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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Autumn Statement and the voluntary sector

Chancellor Philip Hammond gave his first and, it turns out, last Autumn Statement on 23rd November. This news item attempts to round up material of particular relevance for the voluntary sector.

Firstly, the full Autumn Statement plus supporting and related documents can be found on the government website.

New Budget timetable: The government is to move to “a single major fiscal event each year” – following the spring 2017 Budget and Finance Bill, Budgets will be delivered in the autumn, with the first one taking place in autumn 2017. » Continue reading news item ... “Autumn Statement and the voluntary sector”

Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society

Welsh umbrella body WCVA has published two reports which show that a strong third sector in Wales has a vital role to play in securing a positive future for our society. However, action is needed now to prevent the sector becoming weaker and more fragmented.

Research for the reports explored what global trends might mean for Wales and its third sector. It revealed an increasingly uncertain and complex future, including through globalisation, climate change, fast-changing technology, demographic changes and new relationships between citizens, community groups and public services. » Continue reading news item ... “Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society”