Increasing staffing costs, rising demand and a reduction in the value of donations are among inflationary issues charities need to urgently tackle.
Charles Darley has left three months into his 12-month contract.
From deploying environment monitoring drones to using augmented reality in the arts, technology is set to play a greater role in charities work over the coming year.
The sector body's Road Ahead 2022 report warns of continuing "culture war" threats to charities in the coming months.
A focus of the finding will be to support charities tackle the “ongoing effects of the pandemic and assist with recovery”
Alex Lochrane is to lead the charity from the end of this month.
Research reveals gaps between areas and good causes most in need of support and where funders are targeting grants.
MPs have been quizzing government officials around last year's failed appointment of Martin Thomas as chair of the regulator.
Young people are particularly enthusiastic about helping their local community.
Commissioner for Public Appointments William Shawcross is among senior figures to be questioned today by MPs.
When the Covid pandemic hit in March 2020, over a million people stepped forward to volunteer for the NHS or local Covid-response and mutual aid groups – the best possible evidence of a widespread national desire to help our neighbours and fellow citizens. But the crisis stubbornly persists – and the many small, local charities that persevere in delivering support for our communities face ongoing and unprecedented difficulties. There are real questions about the ability of many small charities to harness ‘pandemic goodwill’ in order to survive.
Charities working to improve access to jobs, training, housing, mobility and leisure in areas of disadvantage are urged to apply for the funding.
Deborah Alsina, who was named by Charity Times as one of 25 most influential charity leaders in 2019, takes over as chief executive of Versus Arthritis in March.
The link up will see the charity campaign promoted before and during the event, which takes place in the summer.
After two weeks of intense media coverage throughout COP26, public interest in sustainability issues has never been higher. Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) charity and social marketing group, Maria Andrews, discusses how charities can capitalise on this interest to thrive in the post-pandemic landscape.
Interim chair Ian Karet's term is extended until the end of June after the government's preferred candidate resigned days before taking the post late last year.
This year’s list has seen a particular focus on honouring those who supported good causes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, especially young fundraisers.
Here we look at some of the key areas of innovation that charity leaders should put on their 2022 to-do list.
The Mayor's Fund for London is among charities to benefit from the two-week London Festival.
Rising rates of loneliness, escalating prices and a cut in benefits are also putting pressure on small charity services, according to a survey.
It’s been a turbulent year for the sector, and 2022 is already shaping up to be interesting too. Below, we’ve asked what some of the sector’s concerns are for the upcoming year.
It’s been a long year for the charity sector, with a lot of ups and downs along the way. As we head into 2022, we asked sector leaders to reflect on the last 12 months and share some of their highlights.
Scientists including Dame Jane Goodall have contacted international aid charities such as Oxfam, World Vision, Christian Aid and Save the Children.
As 2021 rounds out, senior writer Melissa Moody asked some quick-fire questions to Children’s Society young trustee, Abby, who talks about her motivations for the role and what some of the challenges have been.
Questions are being asked around the due diligence process that led to the appointment of Martin Thomas.
In a statement on the coalition’s website, it said that the “extremely difficult decision” was taken by the trustees and team after all possibilities to secure funding were taken.
The consultation findings follow months of criticism of the sector body's handling of sexual misconduct complaints.
Poor leadership and 'an unhealthy culture' are among reasons for staff to consider leaving.
David Welch, CEO of Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) and winner of the Charity Times Charity Leader of the Year Award 2021, describes his working week.
David Adams talks to Wanda Wyporska, CEO of the Equality Trust about her fight to reduce inequality and the power of social media for raising awareness
David Ellis is the chief executive of National Star, a national charity that provides education support and care for young people and adults with complex disabilities and learning difficulties. He records a week of leading the charity which has stayed fully open throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“Charity sector bodies are simply too soft and not hard hitting enough especially when dealing with UK government,” said one charity representative surveyed.
Meeting growing demand is another key factor in a recent sale of investments among charities.
Martin Thomas has demonstrated "a sound awareness of the challenges facing the sector and the regulator’s role", said MPs.
Almost half of fundraisers have reduced or stopped taking part in activities for good causes, a survey has warned.
“I have the professional competence and the personal independence necessary for the role,” says preferred candidate Martin Thomas.
Veronica Bamford-Deane, managing director of Work for Good talks about why charities should be diversifying their income through small business sales fundraising
Charities face a battle to convert festive donors into regular givers, research warns.
"We were blown away by the levels of generosity," say organisers.
The public trust home delivery drivers and ‘the ordinary person in the street’ more than charity CEOs to tell the truth, a survey has revealed.
“The board of trustees is determined that lessons will be learned,” says the chair of the Prince’s Foundation.
The new Charity Commission chair needs to support charities “to retain their independence in the face of divisive public debate”, warn sector leaders.
