Allegations of bullying centre on the conduct of Unicef UK chair Douglas Alexander
The NCVO and academics are linking up for a study into the “dramatic impact” of Covid-19 on the charity sector
Payments to charities are being made in staged payments and expenditure plans show that the grants will be fully paid by the end of October.
A raft of MPs and celebrities are backing a charity campaign for a ‘national day of reflection’ to remember those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic
Macmillan Cancer Support is considering more than 300 redundancies to meet Covid-19 income losses.
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Charity shop sales improve markedly over the summer following a surge in donations of stock from the public, research has found.
The National Emergencies Trust has announced the next wave of charity led partnerships to help 'at risk' groups amid Covid-19.
The Garfield Weston Foundation is to launch the Weston Culture Fund in October.
Income from face to face fundraising has plummeted as an increasing number of charities adapt to digital platforms.
The Small Charities Coalition has joined 14 charity recruitment agencies backing the Show the Salary campaign to tackle racism and discrimination in the sector.
Volunteering brings mental health benefits and helps those giving up their time to identify more with their community, a research project has found.
"Only about a quarter of UK charities have a policy in place to help them make ethical decisions. Yet, as life takes a new shape after the lockdown, the need for an ethical blueprint for charities will be more important than ever."
More than 200 charities have joined a coalition calling for the temporary increase in the level of Gift Aid to help the sector tackle financial challenges emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.
An app that helps deaf people improve their literacy skills and digital inclusion support scheme in Africa are among the digital projects vying for a Tech4Good award later this year.
The shortlist for the 21st annual Charity Times Awards has been announced.
As some elements of normality start to resume, how can charities adapt to the new virtual world that has been created by the pandemic?
Online fundraising platform Collection Pot has waived Gift Aid processing and listing fees for charities
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says it is considering shedding 300 jobs due to the “devastating” fall in its income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Costs incurred by charities to promote themselves online are set to be cut after a HMRC decision to exempt most digital advertising from VAT, according to the Charity Tax Group.
UK Youth has appointed a former senior executive at consultancy giant Accenture as chair of its board of trustees.
The RNIB has recruited Anna Tylor to lead its trustee board in the aftermath of a safeguarding and governance scandal that rocked the charity.
A raft of charity leaders, who have received honours, have written an open letter calling for reform of the awards to remove the term ‘British Empire’.
Around two thirds of charities have seen an increase in cybercrime threats while staff have been working from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grants of up to £3m are being made available to the heritage charities and organisations at risk of closure due to Covid-19.
A black and ethnic minority (BAME) led fund for young people is to be backed by £1.4m from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has created a board level diversity committee to address its lack of diversity and “deep-rooted cultural traits”.
The London Marathon is to be an elite athlete event only this year due to Covid-19, with those taking part for charity asked to run the race elsewhere, adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Without additional funding from the UK government or elsewhere, 45% of charities in the international aid sector will need to shut their doors within 12 months.
The first aid charity has announced “significant cost-saving measures” as it looks to secure its long-term future.
Shoppers believe that charity retail is vital to the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by helping people save money and support good causes, a survey has found.
The extent of the financial challenges facing charities amid the pandemic has been laid bare in an ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health survey.
The Charity Retail Association has published a plan to help dismantle racism in charity retail.
Julie Worrall explains that the work of Penny Brohn is particularly close to her, having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the ovary 15 years ago.
More than 5,000 charity workers have lost their job amid the Covid-19 pandemic, research by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has revealed.
The first refresh of the Charity Governance Code in three years must have a greater focus on ethics and safeguarding issues, a survey of charities has found.
Applications opened this week for the Phoenix Fund, which is offering grants of up to £20,000 to BAME led organisations.
Clearly and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness will merge as spending outstrips income.
Social enterprises have until Thursday to apply for the second round of £19m in National Lottery urgent grant money amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Penny Appeal has informed the Charity Commission of an alleged safeguarding issue related to work in Gambia by its partner organisation Penny Appeal Gambia.
Ten charities are set to be awarded £50,000 each this autumn through the second phase of a £1m award scheme.
The NET funding is for charity partnerships to hand out to those disproportionately impacted by the health crisis.
A survey by YouGov has found that four out of ten Britons believe being able to give verbal commands to a digital assistant “is such a time saver”.
The interim chief executive of Penny Appeal says he is “deeply pained” by the safeguarding scandal that has engulfed operations it supports in Gambia.
The Charity Commission has criticised a charity that operates a school where children were exposed to terrorist propaganda.
A charity swimming event to raise money for Children with Cancer UK is the latest annual fundraising occassion to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
Charities are increasingly taking an honest look at themselves to ensure they are being inclusive, equitable and are encouraging diversity.
We take a look at 10 of the top inclusion, equity and diversity resources to help charities improve.
The Charity Commission has issued a stern rebuke to the Muslim Foundation UK for its handling of comments made by one of its trustees, Pir Afzal Qadri.
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has revealed three more charity partnerships to hand out £12m of funding to support at risk groups amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cancer Research’s policy head is leaving to become chief executive at the Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.
The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a religious charity that has reportedly been selling ‘plague protection kits’ claiming to cure the Covid-19 virus.
The Massive Get Together is being staged on 17 September with the aim of raising £500,000 for a raft of high profile charities.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) handed out more than £702m to charities globally last year, a record for the organisation.
Employability charity the Shaw Trust is looking to expand its staff by 25%, creating 600 new jobs over the next year.
As with any relationship, corporate partnerships can be testing, and mistakes will happen. But learning from the success and failures is key to creating a happy marriage, Mark Evans reports.
A charity has been removed from the register and its trustees have been disqualified after management failings put the charity at risk of associations with terrorism.
Hubbub Foundation UK, Create (Arts) and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2020, which was celebrated online last night.
A convicted charity fraudster has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds of stolen savings to his charity's pension scheme.
Soccer Aid for Unicef has raised a record £11.5m through public donations and match funding.
Macmillan Cancer Support is warning that pivoting its flagship annual fundraising coffee morning online due to Covid-19 restrictions is set to cost the charity £20m.
Jon Spiers joins the Royal Free Charity as chief executive from the autism research charity Autistica, where he held the same role.
Covid-19 impacted charities have until the end of September to bid for £15m in finance.
Around eight out of ten charities are not supplying all the required information about their fundraising activities and policies in annual reports, according to the Fundraising Regulator.
Director of Fundraising and current chair of the Institute of Fundraising Amanda Bringans is among those leaving.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to the Islamic Research Foundation International as part of its investigation into governance concerns.
Trustees at Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) will be vetted by former attorney general Dominic Grieve.
The warning has come as “the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is greater than ever”, says the NCVO.
Trust in charities is falling amid the Covid-19 pandemic, despite rising confidence in many other organisations the public is relying on
There are a number of different types of trustees and if you recognise any of them in yourself, it's probably time to move on, says Louise Thomson.
MPs are urging the government to put in place a swift replacement to the European Social Fund (ESF) when the UK leaves the European Union, saying any gap in provision would be “disastrous”.
The fund currently provides £500m a year to charities and other organisations for supporting the employment prospects and skills of people in disadvantaged communities.
April and May are the peak times for job vacancies in the charity sector, according to an online recruitment firm’s research.
