Changes to charity annual return

The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has announced the changes it is making to the Annual Return for charities. Following consultation, it has decided not to include a question on campaigning costs this time, but will “revisit the issue when it considers changes to the annual return for 2016”.

Three topics it will include are:
– In the reporting period, how much income did you receive from: contracts from central or local government to deliver services, or grants from central or local government? » Continue reading news item ... “Changes to charity annual return”

‘Under the radar’ groups provide vital services

New research from the Community Development Foundation shows the vital contribution small community groups are making nationally to society and how funders can best support them.

The Guardian’s Society pages has a piece and the CDF news release is here. Or go direct to the microsite research page for ‘Tailor-made: How community groups improve people’s lives’ http://tailor-made.cdf.org.uk/about-the-research/ – the full report pdf is 2.5MB, also available in sections.

New guide for charity chairs

The Association of Chairs has published a guide “for chairs of charities and non-profit organisations which focuses entirely on the chair’s perspective and the particular challenges and opportunities of the role”.

‘A Chairs Compass’ is available via http://www.associationofchairs.org.uk/resources/chairs-compass/ (pdf, 411KB, registration required), print copy available as part of membership or separately.

The value of sports volunteering

Research has been published by Join In on the hidden value of sport volunteers, “going beyond cost to measure the true value they create through participation, wellbeing, trust and community”.

‘Hidden diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sport volunteers’ is available via http://www.joininuk.org/hidden-diamonds-true-value-of-sport-volunteers/ in issuu.com (Flash) format.