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26/11/09 - view story
Patrick Cox leaves the Small Charities Coalition
Patrick Cox is has left the Small Charities Coalition. Cox was the founder of the Small Charities Coalition and acted as the first chief executive

26/11/09 - view story
New appointments at Charity Commission
Minister for the Third Sector, Angela Smith, has announced the appointments of Irene Khan and John Knight as board members of the Charity Commission for England and Wales

24/11/09 - view story
Bert Massie co-opted to ACEVO’s northern steering group
Commissioner for the Compact, Sir Bert Massie CBE, has been co-opted on to ACEVO’s northern steering group

23/11/09 - view story
Philanthropy failing to combat climate change
Philanthropy is failing to make a significant contribution to combating climate change, finds a report published by the Environmental Funders Network (EFN) today

19/11/09 - view story
Kelly warns of lessons from Heyday scheme
Sir Christopher Kelly spoke about the lessons to be learnt from Age Concern England's Heyday membership scheme at the CFDG Risk Conference

13/11/09 - view story
Etherington calls for “honest discussion” over sector
NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington has called on politicians from all sides for an “honest discussion” over the future role of the voluntary sector

13/11/09 - view story
NCVO appalled at decision to cut campaigning fund
It has come to NCVO’s attention that the Government plans to announce today that it is pulling the £750,000 funding for a Campaigning Research Programme

12/11/09 - view story
Charity anger over music fundraising events
Charities and community groups were left outraged today by the decision of PPL and PRS for Music to effectively ban them from playing music at fundraising events, discos or even village hall tea dances, without paying a royalty charge

12/11/09 - view story
Phase Two of Capacitybuilders’ Modernisation Fund closes
The application deadline to Phase Two of Capacitybuilders’ Modernisation Fund Grants Programme has now closed, with over 600 Phase One bursary holders submitting applications

10/11/09 - view story
Excessive City pay culture seeps into charities
The excessive City pay culture is seeping into the remuneration packages of charity bosses and should be curbed, Unite, the largest union in the country, has warned

10/11/09 - view story
Public supports disaster appeals in recession
Results from a new survey of around 1,000 members of the public released today by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) on the public’s engagement with disaster appeals shows that donations to the most recent disaster appeal in the Asia-Pacific region remains buoyant

10/11/09 - view story
Research reveals philanthropy remains robust in recession
New research from the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice has revealed that UK philanthropy, and the desire of wealthy donors to sustain their giving, have remained robust despite the economic downturn

06/11/09 - view story
Hitler was a footballer, say pupils in charity survey
One in 20 UK schoolchildren thought Adolf Hitler was a coach of the German football team, a charity survey has revealed

29/10/09 - view story
Lack of leadership key obstacle faced by the sector says report
London Advice Services Alliance, a charity which provides ICT and advice services for the third sector, reveals the results of its latest research looking at current challenges and possible solutions for the third sector

28/10/09 - view story
New grant from the Office of the Third Sector
A number of charities and voluntary organisations are going to be taking a major step forward, thanks to a new grant from the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office today

27/10/09 - view story
New proposals to tackle credit card companies
The Government has today announced new proposals to try to ensure that credit and store card companies give people a fairer deal, in the latest of a series of reforms designed to make financial services work for consumers

27/10/09 - view story
Economist says recession is more like a depression
Official third quarter GDP figures from the Office for National Statistics show the UK economy contracted by an estimated 0.4% in the three months to September

26/10/09 - view story
Consultation on the Code of Good Governance hits halfway point
The consultation on refreshing the Code of Good Governance is now half way
through its duration and has received 170 responses, as at October 20

26/10/09 - view story
Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index is up
The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index was up 7.55% for the month of October

26/10/09 - view story
Third Sector groups discuss Gift Aid reform with Treasury
A group of third sector bodies have met with Treasury officials to continue discussions on Gift Aid reform and in particular the group’s proposals for a change to an “opt out” system

23/10/09 - view story
Online campaigning site launched by NCVO
Online campaign site has been launched by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) for campaigners of all levels, from international NGOs to individual grassroots activists

22/10/09 - view story
Funding Central launches area to support fundersand tenders
Funding Central has launched an area dedicated to supporting funders, commissioners and loan finance providers with the aim of – helping to bring the two groups together to improve the quality of funding bids and tenders

22/10/09 - view story
Employees report plunging job satisfaction levels
On a day when official GDP figures may mark the end of the recession, employees report plunging job satisfaction levels as well as falling standards of living over the last six months

21/10/09 - view story
Scope appoints new chief executive
Richard Hawkes has been appointed the new chief executive of disability charity Scope. Hawkes, who succeeds Jon Sparkes, will join the organisation in early January

20/10/09 - view story
Robb appointed Shelter chief exceutive
Housing and homelessness charity Shelter has appointed Campbell Robb, the current director general of the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, as its new chief executive

20/10/09 - view story
New Guide published for all local authouries
A new guide has been published for all local authorities that are sole trustees of charities to help them fulfil their duties and responsibilities in accordance with charity law

20/10/09 - view story
Euclid Network supports EC's public consultation
Euclid Network (EN) supports the announcement of the European Commission’s (EC) public consultation on the review of the financial regulation, following its campaign to reform European funding for the third sector, but warns...

19/10/09 - view story
Charity Commission reminds charities of online services
The Charity Commission is reminding charities and their trustees of all the services they can access online on the Commission’s website to avoid postal delays

16/10/09 - view story
Pond steps down as chair of Capacitybuilders
Chris Pond has announced that he is stepping down from his role as chair of Capacitybuilders, due to an increase in the time commitment required by his role as director

16/10/09 - view story
King's Fund CEO comments of performance rating of trusts
The King’s Fund chief executive Niall Dickson has commented on the publication of performance ratings for all 392 NHS trusts in England

12/10/09 - view story
Charity CEOs have their pay frozen
More than a quarter of charity chief executive officers (CEOs) have had their pay frozen in the past year according to a new pay survey by the Association of Charity Chief Executives

09/10/09 - view story
Forty projects recieve funding from Big Lottery Fund
An England-wide scheme to provide a listening ear to adults who suffered trauma in their childhood is amongst 40 projects receiving funding today from the Big Lottery Fund

08/10/09 - view story
Charitable schools have years to meet public benefit
Charities, including independent charitable schools, could have up to five years to make any necessary changes if they are not currently meeting the public benefit requirement

01/10/09 - view story
CAF will help run Office of the Third Sector’s £2m pilot fund
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is to be part of a consortium, along with Digital Public and RNIB, running the Office of the Third Sector’s £2 million pilot fund in London, the West Midlands and the North-West...

29/09/09 - view story
Climate change tops the agenda for NGOs
Climate change has knocked out every other issue from the environmental activists’ agenda in the last nine months, said a new report on NGO campaigning published today

29/09/09 - view story
Capacitybuilders identifies the support needs of third sector
Research published this week by Capacitybuilders highlights the importance of identifying the support needs of third sector organisations through effective diagnosis, and avoiding a ‘one-size fits-all’ approach to support provision

29/09/09 - view story
Prince Harry hands out WellChild Awards
Prince Harry joined a host of celebrities to recognise the courage of children coping with serious illness or complex conditions at the fifth annual WellChild Awards last night

28/09/09 - view story
NCVO launches its new website and online communities
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations today launched its new website and online communities at:

28/09/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes its Revised Model document
The Charity Commission has published its Revised Model Memorandum and Articles of Association for Charitable Companies

25/09/09 - view story
Minister praises Third Sector as 'best in the world'
Britain's charity and voluntary organisations are the "best in the world", says Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector

25/09/09 - view story
United Response wants politicians to embrace the disabled
With a general election just around the corner, and turnout in 2005 among the lowest of all time, the national learning disability charity, United Response, is calling on politicians to do more to engage learning disabled voters

24/09/09 - view story
Charities issue criticism of G20
Campaign groups today issued a sharp criticism of the G20's attempts to deal with the financial system in the wake of the economic crisis

24/09/09 - view story
Chief executives sign up to changes to Gift Aid
The chief executives at leading charities have signed up in support of changes to Gift Aid proposed by the Institute of Fundraising

23/09/09 - view story
Funding Central launches area to those seeking contract partners
Funding Central has today launched an area dedicated to those seeking partners and like minded organisations to jointly bid for a grant or contract

23/09/09 - view story
Donations drop by 11 per cent according to latest research
Donations made to the UK’s 170,000 charities have dropped by 11 percent to £9.9bn (£1.3bn in real-terms) according to UK Giving 2009

23/09/09 - view story
Social Enterprise Coalition announces new CEO
The Social Enterprise Coalition announced today that Peter Holbrook will become its new chief executive officer following the departure of Jonathan Bland in the New Year

22/09/09 - view story
Global business must unite pushing for climate change, says Oxfam
Big business is maneuvering to increase its influence on international climate change negotiations which could make the difference between an ambitious UN deal in December and a fatally flawed one

22/09/09 - view story
Families where nobody works stands at half a million, says charity
New research from national employment charity Tomorrow’s People reveals that the number of families where nobody has ever worked could be approaching half a million

22/09/09 - view story
GlobalGiving launches Project Challenge II
Following on from the success of the first project challenge in April, where over £40,000 was raised in a month, has launched Project Challenge II

18/09/09 - view story
Consultation on CIO structure published
A joint response to the consultation on plans for a new type of incorporated charity structure has been published by The Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office and the Charity Commission

18/09/09 - view story
Charity Commission urges more charity collaboration
New research from the Charity Commission has revealed that just 9% of charities have considered collaborating, forming a consortium or merging with other charities in response to the economic downturn

16/09/09 - view story
Big donors and NGOs get help on making aid more effective
The global recession has forced governments and private foundations to drastically review and reduce their plans for public spending and grant giving

16/09/09 - view story
Voluntary organisations expect increase in services
Some voluntary sector organisations expect to both increase the services they offer and their expenditure, the NCVO latest quarterly charity forecast survey reveals

15/09/09 - view story
Government gives social investment a boost
The Government’s commitment to social investment was given a boost today by the Minister for the Third Sector, Angela Smith

15/09/09 - view story
RUSI gave support to Liberal Democrats judges Commission
The Charity Commission has published a regulatory case report today stating that the charity RUSI (Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies) inadvertently gave support to a Liberal Democrat MP and the Liberal Democrat party

15/09/09 - view story
Local charities need more accountability, says Commission
The Charity Commission is urging local charities to become more accountable to donors and the public

14/09/09 - view story
BibleLands appoints chief executive
BibleLands, the Christian charity at the forefront of humanitarian aid in the Middle East, has appointed Jeremy Moodey as chief executive

14/09/09 - view story
Party conferences are not a good way for charities to influence MPs says report
As the party conference season gets underway, only 13% of MPs and 9% of peers rate attending such gatherings as one of the best ways for charities to influence them, trailing almost every other lobby tactic

11/09/09 - view story
Consultation document on draft Consolidation Bill
The Office of the Third Sector today published a consultation document on a draft Consolidation Bill, which would bring together...

08/09/09 - view story
Philanthropists and grant foundations need to get together more says report
Philanthropists and grant-making foundations could be working more closely together in order to help more charities, says a new report

08/09/09 - view story
Government steps up awareness of flexible working rights
The Government stepped up its action today to raise awareness of flexible working rights for carers with the publication of a new survey

07/09/09 - view story
Meningitis Trust shortlisted for PR award
The Meningitis Trust is celebrating after being shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards for Outstanding in-house Public Relations Team for the West of England

07/09/09 - view story
CFN calls on government to promote charity in schools
As Community Foundations from across Britain gather for their biennial conference, they have called on the Government to promote the teaching of charity in schools to achieve...