CV Library analysed the timing of more than 150,000 of its job listings and found that an average of 10 per cent of all charity sector roles in a year are posted during May, compared to just half that proportion in December.
Grants worth £684,000 have been handed out to 15 charities and social enterprises to help them attract further funding by improving how they manage and evidence the social impact of their work.
The net fall in the number of high street charity shops has almost doubled over the last year, according to latest figures.
Research carried out by the Local Data Company for accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) into High Street retail trends found that 271 charity shops closed in 2017, but just 202 opened.
"It’s a minefield. The path a charity trustee follows is strewn with legal traps to ensnare the unwary and widely reported charity collapses suggest it’s all too easy to be caught out. High-profile scandals, including those engulfing Oxfam, The Presidents Club and Kids Company risk discouraging other current or future charity trustees."
Almost 75 per cent of insider frauds at charities are facilitated by “excessive trust” and a “lack of challenge” from people working within the charity, the Charity Commission has warned.
Over 70 per cent of large charities have experienced cyber security breaches within the last 12 months, a new government survey has revealed.
Only five per cent of charities are ready for the new General Data Protection Rules, according to a new survey.
The final agenda for the Charity Times Annual Conference has been announced, with key speakers including Baroness Elizabeth Barker and Camila Batmanghelidjh.
The Ethical Property Foundation has appointed Peter Damesick as its new chairman.
Charity sector income has surged to a new high of over £47bn, pushing through its recession recovery period, the NCVO almanac has shown.
When we asked civil society for its views on the health of the charity sector we got a very clear and rather brutal answer.
The Directory of Social Change has unveiled a new toolkit, designed to question and monitor the Charity Commission’s political independence.
Charity leaders have written to Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch, calling for a strategy that “fundamentally reassesses” how the government works with the sector.
The government’s new civil society strategy needs to incorporate “the biggest shake-up of charity tax since the Victorian age”, Charity Finance Group has said.
The winners have been announced for the 2018 Better Society Awards, which took place in London on 24 May.
Since prevention is better than cure when it comes to fraud, charities, irrespective of size and stature, should be asking themselves these questions about their day-to-day operations, what systems are in place and whether there is a plan to ensure an effective response if fraud is detected.
Amazon is tripling UK charity donations through AmazonSmile for a limited time this month.
"Throughout the engagement exercise, there has been an undertone from the government that although it is “ambitious” for our sector, there is no money around to deliver the strategy. The industrial strategy by contrast has been backed up by tens of billions in government spending through the creation of new investment funds and tax breaks."
"While of course there will always be issues specific to individual countries, I’ve always found there is more that unites us than divides us."
Oxfam is set to make £16m in cuts due to huge losses following the Haiti sex-scandal earlier this year.
Householders are being “bombarded” by charities delivering clothing collection bags to people’s homes against their wishes, Lorde Grade has said.
The term “ethical policy” alienates beneficiaries and donors and triggers an intellectual discussion based around personal opinions, Age UK’s director of fundraising has said.
The NCVO has today published a draft code of ethics, recommending charities operate with a ‘presumption of openness and appropriate transparency’.
A local branch of the RSPCA has been criticised by the Charity Commission for shortcomings in the appointment process of a 'cattery manager'.
Marie Curie's chief executive, Dr Jane Collins is set to step down from her role in Spring 2019.
Jeremy Wright has been appointed as the new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport – a role that also requires oversight of charities on the government agenda.
Consumer charity, Which?, has announced the appointment Anabel Hoult as its new chief executive.
The City Bridge Trust has awarded grants worth over £3.3 million to 33 charities tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding.
Charities across the UK that team up for a ‘ground-breaking’ project to improve people’s lives could receive up to to £1 million in funding each.
Oxfam has announced it is training an additional 119 staff to investigate safeguarding incidents as part of its wider action plan to tackle safeguarding across the sector.
Sexual exploitation and abuse among the charity sector has been ongoing for a 'long time' and the sector is guilty of being almost 'complicit' in the scandal, a scathing report by MPs has revealed.
Reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange has merged with health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care.
The Charity Commission has issued a fresh warning, urging charities to put preventative measures in place to avoid falling victim to insider fraud.
The government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to "strengthen the organisations, which hold our society together”.
The government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to the sector, but as always, the devil is in the detail. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know.
An interim manager has been appointed at the Essex Islamic Academy after its former boss was convicted of preparing terrorist acts while employed at the charity.
Jonathan Burchfield of law firm Stone King will take on the role from Umar Ahmed Haque, who pleaded guilty to disseminating terrorist material to children who attended the charity’s madrassah.
"A charity’s offering has to be one that people need and want so how can a nearly 200-year-old occupational charity remain relevant to a sector that continues to innovate and transform the way we experience print on a daily basis?"
The British Heart Foundation has become the first charity in the world to enable people to donate money and items through any Alexa-enabled device.
The Fundraising Regulator has opened a consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice, with the view to understanding its accessibility as a ‘straightforward and practical’ tool for fundraisers.
Risk reviews conducted by the Information Commissioners Office have revealed ‘areas of concern’ among eight different charities.
"A recent report investigated 59 major solar, bioenergy and geothermal companies and concluded that only five meet its four basic criteria to protect communities and workers."
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at an independent school due to concerns about the governance, management and administration of the charity.
Oxfam GB has appointed Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah as its new chief executive, effective from ‘the end of the year’ when current CEO, Mark Goldring, is set to step down.
The number of households using charities has dropped in the last year, a new report published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has revealed.
Mandy Johnson has stepped down from her role as chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition after just over one year in post.
Langley House Trust, Autistica and Capoeira4Refugees were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2018, celebrated with a packed ceremony in London last night.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Westminster Park Plaza to see Langley House Trust crowned the Charity of the Year (income over £5m). The judges recognised the charity in particular for its well-rounded application that showcased “excellent” charity management.
GPs will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to charities that run social inclusion programmes by 2023, under plans being put forward by the government.
The Charity Commission has launched a new investigation into a care services charitable company and a humanitarian charity it is linked with, amid concerns around their management and governance.
Too many charities are still failing to report serious safeguarding incidents, the Charity Commission has warned.
Total cash assets held by large charities has increased by £0.5bn over the last year, according to latest financial data.
There is no one size fits all ‘perfect’ annual report, and nor should there be given the diversity of the charity sector. However, there is a lot that charities can do to move beyond a minimum compliance lens in their reporting.
"Wherever you are on the politics of this, there is one thing we must all do now - speak up for our beneficiaries."
A number of senior executives from across the charity sector have been named as LGBT+ plus role models in a new list designed to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Breast Cancer Care has become the next charity to launch an Alexa skill, designed to guide women through self-examination and provide advice on how to check for breast cancer symptoms.
Chancellor Phillip Hammond has delivered his highly-anticipated Autumn Budget, but what did it have in store for charities?
"Given how risky charities consider property to be, we need much greater attention and resources paid to property at trustee level to ensure property budget lines are spent as a priority.
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have announced plans to merge.
Theresa May has been criticised after an investigation revealed over 40 charities have been silenced through gagging clauses enforced as part of major government projects.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into two connected charities following concerns about ‘financial irregularities’.
