Local charities suffer from poor commissioning

A new report from Lloyds Bank Foundation, ‘Commissioning in Crisis’, highlights

“some of the ludicrous processes used (in public sector commissioning) to bridge the gap left by too little money. These approaches penalise small charities in particular, excluding them from bidding for, let alone winning, contracts, leaving many deprived of funding and on the brink of shutting up shop.”

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Interim fundraising complaints system for N Ireland

With progress on developing arrangements for fundraising regulation for Northern Ireland expected in the autumn, an announcement on the NICVA web pages appeared 29th November.

An NI Fundraising Regulation Working Group has now been established – a “starting point for a full consultation on the way forward”.

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Another try at simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a further consultation on simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules.

This follows an earlier consultation which ended May 2016 – it received 61 responses but didn’t get a clear consensus settling on a single reform proposal. Fundraising UK gives further background.

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Fundraising training for ‘local’ charities

Local charities are being encouraged to sign up for training being run in December as part of the government’s support for Local Charities Day. The programme is targeted at charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million and a local focus. Official news release.

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