The newly released government’s Community Life Survey 2013 to 2014 has shown a small decline in volunteering rates. NCVO has an article on ‘Why we shouldn’t get too worried about declining rates of volunteering’ http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/07/22/why-we-shouldnt-get-too-worried-about-declining-rates-of-volunteering/, taking a closer look at...
ACEVO, the charity leaders network, and Charities Aid Foundation have announced a joint project to put charities and social enterprises at the top of the political agenda in the run up to the 2015 election. This will see the production of collections of essays by leading thinkers and politicians from the three major parties, to be published at the respective party conferences in the autumn.
nfpSynergy have an article illustrating how the anti-slavery campaign from two centuries ago has the hallmarks of great campaigns that we can still learn from today.
‘Abolishing the slave trade; the first global campaign’ at http://nfpsynergy.net/blog/abolishing-slave-trade-first-global-campaign
NCVO has published ‘Stepping Stones: The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes’, which calls for a major overhaul of how welfare to work schemes are designed and paid for. The government is urged to work more closely with charities and service users when designing contracts.
CollaborationNI has developed guidance to help voluntary and community organisations understand what is meant by the term “due diligence”. It has been devised to assist organisations considering merger or joint tendering to understand what is involved in the process of appropriate risk assessment when considering working collaboratively.
The Welsh Government has launched a review of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, which was the first such role in the UK. http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/childrenandyoungpeople/2014/140723-childrens-commissioner/?status=open&lang=en
The review will focus on six key areas:
A new website has been created for people who are interested in social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Social Value Hub, http://socialvaluehub.org.uk, aims to help councils, public sector commissioners and providers take advantage of the new legislation to deliver improved public services and cost-savings.
As reported by Social Enterprise UK, which reckons it will become biggest social crowdfunding platform in the country, http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/news/trillion-fund-and-buzzbnk-announce-merger-create-uka-biggest-social-crowdfunding-platform
The Canada Revenue Agency has ruled that preventing poverty is not a charitable aim, as it might benefit people who are not already poor. As reported by the Toronto Star in connection with Oxfam Canada, http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/07/24/tax_agency_says_preventing_poverty_not_allowed_as_goal_for_charity.html
Australia is hosting the G20 leaders meeting in November, and a “platform for dialogue” between them and representatives of civil society organisations has been created. A C20 summit took place in June in Melbourne, and has its own website at http://www.c20.org.au.
A new article on Stanford Social Innovation Review is ‘Boosting Nonprofit Board Performance Where It Counts’ which gives “Five recommendations for onboarding a new executive director”. Despite that horrible word, this is not a bad piece on the key early days of bringing in a new senior executive to an organisation.