The annual list of the craziest items donated to charity has been released, with dentures, a toilet seat and a large, raw fish among this year’s most absurd.
Just under a quarter of larger charities accurately report the level of financial reserves they hold in their annual report, a review by the Charity Commission has revealed.
Small charities from across the UK are ‘sleepwalking’ into a risk management and governance crisis, a new report has revealed.
Cancer Research is the most valuable charity brand in the UK, according to a new ranking.
For the last two years, the Weston Charity Awards Small Charity Leaders survey has provided a barometer of the confidence and concerns of small charities.
Lori Houlihan has been appointed an external member of the Standards Committee, joining the committee from the start of the New Year. Currently, the Vice-Provost at University College London (UCL) Houlihan has five years’ experience as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at UCL, where she oversaw one of the largest fundraising and supporter engagement campaigns in Europe.
The Big Lottery Fund and the government have teamed up to provide safeguarding training to charities across the UK.
The past few years have proven to be a huge challenge for fundraisers, who have had to work against a backdrop of media scrutiny and greater competition. Will 2019 be any lighter on the chaos? Becky Slack explores.
The Charity Times news team has had another busy year of publishing news stories relating to all areas of charity management. But which ones proved to be most popular among our readers? Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most read stories from 2018
Charities face a financially challenging year ahead as a result of Brexit uncertainty, tight government budgets and a slow economy, the NCVO has warned.
Oxfam spent too much time focussing on what it aims to achieve rather than how it’s done, a scathing report into the charity has revealed.
Charities need to work to address the ‘structural barriers’ preventing people from volunteering, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, a new report has revealed.
Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, is due to step down from his position after more than 25 years in the role.
Etherington is set to retire from his post later this year and an open application process will be launching today.
A former charity chief is being prosecuted by The Pensions Regulator on suspicion of having defrauded the pension scheme of the disabled charity he worked for.
Instagram has announced it will be launching a new tool, allowing people to donate through Instagram stories.
The announcement was made at the Facebook Community Summit at the company’s HQ last week. The tool hasn’t yet been rolled out but is due to be implemented in the coming months.
"If there is a ‘special place in hell’ for the unduly risk averse, then there is equally one for the endless meetings of reviewing risk registers."
Kay Boycott, the CEO of Asthma UK talks to David Adams about her journey to success, the necessary role of digital and why being a chief executive is like the ‘messy but wonderful world’ of parenting.
The Fundraising Regulator has issued regulatory notices against 59 charities that have failed to comply with the Fundraising Preference Service.
A coalition of some of the UK’s largest charities have urged the Charity Commission to seek a landmark ruling that could force charity trustees to prioritise mission-based investing over financial returns.
There must be a revolution in the charity sector to ensure it is fit for the 21st Century, feminist activist Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith has said.
The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new diversity 'access fund', which is designed to raise £10,000 to fund bursaries for the Fundraising Convention in July.
Wales needs a charity regulator of its own because the Charity Commission 'does not serve Wales well’, charity consultant Joe Saxton has said.
Addressing an audience of charity sector professionals at the gofod3 conference
in Cardiff today, Saxton said charity regulation should not be tied to English needs and should reflect the individual needs of Welsh charities.
The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charities, urging them to ensure any close relationships with non-charitable organisations are made clear to the public.
It comes amid concerns that some relationships between charities and non-charities have damaged public confidence in charity, the regulator said.
The Charity Commission has launched an official investigation into WWF UK following media reports claiming the organisation has been funding abuse overseas.
"I understand the appeal of positive discrimination as it seems a direct answer to a perceived inequality.
Almost two thirds of charities believe Brexit will have a negative effect on their organisation, a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) survey of charity leaders has found.
CAF’s Charity Landscape 2019 survey found that 63% of charity leaders believe that Brexit will harm their organisation and more than a third (37%) believe Brexit will lead to a fall in donations.
The Big Issue Foundation has strengthened its online and mobile giving functions ahead of a spring fundraising push.
The charity, which supports the needs of Big Issue sellers, has linked up with digital donations platform Donr to improve its digital payment functions.
Charities are to work with the government to create a Youth Charter to give young people a stronger voice on issues that affect them.
The charter has been a long-term recommendation of a raft of youth sector charities, including The Scouts, Girlguiding, The Prince’s Trust and the British Youth Council, who will work with the government to put the charter in place.
A poverty relief charity where money was spent on personal items, including repayments on a Mercedes car, a TV and dental work, has been dissolved.
Worldwide Ummah Aid (WUA) had been set up to relieve poverty in Eastern Europe and the Middle East but has been removed from the charity register after a Commission inquiry.
JustGiving has been named as the exclusive online fundraising platform for next year’s Brighton Marathon.
This marks a return to the event for JustGiving, which was fundraising partner between 2012 and 2017 before losing the contract to Virgin Money Giving.
Mind is offering free training to small and medium sized charities to promote good mental wellbeing in the workplace.
The charity’s online training has been designed specifically for small organisations with less than 250 people. It has been made available online via the Mental Health at Work website, which has been developed by Mind along with Heads Together and was launched by the Duke of Cambridge in 2018.
ACEVO has launched a new podcast about and for leaders in civil society. The Leadership Worth Sharing podcast uses an interview format, with ACEVO chief executive Vicky Browning talking to civil society organisation leaders about their careers and their views on leadership in the sector.
A coalition of 29 faith organisations have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging the government to maintain its current budget for overseas aid in the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. The letter urges the government to ensure that aid continues to be used to alleviate poverty in countries most at need and that the proportion of aid sent by the government to these countries should be protected from “further decline”.
RNIB has announced the appointment of a new permanent chief executive, Matt Stringer, who will move into the third sector after a 30 year career in retail that has included senior roles at Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and Carphone Warehouse.
The City Bridge Trust is calling for charities to design and deliver six-month pilot projects to aid the mental health of charity staff and volunteers.
The RSPB has appointed former Woodland Trust CEO, Beccy Speight as its new chief executive.
David Adams talks to Judith Moran, chief executive of poverty-relief charity Quaker Social Action about the importance of remaining optimistic and the need for greater assertion within the charity sector.
The ex-chief of a disability charity has pleaded not guilty to defrauding the charity’s pension scheme of £250,000.
Human rights charity Amnesty International is set to lose the majority of its senior leadership team after a report claimed the charity housed a “toxic” workplace.
A report published earlier this year revealed many charity CEOs are overworked and underpaid, highlighting a need for a stronger relationship between charity leaders and their trustee board. But where the duty of care lies is open to debate. Joe Lepper explores.
The Labour Party has launched its civil society strategy, which includes pledges to increase grant funding for charities, repeal of the Lobbying Act; and create a Charities Leadership Programme designed to increase diversity among charity leaders.
Reputational risk poses the biggest threat to charities over the next five years, while funding remains the biggest concern to charity leaders in the short-term, a new report has revealed.
A new climate change conference for charity investors is open for registration.
The event, Charity Investor's Forum on Climate Change
, has been launched to help charity investors ensure the climate is prioritised in the investment of charity assets, whilst still generating a good income.
"We don’t see volunteering as a one-way street – our vision is that all our volunteers benefit from having enriching, meaningful placements.
Perhaps rather than instructing charities to change in response to increased competition, the commission could consider supporting the sector, and its own strategy, by encouraging charities to join with them to celebrate and communicate the advantages that come from being a registered charity and the advantages that charity regulation brings.