07/09/09 - view story
Volunteering England show a further rise in volunteering
Figures released by Volunteering England show a further rise in volunteering enquiries in 2009

07/09/09 - view story
Investment moves from "Recovery" into "Overheat" says Fidelity
The investment clock model set out by Fidelity has moved from the "Recovery" stage of the cycle into "Overheat", according to leading Fidelity fund manager Trevor Greetham, who stresses that this is no ordinary "Overheat"

04/09/09 - view story
ACEVO appoint head of ImpACT
ACEVO has appointed Liam Cranley to the role of Head of ImpACT. Liam’s role will be to coordinate and integrate the activities of the ImpACT Coalition across ACEVO

04/09/09 - view story
Local services could disappear if voluntary cuts are made, warns NCVO
Voluntary sector umbrella organisation, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today warned that vital local services could disappear overnight if the voluntary sector is seen as an easy target for government cuts

02/09/09 - view story
Third Sector has the highest level of trust in management
New research published today reveals that employees in the Third Sector have among the highest levels of trust in their senior management teams

01/09/09 - view story
Keith Hickey to leave CFDG for RNIB
Keith Hickey, chief Executive of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) is leaving to become the resources group director at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

01/09/09 - view story
CABA appoints Kath Haines as CEO
The Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA) has announced the appointment of Kath Haines as CABA’s new Chief Executive

01/09/09 - view story
Remember A Charity is recruiting campaign director
Remember A Charity is currently recruiting a new campaign director, to provide leadership to take the campaign into a new phase

28/09/09 - view story
Evans appointed new CEO of the Carnegie UK Trust
Martyn Evans has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Carnegie UK Trust

26/09/09 - view story
Advice for charities that missed out on the £15.5m
Small and medium-sized charities that missed out on the Government's £15.5m targeted support fund will need to quickly reassess and take action to survive

25/08/09 - view story
Commission for the Compact publishes its first report
The Commission for the Compact, the independent body responsible for overseeing the Compact, has published its first Annual Report and Accounts for the period ended 31 March 2009

25/08/09 - view story
IOF backs PFRA in fundraising dispute
The Institute of Fundraising (IOF)is backing the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) in the light of reports of differences of opinion about face-to-face fundraising

21/08/09 - view story
Courts to have greater freedom to grant restraining orders
A tool to help protect victims of harassment including domestic abuse will come into effect next month, the Government confirmed today

20/08/09 - view story
Church of Scotland praises release of Lockerbie bomber
The Church of Scotland today praised the decision that meant Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was released today on compassionate grounds

19/08/09 - view story
Steering group opens three-month consultation
The steering group of the voluntary and community sector’s Code of Good Governance is opening a three-month consultation on the Code’s key principles today

17/08/09 - view story
Charitable trusts show commitment to supporting charities, reveals report
Charitable trusts and foundations realise now is not the time to turn off the tap of support for Britain’s charities, according to new research published today by the Charity Commission

13/08/09 - view story
Results published on charity Criminal Record checks
Research results published by the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) show checks have prevented around...

13/08/09 - view story
Daws appointed member of Commission Audit Committee
The Charity Commission has appointed Christopher Daws as the independent member of its Audit Committee, following an open competition for the role

12/08/09 - view story
Stonewall calls on FA to deal with gay abuse in football
The Football Association faces calls for immediate action as authoritative research demonstrates that anti-gay abuse in the sport has been witnessed by seven in ten fans

12/08/09 - view story
NPC takes on Intelligent Giving
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) will preserve the work of Intelligent Giving, the charity evaluation and donor advice website, after it winds down later this month

12/08/09 - view story
Rensburg Sheppards appoints new charity business role
Rensburg Sheppards Investment Management (RSIM) has appointed Simon Barker as director of new business in its charities division

11/08/09 - view story
Futurebuilders England cuts interest rates on key funds
Futurebuilders England has cut the interest rates on its key funds for those third sector organisations looking for immediate investment

06/08/09 - view story
Falls in grant-making and asset value for top charities
New analysis of the impact of the recession on charity fundraising shows 41 percent of the top 300 charitable trusts saw a fall in the value of their grant-making in 2008 and...

04/08/09 - view story
Investing in an American fund could have resulted in losses
New research by Interactive Investor shows that in 2009 those invested in an American fund, based on the performance of the S&P, may, despite a 9.3 percent market return year-to-date, actually have lost over...

04/08/09 - view story
Over half of large UK charities invest ethically
Over half of large UK charities have an ethical investment policy, according to a survey conducted by the Charity Finance Directors' Group and the EIRIS Foundation

03/08/09 - view story
Opportunities in emerging market government bonds
As an investment debate surrounding whether investors should continue to invest in UK government bonds continues apace, one manager believes there are still attractive opportunities for investors in emerging market government bonds

03/08/09 - view story
SEL wins contract to deliver 200 jobs in social enterprise
Social Enterprise London (SEL) has won a contract to deliver over 200 jobs in social enterprise over the next 12 months

30/07/09 - view story
F&C warns of stunted growth in equity market rally
Having enjoyed a significant rally since early March, European equity markets appear to think that the recession is over and that normal business is resumed...

30/07/09 - view story
Consultation on charity collective investments
A public consultation on new proposals to bring charity collective investments more fully under the regulation of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is launched today

30/07/09 - view story
Recession has cut charities investment income
As charities continue to report falling income from a drop off in donations and legacies, new research reveals that the credit crunch has reduced charities’ investment income by...

27/07/09 - view story
New framework for monitoring equality launched
A new framework for monitoring progress towards equality and human rights in England, Scotland and Wales, has been launched

27/07/09 - view story
VAT waived on text donations welcomed by charities
The Mobile Data Association’s announcement that VAT will be waived on text donations has been welcomed by charity organisations who have been campaigning to break down

24/07/09 - view story
Unity Trust announces positive half year figures
Unity Trust has announced that despite the difficulties in the banking sector, its half year figures show that it has continued to grow its customer base, its retail deposits and its lending

24/07/09 - view story
Hardship Fund is now open
The Hardship Fund is now open, the minister for the Third Sector Angela Smith announced today

22/07/09 - view story
European voluntary grouping created to address recession
Fifteen European voluntary sector umbrella organisations have come together for the first time ever to discuss a range of issues affecting voluntary organisations across the European Union

21/07/09 - view story
Scope’s CEO set to stand down
After nearly three years as Scope’s chief executive, Jon Sparkes will stand down at the end of November to take up a new position as director of Workforce Development for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

21/07/09 - view story
Dame Suzi Leather reappointed Charity Commission chair
Dame Suzi Leather has been re-appointed as chair of the Charity Commission, the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales, Angela Smith minister for the Third Sector announced today

17/07/09 - view story
Bubb appointed to MacLeod review group
Stephen Bubb has been appointed to a sponsor group on the MacLeod review on employee engagement to guide the delivery of the report’s recommendations.

15/07/09 - view story
Government sets out vision for Social Investment Bank
Today the Government has launched a consultation into the design and functions of a Social Investment Wholesale Bank, noting it is not a bank just for the Third Sector or giving an indication of how it will be financed

14/07/09 - view story
Social Enterprise Coalition opens new awards
The Social Enterprise Coalition is calling on social enterprises from across the UK to apply for the brand new Social Enterprise Awards

14/07/09 - view story
Charities feeling the effects of the recession warns report
New research shows that more charities are now feeling the effects of the recession, and that 56% of charities expect a decline in their income going forward

14/07/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes public benefit assessments
As it publishes its first public benefit assessments, the Charity Commission is today reminding all charities to show what makes them charities, as four charities out of twelve charities assessed by the Commission failed to meet the public benefit requirement

13/07/09 - view story
Sector support services demand is up says Capacitybuilders
Due to the recession, there is a big increase in demand for sector support services, according to a new report by Capacitybuilders

13/07/09 - view story
Unity Trust Bank appoints new chairman
Unity Trust Bank has appointed Graham Bennett as its new Chairman to replace Lord Fyfe of Fairfield who stepped down ascChairman at the Bank’s AGM earlier this year

13/07/09 - view story
Christian Aid launches nationwide campaign
International development charity, Christian Aid has launched, “Poverty Over,” a new nationwide advertising campaign to support its vision that poverty can be eradicated

10/07/09 - view story
Equality Bill completes its scrutiny by committee MPs
The Equality Bill successfully completed its scrutiny by committee MPs in the House of Commons and now contains two important amendments

10/07/09 - view story
Charities get government funding boost
A campaign against ‘fast fashion’, a project teaching UK schoolchildren the true cost of blood diamonds and a group using Brazilian martial arts to educate inner-city kids about global poverty are among the new projects sharing an £8.2m government funding boost

10/07/09 - view story
Good news on direct debit cancellations
There may be signs that the recession is loosening its grip on philanthropic giving, according to the latest figures from Rapidata’s mid-year tracking report, which shows charity donation direct debit cancellations have been dropping

09/07/09 - view story
Treasury’s report is a “missed opportunity” says CAF
The Treasury’s report, Reforming Financial Markets, is a “missed opportunity” to protect charitable funds, said Charities Aid Foundation chief executive, John Low

09/07/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes its annual report
The Charity Commission, has published its annual report, showing the work it has undertaken over the past year to support the charity sector

07/07/09 - view story
Investec launches new savings account for charities
Investec Private Bank has launched a new savings offering for charities. It believes that the level of returns offered to UK charities are poor, and by launching this new account...

06/07/09 - view story
Capacitybuilders announce 500th bursary
Capacitybuilders has announced the award of its 500th bursary in less than a month under the Government's Real Help for Communities Modernisation Fund

06/07/09 - view story
Charity giving among Scots drops
The number of Scottish people donating to charity in the last six months has dipped from 79% in April 08 - before the full felt force of the economic downturn - to just 71% in April 09

06/07/09 - view story
Youth investment fund launched
The Youth of Today, which launched today, has unveiled a £1million youth sector investment fund to support innovative leadership opportunities for young people

03/07/09 - view story
Fink becomes chairman of ARK trustees
The children’s charity, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) has announced that Stanley Fink is to become chairman of the ARK trustees

03/07/09 - view story
Cameron promises to decentralise power
Conservative Party leader David Cameron promised to decentralise power in a speech to the Local Government Association Conference, but, in return, asked for help in getting more for less

02/07/09 - view story
Redundancies set to continue at a high rate suggests CIPD
New data from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that the proportion of HR professionals seeking advice on how to make staff redundant barely changed between the first and second quarters of 2009, suggesting

01/07/09 - view story
Young Foundation reveals gulf in education system
The Government’s education white paper published yesterday missed an opportunity to radically change the education system which continues to fail to impart the skills most relevant to children growing up in Britain, according to the Young Foundation

30/06/09 - view story
Big Lottery Fund to pump millions into communities
The Big Lottery Fund plans to pump a multi-million pound package of funding into communities to help them cope with the effects of the recession and increase its funding commitment to the Voluntary and Community Sector following its Big thinking Consultation

30/06/09 - view story
Consortium to deliver Communitybuilders Programme
The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that a consortium led by the Adventure Capital Fund, in association with Futurebuilders England and the Community Alliance, has been appointed as...

30/06/09 - view story
Social enterprises plan to grow in recession says poll
London’s social enterprises plan to expand and grow their business to combat the current recession, according to a poll by...

