The chief executive of NCVO has given an interesting speech on ‘local infrastructure’ – the support bodies which give important help to many smaller voluntary organisations and community groups. Such bodies are under increasing pressure, particularly on funding, and from political, economic, social, technological and structural change too.
The government has accepted all of the proposals made in the Etherington Fundraising Review, including the Fundraising Preference Service.
The minister for civil society announced
- Large charities could be forced to sign up to a new fundraising watchdog.
The TUC has issued guidance on how best to support colleagues with cancer at work, useful for line managers and employers as well as union reps.
As their news item says, more than 700,000 people of working age are living with cancer across the UK. As survival rates improve and people retire later, many people will continue to work after, or even during, their treatment for cancer.
The Charity Commission has reminded organisations of their legal responsibilities after investigations found charity assets in terrorist hands.
It has issued an alert as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011, of particular relevance for trustees of charities which are “operating in countries or areas where terrorist groups or organisations exert control, are known to operate or where there is a risk of terrorism”.
An “insiders’ guide to social media” has been published by sector group CharityComms.
It is based on input from top social media practitioners at a range of charities, covering the work they’re most proud of, other people’s work they admire and top tips. There is information on strategy, audiences, content, channels and tools, raising money, integration, dealing with crisis and more.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans for local authorities to retain all their income from business rates by 2020. This could have an impact both on charity rate relief and on the finances available to local councils.