Save the Children has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.
Heart Research UK has appointed Kate Bratt-Farrar as its new chief executive.
Bratt-Farrar will be taking on the role from Barbara Harpham, who is stepping down from the post after almost 16 years with the charity.
"What’s going on? Surely the voluntary sector is values based? We exist to address inequalities, don’t we? So why do we struggle to address the inequalities in our own organisations? I think there are six things blocking our progress towards diversity and inclusion, and these are them."
A large majority of the charity sector is unaware of the Fundraising Regulator, highlighting the need for it to boost raise greater awareness of its services within the sector.
Charity tax reliefs offered to UK charities urgently need an overhaul, according to a new report from the Charity Tax Commission.
The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers to a health charity amid concerns of mismanagement of the charity's funds.
Nicky Morgan has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the government department overseeing charities.
Charities have lost almost £8m as a result of fraud, according to figures from Action Fraud, obtained by RSM via a freedom of information request.
The figures, handed to RSM by Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, revealed charities submitted 1,057 reports about fraud in 2018-19, with average losses per case totalling £7,428.
ACEVO and Voice4Change England have launched a new survey to investigate the occurrence of racism within the charity sector.
Charity professionals have taken to Twitter to share their experiences of racism in the charity sector using the hashtag #CharitySoWhite.
The movement was started by Fatima Iftikhar, who last week uncovered racist training material handed out by Citizens Advice.
Mike Penrose is stepping down as the executive director of Unicef UK.
Penrose has led the organisation since April 2016 and is moving on to pursue 'a number of personal projects' when he leaves the organisation in the Autumn.
Charities are being urged to link up with businesses, public sector bodies and academics to bid for £30m in grant funding to tackle digital exclusion in rural areas.
Charities are being urged to respond to a government consultation to improve laws to combat sexual harassment in the workplace and offer better legal protection to volunteers.
The RNLI has revealed a £28.6m fall in resources in 2018, which the charity describes as a “challenging year”.
Charities are still virtually unprepared for a no-deal Brexit, despite a widespread belief that Brexit would be 'extremely damaging' for the sector, research has revealed.
A trustee has been disqualified after failing to demonstrate how he had spent charitable funds raised and collected for the charity Team Syria.
Grants worth £40,000 is being made available to small to medium-sized charities from healthcare provider, Simplyhealth.
Employees at Amnesty International are set to vote on whether to strike as part of a dispute over redundancies.
Education charity Grove Mountain has wound up after the Charity Commission found claims it was using funds to build bathrooms and installing IT equipment in Caribbean schools could not be proved.
The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) has appointed Donal Watkin as its new chief executive.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched a free guide to safeguarding, in a bid to make safeguarding a core value for every charity.
Charities need to ensure they have good systems in place for responding to requests from members of the public wishing to cease contact, the Fundraising Regulator has warned.
"The serious efforts, which charities seem to be making to measure their impact, qualitatively, quantitatively and longitudinally, came through strongly in the submissions. Another pleasing thread that trickled through the shortlisted submissions was the preparedness of some charities to exhibit a little bit of boldness."
Over half of charity leaders (51 per cent) feel stress in the charity sector has become an issue over the past year, new findings show.
The majority of the general public wants the 5p plastic bag levy to be donated to charitable causes, research has revealed.
The social arm of The Big Issue has invested £1.5m in a lottery business which supports the hospice and wider charity sector across the UK.
Recent media coverage of the RNLI's international donations caused uproar among some supporters - but the crisis also triggered a rise in support. Isla Reynolds explains how the charity's comms crisis unfolded and what lessons have been learned.
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have announced their intention to merge to form the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership.
Loteri Cymru has granted £20,000 to five Welsh charities over the past year.
The new chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Karl Wilding, has requested a pay cut of £25,000 amid a shake-up of umbrella body's senior management team.
The British Heart Foundation has appointed the charity's former executive director of strategy and performance as its new chief executive.
Comic Relief has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.
RSPCA staff are set to vote on whether or not to take industrial action in a dispute over pay and new contracts.
The top charity leaders on social media have been announced, with Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, stealing the top spot.
"To ignite change on diversity and inclusion, organisations must win the backing of those with the power to make things happen – the influencers. Here are six actions you can take to influence those with the power to create lasting change."
“The next government is a vital partner for the charity sector. We can achieve much more working together effectively.
The Charity Commission has warned charities against bank fraud after a rise in reports from charities who have been targeted by fraudsters.
The UK's most generous cities have been revealed in a new report, which shines a light on the parts of both the country and the world that give more to charity than others.
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation will merge after the final step in the formal process has been completed.
“When a system seems so comprehensively broken there are two options before us: to despair and hide away, or to channel our frustration into hope and repair. For the most marginalised among us, we must all do the latter.”
Just 40 per cent of charities are fully compliant with fundraising reporting requirements as set out by the Fundraising Regulator, new figures have shown.
Oxfam’s 2019 Christmas sales hit highs not seen since 2011, despite a challenging year for the charity and for the high street.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the Professional Footballers' Association charity after concerns were raised about the relationship between the charity and its trade union.
Nicky Morgan has been replaced by Oliver Dowden as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the department overseeing charities.
The move comes as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle and Dowden will become the ninth culture secretary since 2010. He will be the second since Johnson's tenure.
Alzheimer’s Society is under investigation amid allegations
Pancreatic Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland have announced their intention to merge.
The former chief executive of a disability charity has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding his charity's pension scheme of more than £250,000.
The trustees of the Samaritans have been urged to rescind the appointment of Alzheimer’s Society chief Jeremy Hughes and appoint a new CEO with a ‘track record’ in dealing with a ‘toxic bullying culture’.
Charities are being offered free coaching sessions to improve their digital skills
The Charity Times Leadership Conference is open for registration.
The annual event will be held at the Waldorf Hilton, London on 6 May 2020 and will focus on powerful decision-making and influential leadership.
"If we all commit to being igniters, we can use our influence and privilege to positive effect."
UK suicide-prevention charity Samaritans has decided not to proceed with the appointment of Alzheimer’s Society chief, Jeremy Hughes, as its new chief executive.
The trustees of the charity issued a statement yesterday, declaring they “cannot proceed” with the appointment of Hughes.
The majority of fundraising breaches over the past year related to the treatment of vulnerable donors, a new report by the Fundraising Regulator has revealed.
Pet charity Blue Cross has appointed Chris Burghes as its new chief executive.
Women are missing out on leadership roles in fundraising and are much more likely to experience a lack of recognition, a new report has revealed.
The majority of charity workers would rather find a new job than ask their employers for a pay rise, new research has revealed.
Leaders from some of the UK's biggest charities, including Oxfam, ActionAid and Shelter, will be speaking at the Charity Times Leadership conference.
Leaders from across the charity sector have written to the government to demand the implementation of emergency measures to support charities during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Staff at St.Mungo’s, who are striking against pay conditions, have been forced to abandon their final day of picketing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Unite the union, which represents hundreds of members at the charity, called off the final day of rallies planned for today, insisting members should ‘keep safe and strike from home’.
The Institute of Fundraising has published guidance for the fundraising community in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, warning charities not to make 'rushed or hasty decisions'.