30/06/09 - view story
Research reveals rise in family foundation charity spending
A comparative study which tracks, for the first time, the growth and change in family foundations reveals an increase of 10% in UK family foundation charitable spending

30/06/09 - view story
Government sets out vision to put UK on road to recovery
The Government has launched Building Britain’s Future, a plan for a fairer, stronger and more prosperous society, outlining government action to move the UK from recession to recovery and rebuild trust in the political system, with a...

29/06/09 - view story
Equality Bill sets out to end age discrimination
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has outlined further proposals for a new legal ban on harmful age discrimination, which will make sure older people do not face unfair or substandard treatment

29/06/09 - view story
College stunned by funding cut
The National Star College in Gloucestershire, one of the country’s most well known independent specialist colleges working with learners who have severe physical disabilities, is stunned by the Government’s announcement

26/06/09 - view story
Ten organisations named as semi-finalists in Lottery Awards
Ten UK-based organisations have been named as semi-finalists in the Best Charity/Voluntary Project category of The National Lottery Awards 2009

26/06/09 - view story
Compact complementary to third sector says report
A new report, Mapping third sector quality sector standards and the Compact, found the Compact to be complementary to third sector quality standards

26/06/09 - view story
Brooke appoints new chief executive
The UK overseas equine welfare charity, the Brooke, has announced the appointment of its new chief executive

25/06/09 - view story
Hardship Fund applications open from the end of July
Applications for the new £16.7m Hardship Fund will be open from the end of July, Minister for the Third Sector, Angela Smith, has announced

25/06/09 - view story
National Audit Office publishes guidelines to help charities
New practical guidance published by the National Audit Office aims to save charities and other voluntary and community organisations time and money by...

23/06/09 - view story
Cambridge House celebrates 120 years of community work
Cambridge House celebrated 120 years of community work in Southwark at the House of Lords yesterday

22/06/09 - view story
Group will look at trustee and senior management expenses
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group have set up an independent expert group on trustee and senior management expenses

22/06/09 - view story
Third sector is showing signs of optimism, says NCVO
The third sector is showing signs of renewed optimism in the UK economy and a growing number of charity leaders believe economic conditions in the UK will improve over the next 12 months

22/06/09 - view story
ACEVO names winner of Full Cost Recovery Awards
ACEVO has announced Southern Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum as the winner of ACEVO’s Full Cost Recovery Awards

22/06/09 - view story
Christian organisations are putting their staff at risks
Christian voluntary organisations are putting themselves and their staff at risk by not complying with key employment legislation

22/06/09 - view story
More polarisation among asset management firms
The asset management industry will experience continued polarisation in 2009, with bigger firms getting bigger and smaller firms reducing in number

22/06/09 - view story
CFN opens submissions on manifesto
New bank accounts and low tax zones for charitable giving are the focus of the first manifesto for Community Philanthropists published by Community Foundation Network (CFN)

19/06/09 - view story
Third sector organisations benefit from Capacitybuilders
Over 250 third sector organisations across England will benefit from the first £1000 bursary awards made today under the government's Real Help for Communities: Modernisation Fund, which is being delivered by Capacitybuilders

19/06/09 - view story
The Government has turned its back on charities warns SOS
The Government is “turning its back” on charities since it refuses compensation for charities caught up in the banking crisis, warned...

19/06/09 - view story
Campaign means viewers are more likely to leave a legacy
Due to Remember A Charity’s latest TV advert campaign, viewers are more likely to leave a legacy

18/06/09 - view story
United Nations investment programme gets backing
The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) programme has received support from three orginsations to create engagement between investors and companies to promote and respect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world

18/06/09 - view story
SCVO warns Commission on Scottish devolution proposals
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has warned that the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s proposals on charity law will create new complications

18/06/09 - view story
NCVO and the OTS launch Funding Central
The NCVO and the Office for the Third Sector (OTS) has launched Funding Central,, the new free website for information about.....

17/06/09 - view story
Crash occurred because regulators were form-filling
The financial crash occurred because regulators were too preoccupied with form-filling and did not see that the whole financial system was at risk, think-tank...

17/06/09 - view story
The dark side of globalisation
While global equity markets have slightly improved this year a full recovery of the markets and the economy is not expected any time soon, so says...

17/06/09 - view story
No green shoots of recovery in jobless figures
Official labour market figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a further steep rise in UK unemployment in the February-April quarter

17/06/09 - view story
Charity Bank recruits head of Welsh office
Charity Bank has recruited Ian Courtney to head up its Welsh office

16/06/09 - view story
CAF Bank warns charities are struggling to deliver services
CAF Bank, the not-for-profit bank run for charities, has today published the results of a survey of 280 charities that reveals...

16/06/09 - view story
Charity Commission adds information to online register
The Charity Commission, has added information to the online register of charities to make it clear if a charity has been the subject of an inquiry or regulatory case report

15/06/09 - view story
Social enterprises can apply for loans
Social enterprises which improve the quality of health and social care for local communities can now apply for loans and grants from the Department of Health's Social Enterprise Investment Fund

15/06/09 - view story
Tracking the benchmark is limiting, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan Overseas Investment Trust manager, Jeroen Huysinga, says tracking the benchmark can limit investment opportunities

15/06/09 - view story
Next year before we see a return to growth, says CBI
While the UK economy is stabilising, with the worst of the quarterly falls in GDP behind us, it will take until the beginning of next year before we see a return to growth, said the CBI

15/06/09 - view story
Social Firms UK appoints new chair
Simon Hebditch, formerly chief executive of Capacitybuilders, has been elected by the Board of Social Firms UK to be its new chair

15/06/09 - view story
Charity Commission get charities to ask serious questions
Charities are increasingly feeling the impact of the recession - and doing nothing is no longer an option, according to the Charity Commission....

15/06/09 - view story
Founder of Orchid awarded MBE
The founder of Orchid, the only UK male cancer charity to focus on prostate, testicular and penile cancer, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s 2009 birthday honours

15/06/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes guidance for arts charities
The Charity Commission has published practical guidance and a fictitious example report to help show trustees of arts charities how to draw up their annual report and accounts...

15/06/09 - view story
NCVO gets 7000th member
The Kent Children’s Fund Network became the 7,000th member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO)

12/06/09 - view story
Child Poverty Bill: major step in fight against child poverty
The Child Poverty Bill is a major step in the fight against child poverty because it makes government action no longer just a pledge but actually enshrined in law, said Clare Tickell, chief executive of Action for Children

12/06/09 - view story
No basis to be bullish on economy says F&C
Due to risk and cyclically sensitive assets such as equities, credit and commodities enjoying a strong recovery during the second quarter of the year, there are hopes that economic recovery is imminent and that the global recession is close to an end

11/06/09 - view story
Urgent review of public sector pensions needed
The Policy Exchange has calculated that the total liability of unfunded public sector pension schemes could be £1.1 trillion

11/06/09 - view story
Ian McCartney named Parliamentarian of the year
Labour MP Ian McCartney has been named Citizens Advice Parliamentarian of the year

11/06/09 - view story
Gartmore cautious about market prospects
Although UK equities advanced for a third consecutive month in May, with sectors sensitive to economic expectations, such as banks, performing well, Ben Wallace, manager of the new Gartmore UK Absolute Return Fund, is cautious...

11/06/09 - view story
Economist on challenges facing UK economy
Andrew Sentence, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, has set out the challenges and pitfalls the UK economy faces

10/06/09 - view story
King’s Fund CEO warns the NHS faces cuts
Commenting in response to today’s report from the NHS Confederation on the financial prospects for the NHS, the King’s Fund’s chief executive Niall Dickson warned the NHS faces cuts

10/06/09 - view story
Capacitybuilders releases details of new grants
Capacitybuilders has released details of a new grants programme to provide support to people who manage volunteers, helping to ensure that volunteers get the best possible experience

10/06/09 - view story
Missing People appoints new chief executive
The charity Missing People has appointed Martin Houghton-Brown, currently deputy director of business development at The Children’s Society, as its new chief executive

10/06/09 - view story
Confidence in equity investments revives dramatically
Confidence in equity investments has dramatically revived in the past three months with 79% of IFAs advising clients to invest in UK shares

10/06/09 - view story
Charity leaders and minister launch recession paper
Stuart Etherington, NCVO CEO, and Angela Smith, the new Minister for the Third Sector, today co-chaired the second Recession Summit to help voluntary and community organisations

09/06/09 - view story
Charities are unclear on FSCS
A survey of 280 charities by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) reveals that only a quarter (25%) are certain they know how much of their funds are protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

09/06/09 - view story
Trusts and foundations are weathering the recession well
UK-based trusts and foundations are weathering the recession better than many other sectors, with nearly 75% predicting

09/06/09 - view story
Comic Relief announces how it plans to spend the £78m raised
The 2009 Red Nose Day has so far raised over £78 million and today Comic Relief has announced how it will spend this record breaking amount

08/06/09 - view story
New Minister for the Third Sector
MP for Basildon and East Thurrock, Angela Smith has been appointed the new Minister for the Third Sector

08/06/09 - view story
World Development Movement appoints new director
The World Development Movement (WDM), the anti-poverty campaigning organisation has appointed new director Deborah Doane

08/06/09 - view story
BBC appoints director of BBC Wildlife Fund
The BBC has appointed Amy Coyte to the new role of director of the BBC Wildlife Fund

08/06/09 - view story
Change in health secretary not good for health service says King's Fund
The chief executive of The King’s Fund has revealed frustration by the changing of the Secretary of State for Health and feels that it is not in the best interest of the health service

05/06/09 - view story
ACEVO welcomes Tessa Jowell to Cabinet
ACEVO has welcomed Tessa Jowell’s appointment to the Cabinet, as Minister for the Cabinet Office

05/06/09 - view story
Co-Operative Bank launches global co-operative fund
The Co-Operative Bank is launching a global co-operative development fund aimed at helping to alleviate poverty in some of the world's poorest communities

05/06/09 - view story
Mergers can get charities out of the mire says report
A report that suggests charities should consider mergers in order to survive the tough economic environment and be more effective, is challenged by one leading charity

05/06/09 - view story
CFDG course returns for 2009
For a second year, the Charity Finance Directors' Group is bringing its new training course, Understanding the Voluntary Sector, back to London

05/06/09 - view story
Charity Commission calls on charities to report serious incidents
The Charity Commission is calling on charities to be more proactive in reporting serious incidents

05/06/09 - view story
Free advice to charities on property related issues
In order to provide free advice to voluntary organisations and charities about property related issues, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the NCVO and....

05/06/09 - view story
NFWI makes chair appointment
The National Federation of Woman’s Institutes (NFWI) has appointed

04/06/09 - view story
CAFAmerica assists US based public/private partnership
CAFAmerica announced its plans to assist a US based public/private partnership to distribute over $500,000 to help empower women across countries with significant Muslim populations

02/06/09 - view story
Philanthropists are giving as much during recession
Philanthropists are giving as much, or more, during the recession, according to a survey by Coutts

02/06/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes guidance to help mosques
The Charity Commission has published practical guidance to help the trustees of mosques draw up their annual report and accounts

01/06/09 - view story
IOF membership at all time high
Membership of the Institute of Fundraising (IOF) is at an all time high, with more than

01/06/09 - view story
Families Need Fathers says courts are not doing enough
Research released today by child welfare charity Families Need Fathers shows that parents feel schools and the family courts are not doing enough to help them

01/06/09 - view story
NCVO in drive to strengthen voluntary infrastructure
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is spearheading a drive to strengthen the role of voluntary and community sector infrastructure agencies

29/05/09 - view story
CFDG launches latest risk survey
PKF Accountants and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group have launched their eighth annual charity survey to explore aspects of risks affecting the sector

28/05/09 - view story
Medical research charities want government help
Medical research charities want the Government to help them survive the recession, amid warnings...

