Report surveyed 485 charity professionals and found widespread concern about a lack of leadership and strategy around improving digital skills and capabilities, in particular across fundraising and marketing.
An international aid charity has been criticised by the Charity Commission over its failed attempt to benefit from a business rates scheme that left it owing more than £800,000 to councils.
The regulator found that trustees at Africa Relief Trust, which has since closed down, had mismanaged the charity’s finances through a lack of due diligence and failure to manage the risks of its involvement in a business rate scheme involving landlords of empty commercial premises.
Large charities need to link up with their smaller counterparts when bidding for public sector contracts to protect them from the “turbulent” economic times ahead, according to a latest report.
The move is one of a number of measures being called for in a Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales report to help small charities survive recent political and economic events such a the squeeze on council funding and Brexit.
Oxfam has been named as the best charity to work for, based on the reviews of tens of thousands of workers in Britain.
Job website Indeed analysed the reviews of staff across central and local government, uniformed services and charities and found that the international aid charity was the best not for profit employer in the country, according to those that work for it.
A £500,000 funding pot has been made available to help charities compete in the social investment market.
The money is being made available to London based charities through the latest round of funding from the Stepping Stones Fund, which was set up two years ago by the City of London Corporation’s Charitable arm, City Bridge Trust, and UBS to promote social investment.