The National Emergencies Trust has launched a new fundraising appeal to help local charities support beneficiaries during the coronavirus outbreak.
Money-saving expert, Martin Lewis, has released £1m from his personal charity fund to provide grants to UK charities helping with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Charity Commission has updated its advice on coronavirus to include a section about finances and reserves.
Public support for charities has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, but a drop in people’s income is set to affect regular donations, new research has revealed.
The National Emergencies Trust coronavirus appeal has raised £11m for charities working directly on the response to the pandemic in just one week.
The Charity Times Leadership Conference has been postponed until 5 October amid the coronavirus pandemic.
CAF has launched a £5m emergency fund for small charities to reduce the impact of Covid-19.
Charities are 'not just here with a begging bowl', but need a substantial rescue package in order to survive, the NCVO chief told MPs.
Age UK is the latest charity to announce plans to furlough 70% of staff as it battles with soaring requests amid a decline in income.
The national charity for the elderly is furloughing 1,200 of its staff, the majority of which (1,100) work across the charity's 400 shops, which have been forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Local businesses and charities in Suffolk are being encouraged to collaborate as part of a county-wide campaign to help more organisations respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to support the cause to save lives, you may have temporarily closed your business premises. It’s important to consider your personal circumstances and protect your buildings to safeguard yourself, your team, and your livelihood for the long run.”
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to announce 'urgent information' about a rescue package for charities.
UK charities are experiencing a drop in regular direct debit donations as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, new figures have shown.
Figures released by Rapidata show the rate of direct debit donation cancellations has increased from 2.16% in February to 3.09% in March, the ‘biggest swing every recorded’.
Barclays has launched a £100m community aid package to help support charities through Covid-19.
A 99-year old war veteran has raised millions of pounds for NHS charities by walking around his garden.
Captain Tom Moore, a Second World War veteran, starting fundraising for the NHS in response to Covid-19 with the aim of raising £1,000 by pledging to do 100 laps of his garden before his 100th Birthday at the end of April.
If you’re a charity worker who has been furloughed following the coronavirus outbreak, you may find yourself experiencing feelings and emotions that you may not have necessarily felt before. Take care of yourself with these top tips.
"People who feel disadvantaged by the push to a progressive society are everywhere. They may be in your organisation right now, not speaking up for fear of getting knocked down. What is all this arguing achieving beyond deepening the divisions between us?"
"I want all fundraisers, from across the sector – regardless of whether or not you are an IoF member – to know that you are not alone."
Stonewall has appointed its longest-serving trustee, Sheldon Mills, as its new chair.
The Charity Commission found 'no evidence of wrongdoing' at the Alzheimer's Society, after allegations of bullying and the use of NDAs to silence staff.
Nine in ten BAME micro and small charities are set to close if the coronavirus crisis continues beyond three months following the lockdown, a new report has revealed.
The organisers of the London Marathon are asking charities for their input as part of a review of the allocation of charity places at the event.
The majority of Welsh charities will need to make cuts to the services they deliver due to the impact of Covid-19, a survey has revealed.
The 2.6 Challenge, which was launched to help save UK charities, has raised over £10m.
The Charity Commission has announced plans to take a ‘more rigorous’ approach to high income charities that are failing to be transparent with the regulator and the public.
Donations made to UK NHS charities has soared over the past month while charitable giving to animal welfare and children's charities has fallen, a new survey has revealed.
Donors are more engaged with direct mail than they are with e-mail or social media, despite it being the most complained about fundraising method, new research has revealed.
As part of our new series, Leadership Diaries, Mel Boda, CEO of Electric Umbrella, documents how a move to more digital based services resulted in some of the charity's biggest fundraising achievements to date – even amid a pandemic.
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has appointed Macmillan's Claire Rowney as its new chair of trustees.
Rowney is the executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications at Macmillan and will take on her role as chair from July.
Oxfam GB is set to make cuts to 200 jobs as part of a large organisational re-structure amid a blow to funding caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The charity issued a statement to staff yesterday, detailing plans for its re-structure, which will help the charity claw back some £16m a year, but will also result in the loss of 'more than 200 posts'.
Cancer Research UK has cancelled all of its Race for Life events across the UK this year as a result of the pandemic.
The charity has urged people to sign up to its virtual fundraising event, Race for Life at Home, instead to continue raising funds for the UK's largest charity.
The chief executive of TalkTalk, Tristia Harrison, has been appointed as the new chair of trustees for Crisis.
Harrison will join the board of the homelessness charity in July, before replacing outgoing chair Steve Holliday, whose term comes to an end in September.
The Prince Andrew Charitable Trust breached charity law by making payments worth more than £350,000 to one of its trustees, the Charity Commission has revealed.
Over two thirds of people working within the charity sector have experienced, witnessed or heard stories of racism within the sector, a new report has revealed.
Charities need to work 'interdependently' with government and local agencies to succeed post-pandemic, Barnardo's chief executive, Javed Khan has said.
Speaking to Charity Times, Khan said the Coronavirus pandemic must be seen as a "catalyst for accelerated change".
Concerns have been raised over a lack of transparency and delays in handing out funding for small charities to cope with the impact of Covid-19.
In April Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £750m support package for the voluntary sector amid the pandemic. This includes £370m for small charities.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has appointed Rosemary Macdonald as its permanent chief executive, having temporarily held the post since March.
Around 6,000 charities have had their registration voided after a court ruled they were unlawfully processed by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
The Big Society Trust is to be headed up by former National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)’s chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington amid a rebrand to reflect its wider remit.
Charities’ digital fundraising has rocketed during Covid-19 lockdown and will continue to increase in the long term, a report has found.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising chief Claire Rowney has been named as chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (Iof).
"Gone are the large sporting events, sales, shows and performances that were key fundraising fixtures, and now comes a new wave of events people can partake in from the comfort of their own home in lockdown."
Two health charities are to merge citing increasing demand due to Covid-19 as a key factor.
Charity finances are stagnating following falls recording in the first months of Covid-19 lockdown, according to ACEVO.
Charities that work with children and young people are being invited to bid for £6m in funding to boost youth employment prospects across the UK.
The National Lottery is handing out £45m to five charity sector partnerships supporting communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The partnerships involved with support charities and community groups who are helping people disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
An online gaming platform to raise money for good causes has launched amid an increasing trend among charities to use live streaming, quizzes and interactive games in their digital fundraising.
Help Musicians and CLIC Sargent are to be supported through online only donations being organised by this year’s audience-less BBC Proms.
Charities are being advised to steer clear of Royal patronages to boost income in a report that found no evidence that they increase voluntary sector revenue.
As part of our new series, Leadership Diaries, Jane Hatfield, CEO of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, documents a week of leading her charity whilst battling ovarian cancer.
Health charity Bowel Cancer UK is considering cutting four out of ten jobs amid income losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Save the Children UK is losing more than £2m a month of income due to social distancing measures put in place to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charities are being urged to give their views on the future of business rates in England.
A coalition of charities formed to tackle less survivable cancers has announced an increase in its membership.
NHS Charities Together has announced a £65m package of grants for charities from September to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charities say the government’s decision to make it easier for people to make wills, through legalising video witnessing during the Covid-19 pandemic, is a “major step forward” for legacy giving.
