Sector newsletter open to new ideas

VoluntaryNews would like to highlight our newsletter announcement (September 2016) that the final edition of that publication is currently planned to appear on 8th December. The VoluntaryNews website should continue to exist for some time after that. Submitted news will still be welcome, and there may be some occasional news updates from us too.

VolResource/VoluntaryNews is inviting any interest in taking over production of the email newsletter from January, which may include any or all of the associated websites. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector newsletter open to new ideas”

Improving donor control of communications

NCVO has published the recommendations of a working group on how to enable donors to give consent. The group was tasked with developing good practice recommendations on how charities should communicate with their donors for fundraising purposes, including how they manage and use donors’ personal data.

The news release leads with

New recommendations would mean charities would not call members of the public without clear permission.

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Swapping shoes to understand government workings

This year’s opportunity for staff from government and voluntary organisations to step into each other’s shoes for a day and learn about how the other sector operates is open for applications.

As well as improving cross-sector understanding, the programme helps participants find out about the roles and responsibilities of staff within another organisation, and the operational environments and wider contexts in which they work.

The scheme is run by England’s umbrella body NCVO – find out more and how to apply (by 16th October) here: ‘A Day in the Life’ work shadow scheme 2016/17. » Continue reading news item ... “Swapping shoes to understand government workings”

Using audio to tell the charity story

The charity communications body CharityComms has a new article ‘The podcast comeback: three charities tapping into the trend‘.

The three organisations featured appear to be relatively large, and it would be interesting to hear about those with more limited resources making a good shout of it. A quick read and a longer listen may give some useful tips, though.

Further Note

Our CharityBlog quick round-up of sector podcasts is undoubtedly dated, but there may still be useful links here. » Continue reading news item ... “Using audio to tell the charity story”

Scotland review of business rates, including charity reliefs

The Scottish Government has set up a review of business rates in Scotland, to see how it could be improved to encourage long term investment and growth.

As SCVO says in its article, rate relief is very important for the third sector and this review will cover all non-domestic rates in Scotland, which includes charity rate relief. SCVO is encouraging voluntary organisations to respond, particularly those that benefit from the relief – read the SCVO piece for more background. » Continue reading news item ... “Scotland review of business rates, including charity reliefs”

Ideas from new sector researchers sessions

NCVO’s web pages have a short piece on lessons from the new researcher sessions at the recent annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference, run by NCVO and VSSN.

The sub-headings give a slight flavour:

  • The power of qualitative research
  • ‘I dinnae ken whit yer talkin aboot’
  • Innovation, innovation, innovation
  • Importance of comparative research
  • Gender differences in voluntary action

Read the article.