The report ‘Having their say: what the public likes and dislikes about charities’ is the third paper of a series from New Philanthropy Capital, examining public attitudes polling conducted by Ipsos MORI. This time looking in more detail, it looks...
The information regulator has issued a report saying that victim support charities must take more steps to comply with data protection requirements. This is based on findings from a study of five of the 69 voluntary organisations that make up the Victims’ Services Alliance, along with a wider data protection survey.
A Philantopic discussion article ‘Social Sector Still Lags Far Behind the Future of Big Data’ leads with an extract from an annual forecast from American social economy scholar Lucy Bernholz:
From now on, we’ll be looking at the structures of the social economy in the context of pervasive digitization. This is not about gadgets; it’s about complicated (and fundamental) ideas like free association, expression, and privacy in the world of digital data and infrastructure.
An annual look at the year ahead based on the expectations and priorities of managers is produced by the Chartered Management Institute. Some of the statistics in ‘Future Forecast 2015′ are broken down between private, public and charity sectors.
Scottish umbrella body SCVO is running a short online survey aimed at anyone who works for a third sector organisation in Scotland, whether a charity, community group or social enterprise.
They want to find out what you think about:
The National Audit Office has issued a follow-up report on how the Charity Commission has addressed recommendations by the NAO and Public Accounts Committee in late 2013. It finds that the Commission has made good early progress, but significant challenges remain.
The government has announced that community radio stations across the UK are to see the relaxation of funding rules and extended broadcasting licences, to enable their valued radio service to continue and thrive.
A new independent grant making foundation set up to support community businesses has received substantial lottery funding. The £150 million endowment fund for the Power to Change foundation will allow it to provide financial other kinds of support, such as training, to help people set up sustainable local community businesses across England.
This year’s Epic Awards are open for entries, to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector. Run by the Voluntary Arts network across UK and Ireland, nominations close 16th March. See http://www.voluntaryarts.org/2015/01/12/the-search-is-on-for-2015-epic-award-winners/.
Sector publishers Directory of Social Change has a ‘What’s in store for 2015?’ article, with short outlooks from eight voluntary sector experts. They cover charity regulation, fundraising, management and more, at http://www.dsc.org.uk/PolicyandResearch/Whatsinstorefor2015.
The Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, set up by sector body NAVCA, has published its final report. This makes 19 recommendations for local sector support (infrastructure) bodies as well as funders, local government and local commissioning bodies and the business community. The overarching recommendation is that “local infrastructure needs to be redesigned and creatively resourced to meet the challenges of tomorrow”.