Cass Business School launches bursaries to support refugee crisis

The bursaries are available to individuals who, in addition to meeting the normal entrance criteria, can demonstrate they will use this opportunity to strengthen their organisation’s capacity to respond to the refugee crisis or contribute to the wider charitable sector’s response. The students could be refugees themselves or UK/EU citizens working in the refugee sector. The bursaries will cover the fees on the School’s Charities Masters courses, delivered by Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. » Continue reading news item ... “Cass Business School launches bursaries to support refugee crisis”

Third sector and the EU referendum

VoluntaryNews has covered the rules for voluntary organisations around campaigning in the EU referendum quite a bit already. Now that a date is set for the vote (23rd June), other coverage from a sector perspective is appearing.

Two pieces from Scotland’s Third Force News:

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Gift Aid donor benefits – simplifying the rules

An official consultation on simplifying Gift Aid donor benefits rules has opened. Views are invited on a number of options, and whether they are a welcome simplification of the existing rules.

Proposals include:

  •  Simplifying the current monetary thresholds.
  • Introducing a disregard for low value benefits.
  • Withdrawing the lifetime benefits concession.

Go to HM Treasury page for the consultation document, responses by 12th May.

Resources and tips on tackling fraud in charities

The main learning points from the first national conference on charity fraud, held late 2015, have been compiled into a guide “for trustees and senior managers of charities in England and Wales as well as their professional advisors”.

It also signposts further resources and support, and has a summary of top tips for preventing, detecting and responding to fraud.

Available from Fraud Advisory Panel’s resources page, or direct link to download (pdf, 1.2MB) ‘Tackling fraud in the charity sector: A summary of conference proceedings‘.

A debate on charity regulation

An audio recording (podcast) of a recent debate at Birkbeck College on the regulation of charities is available online.

Speakers at the event ‘Charities Regulation Under Scrutiny’, hosted by Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, were Sir Stuart Etherington, Lucy de Groot and Dr Rob Macmillan.

The audio file (hosted on Soundcloud, 1 hour 51 minutes) is at the end of an article in response to the event. » Continue reading news item ... “A debate on charity regulation”