27/05/09 - view story
Research reveals changing attitude to legacy giving
New research from Remember A Charity reveals changing attitudes to legacy giving

27/05/09 - view story
Invest in commercial property say consultants
Long-term investors with no liquidity constraints should consider increasing their exposure to commercial property, according to...

26/05/09 - view story
Business leaders fail to tackle climate change
Global business leaders failed to make the giant stride needed to tackle climate change and fell short in providing the targets and numbers needed...

26/05/09 - view story
Venture philanthropists are set to give more to charity
The rise of “venture philanthropists” in Britain will mean children of wealthy parents can expect to enjoy less of their inheritance, says one researcher

26/05/09 - view story
Youngsters will be hardest hit by recession
Britain's poorest youngsters will be hardest hit by the recession as unemployment spikes and local youth services suffer cuts, a report has warned

26/05/09 - view story
Social care system is failing cancer patients
Inadequate social care for people living with cancer is resulting in costly and preventable admissions to hospital, according to Macmillan Cancer Support

26/05/09 - view story
Brits turn to charity shops survey reveals
A new survey reveals that recession has encouraged 13% of cash-strapped Brits to turn to charity outlets to help stretch their budget and...

22/05/09 - view story
Voice4Change England publishes form to engage more
BME third sector policy organisation Voice4Change England has published an application form to engage more involvement in its subscriber scheme

22/05/09 - view story
CEO pays tribute to volunteers
The chief executive of a national animal welfare charity has paid tribute to the crucial work of volunteers, at the beginning of the 25th annual Volunteers’ Week

21/05/09 - view story
NCVO calls for a social investment bank
Stuart Etherington has outlined a proposal for the establishment of a wholesale level Social Investment Bank (SIB)

21/05/09 - view story
Citizens Advice helps close Employment Tribunal loophole
Tough new measures have been introduced to stop employers avoiding payments to successful employment tribunal claimants

21/05/09 - view story
Thurleigh takes cautious stance as equity markets recover
Investment managersThurleigh remain cautious despite a phoenix-like rise in equity markets during March.

21/05/09 - view story
Gurkhas now eligible for settlement in the UK
All former Gurkhas who have served in the British Army for at least four years will now be eligible for settlement in the UK, the Home Secretary announced in Parliament today

21/05/09 - view story
ASA rules in favour of Compassion in World Farming ad
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled in favour of a national press advert from Compassion in World Farming

21/05/09 - view story
Business advisors back think tank report
Beever and Struthers, the charity accountants and business advisors, has backed a think tank report calling on the Government to provide greater support for charities

20/05/09 - view story
MP presents bill on powers of the Compact
MP Tom Levitt, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Community and Voluntary Sector presented a 10 minute rule bill to give legal powers to the Commission for the Compact

19/05/09 - view story
Volunteering England name new chair
Volunteering England, the national development agency for volunteering, has announced that Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, will be the new chair of the organisation

19/05/09 - view story
Futurebuilders England makes tenth grant
Futurebuilders England has today made its tenth grant from its new Small Organisation Tender Fund, leaving only a further £110,000 up for grabs

18/05/09 - view story
Volunteering England announces new president
Volunteering England, the national development agency for volunteering, has announced that Baroness Hanham, CBE, will, take on the role of president for the organisation

15/05/09 - view story
SOS call to government
A group of charities is calling on the Government to do the right thing and compensate charities left in limbo as a result of the collapse of the Icelandic banking system

14/05/09 - view story
Guidance published to help RSLs
Guidance is being published today to help registered social landlords (RSLs) and charity trustees who provide charitable shared ownership housing

14/05/09 - view story
United Response joines forces with European partners
The national learning disability and mental health charity, United Response, is joining forces with five European partners to raise awareness about the skills and abilities of adults with learning disabilities and make it easier for people to access work and training

13/05/09 - view story
New Third Sector Task Force named
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced the 16 members of the new Third Sector Task Force on climate change, the environment and sustainable development

13/05/09 - view story
Social Enterprise Coalition positive about summit
Responding to yesterday’s Social Enterprise Summit, Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition was

12/05/09 - view story
NCVO team up with CS Healthcare
CS Healthcare, a provider of Private Medical Insurance, has been appointed by NCVO as its recommended provider of health insurance to member organisations

11/05/09 - view story
The BME Third Sector says racism is still prevalent
The BME Third Sector says racism is still prevalent a decade on from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry recommendations

11/05/09 - view story
Twenty healthcare charities get a share of £300,000
Twenty local healthcare charities were formally acknowledged last week for their community-based work, as GlaxoSmithKline awardded a total of £300,000 at the annual GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards

07/05/09 - view story
NFWI launches climate change campaign for women
Women must be represented and take part in government decision making on tackling climate change in the run up to the UN Conference in Copenhagen in December, according to...

06/05/09 - view story
New proposals on DNA database
New proposals to reassure the public that the right people are kept on the DNA database were outlined by the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith today

06/05/09 - view story
Public sector is becoming appealing to professionals
For many professionals, employment in the public sector is becoming an increasingly appealing proposition, according to recruitment specialists

06/05/09 - view story
CPRE sets out vision for the countryside
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has set out a vision for the future of the English countryside

05/05/09 - view story
Mergers not the only option for charities to ride out recession
Mergers are not the only option for charities looking to ride out the recession, according to a leading charity law expert

01/05/09 - view story
Hastings Direct launches charity insurance comparison site
Insurance company Hastings Direct has launched an insurance comparison site,, which will make a donation to charity for every policy taken out online

01/05/09 - view story
ACEVO launches taskforce to shape Future jobs Fund
ACEVO has launched a taskforce to help shape the £1.4 billion Future jobs Fund announced by DWP in last week’s Budget

01/05/09 - view story
NCVO gives members chance to attend political conferences
The NCVO is giving its smaller members the chance to attend one of the three main political party conferences this year through its Party Conference Bursary Scheme

30/04/09 - view story
Private Equity Foundation joins forces with think tank
Venture philanthropy fund, the Private Equity Foundation, has joined with think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), to offer policy makers and practitioners interested in young people not in education

30/04/09 - view story
ACEVO takes over the running of the ImpACT Coalition
ACEVO is to take over the running of the ImpACT Coalition, following talks with the Institute of Fundraising

29/04/09 - view story
Asset manager says invest in convertibles
JP Morgan Asset Management says investors should invest in convertibles while they offer such value, but not compromise on quality or diversification in chasing high yields

29/04/09 - view story
Downturn forcing charities to put the brakes on recruitment
Despite a growing demand for essential services provided by the voluntary sector during the recession, the economic downturn is forcing charity leaders to put the brakes on recruitment levels, the NCVO latest quarterly

29/04/09 - view story
NCVO welcomes Blears announcement
NCVO has welcomed Hazel Blears’ announcement that the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will provide sustainable resources to the voluntary sector

29/04/09 - view story
Inspire chief executive up for leadership award
Inspire’s chief executive, Catriona McPhee-Smith, is among the finalists nominated for the Women’s Social Leadership Awards 2009

29/04/09 - view story
NCVO sets out local government manifesto
NCVO has set out its local government manfesto. Working Together to Strengthen Local Communities outlines five key principles to strengthen relationships between

28/04/09 - view story
Charities will play a bigger role in running prisons
Jack Straw has announced measures signalling that from next year onwards charities will play a much wider role in the running of prisons and probationary services

28/04/09 - view story
CIPD welcomes Government victory over European directive
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed the Government’s hard fought victory in the battle to see off European Parliament proposals

27/04/09 - view story
New director of policy and campaigns at IOF
Louise Richards has been appointed as director of policy and campaigns at the Institute of Fundraising

24/04/09 - view story
Volunteering England welcomes youth community service
Volunteering England has welcomed the Government's pilot schemes for community service in schools

24/04/09 - view story
CCLA warns the budget will leave charities uncertain
Many charity trustees need to review their cash management arrangements urgently in the wake of the Budget, the head of one of the UK's largest charity investment manager has warned

24/04/09 - view story
Ministers set out £146m funding for young community service
New plans to help get every young person in the country to contribute to their community have been set out by the Prime Minister

24/04/09 - view story
Christie charity takes campaign to Number 10
The Christie charity will be descending on Downing Street next month to deliver a petition calling for the return of £6.5 million it lost in the Icelandic banking crisis

23/04/09 - view story
Barclays has announced its intention to increase its lending
Barclays announced today its intention to increase lending to its UK customers and clients in 2009 by £11bn, an increase of 6% on UK loan balances at the end of 2008

23/04/09 - view story
CAF welcomes the budget
The Charities Aid Foundation has welcomed the budget. Commenting on the chancellor's speech, John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said

22/04/09 - view story
CFDG disappointed by third sector budget commitments
The Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) welcomed the £20m Hardship Loan Fund in the budget but was disappointed by the lack of firm commitments which would help the sector in the long term

22/04/09 - view story
CPRE welcomes budget's green measures
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has welcomed the green policies in the budget

22/04/09 - view story
Budget is "the best third sector budget for a long time"
ACEVO described the budget as "the best third sector budget for a long time," although the body did express disappointment at no support for charities with funds in Icelandic banks

22/04/09 - view story
Money set aside for traineeships in social care is welcomed
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has welcomed the budget announcement that money is being set aside for traineeships in social care

22/04/09 - view story
Budget gives poor kids less money than a pint of milk
Child Poverty Action Group has said the amount of money targeted to help poor children in the budget is disgraceful.

22/04/09 - view story
NCVO critical of budget
NCVO has criticised the Chancellor's budget. Stuart Etherington, chief executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) said

22/04/09 - view story
Budget annoucements for the third sector
Building on February’s £42.5m Action Plan to help support the third sector in recession, today’s Budget announced the following news for the sector:

22/04/09 - view story
Government looks at 20% saving on public sector property
As part of its Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) the Government is seeking significant savings from the public sector property portfolio both in the short and longer term

21/04/09 - view story
CAF reveals lack of knowledge on charity tax giving
A new report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) published today reveals that almost a third (32%) of UK adults don’t know they can give to charity tax effectively

21/04/09 - view story
ICRC concerned over situation in Sri Lanka
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely worried about tens of thousands of civilians in north-eastern Sri Lanka

21/04/09 - view story
NCVO links up with HSF to offer members health plan
NCVO has joined forces with HSF health plan to offer all member organisations access to a market-leading health cash plan at a discounted corporate rate.

