Key findings on the role of faith-based charities

Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has brought together key findings from an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities.

The report outlines what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face. It draws on desk research, a survey of faith-based charities, and in-depth qualitative interviews with charities, funders and key stakeholders. » Continue reading news item ... “Key findings on the role of faith-based charities”

Opening up government process for sustainable development goals

Sector bodies across the UK have worked together to create the Open Government Pioneers Project, aiming at strengthening civil society’s influence on opening up the devolved governments and pushing progress towards sustainable development goals.

The project is led by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Involve UK, a public participation charity. It is linked to the International Open Government Partnership, where governments and civil society of 70 countries are working together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. » Continue reading news item ... “Opening up government process for sustainable development goals”

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”.

The article details the working group membership and its remit:

  • Produce an options appraisal for the proposed options for NI which could be used as an engagement tool by the sector.
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Details on the Fundraising Preference Service

Plans for the promised Fundraising Preference Service, being set up by the Fundraising Regulator, have been announced. It is due to be launched in spring/early summer 2017 and will

enable individuals to select charities that they no longer want to receive any communications from. 

The ‘reset button’ which had been originally expected has become an opt-out from particular charities specified by the individual, covering all charities and all forms of communication (email, text, telephone and addressed mail). » Continue reading news item ... “Details on the Fundraising Preference Service”

Good and bad news on charity advocacy and campaigning

The government’s Cabinet Office has come up with a replacement to the ‘anti-advocacy’ clause for grant agreements which was proposed earlier this year.

These standards will be adopted by all departments to make sure that taxpayers’ money, awarded through government grants, is properly agreed and spent.

Official news release.

NCVO’s response leads with “charities have welcomed substantial changes to the government’s planned anti-lobbying clause”

The new grant standards unveiled today take a substantially more sophisticated approach than the original clause, and explicitly safeguard the important role of charities and others in presenting evidence to government and parliamentarians.

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NI charity regulator opens up data

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is embracing Open Data, according to its news release. It is one of the first non-departmental bodies to take the step, as part of a public sector drive towards greater transparency.

It will make information it holds open to third parties, in an accessible format, covering:

  • Charities that are listed on the public register of charities including details of their purposes, beneficiaries and public address
  • Charity income and expenditure – added as charities complete their annual monitoring return
  • Data generated through research undertaken into public trust and confidence in charities in Northern Ireland.
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