Chance for finance leaders to develop an inspiring idea

This year’s Adrian Randall Challenge Prize, run by Charity Finance Group, is open for entries. The winner, who will have demonstrated excellent, inspiring practice in charity finance, gets a £5000 grant to develop a relevant project. Details at http://www.cfg.org.uk/about-us/adrian-randall-prize.aspx.

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Sector support in the criminal justice system

A new report looks into the effectiveness and future of voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in the Criminal Justice System. ‘Critical friends’ has been produced for Clinks by an independent panel, taking evidence from over 150 organisations and individuals from the voluntary, private and public sectors.

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Data issues, charity marketing and beneficiaries

Issues around charity use of supporter data has been hitting the headlines recently. There are a number of relevant news items and articles worth reading.

The Information Commissioner’s Office reiterated at a recent meeting that charities must follow the same rules as everyone else when it comes to direct marketing, including telephone calls. As covered in a WCVA news item, which links to ICO’s Direct Marketing guidance (pdf, 622KB).

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Funding challenges identified in two sector studies

A new report on the third sector in north east England draws on analytical material to provide “key statistics to improve sector intelligence” across the region. Part of the Northern Rock Foundation’s Third Sector Trends Study, it also gives headline statistics for each of its four sub-regions: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley.

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