Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation in merger talks

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have announced their intention to merge to form the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership.

The organisations have said the move aims to strengthen the existing collaboration between the two charities and will save a ‘significant amount of money’ in running costs, freeing up more funding for charitable purposes.

Consultation launched to refresh Charity Governance Code

A consultation has been launched to refresh the Charity Governance Code in order to ensure it remains 'relevant and credible'.

The code is designed to promote good governance practice for charities of all sizes in England and Wales. A new version was published in 2017 and received positive feedback sector-wide.

Salvation Army introduces QR donation option

The Salvation Army is introducing QR codes to its iconic red kettle collection tins to enable donors to donate using their mobile phones.

All of the charity's 25,000 kettle tins will be fitted with NFC chips and QR codes to allow donors to tap or scan their phones to make a donation using Apple Pay or Google Pay.

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New guidance launched to help boards appoint lead trustees

The Chartered Governance Institute has published new guidance on the role of lead charity trustees.

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Young people want to become trustees but don't know how, research shows

A large number of people aged 18-24 want to become charity trustees, but know too little about the role or where to find vacancies, new research has revealed.

According to a survey of 500 people aged 18-24, a lack of awareness and understanding are the key factors preventing young people from becoming charity trustees.

Leave your ego at home: how to handle boardroom tension

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.

How the RNLI fought against media criticism – and won

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