Girlguiding is looking at redundancies to tackle a £4m deficit and further losses in 2021, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Charity Retail Association’s volunteer website has announced it has sourced 1,500 potential charity shop volunteers after launching around a month ago.
Charities are to be surveyed about cyber crime by the government over the next three months to help ministers better understand how organisations are tackling online criminals.
We detail some of the best and emerging online fundraising platforms that can help charities and their supporters generate donations, especially at this difficult time.
The Small Charities Coalition is considering introducing a membership fee as it looks for alternative models of funding its work.
Immigration charity Consonant is to close due to financial difficulties stemming from the Covid-19 crisis.
The RSPCA has reduced the number of staff it plans to make redundant following discussions with staff and union officials.
A drop in donations amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of charity shops during lockdown has led to a £9m income loss at the health charity.
The international dance charity has said it is to consult with staff on organisational changes.
Research involving 36 charity leaders has called for an end to an end to the demanding cycle of applying for and receiving grants every six months.
We look at some of the top products to help organise and motivate charity workers, who have swapped the office for home.
Charities are being invited to bid for a £5m fund to improve their digital response to Covid-19.
St Barnabas Hospice has announced its first pause on charity shop donations in its history after being inundated with items to sell.
Health and children’s charities are being urged to bid for £3.3m of funding to support mothers and babies from deprived or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
"It took a white girl for the world to start listening"
Impact Lebanon suspended its regular fundraising on 5 August, the day after an explosion, to focus on immediate aid relief.
Dame Gillian Guy is to become the Independent Assessor for the financial watchdog at the end of October.
Charities including the National Trust and Guide Dogs are suing a former solicitor, who was jailed for stealing money from a client account of the law firm she worked for.
The Charity Commission has launched a new online charity register to allow the public to have greater insight into how charities are run.
The regulator said the new and improved public register 'widens the public's window' into how third sector organisations are managed by making more information about individual charities available to donors and the public.
CLIC Sargent is set to make around 39 roles redundant as part of a major restructure designed to help recover from Covid-19.
We look at some of the best tools, products and resources available to help charities evaluate their effectiveness.
Fundraising income may fall back to levels of six to seven years ago due to Covid-19, academics have warned.
VAT places a ‘significant burden on UK charities’ and is in urgent need of reform, voluntary sector bodies have told MPs.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is being distributed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) on behalf of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
A group of 20 cancer charities have linked up for a fundraising campaign to help them tackle the “devastating disruption” of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charities in deprived areas “will be more severely impacted” financially by the Covid-19 pandemic than those in more affluent areas, research has found.
Grants of up to £130,000 are being made available by UCB.
90 jobs are at risk as the charity looks to tackle a 30% drop in income.
Charity Bank has announced record growth during the first quarter of 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged well-wishers to make a charity donation instead of sending them presents ahead of their wedding.
Save the Children’s handling of allegations of misconduct and harassment against its staff is to be investigated by the Charity Commission.
A care charity has removed the word “hospice” from its name because it is deterring people from using its services.
MPs are warning charities against hiring public affairs agencies for their lobbying activity and are instead recommending building a close relationship with around a dozen of their ranks.
Charities continue to turn to interims for a fresh leadership perspective as they encounter funding pressures, undertake reorganisations or acquire talent to cover gaps whilst recruiting permanent staff. If you’re considering the move, here are ten things to bear in mind.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s has appointed Wendy Becker as its new chair of the board of trustees.
Less than half of local charities are confident they will survive beyond five years due to a huge imbalance between time and resources, a new report has revealed.
A former chief executive of Age UK Concern South Tyneside has been accused of stealing over £700,000 from the charity between 2007 and 2015.
The RSPCA has appointed the former CEO of Relate, Chris Sherwood, as its new chief executive officer.
It’s the question we all want to know the answer to: “what’s the latest on charitable giving?”
Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, has resigned in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal, which hit the charity earlier this year.
With just over a week to go until the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, David Britton, charity director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, discusses what charities should be doing to prepare themselves in the run-up to 25th May.
The Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show has received a gold medal.
Ensuring charities thrive in the 21st Century amidst the rapid acceleration of new technologies is at the top of the government’s agenda, Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch has said.
"While many charities have fewer than 250 employees, and haven’t had to comply with gender pay reporting, not doing so could be a missed opportunity for smaller charities to promote their employment practices. After all, equality and diversity have been at the heart of the way the sector has operated for years."
There were a distinct lack of charity voices present in the response to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal earlier this year, digital expert Zoe Amar has said.
The former chief executive of Butterwick Hospice has been sentenced to four years in jail after de-frauding the charity of over £91,000.
Contact the Elderly CEO Meryl Davies tells David Adams about only recently learning of the charity and how organisations can achieve a great deal by using simple methods.
There’s a gap between those following the rules of MiFID II and those who are adhering to the spirit of it – make sure you don’t get caught out, says Richard Maitland.
Charities are not immune to fraud. In some instances, charities are specifically targeted by criminals due to their perceived lack of controls and heavy reliance on trust based governance.
Recent figures revealed charities are losing a huge amount of income due to unclaimed Gift Aid – but with a number of changes having been made to the tax system, what role does Gift Aid play now?
Charities from around the UK have been invited to contribute to the UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice, due to launch later this year.
The code, which aims to help charities improve their digital skills and increase their digital activity, is being funded by Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation and will officially launch in November.
Trust in charities has 'plateaued' to levels unseen since 2005, a new report from the Charity Commission has revealed.
Trust in Charities 2018, published by the Charity Commission today was part of a series of studies examining the factors the public associates with a trustworthy charity and revealed transparency is "not enough" in rebuilding trust.
There were ‘significant failures’ at the Presidents Club Charitable Trust and its trustees were in breach of a number of key charity law duties, a new Charity Commission report has found.
"Good governance is vital to protecting a charity’s staff, volunteers, users and donors. It helps to ensure that funds are used correctly, that trustees and staff are clear about the purposes of the charity and that objectives are being delivered effectively.
The chief executive of ACEVO, Vicky Browning, has criticised the Charity Commission as being “unnecessarily negative” in its narrative surrounding its recent report on trust.
Published yesterday, Trust in Charities 2018 revealed trust in charities has 'plateaued' to levels unseen since 2005 and that transparency is “not enough” to rebuild the public’s trust in the third sector.
ICSA: The Governance Institute has published a new set of guidance, aimed at helping charities to recognise and improve boardroom behaviours.
The new guidance follows the Charity Governance Code's seven principles of good governance and translates these principles into suggested boardroom behaviours for trustees, chairs, CEOs and governance professionals.
Almost 90 per cent of donors prefer to donate directly via their website instead of through third-party fundraising websites, new research has revealed.
UK charity All Aboard has recorded a £10,000 loss after being victim to a spate of seven break-ins across its charity shops since March 2018.
Charity membership body, Acevo, has recorded its first surplus for half a decade, despite its income having fallen by a further £250k, its latest annual report and accounts have shown. Published today, the accounts reveal a more positive outlook for the membership body, which was previously battling with a bulging deficit and annual drops in income, membership and reserves.