"Our findings are serious and sobering," said Charity Commission chief executive Helen Stephenson.
The decision has been made amid concerns over ministers' handling of the recruitment process.
Diana Jupp, chief executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK talks to Melissa Moody about the benefits of leading as a people person; the challenges of fundraising for a charity with so few survivors and why she's never had to question her career choice
More than half of charities are warning that low staffing levels are denting their retail profits.
The charity sector has been urged to prioritise feedback amid the sector’s ongoing recruitment crisis.
The financial figures have emerged amid charity sector concerns around the effectiveness of 'levelling up' to tackle inequality.
Scams include asking for donations for non-existent charities as well as the fraudulent collection of funds meant for genuine good causes.
Volunteers in deprived areas are also more likely to chat with their neighbours, socialise and gain confidence, according to a Royal Voluntary Service survey.
The announcement follows the charity’s October AGM, where members voted to enhance safety and ban trail hunting at its properties.
Late filing of accounts and conflicts of interest are among concerns being investigated by the Charity Commission.
The government insists that the charity sector “is not being ignored”, despite concerns raised in parliament.
The grants are being distributed to encourage people to access local activities and services.
Giving during Christmas 2020 was "especially low" amid a decline in donors over the last five years, warns latest research.
"Being paid the same empowers each of us to be valued and to contribute," says the chief executive of the anti-racist charity involved.
This year’s event, which was broadcast from the BBC’s studios in Salford for the first time, featured appearances from among others Ed Sheeran and Abba.
The charity’s recruitment drive is seeking to address a loss of more than 2,500 retail workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Charity Commission has updated its guidance around safeguarding for trustees to include a section on avoiding risks when operating online.
A third of Brits say the Covid-19 health crisis has prompted them to be more generous with their time and money.
We explore the findings of research looking at the best ways to target supporters this Christmas.
"Some individuals feel extremely hurt and aggrieved by the actions taken in these particular investigatory cases,” admits Nicole Lappin, the chief charity commissioner for Northern Ireland.
The charity said it is vital to include “all people who have served to protect” in its fundraising campaigning.
Rising demand, funding constraints and NHS backlogs will escalate rates of staff burnout this winter, warn charity leaders.
"Trustees’ engagement with the regulator has been below the expected standard," says the Charity Commission
“It has not been easy hearing this feedback, but without it we cannot move forward and progress," says National Lottery Community Fund CEO David Knott.
Over half of Brits (53%) think charities are too corporate and have lost their humanity, a new report claims.
A pro bono legal clinic for performing arts charities has been launched at the University of Sussex.
The funding has been made available by the government to help charities attract investment for their green projects.
“Our Big Issue vendors used to thrive in Winter but with much quieter high-streets, they're now struggling to get by," said Big Issue founder John Bird.
Response to emergencies will be based on locally led action and data.
“Through no fault of their own, from time to time a branch may fall into national administration and need some extra help," says the charity.
'Not an isolated incident," says legal charities chief.
The family of trustees used charity funds to buy and live rent free in a mansion for years as well as purchase high end cars for themselves.
The Fund plans to make at least £10m available over the next four years to support 1,000 charities and social enterprises to develop their access to social investment.
The funding awards have been made through the government's £2.5m Together for Our Planet initiative, set up to coincide with the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.
As winter nights draw in, it's important to ensure your premises are protected.
The funding pledge follows a cut in spending during the Covid-19 health crisis but is still below the charity's pre-pandemic annual spending on conservation projects.
Environmental charities are being urged to apply for grants of between £250,000 and £500,000 to plant trees and increase woodland.
Despite small volunteer run organisations dominating the sector, most of its total income comes from large charities.
Nearly all charities (91%) in England and Wales have experienced some negative impact from Covid-19, research by the Charity Commission has found.
The demand for charities is likely to remain high for some time with a projected black hole across the sector of £6.6bn, a charity leader has warned.
Youth charities have said that they’re still waiting to receive £500m promised by the government two years ago
A new initiative has been launched to help charities close the digital divide.
His comments come amid fears the government is looking to influence the recruitment process.
Cats Protection has drafted in interim management veteran Charles Darley to lead the animal welfare charity for the next 12 months.
According to data from Action Fraud there were 1,059 separate incidents of fraud reported by charities from April 2020 to March 2021.
Winner of the Charity Times 2021 Leader of the Year Award, David Welch, CEO of Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), talks about how empathy is key to bold and brave leadership
The RSPCA and Dogs Trust have paid tribute to the animal welfare campaigning of the Southend West MP, who was fatally stabbed last week.
On offer are loans worth between £50,000 and £1.5m.
The event has not taken place since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A survey has revealed the good causes that marathon runners are most likely to prioritise in their fundraising.
