Regulator closes charity after ‘reckless’ trustees failed to prove how funds were spent

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 regulator opened an inquiry into the charity in 2017, after a third party raised concerns about its financial arrangements. Money was gifted to the charity via collection boxes and donations from the public.

Amnesty International staff to vote on strike action over redundancies

Employees at Amnesty International are set to vote on whether to strike as part of a dispute over redundancies.

In June, Amnesty International announced it was planning to cut 146 positions, which would result in 93 job losses.

Facebook fundraisers raise over £1.6bn

Facebook fundraisers have raised over £1.6 billion for charities over a period of four years, the social media giant has announced.

Figures show more than 45 million people worldwide have donated to or created a fundraiser on Facebook since the launch of the Facebook fundraising tools in 2015 – double the amount reported in November last year.

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Grant worth £40,000 available to small charities

Grants worth £40,000 is being made available to small to medium-sized charities from healthcare provider, Simplyhealth.

Caron Bradshaw: Are power and responsibility found in the same places in charities?

"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."

Trustee disqualified for ‘wholly inadequate’ running of Syrian charitable fund

A trustee has been disqualified after failing to demonstrate how he had spent charitable funds raised and collected for the charity Team Syria.

Vote for the charity sector’s 25 most influential leaders

Charity Times is calling for charity sector professionals to nominate up to two people who deserve to be among the sector’s 25 most influential leaders.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, Charity Times is seeking to celebrate the success of the charity sector as a whole by asking readers to help identify the 25 most influential leaders within the sector.

RNLI sees increase in donations following newspaper criticism

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.

No-deal is not off the table; charities must prepare, NCVO warns

A no-deal Brexit is not off the table and charities must make sure they prepare for it as a possible outcome, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has warned.

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