"Rules and regulations are essential in setting clear requirements and holding organisations to account if things go wrong, but they can only go so far. Without the right values, culture, and behaviours being set and lived by each and every charity, the safeguarding of everyone who comes into contact with our fundraising activities cannot be achieved."
A decision to force charities to pay for the Charity Commission’s services to help plug its current budget gap is “short-sighted” and “counter-productive”, the Directory of Social Change has argued.
New research reveals a growing acknowledgement amongst insurance brokers of the importance of contributing positively to society, with charitable giving the most popular way of achieving this goal.
Many charities struggle to recruit new trustees and attribute it to a lack of willing volunteers, but for most, poor advertisement is usually at the root of the problem.
Two patrons of charity Classics for All have threatened to resign, claiming they no longer want to work with the charity while former foreign secretary Boris Johnson remains involved.
Teenage Cancer Trust has appointed Liz Tait, the former director of fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as its new director of fundraising.
The fundraising community has a significant responsibility in this area. Safeguarding and safety has to be embedded within everything we do.
Charities and grassroots organisations based in outer-London are struggling to attract corporate support amid the highly concentrated charitable work taking place within central London, a new report has revealed.
The Charity Times Annual Conference will return in 2019, with expert insights into what the future of charity will look like in a rapidly changing world.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has appointed broadcast journalist Sue Inglish as its next chair.
Andy Preston, chief executive of UK charity CEO Sleepout has raised millions of pounds for homelessness by organising staged CEO sleepouts across the UK. He tells David Adams how it all began and explains the importance of successful business people giving back to the community.
A fake charity, which was set up to provide money for Syria, has been investigated by the Charity Commission and ordered to transfer funds to a registered charity with similar aims.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into a charity that offers advice and support for parents and carers of children with AD/HD after it failed to file its financial accounts on time.
The Charity Commission has announced its new strategic direction, which will require higher standards of conduct among charities to avoid the sector becoming 'complicit in its decline'.
London Marathon Events has appointed its first head of charities.
The organisation, which works with more than 3000 charities, has appointed Kenneth Foreman to develop partnerships with charities to ensure fundraising opportunities are developed and maximised across all London Marathon events.
Fundraising platform JustGiving has scrapped its 5 per cent fee on donations to disaster and major incident funds.
Fraud is a significant and growing threat to the voluntary sector and is an issue that trustees cannot afford to ignore.
The government has announced a package of measures to crackdown on sexual predators working in international aid charities, including a joint project with Interpol to stop abusers moving between organisations.
The MS Society has drafted in a former hospital chief executive to lead the charity.
The UK is the sixth most generous country in the world when it comes to charitable giving, a new report by the Charities Aid Foundation has revealed.
Gerald Oppenheim was appointed chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator earlier this year. David Adams finds out how he is settling into the new role and what challenges are in store.
Charities minister Tracey Crouch has resigned from her role due to a delay in changes to betting rules.
A housing charity, which was branded the ‘UK's most prosecuted landlord’ in a list compiled by The Guardian, has closed down.
The Supreme Court has ruled against Barnardo’s in an ongoing legal battle to decide how the charity must measure inflation with regards to its pension payments.
Registration is now open for the second 2019 Sustainability Summit, a one-day event that brings together experts in the field of sustainable investment.
Grants worth over £4 million have been awarded to London-based charities working to tackle disadvantage and inequality across the city.
The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded £4.1 million to 51 charities from across the capital for a number of programmes including the support of survivors of sexual abuse, therapy sessions for children with life limiting conditions and community activities to improve the health of older people.
A two-year inquiry into civil society has revealed the need for ‘widespread changes’ and ‘radical reform’ among the charity sector.
The government has announced it will issue grants worth £1 million to fund support programmes that will help charities improve their digital skills.
"The fundraising community simply doesn’t reflect the communities we serve or our population; the fundraising profession is predominantly white and female, whilst in the top charities boards only 6.3% are from BAME backgrounds. We’ve known of the problem for a while, but it is now time to take action."
Four of the UK’s larger housing organisations have joined forces to launch a new funding initiative specifically aimed at backing charitable organisations and socially-minded businesses.
Applications are open for the 2019 Weston Charity Awards. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, the awards provide twenty winning charities with a year of leadership coaching along with £6,500 in unrestricted funding.
"January is the month of New Year resolutions and it seems that a common one to make is the decision to go out and volunteer for a charity. It’s a great impulse."
As the year draws to a close, we have rounded up the five most popular opinion pieces to have hit the Charity Times website this year.
Safeguarding, reputational scandals, digital innovation and ministerial shake-ups were among the big charity headlines this year. We provide a summary of everything you need to know from 2018 in the charity sector.
After another tumultuous year in the charity sector, governance still demands much attention from boards, advisers and commentators. These are some of the key challenges you'll need to prepare for.
BT’s fundraising platform MyDonate is winding down towards closure in June 2019.
The majority of charities are ill-prepared for a no-deal Brexit and must do everything in their power to prevent it, new research has found.
"Supply chains are becoming increasingly opaque. Charities must remain diligent throughout the entire process. Both Comic Relief and Spice Girls checked out the ethical sourcing credentials of manufacturer Represent, however, it subsequently changed the manufacturer without their knowledge.
"As a result, we’re seeing first-hand the reputational damage that can occur from unethical sourcing practices."
"Innovation is incredibly important to the BHF, but that doesn’t mean it always comes naturally. Risk appetite, regulation, resource and capacity are often pitted as enemies of the innovation. But that’s simply not true; often the solution lies in the problem."
Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, has announced she will be stepping down from her role in August this year.
"Whilst I’m sat here watching this total stranger scrub away at her shower screen (apparently a bit of Cif does the trick, FYI), it occurs to me that if a hairdresser with a passion for cleaning can inadvertently generate such a large and adoring community, imagine what possibilities await for charities, too."
"Through our work at the Institute of Fundraising in equality, diversity and inclusion, we have found that in many ways the private sector is ahead of the charity sector. This is true when it comes to reaching out to diverse communities, creating inclusive workplaces that attract the best talent, as well as retaining and developing people based solely on merit."
Fundraising Around the World, a new report from nfpSynergy and Australia’s More Strategic reveals the global attitudes towards charity, notably public trust. But what did it find and how does the UK rank compared to the rest of the world? Mark Evans explores.
Social media platforms can feel overwhelming for the digital novice, but they can also be an excellent way to lead your charity. Kate Collins, winner of this this year's Social Media CEO of the Year Award, talks through some of her top tips for using your personal social media accounts as a way of engaging with staff, communities and beneficiaries – and being a better leader for it.
Sector bodies have come together to launch a new project, designed to rebalance the relationship between large and small charities in public services.
The NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales plan to explore how voluntary organisations of different sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services.
The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black as its new chair.
Dame Carol will take up the role from 1 May 2019 and provide leadership of the organisation, working closely with the charity’s chief executive, Dr Anna Dixon.
JustGiving has scrapped its 5 per cent fee for charities in the UK, in the company’s biggest model shake-up since inception.
The online giving platform will be completely free for charities and will instead rely on voluntary contributions from donors to support the operation of the platform, which is designed to increase choice for donors and income for charities.
Campaign group 38 Degrees has dismissed its executive director for gross misconduct after finding he had provided illegals drugs to staff.
