The Scottish charity regulator OSCR has published ‘Guidance for charity trustees on the referendum on independence for Scotland’ and unlike its earlier draft version this has been welcomed by sector body SCVO, whose chief executive said “Charities play a huge role in public life in Scotland so the referendum is bound to have a big impact on them. It is important that third sector organisations are able to get fully involved in the debate and this guidance from OSCR will help them to think about the issues involved, whilst adhering to the law.” » Continue reading news item ... “Charities may speak out on Scottish referendum”
The Charity Commission for England and Wales has issued a final version of its guidance on decision making for charity trustees – a draft was circulated for comment earlier this year. ‘Its Your Decision’ explains the key principles of decision making that the courts and the Commission expect trustees to apply when they are making significant or strategic decisions about their charity.
New on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s website is guidance on Cy-près schemes, which are legal documents allowing the Commission to amend the terms of a charitable trust, where the original intention of the donor can no longer be carried out.
While CCNI is now accepting requests for such schemes, they cannot finalise one until a further CCNI statutory provision is made, hopefully by late 2013.
A discussion article from sector consultancy nfpSynergy argues that what the public thinks is or isn’t true (on public policy etc.) matters for charities, and so they should act to inform.
‘Hit and myth; why charities need to close the gap between some perceptions and reality’ http://nfpsynergy.net/hit-and-myth-blog.
New from Clinks, the support body for criminal justice organisations:
- ‘Take your temperature’ is an easy-to-use tool to help you to assess organisational strengths and weaknesses in the context of a rapidly changing funding landscape and to flag up areas that require development. Pdf, 586KB via, http://www.clinks.org/resources-guides-toolkits/take-your-temperature.
- ‘Finance for contracts readiness checker‘ will help your organisation understand the financial competencies and management systems required to be contract ready.