Keeping charity assets away from terrorists

The Charity Commission has reminded organisations of their legal responsibilities after investigations found charity assets in terrorist hands.

It has issued an alert as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011, of particular relevance for trustees of charities which are “operating in countries or areas where terrorist groups or organisations exert control, are known to operate or where there is a risk of terrorism”.

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Governance guide for Scottish international charities

A new guide on governance issues for international organisations based in Scotland has been produced by SCVO and NIDOS Рthe Network of International Development Organisation in Scotland  and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. The guide outlines such things as legal structures, financial planning, recruitment, risk assessment.

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Views on civil society around the globe

The 2015 edition of the global ‘State of Civil Society’ report has been published by Civicus.

At the time of writing, Civicus website pages are appearing blank in VoluntaryNews web browsers. The pdf downloads work fine, but without a content index for the full 377 pages we can’t quickly summarise it for you!

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Volunteering for disabled people, for changing needs, sustainable development

A few recent volunteering-related reports and projects.

Disabled people as volunteers

The Disability Action Alliance * has developed a volunteering charter, setting out core principles that organisations can apply when working with disabled people as volunteers. Organisations are encouraged to sign up to the Charter. (Source: UKVPM)

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Reasons for less support for overseas aid work

Sector consultants nfpSynergy write about their latest findings which show that overseas aid and development has seen a decline in popular support in recent years.

Overseas aid is subject to some unique pressures and challenges, with major disaster appeals and often sensitive nature of where they work. However, their blog articles concludes that it appears isolated cases of abuse have negatively affected the sector’s credibility amongst the public.

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