Guide Dogs' chief digital officer Marie Orpen discusses how the charity adapted technology for their own use, and how others can do the same to move their digital offering forward.
The figures have been revealed by Big Society Capital, which plans to double the size of the market within four years.
Concerns have been raised that the government is seeking to appoint an 'anti-woke', campaigner to the role.
“I believe there is huge potential in embedding civil society as part of my broader portfolio,” said Nigel Huddleston, who also oversees tourism, sport and heritage.
“Community groups have been the beating heart of Scotland’s response" to the Covid-19 health crisis, says Foundation Scotland CEO Giles Ruck
Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Charity and Social Marketing Group, Maria Andrews, provides advice on how charities can use marketing to succeed, despite the impact of Covid-19.
Everton in the Community directors Michael Salla and Sue Gregory discuss how they learned from Covid and what things are like moving forward
Conservative MP James Gray has been asked to step back from activities with St John Ambulance, after reports he mixed up two Asian ministers at an event saying "they all look the same to me".
The findings have emerged in an impact report into the government's £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund.
“Combining civil society with sport, heritage and tourism will mean a full and challenging workload" for minister Nigel Huddleston, says the NCVO.
“You are best placed to know what is right for you – not a journalist fishing for a controversial story nor a politician hoping to be noticed,“ ACF CEO Carol Mack tells grant givers.
The social investment bank announces an extra £4m in investments to fund an increase in loans to charities.
Organisers aim to raise £3m for the charity at the event, which will take place in October 2022.
The charity sector body is looking to forge "new relationships" with conservative politicians around the government's 'levelling up' agenda
Charities may struggle to engage young people unless they adapt their use of imagery, a report is warning.
Blackbaud's 2021 Status of Fundraising report also warns that an increasing number of charities are reporting income falls.
But while fundraising is up on last year's virtual marathon, donations are 28% down on the last time the in-person fundraising event was staged, in 2019.
Diversity, digital and impact are among areas of charities' work being rewarded.
Her comments follow concerns the government is seeking to force the Commission to push ministers' 'anti-woke' agenda.
An increasing number of trustees are becoming whistleblowers, the regulator found.
There has been a particular increase in older employees, according to the NCVO's 2021 Almanac.
Fundraising regulator CEO Gerald Oppenheim wants to ensure "charities and the public are equipped with the tools to fundraise, and donate, safely".
Chair Priya Singh apologises to “everyone who has been harmed as a result of these incidents and by the failings at NCVO”.
During the pandemic, some charities had to switch from self-sustained funding to applying for grants. Chris Barnard, chief officer of the Ouseburn Trust was one of those, as he describes to Melissa Moody.
Disruption to charity services are more likely to impact young people than the elderly, a survey has found.
This is a “political choice”, to switch money from the independent sector to state schools, says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
"More ambitious action is needed quickly to see a marked change in representation in charities,” ACEVO is warning.
Increasing lack of diversity in fundraising teams is another concern raised.
The animal welfare charity's main office site in Southwater, West Sussex, is being put on the market next month.
The author of last year's government commissioned review into civil society is joining the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The analysis looks at the total number of charity shops in areas as well as their average ratings on Google.
AMRC director of policy and public Nicola Perrin has been promoted to lead the organisation.
Baroness Barran has been moved to the Department for Education as part of PM Boris Johnson's ministerial reshuffle.
"We don’t think it’s the Charity Commission’s job to muzzle or ‘cancel’ charities that want to tell the truth about Britain’s past," says the Good Law Project.
The fund aims to support young people and those who experience barriers to volunteering.
The gap in commitment to tackling racism "does seem ironic" given charities' focus on "mission and values", says the report.
One of Nadine Dorries’ priorities in her new role is to oversee the appointment of the next Charity Commission chair.
The new organisation aims to support teachers and lobby around education policy.
New Charity Commission chair to be charged with combating “vocal minority seeking to burnish their woke credentials” in the voluntary sector, says Oliver Dowden.
Research gives charity lobbyists a strong indication of MPs’ shifting priorities as the pandemic eases.
Hybrid working can allow charities "to scale back office space and decrease expenditure on overheads", says the research.
Alex Waddington, head of external affairs at the Good Things Foundation discusses data poverty and how charities are working to erase it.
Fareshare UK, Hospitality Action and The Listening Place were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2021, which was celebrated last night.
Further evidence has emerged of a post-pandemic recruitment crisis impacting the charity sector
Charities applying need to show how they plan to support communities in partnership with the public sector.
"No veteran’s request for help will go unanswered," says Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Digital mapping has been central to charities' efforts to tackle food poverty, a report has found.
Brian Boxall-Hunt, CEO of the Royal Alfred Seafarers talks with Melissa Moody about how "good old fashioned leadership and management" has been the key to keeping the charity steady on rocky waters.
