Your starter to understand charity accounts

Charity accountants Sayer Vincent have published ‘Reading charity accounts’, a new ‘made simple’ guide which will be helpful to any supporter, employee, trustee or journalist who is unfamiliar with the legal and accounting bases which apply to charities.

Just 9 core pages to read, which give short explanations of such things as reserves, administration costs, different types of charities, and some thoughts on performance assessment. » Continue reading news item ... “Your starter to understand charity accounts”

Organisations invited to join Annual Cost of Living Award Survey

Agenda ConsultingAgenda Consulting, a people research consultancy specialising in the not-for-profit sector, invites Third Sector organisations to take part in its Annual Cost of Living Award Survey.

The survey seeks to establish the basis upon which cost of living awards are made in the sector, to determine if organisations are planning awards this year, and what the awards will be.

The survey findings will be published by Agenda Consulting in a report on 22 February 2016, which will offer boards of trustees and senior managers concise, accurate and up-to-date information to reference when making pay-related decisions. » Continue reading news item ... “Organisations invited to join Annual Cost of Living Award Survey”

Online tools to assess organisational strength

Two new online tools supported by the Big Lottery Fund are designed to give voluntary organisations the ability to improve their performance and sustainability.

Strength Checker

The VCSE Strength Checker, which will be available from 1st February, will

“produce a personalised report highlighting an organisation’s key strengths and areas to help them become more effective, including sustainability, marketing, strategy and planning, track record, quality and impact.”

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Final stages for new charities legislation

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill had its House of Commons Report Stage, Legislative Grand Committee and Third Reading all together on Tuesday, 26th January. The legislation was confirmed as relating exclusively to England and Wales, so the ‘English votes for English laws’ procedure applies to it.

The shadow (Labour Party) minister for civil society re-tabled a number of amendments at this stage, including introducing a Charity Tribunal appeal mechanism against the new Charity Commission official warning powers. » Continue reading news item ... “Final stages for new charities legislation”

Low carbon neighbourhoods, heritage volunteers

A couple of short (and rather different) environmental items.

The ‘Low carbon neighbourhood planning guidebook‘, from the Centre for Sustainable Energy, has been updated.

“This popular publication (nearly 2,000 downloads in the past 6 months) explores what communities can do – through neighbourhood planning – to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty.”

The 39 page pdf download is 1.6MB. » Continue reading news item ... “Low carbon neighbourhoods, heritage volunteers”