Redefining charity appeals at BBC N Ireland

A fascinating insight into how BBC Northern Ireland has broken with tradition in the charity appeal process, breathing new life into this most venerable institution.

ScopeNI reports on the Playing Our Part campaign, run in partnership with AgeNI, which was run right across the network. The campaign centred around a celebration of the contribution older people make to society, appealed for volunteers and set out to stimulate neighbours and relatives to do more to help. » Continue reading news item ... “Redefining charity appeals at BBC N Ireland”

Understanding the new public procurement rules

Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has produced a briefing on the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These regulations bring in to effect a European Directive on public procurement, from 26th February. According to NPC, they will help charities win government contracts but do not go far enough. Civil Society News coverage.

The briefing ‘Reforming the Relationship’, written with input from Linklaters solicitors, aims to help charities understand the changes to public services contracts, and to illustrate to commissioners and procurement professionals how certain provisions can be used to help them achieve their outcomes by working effectively with charities. » Continue reading news item ... “Understanding the new public procurement rules”

More powers, and safeguards, needed for Charity Commission

The parliamentary Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill has published its report into the proposed law, which would give further powers to the Charity Commission. It has backed the proposals but also says that effective safeguards must be in place to ensure charities and their trustees are treated fairly by the Commission.

Read Civil Society News coverage, which includes a further committee concern about the accessibility of Commission advice and guidance online, now that it has been moved to the » Continue reading news item ... “More powers, and safeguards, needed for Charity Commission”

Useful updates on copyright law

A pretty comprehensive Legal Update on copyright law, changes in the last year or so, useful guidance in official ‘copyright notices’ etc., was produced recently by Sandy Adirondack.

The majority of the material is at, and includes extension to exception for private copying, extension to exception for making accessible copies for disabled people, British Library deposit obligation extended to non-print works.

Basic guidance on copyright law may be produced by the Intellectual Property Office on request, “where there is particular confusion or misunderstanding”. » Continue reading news item ... “Useful updates on copyright law”

Charity trustees and management working together

NPC has published a briefing paper from its recent seminar on how to ensure effective partnerships between charity trustees and senior management. It touches on roles and responsibilities, boundaries and expectations, communication and power, and provides two case studies drawing on these themes.

Download ‘Happy relations? Ensuring effective partnerships between trustees and senior management’ via

Two dimensions to charity change management

Written as an introduction to NPC’s upcoming Leading Impact conference, a short article emphasises the difference to other sectors in how change is driven in charities.

There is a dual purpose – fundraising and delivery – and NPC puts forward three essential facets – burning platform, vision and plan – which need to be broken down into aspects that represent both sides of a charity’s work in practical terms. » Continue reading news item ... “Two dimensions to charity change management”