The Charities Aid Foundation and Oxfam GB are working with mobile payments company Zapp to introduce new ways for supporters to donate using their mobile phones. CAF news release. Northern Ireland body NICVA has produced its ‘Individual Giving Survey 2014‘...
Originally appearing in Accountancy Live, Crowe Howarth have reproduced ‘Charity SORP 2015: applying the new accounting rules‘ written by prominent sector accountant Pesh Framjee.
A good overview of key changes and next steps to take for the new finance reporting regime.
A new report ‘People Helping People: the future of public services’ calls for the public sector to create more opportunities for people to support each other through volunteering and community action. Produced by Nesta, the “innovation foundation”, it includes case studies of how to achieve people-centred services in practice.
The Centre for Social Justice has published ‘Social Solutions: Enabling grass-roots charities to tackle poverty’, which argues for a much greater role for the social sector in public services. The CSJ wants more sensitive commissioning and the removal of regulatory barriers which prevent smaller organisations taking part, plus using dormant insurance policies to support innovation.
Over the next 18 months, seven ‘Cities of Service’ will use a successful US model to encourage local volunteers to play their part in tackling some of the most pressing issues in their areas. The cities are Barnsley, Bristol, Kirklees, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swindon, and Telford and Wrekin, with plans ranging from clearing lofts ready for energy-saving insulation to schemes pairing young men with older mentors.
A new scheme to match up voluntary sector organisations with help from government statisticians has been launched by the Government Statistical Service and NCVO.
The GSS Voluntary Sector Placement Scheme aims to arrange short placements of up to five days to provide analytical support. This could be advice on how to collect or analyse some data, or measuring impact, for instance.
Leading medical research charities have come together to create the Charity Open Access Fund to help make charitably funded research available at no cost as soon as it is published. Charities include Arthritis Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
The body for charity communications professionals, CharityComms (http://www.charitycomms.org.uk), is establishing a working group to look at how charities can be more proactive in explaining how they work and respond to criticism.