Charity leaders say the Elections Bill will damage their ability to campaign.
The milestone has been revealed to promote today's launch of Remember A Charity Week.
Public interest in the pandemic has reached “its lowest levels yet”, says the survey by nfpSynergy.
The letter to Boris Johnson marks an escalation of the campaign, formed by dozens of major charities, including Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Crisis and Mind.
Complaints made by Conservative MPs, against the think tank's criticism of a controversial report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, have been dismissed by the regulator.
Anita Choudhrie, founder of female sport charity, Path To Success, talks through the challenges leading up to the Paralympics in the wake of Covid.
It has funded 10,000 building renovations and 1,500 village hall and community centre projects.
The charity has appointed its first new chair in more than five years.
The umbrella body for NHS charities wants to be “a convener and bridge” between the NHS and the voluntary sector.
The decision follows a "proactive collaborative proposal" from two of the charity's corporate directors.
Women who reported incidents of sexual harassment at the chartered institute of Fundraising have said they feel “let down yet again” with the conclusion of its investigation.
The Retreat Animal Rescue’s former trustee board was guilty of mismanagement and misconduct a Charity Commission inquiry has found.
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has upheld four allegations of sexual harassment by a fellow and apologised to survivors for its handling of the situation.
Vodafone has announced the launch of charities.connected, an initiative allowing UK charities to apply for free data.
Virgin Money will close its charitable giving arm, Virgin Money Giving, in a cost-cutting move.
The National Trust is giving its workers siestas in summer due to increasingly hot weather because of climate change.
Charities are “more exposed than ever” to fraud and need to steal some time to improve fraud risk management, the sector has been warned.
The Charity Commission has opened an investigation into Dot Com Children’s Foundation amid allegations of fraud and governance concerns.
Charitable groups and community projects in West Cumbria are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £5,000 from the #CanDo Fund.
Small charities currently have more demand than any other stage of the pandemic, new research has revealed.
With every charity facing unique challenges over the past year, Dogs Trust’s chief executive Owen Sharp explains how its coped with restrictions whilst keeping tails happily wagging.
Journalists believe their role in promoting charity messages and campaigns is declining as social media overtakes traditional methods, a recent survey has suggested.
A new study has revealed that young people feel more confident than ever before to speak up about causes they are passionate about online.
The Pets at Home Foundation is launching a new charity initiative for summer 2022.
The Clink training kitchen scheme is set to be expanded to 25 jails by the end of the year, Prisons Minister Alex Chalk has announced.
From volunteer to Charity Times’ new team member, Melissa Moody discusses how her experiences influences her decisions.
The government has called on charities to give their views on the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) signed between the UK and the European Union.
Charities say the regulator's proposed guidance is "too narrow" and needs to cover wider environmental, social and governance issues.
MPs have "not got a clue" how to solve the crisis in Taliban controlled Afghanistan, says charity founder Pen Farthing in an emotional video recorded from Kabul.
Charities are calling on the government for more support to help improve their data and technology skills.
Community Integrated Care has become the latest charity to offer flexible and hybrid working arrangements to staff.
The findings have emerged in evaluation of a £5m government fund to support charity sector social isolation projects.
"Charities across the country are increasingly understanding that online can significantly support in-store revenue," say internet shopping experts.
The move by NCVO and ACEVO is "a vital step forward" says the union Community.
Loans made by the charity to a connected company totalling more than £1.7m are being looked at as part of the inquiry.
But recommendation by MPs for ministers to “set out the triggers” that would prompt further funding, has been rejected by the government.
Charities supporting rural and BAME communities among those missing out, warns latest research.
"Charities and volunteers are embedded in the communities they serve so have a vital role to play," says the charity sector body.
The Charity Commission has also issued two charities with official warnings.
The move comes amid continuing concerns around the links between football and dementia.
The move comes after the regulator first began looking into the charity in August 2020 amid concerns arising from its accounts.
Two encrypted disks have been “identified as missing from a secure, access-controlled location on our premises”, said the NCLF.
Latest research also predicts an increase over the coming years in hybrid fundraising events, which combine in-person and virtual participation.
Samaritans says it has introduced new safeguarding measures after reports that volunteers met vulnerable callers for sex.
The Community Life Survey also reveals that the number of people donating to charities has slumped.
"Not one of us ever doubted we would make it through"
A round-up of the charities that are looking to ditch office life and introduce more flexible ways of working
New and existing members of the Charity Times Leadership Network are being offered discounted rates on advertisements through Charity Times Jobs.
The Fundraising Regulator has warned the public to 'look out' for the Fundraising Regulator badge before donating to charity as in-person fundraising resumes.
The regulator found “no evidence of charitable activity” in six of the seven charities where he was a trustee.