Concerns over new charity regulator powers and disqualification

The current charities legislation going through Parliament is due for its first proper debate in the House of Commons this week (on 3rd December).

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill includes provisions to increase the powers of the Charity Commission (England and Wales), over such things as disqualification of trustees, powers of directions to charities and issuing official warnings. There are also measures on social investment and fundraising. » Continue reading news item ... “Concerns over new charity regulator powers and disqualification”

Campaigner awards for 2016

The 2016 Campaigner Awards run by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation are now open for nominations. The awards “recognise and celebrate people who demonstrate their commitment to and effectiveness in tackling the root causes of injustice and inequality”.

Categories include:

  • Health
  • Environmental justice
  • Social justice
  • Economic justice
  • Gender equality
  • People and place local campaigner
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Transport
  • Long term achievement
  • Peoples Choice Campaigner Award

Nomination deadline 8th February 2016.

New look for N Ireland register of charities

The online register of charities, managed by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, has had a makeover and is now capable of displaying each charity’s annual accounts.

Although the register has details of over three thousand charities, it is early days for such reporting being required, and only a small number of charities have submitted accounts and reports to the Commission so far.

The new system is also able to export information on a charity, or group of charities. » Continue reading news item ... “New look for N Ireland register of charities”

Spending Review and the charity sector

Announcements from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review of particular interest to those in voluntary organisations.

Also see our CharityBlog Storify.

Big Lottery

No raid of the funds allocated from the National Lottery to the Big Lottery Fund, which hands out a large number of small grants to local charities. See NCVO’s ‘Lottery cash threat’ news release from Saturday (21st November).

Gift Aid review

A Call for Evidence on the operation of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme is to be launched in December 2015  – “a big ask met” according to a CFG tweet. » Continue reading news item ... “Spending Review and the charity sector”

Fundraising reforms – Scotland and small charities

A quick couple of recent news and views on the fundraising regulation changes.

The Institute of Fundraising and the Small Charities Coalition have announced that they will work together to engage smaller charities on the fundraising reforms. They want to feed the ideas, concerns and recommendations of such organisations into the establishment of the new Charity Fundraising Regulator and Fundraising Preference Service proposals. Further details will follow soon – the IoF news item also gives an email address to register interest. » Continue reading news item ... “Fundraising reforms – Scotland and small charities”

Changing patterns of giving and volunteering

Sector consultancy nfpSynergy has put together some stats in ‘Facts and Figures – Baby Boomers, Charities, and an Ageing Population’.

“Ageing baby boomers entering retirement have always represented a huge potential for the charity sector not only as donors, but also as volunteers, with many living longer, healthier lives. Worryingly, however, a significant funding chasm is emerging between baby boomers and the preceding generation, who tend both to give more and volunteer in larger numbers.”

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