Charity retailers outperform high street stores amid 'conscious consumerism'

Charity retail sales soared in Q4 2019, bucking the high-street trend amid 'conscious consumerism'.

New research from accountancy firm BDO has found charity retailers are outperforming high street stores as shoppers turn to more affordable and sustainable alternatives.

Former charity chief jailed for five years after defrauding pension scheme

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.

Patrick McLarry, who headed up Yateley Industries for the Disabled in Hampshire, pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place between April 2011 and September 2013, at which point Patrick McLarry was both chief executive and chairman of the charity. He was also director of the corporate trustee of the charity’s pension scheme.

London Marathon Charitable Trust grants £2.2m to UK charities

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has today announced new grants totalling over £2.2m to challenge inequality of access to physical activity across the UK.

The funding is the latest batch in a series of grants to UK-based charities, with the total funding amounting to more than £88m.

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Pancreatic cancer charities to merge

Pancreatic Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland have announced their intention to merge.

The merger will bring together the two organisations, which have the shared vision to ‘make the 2020s the decade for change for Pancreatic Cancer’.

Charity mergers plummet amid fear of 'structural and people challenges'

The number of charity mergers has fallen amid a ‘reactive rather than proactive’ approach, which is stunting the sector’s overall development, research has found.

Charity sector salaries on the rise; causes 'huge' spike in job applications

Salaries in the third sector are continuing to rise, causing a 'huge' spike in job applications for charity jobs, new research has revealed.

Four UK charities named in list of 100 most LGBT-friendly employers

The UK's most LGBT-friendly employers to work for have been revealed, with four charities making into the top 100.

The annual list of employers, which is compiled by Stonewall and ranks employers from across all sectors on how LGBT inclusive their workplaces are, features four UK charities, including Youth Sport Trust, Victim Support, Touchstone and St.Mungo's.

Oxfam to make raft of redundancies in bid to plug £16m deficit

Oxfam could be about to make a huge raft of redundancies in a bid to plug a £16m deficit, reports have alleged.

Charity Commission appoints new comms and policy director

The Charity Commission has appointed Paul Lathan as its new director of communications and policy.

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