20/04/09 - view story
Eleven organisations join third sector partner programme
The Department of Health has joined forces with 11 specialist organisations including Age Concern, the Men’s Health Forum and the Race Equality Foundation in a bid to transform the way it works with third sector organisations

20/04/09 - view story
Budget should be about saving jobs says CIPD
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has advised the Chancellor to present a genuine ‘Budget for Jobs’ by focusing on keeping people in jobs during the recession

17/04/09 - view story
Standard & Poor's reviews ratings in white paper
Standard & Poor's has published a white paper examining investors' needs and how various business models for credit rating firms could meet them

17/04/09 - view story
Black employment provider faces closure
The Local Employment and Access Project (LEAP) in London - one of England’s most successful black-led employment providers - is facing closure due to a lack of public funding

17/04/09 - view story
CSR performance fails to convince employees
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance is failing to convince employees, with around 50% of companies disappointed

16/04/09 - view story
UNISON wants a fairer society from the budget
Alastair Darling should resist calls to cut public spending and use next week’s “last chance“ budget to pump-prime the economy and create a fairer society

16/04/09 - view story
Charity Commission finds Prince's Trust guilty
The Charity Commission has said the Prince’s Trust breached charity law by running a joint fundraising event with a political body

16/04/09 - view story
NCVO calls on chancellor to kick start the SIB with £50m
NCVO is calling on chancellor Alistair Darling to kick-start the proposed Social Investment Bank (SIB) with a £50 million Government cash injection

16/04/09 - view story
Report looks at communication between charities and funders
New research by charity think tank and consultancy New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) reveals that while grant-making trusts and foundations use reporting on results from charities in a number of different ways, more than a third do not provide funding

15/04/09 - view story
CAF urges charities to be classified as a separate depositor class
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has urged that charitable organisations should be classified as a separate depositor class

15/04/09 - view story
IOF Payroll Giving Action Plan is released
The Institute of Fundraising’s Payroll Giving Action Plan has been released, following the independent root and branch review of Payroll Giving

09/04/09 - view story
ACEVO calls on charity CEOs to focus on carbon footprints
ACEVO is calling on third sector leaders to make reducing their organisation’s carbon footprint a priority

03/04/09 - view story
Directors guilty of lies over charity fundraising
Two former directors have been banned for a total of 18 years from roles as company directors following an investigation into their conduct as directors of two Scottish based companies and misleading information on how much they gave to charity

03/04/09 - view story
HMRC follow CFDG on tax
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has announced the changes to the VAT partial exemption system that were advocated by the Charity Finance Directors' Group in

03/04/09 - view story
Steering Group names new chair
The Steering Group for the Code of Good Governance has today announced the appointment of its new chair, Lindsay Driscoll

02/04/09 - view story
Brennan leads discussions at G20
Kevin Brennan, the minister for the third sector, chaired a meeting of third sector leaders to discuss the role of charities, voluntary groups, social enterprises and co-operatives in the economic recovery in advance of G20.

02/04/09 - view story
NCVO say G20 must involve civil society
Speaking from the G20 Summit, Stuart Etherington, NCVO CEO, warned that any recommendations from the G20 Summit must fully involve civil society

02/04/09 - view story
Government to ban discrimination against carers
The Government has today announced that it intends to ban discrimination against carers by protecting people who are 'associated with' someone who is disabled

02/04/09 - view story
IVAR commissioned to assess Compact Championsovernment taskforce set up
The Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has been commissioned to assess the role and impact of Compact Champions new government taskforce has been set up to look at ways that businesses and the third sector can work together

31/03/09 - view story
New government taskforce set up
A new government taskforce has been set up to look at ways that businesses and the third sector can work together

25/03/09 - view story
Charity Commission opens inquiry into Bangladesh charity
The Charity Commission has opened another inquiry, this time into the charity called Green Crescent Bangladesh UK

25/03/09 - view story
Brennan says build on current Compact
In a letter from Kevin Brennan, minister for the Third Sector, and Simon Blake, chair of Compact Voice to Bert Massie, commissioner for the Compact, they state that the way forward for the Compact is

25/03/09 - view story
Bank of England should be privatised says think tank
The Bank of England should be privatised and once again empowered to regulate the banking system. This is the controversial conclusion of a new research paper

24/03/09 - view story
Child Poverty Action responds to report
Child Poverty Action has responded to the publication of a Public Accounts Committee report on tax credit

24/03/09 - view story
Charity Commission investigates charity of extremist MP
The Charity Commission has today opened an inquiry into the charitable funds raised for George Galloway’s controversial appeal: the Lifeline for Gaza, also known as Viva Palestina

18/03/09 - view story
Sector should play a part in creating jobs, says Acevo
The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) has proposed that as part of the ‘Green New Deal’ put forward by Gordon Brown, the charity and community sector should play a crucial part in creating jobs

18/03/09 - view story
Futurebuilders launch £4m fund
Futurebuilders England today launched a new £4m fund to provide short-term cash flow to organisations who are delivering public service contracts

17/03/09 - view story
Charity Commission reveals how charities are hit by the recession
New figures released today by the Charity Commission reveal the deepening impact of the recession on charities in England and Wales, with more than half reporting they have been affected

16/03/09 - view story
BIG funding for charity dealing with alcoholism
A project helping vulnerable children and families affected by substance and alcohol misuse received close to £479,000 in funding announced today by the Big Lottery Fund

13/03/09 - view story
Workforce Hub calls on volunteers for feedback
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has reacted with dismay to the failure this morning of the High Court legal challenge to block expansion at Stansted Airp

13/03/09 - view story
CPRE reacts with anger to High Court decision on Stansted
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has reacted with dismay to the failure this morning of the High Court legal challenge to block expansion at Stansted Airport

13/03/09 - view story
MSF withdraws from Darfur
All sections of MSF Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international humanitarian aid organisation, are withdrawing almost all international staff from projects in Darfur as a result of the abduction of its staff

13/03/09 - view story
Charity Commission consults on risk framework
As part of its regulatory programme, the Charity Commission has launched a consultation on a Risk and Proportionality Framework for its services to individual charities

12/03/09 - view story
MP grapples with Britain's 'broken society'
Patrick Mercer MP will take up the Inner City Challenge next week, immersing himself in a charity working with some of Britain’s most damaged families

11/03/09 - view story
Medical charity partners with German NGO to tackle Zimbabwe epidemic
Medical charity Merlin is partnering with German NGO Welthungerhilfe (GAA) to provide health care for up to 500,000 people affected by the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe

11/03/09 - view story
Charity wants £3 billion to halve child poverty
The Child Poverty Action Group has cited the figure of £3 billion from government to halve child poverty

10/03/09 - view story
Duncan Smith warns of tackling Britain's 'broken society'
Radical proposals to mend Britain’s broken society are needed more than ever as the recession deepens, former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has warned

10/03/09 - view story
Rising sea levels will spell disaster for the world's poorest
New science which predicts a rise in sea levels of one meter or more by the end of the century would spell disaster for the some of the world's poorest people, international agency Oxfam International said today

10/03/09 - view story
UNISON urges government to protect contracted sector workers
UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector trade union, is today urging the Government to toughen up the rules protecting contracted out public sector workers

09/03/09 - view story
NICVA condemns weekend shootings
NICVA, the umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland, has condemned the weekend shootings in Antrim

09/03/09 - view story
Fund manager of £100m Social Enterprise Investment Fund announced
A consortium led by Futurebuilders England has been announced by the Department of Health as the fund manager of its £100 million Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF)

09/03/09 - view story
Prince's Trust faces investigation
Prince Charles's charity, The Prince's Trust was facing an investigation into a potentially illegal donation to the Conservative Party, reported the Mail on Sunday

09/03/09 - view story
Marie Curie Cancer Care revamps research
Marie Curie Cancer Care is planning a significant shift in its research activities so it can invest more in research into end of life care and place less emphasis on fundamental scientific research

09/03/09 - view story
LSC Mental Health Strategy launched
The refreshed LSC Mental Health Strategy – The Way Forward has been launched

06/03/09 - view story
Disappointment from charity on government opt-outs
A leading disability charity has welcomed the much needed step the government has taken towards the adoption of the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities

06/03/09 - view story
National Payroll Giving Awards welcome entries
Employers with a 2009 Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award are encouraged to submit an entry to the National Payroll Giving Awards sponsored by Payroll Giving in Action, which showcases the best examples of UK employers’ Payroll Giving schemes

06/03/09 - view story
Inspire CEO wins award
The chief executive of one of Scotland’s largest charities has won an award

05/03/09 - view story
ACEVO launches new website
ACEVO has launched a new website designed to offer all third sector organisations tools and guidance to support them during the recession

04/03/09 - view story
A quarter of the UK take time out to volunteer
More than a quarter of the UK (28%) is taking time out to volunteer at least once a month according to the first annual Volunteering Index, a report uncovering the nation’s voluntary habits from the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

04/03/09 - view story
Welsh charitable report welcomed
A report giving a unique insight into the Welsh charitable sector has been welcomed by a group of Assembly Members (AMs) and their staff who met yesterday in Cardiff

03/03/09 - view story
SAM launches Asia Sustainability index
SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and Dow Jones Indexes, a global index provider, today announced the launch of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific and...

03/03/09 - view story
Justice minister appointed as champion of volunteering
Thousands of people who volunteer in the Criminal Justice System are to be given a voice in government for the first time, with the appointment of a Volunteering Champion, it was announced today

02/03/09 - view story
Commission for the Compact research is underway
A lack of clarity about how Compact principles apply to European funding programmes has prompted a research study to be undertaken by the Commission for the Compact

27/02/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes inquiry into Interpal
The Charity Commission has published the results of its inquiry into the charity Palestinians Relief and Development Fund (Interpal) and directed Interpal’s trustees to review their due diligence and monitoring procedures relating to their partner organisation

27/02/09 - view story
The Prostrate Cancer Charity appoints fundraising director
The Prostate Cancer Charity has appointed Mark Bishop as its director of Fundraising

26/02/09 - view story
Futurebuilders and Capcitybuilders work together to deliver fund
Futurebuilders and Capacitybuilders will work together in partnership to deliver the £16.5m Modernisation Fund element of the Government’s £42.5m initiative to help the third sector through the recession

24/02/09 - view story
Charities are not prepared to deal with fraudsters
Many charities are ill-prepared to deal with fraud, according to independent watchdog the Fraud Advisory Panel (FAP)

23/02/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes survey into mosques
The Charity Commission has published the first detailed survey of mosques in England and Wales, which it says, shows that mosques contribute to their local communities through a wide range of services and activities in addition to providing space for worship

23/02/09 - view story
Recession hits public and private workers with budget cuts
In a further sign of the deteriorating state of the economy, the latest quarterly CIPD/KPMG survey of 892 employers shows that around two-thirds of UK employers have either experienced an organisational budget cut in 2008 or are about to experience one

23/02/09 - view story
Social care is as important as NHS says survey
Four out of five adults (79 per cent) believe that social care is as important as the NHS, reveals a survey out today by a leading disability charity

20/02/09 - view story
Overseas Development Institute appoints new director
Alison Evans is to be appointed as the new director of the Overseas Development Institute, the UK independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues

20/02/09 - view story
Grant for volunteer programme
Canine Partners, a charity specialising in providing highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, has today received a grant from the lottery distributor Awards for All

18/02/09 - view story
NCVO Civil Society Almanac launched
New figures in the UK Civil Society Almanac 2009 launched today reveals that UK civil society is a larger employer than both the banking and accountancy industries

13/02/09 - view story
Sector leaders come together on tax issues
Sector leaders attended a meeting with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Timms, to discuss proposals for further progress on gift aid reform and to address the issue of irrecoverable VAT

13/02/09 - view story
FX fund raising initiative launched
A fund-raising initiative to help charities generate free donations for good causes has been launched by one of the UK's leading foreign exchange firms

12/02/09 - view story
New NCVO Funding Commission launched
Eleven Funding Commissioners tasked with looking at future funding of the voluntary and community sector met for the first time and will report back in a year

12/02/09 - view story
Triodos increases its charity lending
Ethical group Triodos Bank, has increased its lending to charities and social enterprises by £20 million in 2008

10/02/09 - view story
Launch of new index
A new online index that charts the growth and impact of social businesses has been launched

09/02/09 - view story
Government pledges £42.5 million to sector
The government today pledged £42.5 million to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises deliver extra real help to those that need it most, during the global economic downturn

