Following recent media coverage about the salaries of senior staff in charities, and charity running costs, the Scottish charity regulator (OSCR) has put forward its own perspective and what it expects from charities. OSCR explains some of the reasons why...
New guidance has been created for young people about the value of giving their time for social action and volunteering, the skills that come from engagement, and how their experience can be used to strengthen their applications to university and college. The Charities Aid Foundation produced the guide with UCAS.
A helpful guide on the niceties of ‘Using Creative Commons Images on Your Site with Confidence’, written by a qualified lawyer (New Zealand and England & Wales), but not too legalistic.
nfpSynergy, with the PayPal Giving Fund, is running a survey on how digital technologies in general, and digital payments in particular, are driving a revolution in charities. It aims to understand how digital products are changing how charities raise funds, deliver services, campaign, volunteer or anything else. The 2015 survey, running to 8th May, also seeks views on digital suppliers and digital payments.
The Association of Charitable Foundations and the Charity Commission are to collaborate on guidance about charitable funders supporting the work of organisations without charitable status. This follows the prominent news coverage around two foundations that funded an advocacy group which appeared to condone terrorism.
From Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update on recent tax and national insurance changes.
Expenses and benefits in kind: New exemption from tax and national insurance on trivial benefits in kind has been delayed and did not come into effect on 6th April as originally announced. See more at http://www.sandy-a.co.uk/employment.htm#paye-benefits.
A new blog ‘Charities and Campaigning for a Better World‘ focuses on sharing ideas about the history and importance of campaigning by charities and other voluntary organisations. “This history has shaped our democracy and does not belong to any one political party or tendency. Let us remember and celebrate it.”
The Management Centre’s blog shares some insights from the success (and some failings) of the fundraising campaign that followed the devastating fire at Battersea Arts Centre. A key lesson is clearly the need for organisations to have plans in place should the unthinkable happen.
Following the flurry of party manifestos last week (see our coverage), a number of overviews have been produced.
- Charity Finance Group has a briefing (pdf, 13 pages, 243KB) outlining and analysing policies in each of the main party manifestos.
Both NCVO’s research team and Third Sector Research Centre have taken a serious look at the Conservative manifesto pledge to boost employer-supported volunteering. This says:
“.. we will make volunteering for three days a year a workplace entitlement for people working in large companies and the public sector. People could, for example, volunteer for a local charity, or serve as a school governor.”
Changes in licensing regulations (for England and Wales) came into force on 6th April 2015, deregulating various types of entertainment.
Welsh umbrella body WCVA has a short item which highlights these changes: