Charity Commission raises concerns about low levels of serious incident reporting

Too many charities are still failing to report serious safeguarding incidents, the Charity Commission has warned.

A report by the regulator’s interim taskforce on safeguarding says that just 0.9% of charities reported a safeguarding incident since 2014. Over the same period only 1.5% of charities submitted any kind of serious incident report.

Top charities’ cash asset rise by £0.5bn

Total cash assets held by large charities has increased by £0.5bn over the last year, according to latest financial data.

The 2018 Charity Banking Spotlight Report by Charity Financials has revealed that the top 5,000 charities in terms of income and expenditure collectively hold cash assets of £16.7bn. This is up by £0.5bn on the £16.2bn reported last year.

Charity representatives to take National Citizen Service board roles

Charity representatives are among ten board members appointed to run the royal charter body set up to run the National Citizen Service.

Among the new appointments made by the Queen to the board of the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust is Dame Julia Cleverdon, founder of volunteering charity Step Up to Serve, which manages the #iwill campaign.

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Regulator launches fresh investigation into linked charities

The Charity Commission has launched a new investigation into a care services charitable company and a humanitarian charity it is linked with, amid concerns around their management and governance.

In October last year humanitarian aid charity Future Vision Consortium had been included in the regulator’s double default class statutory inquiry, which looked at charities that had defaulted on their annual reporting obligations two or more times in the last five years.

JustGiving to scrap fees from disaster and major incident funds

Fundraising platform JustGiving has scrapped its 5 per cent fee on donations to disaster and major incident funds.

The move follows heavy criticism received by the platform last year for charging people for donating following the Grenfell tragedy and terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
JustGiving was also accused of profiting from £20m of donations and paying staff salaries of up to £200,000.

ACEVO appoints new chair of trustees

ACEVO, the network for civil society leaders, has appointed Rosie Ferguson, CEO of single parents’ charity Gingerbread, as its new chair elect.

Ferguson will take over from current ACEVO chair Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets, at ACEVO’s AGM on 6 December when his term as a trustee ends.

Social prescribing to charities set for national roll out

GPs will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to charities that run social inclusion programmes by 2023, under plans being put forward by the government.

Among measures in the government’s strategy for tackling loneliness is to roll out “social prescribing” nationwide.

Charity Times Awards 2018: Winners announced

Langley House Trust, Autistica and Capoeira4Refugees were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2018, celebrated with a packed ceremony in London last night.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Westminster Park Plaza to see Langley House Trust crowned the Charity of the Year (income over £5m). The judges recognised the charity in particular for its well-rounded application that showcased “excellent” charity management.

Over 100 charities contribute to first Charity Digital Code of Practice

Over 100 charities have contributed to the UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice, which is due to launch in November this year.

The Code, which is funded by Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation, will be both voluntary and free to access.

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