An NCVO article takes a look at the implications of significant changes to the way government works which could have a big impact on voluntary sector campaigning. Stephen Bubb, boss of charity chief executives body ACEVO, has highlighted a seemingly...
The Institute of Fundraising and Charity Finance Group have produced a guide to selecting and using online giving platforms, in collaboration with accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill. It was written in the wake of the problems around the CharityGiving website, see Civil Society Media news item http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/18314/.
Nesta, the innovation charity, has published ‘Going Digital: Five lessons for charities developing technology-based innovations’ (pdf 253KB).
UK Fundraising summarises that “If more charities are to succeed in using digital technology to achieve their aims, then they will need more appropriate funding, better support networks, and better guidance for trustees in areas such as impact investment and technology”.
Local sector support body NAVCA has published the findings from its annual survey of Chief Officers to determine the views of members on current policy issues. Despite massive cuts the vast majority of local authorities are still funding local support, with demand increasing.
We gather that the new version of the online volunteering recruitment system Do-it is due to go live on 25th November, with a lead in for Volunteer Centres from a month earlier. More on the expected changes at http://ivo.org/ivo/posts/ivoorg-do-it-faq. Update One feature mentioned on Twitter: an option to rate your volunteering experience.
As highlighted by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (http://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/news/new-sorp-committee/), new members are currently being recruited for the committee which is responsible for the review of the SORP charity accounting standard.
Seven major rail and station operators across England and Wales have worked with the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board to make charity giving safer. This will see a standardised application process and requirements for charities wishing to fundraise at stations.
A “technical consultation” has started on proposals to improve the clarity around qualifying conditions for Community Amateur Sports Clubs, as promised by the government. While not charities, CASCs have similar tax benefits.
HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that “single sourcing” direct mail contracts are liable for standard rate VAT from the start of this month.
Civil Society Media goes into the issues at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/18312/ – it may mean that it would be better to have separate contracts for printing, sorting and delivery.
NCVO is piloting a series of webinars, and has made a recording of one on ‘Handling conflicts and grievances’ available via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q7PxP6a2tg.
Presented by HR Services Partnership, it covers the ACAS Code of Practice and guidance on handling grievances, grievance procedures, records, typical problems and top tips and advice. It lasts about 40 minutes.
Workplace experts ACAS have published a guide on shared parental leave, the new legal right which allows couples to share maternity or adoption leave and pay. It applies where a baby is due to be born on or after 5th April 2015 – we mentioned the initial version of the guide in newsletter 627.