09/02/09 - view story
Cancer Research UK makes appointments
Terry Mills and Monica Wilson have joined Cancer Research UK as associate director and group account manager working with the charity’s corporate supporters

06/02/09 - view story
NCVO chief writes to PM

NCVO CEO Stuart Etherington has written a letter to the Prime Minister, it reads:

04/02/09 - view story
£250 million Social Investment Bank is needed says taskforce
A £250 million Social Investment Bank is needed by the third sector to transform the role charities and social enterprises can play in the delivery of public services, according to a report released by the Third Sector Taskforce

02/02/09 - view story
Most in need are missing out says Charity Commission
Thousands of people, including those most in need, could be missing out on essential support both because some charities have experienced a greater demand for services than they can supply and because significant numbers of people would be embarrassed to receive charity help

28/01/09 - view story
Charity Commission publishes Wales charity overview
For the first time, information about the Welsh charitable sector has been brought together and analysed to produce an overview of charities in Wales in A snapshot of charities in Wales published by the Charity Commission

27/01/09 - view story
Landmark ECJ judgment for charity donations
A landmark Judgment, released by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) today, means that cross-border EU charitable donations ought now to be tax-deductible across all member states

27/01/09 - view story
British public will not let charities fail
"The British public won’t let charities fail – they can’t afford to’, Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the charity regulator for England and Wales told business leaders at the Cardiff Business Club

26/01/09 - view story
Charity sector leaders criticse the BBC and Sky
Leading figures in the charity sector are united against the decision by both the BBC and Sky not to broadcast the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) crisis appeal for Gaza

26/01/09 - view story
Majority of leaders fear sector will suffer
Four out of five (83%) charity leaders believe that the economic conditions in the voluntary sector will worsen over the next twelve months, according to the NCVO’s latest quarterly Charity Forecast Survey

23/01/09 - view story
Small Tender Organisation Fund launched
Futurebuilders England and the National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning (NPTSC) have launched the Small Organisation Tender Fund

23/01/09 - view story
One month left for Not for Profit Awards
Not for Profit organisations in the UK have just one month remaining to enter the the Bank of Scotland Corporate £6 million Social Entrepreneur Awards

21/01/09 - view story
Guy's makes fundraising appointment
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has welcomed former director of fundraising for the Parkinson’s Disease Society (PDS), Hugo Middlemas, to the post of director of Fundraising

20/01/09 - view story
NCVO demands £100m from government
The government must provide a minimum of £100M to ensure that essential support and services provided by voluntary and community organisations

19/01/09 - view story
Lenient sentences for rapists condemned by charities
The sentences of three thugs who gang-raped a teenager with learning disabilities before they horrifically burnt her with caustic soda have been criticised by leading charities

19/01/09 - view story
Survey reveals hard times for single parents
Single parents are fighting a hardening of attitudes towards them as well as harsher living conditions as the recession bites, a survey from single parent charity Gingerbread shows

15/01/09 - view story
Last call for charities to get share of £1.6 million
Applications for the Spark Challenge, a development and investment programme to prevent and tackle homelessness through social enterprise, will close on February 9

15/01/09 - view story
CAF wants third sector clarification
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has welcomed Lord Mandelson’s announcement of a series of measures to help businesses through the recession, however

15/01/09 - view story
CPRE blasts government
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has condemned the government's decision in favour of expansion at Heathrow

15/01/09 - view story
Investment manager appoints new roles
Charity investment manager Rensburg Sheppards has increased its capacity through the recruitment of John Hildebrand and Elliot Bancroft to its charities team

15/01/09 - view story
Young people to get work boost
Thousands of young people are to receive support to find work with major national employers

15/01/09 - view story
New FRSB CEO welcomed
The appointment of Alistair McLean, the new chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), has been welcomed by Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising

12/01/09 - view story
Consultancy creates charity advice report
Wootton George Consulting has published advice for charities on how to survive the recession

09/01/09 - view story
BIG funds international projects
Charities projects in India and Asia will be helped to build more sustainable futures following funding of more than £6.7 million from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG)

08/01/09 - view story
CAF America recommends UK charities fundraise in the US
CAFAmerica, part of the Charities Aid Foundation international network, urges UK charities to make the most from the changes in the exchange rate

08/01/09 - view story
BBC raises over a hundred of million through appeals
BBC audiences have raised £113m for charitable causes in the year 2007/08

07/01/09 - view story
Charity investments see 19% fall
UK charities' investments lost 19 per cent of their value last year, according to an index compiled by financial services group, State Street

06/01/09 - view story
CFDG launches new training course
The Charity Finance Directors' Group has launched a new training course, Understanding the Voluntary Sector for anyone who is new to the voluntary sector

06/01/09 - view story
Carers Week appoints media officer
Carers Week, the annual campaign for greater recognition and rights for carers, has appointed Sushila Snell as media and campaigns officer

05/01/09 - view story
Knighthood for Terrence Higgins chief
Nick Partridge, head of the UK’s largest HIV charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours

05/01/09 - view story
RoSPA's Cave gets awarded MBE
Janice Cave, the director of public affairs at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has been awarded an MBE

05/01/09 - view story
Top author calls for more access to braille
To mark the launch of a campaign to raise £2 million in order to re-house the nation’s leading Braille printing press, best selling author Ian Rankin has called on writers, publishers and retailers to improve accessibility of fiction and non-fiction in braille

29/12/08 - view story
CIPD warns of worst year in two decades
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned that 2009 is shaping up to be the worst year for jobs in two decades

19/12/08 - view story
HLF announces £15million in heritage projects
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced its latest round of awards totalling £15.6m for a range of heritage projects across the UK

18/12/08 - view story
Charity Commission open inquiry into Catz Club
The Charity Commission has opened a formal inquiry into the charity Catz Club, also known as Schoolfriend

18/12/08 - view story
DSC awards announced
A charity working with the local community in Malawi to improve health, education and sanitation, has been awarded an Everyday Impact Award by the Directory of Social Change (DSC)

17/12/08 - view story
Charity Commission publishes guidance
The Charity Commission has published on its website supplementary public benefit guidance for charities whose aims include preventing or relieving poverty, or advancing education or religion, and those that charge fees

15/12/08 - view story
Britain needs more volunteers says Blunkett
Former home secretary David Blunkett has claimed that Britain needs more volunteers, suggesting that it is the preserve of the middle class

15/12/08 - view story
Call on Government to help carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers – the UK’s provider of services for carers through its 144 network members - is urgently calling for the Government and statutory services to help create more joined up services for young and adult carers

11/12/08 - view story
Sport volunteering on the rise
The number of adults in England who regularly volunteer in sport has risen by more than 120,000 over the past two years, according to new research

10/12/08 - view story
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents welcomes reports
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has welcomed the publication of two major reports which show the UK is leading the world on preventing deaths and injuries to children

08/12/08 - view story
Capacitybuilders commissions new research
Capacitybuilders has commissioned a partnership comprising of the newly established Third Sector Research Centre, BMG Research, Guidestar Data Services and Sustain Consultancy to undertake the largest evaluation of the government's investment into the sector

08/12/08 - view story
National Deaf Children’s Society winsa award
A website designed by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has won the Interactive Media Awards (IMA) Best in Class 2008.

05/12/08 - view story
Donations will go down over the next year says survey
Yet another survey shows hard times ahead for charity doinations, but children's charities are top of giving list

03/12/08 - view story
Commission pushes green agenda
The Charity Commission has published a report promoting more environmental responsibility among charities

03/12/08 - view story
HSE launches consultation
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on its new strategy: ‘The Health and Safety of Great Britain\\Be Part of the Solution’

01/12/08 - view story
Third sector will benefit from SME support package
The Minister for the Third Sector, Kevin Brennan, has confirmed that third sector organisations will benefit from the support package for SMEs

28/11/08 - view story
Voluntary sector is "dangerous for democracy"
"The voluntary Sector is dangerous for democracy”, warned Guardian columnist and chairman of the National Trust, Simon Jenkins

24/11/08 - view story
CFDG gives mxied response to pre-budget report
The Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) has welcomed parts of the Chancellor’s pre-budget report, which is set to aid charities to the tune of around £70m

20/11/08 - view story
Avoid credit at Christmas warns charity
Cash-strapped families who turn to credit to pay for Christmas could be setting themselves up for a New Year debt disaster, children’s charity Action for Children has warned

19/11/08 - view story
CFN chair states the case for local giving
The incoming chair of the Community Foundation Network (CFN), the UK’s largest independent community charitable grant-maker, has rejected recent reports that claim the charitable sector could face crisis as a result of the credit crunch

18/11/08 - view story
Minister for the Third Sector will reward social change
Minister for the Third Sector Kevin Brennan will reward an individual or organisation whose clear vision for social change has achieved outstanding results at the Social Change Conference on December 8 2008 in central London

17/11/08 - view story
New coalition launches Race for Justice
A new coalition of voluntary and community-based organisations launched the Race for Justice Campaign in England and Wales

17/11/08 - view story
Acevo puts forward 16 point plan ahead of third sector summit
Ahead of the Government/third sector summit being held on November 24, hosted by NCVO and co-chaired by Third Sector Minister Kevin Brennan, ACEVO has called for a ‘great debate’ on how Government can support the third sector through the recession

17/11/08 - view story
Winner of Women of the Future Awards announced
Melody Hossaini, a campaigner for youth rights, has been honored in the Women of the Future Awards in London

14/11/08 - view story
Capacitybuilders to award £5 million in grants
Capacitybuilders has launched a £5 million capital grants programme to develop third sector resource centres

12/11/08 - view story
Gays not wanted as parents
More than one in three people believe that gay couples (38 per cent) and single people (37 per cent) should not be allowed to adopt

12/11/08 - view story
Charity CEO salaries are up but gender gap widens
The median salary for charity CEOs has shot up by over 8% from last year to nearly £60,000, while salaries for those heading the UK’s largest charities remain firmly over the £100,000 mark, according to the latest ACEVO Pay Survey

12/11/08 - view story
New charity consortium aims to fight credit crunch
A charity consortium comprising of, Depaul Trust, Get Connected, YouthNet and the Bromley by Bow Centre, have developed a partnership in an attempt to tackle the effects of the credit crunch on smaller charities

12/11/08 - view story
Home-Start UK awarded grant
Home-Start UK has been awarded a Big Lottery Grant from the Investing in Communities (Scotland) programme

12/11/08 - view story
Electrical Safety Council sets up Scottish Office
Campaigning charity the Electrical Safety Council has set up a dedicated office for Scotland

11/11/08 - view story
Unity Trust Bank makes appointment
Unity Trust Bank, the provider of banking services to the social economy sector, has appointed of Nigel Tyrrell as head of national charities

06/11/08 - view story
Health charities top large donations
Health charities, international aid and development organisations and higher education institutions are the main beneficiaries of the largest charitable donations made in the UK, according to the Coutts Million-Pound Donors Report

06/11/08 - view story
Funders' preferences revealed in new almanac
The funding preferences of trusts, companies and government is revealed in a new almanac on sale from the Directory of Social Change

06/11/08 - view story
Public concerned over how charities spend their money
The public is more put off by how a charity spends its income than how it generates it, according to new research

05/11/08 - view story
Action for Blind People makes appointment
Sue Hartley has been appointed head of individual giving for national visual impairment charity Action for Blind People

05/11/08 - view story
Big Lottery Fund offers hope
Five new support centres for youngsters with physical and mental disabilities will be built in tsunami-hit areas of Sri Lanka after an investment of more than £480,000 from the Big Lottery Fund

