Impact practice – user voice, small charities, media coverage

New from think-tank New Philanthropy Capital is ‘User voice: Putting people at the heart of impact practice‘. The report explains how charities can best harness the views and needs of their beneficiaries in order to improve their impact. It gives a step-by-step guide, and highlights organisations already adopting various ways of involving and empowering their beneficiaries.

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Being a good trustee to strengthen your charity

This year’s Trustees’ Week, focusing on “Stronger Charities through Good Leadership”, is currently under way. Here are some useful items produced as a result. If others appear in the next day or two (quite likely) they may be added here too.

From CharityComms, ‘Understanding communications: a brief guide for charity trustees’. Request a download (6 page pdf, 168KB, email address required) via their article ‘Friends at the top: getting to know your trustees‘, giving some thoughts from a communications worker perspective.

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Draft of significant update to charity governance code

A draft for a new version of the Code of Good Governance has been published for consultation. Civil Society News says that this is a radical update. It proposes that trustee boards must consider mergers with other charities or winding their charity up, if other organisations are seen to be fulfilling similar charitable purposes more effectively.

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Charity Commission updates guidance on serious incidents, launches anti-fraud resource

The Charity Commission is consulting on proposed updates to its guidance for charities ‘What to do if something goes wrong: reporting serious incidents’. The guidance

aims to help charities identify what to report and when. Listing the most common types of incidents, the guidance explains what should be reported to the Commission (as well as to the police and other regulators). New checklists and a table of examples of what, and what not, to report to the Commission are included.

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