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. Read more at http://scopeni.nicva.org/article/playing-our-part-how-bbc-redefining-charity-appeals-0.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://www.sandy-a.co.uk/activities.htm#copyright, 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.

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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. ‘Managing change: a unique challenge for charities’ at http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/managing-change-a-unique-challenge-for-charities/

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