The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has announced the changes it is making to the Annual Return for charities. Following consultation, it has decided not to include a question on campaigning costs this time, but will “revisit the issue when...
New research from the Community Development Foundation shows the vital contribution small community groups are making nationally to society and how funders can best support them.
The Guardian’s Society pages has a piece and the CDF news release is here. Or go direct to the microsite research page for ‘Tailor-made: How community groups improve people’s lives’ http://tailor-made.cdf.org.uk/about-the-research/ – the full report pdf is 2.5MB, also available in sections.
The head of research at NCVO has a new article ‘Answering the top five questions about volunteering in England‘. He gives pointers on such questions as how many people volunteer, the economic value, how England/UK compares to the rest of the world.
Research has been published by Join In on the hidden value of sport volunteers, “going beyond cost to measure the true value they create through participation, wellbeing, trust and community”.
‘Hidden diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sport volunteers’ is available via http://www.joininuk.org/hidden-diamonds-true-value-of-sport-volunteers/ in issuu.com (Flash) format.
From New Philanthropy Capital’s discussion pages, ‘Basic questions an impact report should answer’ is a short piece at http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/basic-questions-an-impact-report-should-answer/.
And Non-profit Technology Network has an article from Kopernik, describing the “impact tracker technologies” catalogue they have created.
The government has announced new funding over 3 years for the Charity Commission (England and Wales) to tackle abuse, including extremist activity, in the charity sector. This is to help re-focus its regulatory activity on “proactive monitoring and enforcement in the highest risk areas like abuse of charities for terrorist and other criminal purposes, such as tax avoidance and fraud”. Government news item.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has issued a reminder that it is now compulsory for all charities operating there to apply for registration.
Charities which have not yet heard from the Commission should prepare for registration by checking the lists on this CCNI page, and then take the appropriate next steps.
Following the high level of engagement by 16 and 17-year-olds in the independence referendum, where over 100,000 registered to vote, the Scottish Youth Charities Alliance is promoting a ‘Votes at 16′ campaign.
The first national survey investigating innovation and productivity in Community Interest Companies (CICs) is currently in progress, looking at origin and impact. The research team is sending out participation invitations by email.
The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals to introduce legislation that will require organisations providing health and social care to have effective arrangements in place to demonstrate their commitment to disclose instances of physical or psychological harm.