04/11/08 - view story
Downturn may be good for social enterprises
The current economic downturn may provide a launch pad for social enterprises to make real inroads in delivering health and social care services, a latest survey has found

04/11/08 - view story
Capacitybuilders makes announcement on latest phase of awards
Capacitybuilders has announced £2.5 million of grant awards for the modernisation of third sector support services

03/11/08 - view story
Changes in the Awards for All England Programme
Following a review of the Awards for All England programme, changes are to be made to the small grants scheme’s existing format when it comes to an end in March 2009

29/10/08 - view story
Report reveals testing time in charity sector
Latest research reveals that a period of relative stability for the third sector appears to be coming to an end, but that there are ways in which charities can prepare to cope with a possible recession

28/10/08 - view story
Accountants warn charities about tax changes
Accountants Horwath Clark Whitehill has warned charities they are under financial threat from more than the credit crunch and recession

27/10/08 - view story
IOF launches gift aid mentoring website
The Institute of Fundraising has launched its new Gift Aid mentoring forum,, which aims to provide access to an online network of experienced professional fundraisers and practitioners

27/10/08 - view story
HLF awards funds to seven projects
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has earmarked seven awards totalling £8million made through its Landscape Partnership Scheme

22/10/08 - view story
Philanthropy can survive the recession, says expert
Charities should not assume they will lose their biggest supporters in the current financial turmoil, says academic Beth Breeze of the newly established Centre for Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice at the University of Kent

21/10/08 - view story
New Third Sector Skills body announced by Government
Government Ministers have announced that £2.5million will be made available over the next three years to set up a brand new skills body for the third sector

20/10/08 - view story
Concern Worldwide appoints new head of fundraising
International development charity Concern Worldwide UK has appointed a new head of fundraising, Sanjeev Gupta 

17/10/08 - view story
Etherington issues warning to government
Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has warned that charities need a strong show of support from the Government during this time of economic instability

17/10/08 - view story
Mental health charities merge
Two mental health charities are set to merge to make their work more effective

16/10/08 - view story
NSPCC wins award

The NSPCC has won the second annual international Gold Star Award for Excellence in Fundraising DRTV, following a vote by delegates at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in Holland

16/10/08 - view story
NSPCC seeks new deputy director of fundraising

Tim Hunter is to leave the NSPCC in January 2009 after seven years as deputy director of fundraising

15/10/08 - view story
Charity leaders reveal concerns about credit crunch
Economic pressures brought on by the credit crunch have increased uncertainty among UK charity leaders about the future of their own sector and the financial security of the wider UK economy

14/10/08 - view story
Charities hit by credit crunch
Charities are being squeezed by both an increase in demand for their services and increased costs, according to the Charity Commission

07/10/08 - view story
New Minister for Third Sector announced
The Office of the Third Sector appointed Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, as the new Minister for the Third Sector

06/10/08 - view story
BIG goes big on community regeneration
The BIG Lottery Fund has announced funding of £2.7 million to regenerate and revitalise a range of centres at the heart of communities

03/10/08 - view story
Scope implements redudancies to beat credit crunch
Scope is to reduce its senior management team and introduce other cost-saving measures to minimise the impact of the worsening economic slowdown before it reaches its peak

01/10/08 - view story
Charity Commission launches new online register
Information on charities is now more accessible than ever before, thanks to a new version of the Charity Commission’s online register

25/09/08 - view story
Charities combine to fight fo sight
Two charities, RNID - the UK's largest charity for deaf and hard of hearing people and Fight for Sight - the UK's leading charity dedicated to eye research, have joined forces for the first time to provide a forum to discuss the impact of sensory impairment in an ageing population

23/09/08 - view story
CSV wants to make difference
Minister for climate change, biodiversity, & waste Joan Ruddock has rallied the food industry to play a greater part in helping to alleviate food poverty and food waste in the UK at an event hosted by national charity FareShare

23/09/08 - view story
Minister calls for action over food poverty
Minister for climate change, biodiversity, & waste Joan Ruddock has rallied the food industry to play a greater part in helping to alleviate food poverty and food waste in the UK at an event hosted by national charity FareShare

23/09/08 - view story
National Deaf Chidren's Society launches website
Parents and guardians of deaf children are set to benefit from a new online service, that will help them contact other families with deaf children across the UK

19/09/08 - view story
DSC's Social Change Awards launched National Deaf Chidren's Society launches website
Voluntary sector organisations and individuals making a positive impact on society are invited to enter DSC's 2008 Social Change Awards

19/09/08 - view story
New Alzheimer's website launched
A new website has been launched,, to provide information, advice and support to people with Alzheimer’s, their families and carers across the world

16/09/08 - view story
Deafness Research makes appointment in newly created role
John Blake has been appointed the new head of individual giving of medical research charity Deafness Research UK

12/09/08 - view story
UK green funding revealed
The UK's first green funding website has revealed the best and worst English regions for local and regional environmental funding initiatives

10/09/08 - view story
CSV launches Make Difference Day
People from across the UK are being asked by leading sportsman, Kriss Akabusi ‘to mob’ the UK’s open spaces to promote positive action in their communities

08/09/08 - view story
Lord Mayor's corporate community shortlist announced
The City of London Corporation has announced the shortlist for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards 2008

08/09/08 - view story
Barnado's and Deloitte launch poverty report
Barnardo’s and business advisory firm Deloitte launched a report that highlights ways in which the government can meet its commitment to reducing child poverty

08/09/08 - view story
Charity Commission launches casebook report
The Charity Commission has published Charities Back on Track, a new report bringing together themes and lessons from the compliance work it has carried out over the last year

05/09/08 - view story
Charity Commission secures return of political donation
The independent regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales, The Charity Commission, has overseen the return of a donation of charitable money made by the charity Catz Club (known as Schoolfriendetc.) to a political party, in breach of charity rules

05/09/08 - view story
Voice4Change launches subscriber scheme
Voice4Change England (V4CE) has launched a subscribers scheme that individuals and organisations can join to strengthen its role in building a thriving BME Third Sector

03/09/08 - view story
Funders should invest in support services warns report
A new report has called for a better match between the accountability requirements placed on third sector organisations by funders and commissioners and the information organisations need to develop and improve their services and campaigns

02/09/08 - view story
Epilepsy Action launches mothers campaign
Every year, around four women with epilepsy die during pregnancy or giving birth, meaning they face a seven times greater risk than women without epilepsy, warns national charity Epilepsy ActionCharity

01/09/08 - view story
Charity Finance Directors' Group in merger
The Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) has merged with the Charities Consortium with the latter becoming CFDG’s Large Charities Special Interest Group

29/08/08 - view story
Voluntary organisations want to go green
Research carried out by Every Action Counts in 442 community and voluntary organisations showed that almost 90 per cent want more environmentally friendly working office practice.

28/08/08 - view story
Charities recycling could return millions
A new YouGov survey of the general public has revealed an opportunity for charities to increase fundraising income by £130 million through recycling going some way to offset the drop in private donations expected over the next 12 months following the credit crunch

27/08/08 - view story
Revised standards for managing volunteers is published
Revised National occupational standards (NOS) for the Management of Volunteers have been published by the UK Workforce Hub.

27/08/08 - view story
Will Aid will take place in November
Will Aid, the UK’s leading charity will making scheme, will be running again this November providing an opportunity for other charities to overcome one of the main barriers to achieving legacies – motivating supporters to actually make a will

26/08/08 - view story
Concerns over the cost of elderly care
As the government works on plans to reform the social care system, a new survey has revealed that two thirds (67 per cent) of adults over 35 are concerned about the future cost of care and accommodation facing them or an older member of their family

26/08/08 - view story
Health online networking site launches
The VoloGroup has launched a health specific professional networking web site.
The site has taken Web 2.0 functionality and developed a professional networking platform that will encompass all aspects of the healthcare sector.

26/08/08 - view story
Comic Relief implements new system
Charity Comic Relief is implementing a human resource system from ASR Computers, part of COA Solutions

26/08/08 - view story
Moving People changes its name
The mental health anti-discrimination programme previously known as Moving People, has changed its new name to Time to Change, following an extensive consultation

22/08/08 - view story
Britain is unfair warns shadow chancellor
The shadow chancellor, George Osborne, has launched a report highlighting how Labour’s policies have made Britain more unfair

22/08/08 - view story
Futurebuilders makes appointment
Futurebuilders England has made its first major external appointment since the Adventure Capital Fund took over the Futurebuilders contract in April

20/08/08 - view story
Best Charity to Work for Award shortlist announced
After receiving hundreds of entries for the Charity Times best Charity to Work For Award, a strong shortlist has been reached with five charities fighting it out to win the overall award

20/08/08 - view story
Bliss launches new brand
Bliss, the national charity for special care babies, has launched a new brand identity, for the first time in ten years. The brand includes a new logo, strapline and website

20/08/08 - view story
Charity issues tips on using MP3 players
Deafness Research UK has published its top tips for the safe use of MP3 players, following research by the charity that shows too many people are putting their hearing at risk by listening to MP3 players too loudly for too long

13/08/08 - view story
Somerset House employs new payment system
The Somerset House Trust, which conserves and develops Somerset House - an 18th Century palace and cultural centre in central London - has implemented a new document imaging system

11/08/08 - view story
IOF delighted over Royal Assent for transitional relief
The Institute of Fundraising has said it is delighted that the 2008 Budget announcement in relation to transitional relief has now received Royal Assent

08/08/08 - view story
London Foundations merge
Following discussions between Capital Community Foundation and Thames Community Foundation, both organisations have announced their intention to merge

08/08/08 - view story
Scope experiments with PDAs
Disability charity Scope is hoping form-filling could become a thing of the past

07/08/08 - view story
NCVO chief is appointed to university role
Chief executive of NCVO, Stuart Etherington, has been appointed chair of court at the University of Greenwich.

06/08/08 - view story
2008 Charity Times Awards shortlist announced

After judging the strongest number of award entrants ever, Charity Times has finalised a strong shortlist for its 2008 Awards.

06/08/08 - view story
Horse charity in name change
The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), has rolled out a repositioning strategy, with one of the key elements seeing it change its name to World Horse Welfare.