A statement from the group’s chair Srabani Sen has confirmed that David Babbs has been sacked and that a wider independent investigation into other allegations regarding his conduct has been launched.
The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a therapeutic care charity following an inquest into the death of a teenager in its care.
Sophie Bennett was found hanged in Lancaster Lodge, a registered care home in west London run by Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International, two days after the 19-year-old was admitted in May 2016.
The Garden Bridge project was a “failure for charity” that risks undermining public trust and confidence in the sector, according to a critical Charity Commission report.
The regulator’s report looked at the role of the charity Garden Bridge Trust, which was set up to manage the collapsed project, that saw £50m of public funds spent on plans to build a garden bridge across the Thames in London.
Children are passionate about good causes but charities and schools are missing opportunities to actively engage them in fundraising and campaigning efforts, research has found.
Academics at the Universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church interviewed more than 150 children aged four- to eight-years-old about their perceptions of charities and involvement in charitable work.
The chief executive of children’s care charity Become is stepping down to take on the same role at Working Chance, the charity that helps women leaving the care and criminal justice systems find work.
Natasha Finlayson leaves Become after leading the charity since 2008 and will take up her new role in May.
The chief executive of the charity behind global men’s health campaign Movember is stepping down to lead the Dogs Trust.
Owen Sharp will join the dog welfare charity in July after three years as head of the Movember Foundation, which raises awareness for issues such as prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
Global development charity Human Appeal has appointed a humanitarian and development sector consultant from the US as its chief executive.
Dr Mohamed Ashmawey has taken the top role at the UK based charity from America, where he has been working as a European and Middle East humanitarian and development sector consultant.
The average charity in the UK has a defined benefit pension deficit proportionately higher than that of the average FTSE 350 company, a new report has revealed.
Children’s charity Coram has received the largest single donation in its history, a £4 million gift from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF). The donation will fund The Hamlyn Endowment for the Rights and Voice of Children, which is intended to help Coram’s work advancing the rights of children and young people and providing legal services for vulnerable children and families.
Sales limits for society lotteries are depriving small local charities on millions of pounds in potential funding, according to a new report from nfp Synergy. It suggests that current rules on lottery sales mean that only three in ten applications made to People’s Postcode Lottery trusts by small charities obtain funding.
Ecclesiastical Insurance is attempting to identify the good causes the public like, and will then £1m donated to these charitable causes this summer.
Regulators have received hundreds of complaints about Scottish charities from staff within their own organisations, new figures have revealed.
A trustee has been disqualified from trusteeship and ordered to pay over £200,000 after stealing from the funds of a miners’ charity.
Stonewall is today celebrating its 30 year anniversary, marking three decades of its fight for LGBT rights, but claims there is 'still so much more to be done'.
A charity has been removed from the Charity Commission’s register after an investigation by the regulator could find no evidence that the organisation had carried out any charitable activity.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Devon Charitable Trust, following the discovery that more than £850,000 of charitable funds have been transferred to a trustee's bank account.
The Fundraising Regulator has launched a revised version of the Code of Fundraising Practice, to come into effect in October 2019.
A second year of funding has been agreed for the Charity Digital Code of Practice, following research that found charities still have a ‘long way to go’ in progressing digitally.
"In a post-Brexit world, we must transfer power to those we serve, to let their voices be heard. And I would add that whilst you might need more than love alone, a big dollop of it into our workplaces certainly cannot hurt."
Charity trustees believe the economic uncertainty facing the sector in over next year will be significant, with 35 % saying that navigating the current uncertain economic environment is the most significant challenge, closely followed by the risks of an unclear political situation in the UK (23%).
Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford, has replaced Steve Reed as Labour’s shadow charities minister.
The National Trust has announced plans to divest its £1bn investment portfolio from fossil fuels, in a bid to play its role in tackling climate change.
There is still a stigma around mental health, preventing many senior charity leaders from acknowledging it within the workplace. But it's time to start opening the conversation. Lauren Weymouth explores.
Investing in the right technology is crucial for charities, especially a CRM solution, but it can require some difficult choices along the way. Blackbaud’s Fiona Watts de-mystifies this topical area.
Digital transformation is a common process for any charity, but convincing those who are resistant to change isn't always as easy.
The shortlist for the 20th annual Charity Times Awards has been announced.
UK Youth chief executive Anna Smee is set to leave the organization to join Youth Futures Foundation, a £90 million endowment, as its first CEO.
The Outdoor Partnership, a charity that promotes outdoor pursuits in Snowdonia, has been granted just £3m from The National Lottery Community Fund to expand its activities across the UK.
How much time does your charity spend thinking about the impact of your invested assets? They have the potential to be a powerful tool for furthering your charitable mission, but creating a successful responsible investment policy is vital. ShareAction’s Isobel Mitchell explores.
Charities across the UK are employing people who are highly qualified, but at the expense of excluding people from a range of backgrounds, new NCVO research has revealed.
The research, entitled Planning for tomorrow’s workforce: understanding skills and skills gaps in the voluntary sector, found over half of the charity sector is educated to degree level and 70 per cent of charities cite relevant work experience as ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ when recruiting new applicants.
Tributes have been paid by the charity sector and victim support leaders to Rachel Griffin, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, who has passed away.
Too many charity accounts, particularly those submitted by small voluntary sector organisations, are not being properly scrutinised by external examiners and auditors, according to a Charity Commission report.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) has seen a ‘sharp increase’ in donations, despite being subject to criticism from the Mail on Sunday over the weekend.
"We have to ask ourselves whether great power really comes with great responsibility, or if it’s more accurate to say that actually great responsibility doesn’t always come with the power."
A series of guides have been launched to help charity chairs tackle trustee conflict and manage board relationships more effectively.
A new movement to encourage more young people into charity trustee roles has been launched with the aim of doubling the number of young trustees by 2024.
The chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes, is stepping down from the post after 10 years in the post.
“I have a real problem with the continued focus on trust, driven by what the public say they want and how much they say they trust charities in any given moment. It assumes that what the public wants is in the public interest and will deliver public benefit. It assumes that if we are not trusted it is because we are not trustworthy.”
A new ten-step guide has been launched to help small to medium charities with their theory of change.
"It is intriguing to know what people think about you, simply because of the job you do. We all have our prejudices about the stereotypical banker, sales person or nurse. And the same goes for us; people who work in the charity sector. But what do people think about fundraisers and fundraising as a career? We wanted to find out answers"
UK Youth has appointed Ndidi Okezie as its new CEO.
Conflict on trustee boards can waste a considerable amount of time if not handled correctly, but where should a chair begin when things aren’t running smoothly? Louise Thomson explores.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been accused of pushing away staff through a new pay system, which has been warned could damage existing ‘low morale’.
Sarah Atkinson, a former Charity Commission director, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF).
In the midst of global climate protests, David Adams chats to Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, about the constant need to do more to minimise climate risks and the ‘pester power’ of teenagers.
Friends of the Earth CEO, Craig Bennett has been appointed as the new chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts.
The ex-chief of a disability charity has been prosecuted for defrauding his charity's pension scheme of more than £250,000.
There is a 'lack of faith' between charities and high net worth individuals, causing one of the biggest obstacles to philanthropy in the UK, new research has revealed.