Jersey has joined other parts of the British Isles in introducing a charity law, which will see a charity register created, along with a charity commissioner. The latter will be responsible for seeing that registered charities meet a public benefit...
Sector consultancy NfpSynergy has researched what MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) and the general public think the impact of a Yes vote in the referendum would have on Scottish charities.
An investigation into the self-regulation of fundraising, jointly commissioned by the Fundraising Standards Board, Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, has recommended fine tuning rather than “immediate significant structural change”.
UK Fundraising has more details at http://www.fundraising.co.uk/2014/07/18/self-regulation-fundraising-broadly-ok-pwc-concludes/
The Early Action Task Force has set out ways in which a future government could free itself from the stranglehold of short-term planning and save money as a result.
The Task Force’s report proposes a new investment strategy, including a ten-year government planning perspective, combined with firm five-year budgets in every spending review. It also advocates:
The Call to Action Progress Group set up by the Volunteer Rights Inquiry in 2011 has published its final report.
In a piece on NCVO’s website, the group chair highlights “two strongly held stances”: the need for a regulatory system to provide for fair treatment of volunteers and independent resolution of disputes, set against a belief by others that this would be impractical and disproportionately expensive and good management practice should be the answer instead. It also poses questions around the possibility of establishing an external appeals system.
The Human Dignity Trust has won its case against the Charity Commission at the Charity Tribunal, with the regulator instructed to add the trust to the Register of Charities. Civil Society Media report http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17812/.
Welsh umbrella body WCVA has a helpful article on “Three Government Statements made at the National Assembly for Wales, which complement each other on how public services in Wales can be improved.”
Two recent annual reports from sector regulators:
The Charity Commission (England and Wales) received 6,661 applications for registration in 2013-14 and approved almost five thousand. Other top statistics in the official news item, direct link to annual report (1.4MB pdf).
The Stanford Statistics for Good Group set out to understand whether “courtesy bias” truly exists among clients in the (USA) non-profit sector, and analysed user feedback in nearly 200,000 reviews. The research suggests that such feedback is less biased than many think.
This week’s government reshuffle of ministerial positions saw Nick Hurd leave and Brooks Newmark, MP for Braintree, take his place as minister for civil society. This includes responsibility for youth services as well as the voluntary sector. Civil Society Media reports Newmark as being “absolutely delighted”, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17855/.
David Ainsworth, an editor at Civil Society Media, shares his simple five step guide to help you get your story in the news pages, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/blogs/content/17786/.