29/07/08 - view story
Imperial War Museum appoints new director of development
Sue Coleman has been appointed director of development at the Imperial War Museum

29/07/08 - view story
City University awards bursaries
City University London has announced the winners of its Department of Cultural Policy and Management Scholarship and Bursary Scheme 2008/9

29/07/08 - view story
Borderline raises £100,000
The Institute of Fundraising along with Prime Minister, Gordon Brown celebrated the recognition of six volunteer fundraisers as ‘Everyday Heroes’

28/07/08 - view story
Peta appoints London director
Peta Europe, an affiliate of the world's largest animal rights organisation, has announced the appointment of Robbie LeBlanc as director of its London-based operation

25/07/08 - view story
WellChild appoints new marketing and communications director
National children’s health charity WellChild has appointed Colin Dyer as its new director of marketing and communications

24/07/08 - view story
PM hosts technology awards
The Prime Minister hosted an awards ceremony for people using technology to its best social benefit

24/07/08 - view story
Awareness is high on Governance Code
Seven out of ten respondents say they are aware of the Governance Code and eight of ten say it’s easy to understand, applicable to their organisation and useful, states new research 

24/07/08 - view story
Local democracy must flourish says NCVO
Greater participation by people in the local political process is vital for a healthy democracy, and is the key theme of Votes and Voices, a collection of nine essays published by NCVO and the LGA

24/07/08 - view story
IOFcelebrates heroes
The Institute of Fundraising along with Prime Minister, Gordon Brown celebrated the recognition of six volunteer fundraisers as ‘Everyday Heroes’

18/07/08 - view story
Charity Commission questions role of think tank trustees
The Charity Commission has published the results of its inquiry into registered charity the Smith Institute reconfirming that the Smith Institute is a charity and is capable of operating for the public benefit

16/07/08 - view story
Voluntary groups confront local authorities
Voluntary groups in the east of England have sent a clear message to local authorities and regional agencies calling on them to play fair and improve the way they work with voluntary and community sector organisations

15/07/08 - view story
Female civil service appointmenets decline
2008 has seen a percentage decline in all civil service appointments that went to women

14/07/08 - view story
Harman and Milliband want more diversity
A major push to increase the number of women, disabled people, black, Asian and minority ethnic groups appointed to the boards of public bodies to reflect the wider population has been undertaken by the government

11/07/08 - view story
University honours top nurse
Manchester Metropolitan University honoured one of the UK’s top nurses, Rosemary Cook, CBE

10/07/08 - view story
Charities win top intrenet awards
Charities were among those recognised for their innovative and creative internet projects at the Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008 awards ceremony

09/07/08 - view story
Public servies suffer in economic environmnet says report
Public services are being exposed to the economic bad weather and to destructive market forces, because of an increasing dependence on a private “public service industry”

09/07/08 - view story
Navca welcomes Third Sector report
NAVCA has welcomed the publication of the first ever House of Commons Select Committee Report into the Third Sector

08/07/08 - view story
Charities left confused over new CIS rules
Phil Hope, the minister for the Third Sector, has asked the Compact Commissioner Sir Bert Massie to lead a debate on whether the Compact should be supported by statutory powers

07/07/08 - view story
Call on debate over Compact
Charitable bodies throughout the UK are failing to comply with the requirements of the new Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) introduced over a year ago (6 April 2007) and are at risk of being penalised.

02/07/08 - view story
Next phase of campaign on unclaimed assets launched
The Unclaimed Assets Charity Coalition has launched the next phase of its campaign to enable charities to access unclaimed assets that are rightfully theirs

01/07/08 - view story
New advisory body named
Phil Hope, the minister for the Third Sector, has appointed the panel of the new Third Sector Advisory Body (TSAB)

30/06/08 - view story
Triodos in latest launch
Social finance specialists, Triodos Bank, has launched the Triodos Opportunities Fund - a venture capital fund for social enterprises

30/06/08 - view story
Local authorities push the third sector
The most vulnerable people in local communities stand to benefit from the support of charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises, now that a majority of England’s local councils have made it a top priority to have an active and thriving third sector

30/06/08 - view story
Dunmore appointed chair of BBC's AAC
Stephen Dunmore is the new chair of the BBC’s independent Charity Appeals Advisory Committee (AAC)

27/06/08 - view story
Brown has big vision
The Prime Minster, Gordon Brown, has outlined a new vision for transforming England’s public services

25/06/08 - view story
CRB keeps children protected
More than 20,000 unsuitable people were stopped from working with children and vulnerable adults last year as a direct result of checks by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) according to the latest figures

24/06/08 - view story
Pensions Trust dismayed by PPF levy increase
The Pensions Trust has expressed disappointment at the decision by the Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) to increasethe trust’s levy by about £850,000 despite the recognition by the PPF that charities carry a lower risk of insolvency than commercial organisations

24/06/08 - view story
PM approves new chair of HMRC
The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Mike Clasper, formerly operational managing director at Terra Firma Capital Partners, as the new chair of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

19/06/08 - view story
New research guidance for commissioners and service providers
The Cabinet Office’s Social Exclusion Task Force has published new guidance on the use of research-based evidence during the commissioning process, for both commissioners and providers of services for vulnerable people

11/06/08 - view story
Confidence in sector dips, but individual optimism remains strong
Charity leaders are generally confident about the future of their own organisations, but are unsure of the prospects for the third sector as a whole, according to new research

10/06/08 - view story
Northern Ireland charities facing huge cutbacks
Charities in Northern Ireland are facing huge cutbacks which will result in services for vulnerable people disappearing and the loss of hundreds of jobs, the North Ireland Council for Voluntary Action has warned

09/06/08 - view story
Funding Commission for civil society to be established
NCVO has announced that it will be establishing a new Funding Commission, tasked with examining future financial provision across the full range of civil society after 2010

09/06/08 - view story
More work on equality necessary, study finds
While intentions and rhetoric are generally strong, much work still needs to be done if charities are to achieve real social equality and diversity, according to a new study

04/06/08 - view story
Report calls for greater collaboration between unions and sector
Unions should re-examine their offerings to third sector employees, and both unions and the sector should consider making joint approaches to government, according to a new report

04/06/08 - view story
CRB for volunteers guidance published
The Cabinet Office has published new guidance for organisations that make use of volunteers, to clarity when Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks need to be carried out

03/06/08 - view story
PKF launches 2008 risk survey
Charities have been invited to take part in the seventh annual risk survey by accountancy PKF and the Charity Finance Directors Group

03/06/08 - view story
Morgan Inquiry met with criticism from volunteering body
The latest study into volunteering has been published, calling on government to recognise volunteering as a legitimate job-seeking activity, and recommending a flexible day off to encourage its take-up

03/06/08 - view story
Cameron lays out Conservative’s vision for third sector
Conservative leader David Cameron has launched a Green Paper, highlighting the Conservative’s vision for the role of the voluntary sector, and setting out ways to encourage it as a force for social progress

01/06/08 - view story
Accounting diploma to close for experience only

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has announced that the ability to obtain its Diploma in Charity Accounting through experience alone will end on 31 July

22/05/08 - view story
Not-for-profit survey extended into Europe
A new survey has been launched by Blackbaud and the Resource Alliance to explore the state of fundraising in Europe

21/05/08 - view story
Public confidence in charities on the up
Public trust and confidence in charities has increased over the past three years, with only doctors and the police receiving a higher confidence rating, according to a new study

21/05/08 - view story
New Code bans financial guilt direct mail campaigns
The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new Code of Fundraising Practice, banning the use of enclosures in direct mail packs which aim to motivate donations through the inducement of financial guilt

19/05/08 - view story
Compact Awards nominations open
Nominations for this year’s Compact Awards, previously the Compact Commendations for Excellence, have opened

12/05/08 - view story
Petition calls for national roll-out of Social Enterprise Mark
The Sunlight Trust, a social enterprise operating in Kent, has created an online petition to lobby for the national roll-out of the Social Enterprise Mark, currently only available to organisations operating in South West England

24/04/08 - view story
Returnment phenomenon set to benefit charity sector
Over one fifth of workers over the age of 45 are considering taking up voluntary work after they retire, according to a new MORI poll

23/04/08 - view story
Youth volunteering levels remain flat
Despite increased government investment, levels of youth volunteering remained broadly flat between March 2006 and November 2007, with 17-25 year olds as the age group most regularly engaged with charities, according to a new study

23/04/08 - view story
Study finds lack of funding for volunteer management
Though lack of resources is a major issue, over a quarter of volunteer managers would not want more volunteers even if they were provided with additional funds, according to a new report

21/04/08 - view story
Green mayoral candidate signs social enterprise Charter

Siân Berry, Green candidate for Mayor of London, has officially endorsed a new Charter which supports social enterprises in the capital

17/04/08 - view story
Charities making a loss on public service delivery
A study benchmarking financial management practice in the voluntary sector has found that a quarter of those surveyed were making a loss of 8.8% of income, or more, through public service delivery

09/04/08 - view story
OTS appoints chair of new Advisory Body

The Office of the Third Sector has appointed Baroness Jill Pitkeathly OBE as chair of its new advisory body

07/04/08 - view story
Dismay over CLG’s decision to scrap partners scheme
The Community Alliance has expressed “dismay” at the Department of Communities and Local Government’s (CLG) decision to scrap its intended third sector strategic partners scheme, which has been in the making since last June

02/04/08 - view story
European Commission launches Debate Europe programme
The European Commission, in an effort to increase citizens’ involvement in the EU decision-making process, has launched its Debate Europe project, which will co-fund a number of civil society projects throughout 2008 and 2009

01/04/08 - view story
National Support Services open for business
Capacitybuilders’ nine National Support Services (NSS) have opened for business, replacing the six Hubs of Expertise

01/04/08 - view story
Futurebuilders widens funding criteria
The Futurebuilders England fund, which came under the management of the Adventure Capital Fund on 1st April, has announced that the eligibility criteria for organisations applying for funding has widened

01/04/08 - view story
Charities Act comes into full force
Minister for the third sector Phil Hope MP has officially launched the fourth commencement order of the Charities Act 2006, bringing changes to accounting and reporting into force and requiring professional fundraisers to state how much they are paid when asking for donations

31/03/08 - view story
Volunteering England concerned over potential tax rebates
Volunteering England has expressed concern over some of the recommendations in Lord Goldsmith’s report Citizenship: Our Common Bond, namely those concerning council tax rebates in return for volunteering

31/03/08 - view story
Lack of knowledge hindering Gift Aid take-up
Low awareness of how Gift Aid actually works and a lack of knowledge of how to administer it are two of the key barriers to Gift Aid take-up, according to a new report

26/03/08 - view story
Public trust in charities sees 9% dip
Public trust in charities experienced a 9% dip between September 2006 and July 2007, with only two in five people saying they trusted charities, according to new research

25/03/08 - view story
New fundraising code for consultants published
The Institute of Fundraising has published a new Code of Fundraising Practice which clarifies how consultants working with charities should conduct their operations

20/03/08 - view story
Simon Hebditch to step down from Capacitybuilders
Capacitybuilders’ Simon Hebditch is to step down at the end of March, following a two year stint as the agency’s first chief executive

20/03/08 - view story
Finance Hub achieved its aims, evaluation finds
An independent evaluation of the Finance Hub has concluded that the hub achieved what it set out to do, and improved resources for the voluntary sector

19/03/08 - view story
New Compact Commissioner appointed
Sir Bert Massie CBE, former chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, has been appointed as the new Commissioner for the Compact

18/03/08 - view story
Charity Tribunal launched
The new Charity Tribunal has been officially launched, allowing charities to challenge legal decisions from the Charity Commission without going to the High Court. Cases can be taken to the Tribunal with immediate effect

12/03/08 - view story
Budget Gift Aid announcement welcomed by sector
While drinkers and drivers may have lost out to the tax hikes announced in Alistair Darling’s first Budget as Chancellor, charities making use of Gift Aid were presented with some welcome news

12/03/08 - view story
BERR’s report falls short on social enterprise
The Social Enterprise Coalition has criticised the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s new Enterprise Strategy, saying it only reiterated existing commitments to social enterprise

12/03/08 - view story
Commission launches next consolation on public benefit guidance
The Charity Commission has published the next bits of its draft supplementary guidance on public benefit, these looking at Public Benefit and the Advancement of Education and Public Benefit and Fee-charging

12/03/08 - view story
Bubb to chair ACF’s new Futurebuilders fund company
The Adventure Capital Fund has formed a new company, Adventure Capital Fund Management, to manage the Futurebuilders fund from 1st April. The ACF has appointed Acevo’s chief executive Stephen Bubb to chair the new venture

10/03/08 - view story
Baroness Neuberger publishes next volunteering report
Baroness Julia Neuberger, the government’s ‘volunteering champion’ has published a new report which has determined that there is potential to expand volunteering in health and social care to build more “people centred services”

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