Long read: how to be a better charity leader in 2019

In a position of authority, stopping to seek stillness isn’t easy. But the public’s perception and expectations of charities has changed dramatically over the past year and it has become essential to ensure your organisation is adapting to the needs of both donors and beneficiaries, says Lauren Weymouth.

Gillian McKay: Without free time, this sector would not function

"January is the month of New Year resolutions and it seems that a common one to make is the decision to go out and volunteer for a charity. It’s a great impulse.

"Without the free time given by us all, this sector would not exist and would not be providing the valuable services that it delivers."

Big Lottery Fund to plug £1m into safeguarding training for charities

The Big Lottery Fund and the government have teamed up to provide safeguarding training to charities across the UK.

The announcement comes as part of the wider government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England.

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Applications open for Weston Charity Awards

Applications are open for the 2019 Weston Charity Awards. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, the awards provide twenty winning charities with a year of leadership coaching along with £6,500 in unrestricted funding.

Housing groups join forces for funding initiative

Four of the UK’s larger housing organisations have joined forces to launch a new funding initiative specifically aimed at backing charitable organisations and socially-minded businesses.

Fundraising Regulator appoints external Standards Committee member

Lori Houlihan has been appointed an external member of the Standards Committee, joining the committee from the start of the New Year. Currently, the Vice-Provost at University College London (UCL) Houlihan has five years’ experience as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at UCL, where she oversaw one of the largest fundraising and supporter engagement campaigns in Europe.

Small charities optimistic but lacking partnership skills

For the last two years, the Weston Charity Awards Small Charity Leaders survey has provided a barometer of the confidence and concerns of small charities.

Small charities are ‘sleepwalking’ into a risk management crisis, report finds

Small charities from across the UK are ‘sleepwalking’ into a risk management and governance crisis, a new report has revealed.

Caron Bradshaw: we need to lift our eyes from the Brexit paperwork

"Communities are crying out for change. Charities and other social change organisations should be actively seeking them out and setting about co-creating answers to the questions being asked of society."

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Trust issues

The government is longing for a ‘shared vital mission’ with the third sector. But is the lack of trust and tightening of regulation causing a more obvious divide?

Leading in difficult times

The 2018 Charity Times Annual Conference set out to provide delegates with insights into how key decision makers can work to lead their charities through difficult times, whilst taking the opportunities that present themselves.

Time to blow the whistle

Insider fraud is on the rise among the charity sector, but encouraging a culture of whistleblowing among charities could be the key to improving sector-wide resilience.

Staying safe from the new cyber menace

The ‘WannaCry’ global ransomware attack this May brought cybercrime into the limelight, affecting thousands of organisations. As a result of the attack, the Charity Commission said the third sector had to do more to protect itself. What more can charities do?

Interview: A place of safety

How Refuge is continuing to support more women despite deep funding cuts

A question of data

The incoming General Data Protection Regulation will change how data can be used, but few are prepared

Volunteering for a healthy mind and body

A review of the research into the positive benefits of volunteering on those who take part

Turning things around

Dr Beverley Jacobson has driven an impressive recovery at learning disability charity Kisharon

Are you harnessing the power of social media?

Social media can boost brand awareness, act as a tool for fundraising and increase donations, but one size doesn’t fit all.

Focus: Alternatives and property

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