Top charity news from December

The charity news coverage, and sector reaction, kept on coming during the last days before Christmas. Here are the items we think most relevant.

Errors in ‘True and Fair’ research

The misleading “research” from the True and Fair Foundation was covered here before. Well-known senior charity accountant Pesh Framjee has published a 17-page report identifying errors in the analysis of charitable expenditure, and also called for an end to the use of cost ratios as a measure of effectiveness. From Civil Society News.

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Promoting meaningful sector transparency

ActionAid has crowd-sourced a report on transparency “to improve policy and practice in the not-for-profit sector by bringing in comparative perspectives and highlighting examples of good practice, (working) with others to promote transparency that is meaningful and proportionate”. Collaborators include Amnesty International, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, Bond.

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Follow up on Panorama’s ‘All in a good cause’

The BBC Panorama programme on charity investments, corporate sponsorship and management waste is still available to view at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03nkp7s/.

NCVO gives ‘Reflections on Panorama and charities’ at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2013/12/11/reflections-on-panorama-and-charities/, and Charity Finance Group has ‘Panorama – moral dilemmas for the charity sector‘.

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