10 Mar 2014
The government has pledged to set up a new working group to revise the model gift aid declaration and develop new marketing collateral to try to increase take-up of the tax relief by donors, as part of its Autumn Statement.
The Charity Commission is investigating Prince Charles’ heritage charity following accusations that the organisation has intervened in major building developments. The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment has been accused in the press and by anti-monarchist group Republic of interfering in major building projects, opposing designs and having top architects kicked off builds.
Community Service Volunteers has aligned several of its organisational priorities with those of the Office of the Third Sector, it admitted in its summary of progress made with its strategic OTS grant to March 2009. And the OTS stated that CSV’s work with public sector bodies, demonstrating how volunteer involvement can add value to the delivery of public services, is a “key strength” of its strategic partner status.
Children’s minister Ed Balls has asked Sir Roger Singleton to review the government’s plans for who should be subject to the forthcoming Vetting and Barring Scheme, after its initial proposals attracted widespread criticism and confusion. The new scheme will make it a legal requirement for everyone who works or regularly volunteers with children or vulnerable adults to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Charities are always looking to recruit 'younger' donors because they think that's what they should be doing. Johnathon Grapsas is here to say 'wrong'.
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The Office of the Third has changed its mind and agreed to publish the assessment reports for its 11 most highly-funded strategic partners, as requested by Charity News Alert under the Freedom of Information Act. Initially the OTS refused to disclose the reports, saying the public benefit in keeping them secret outweighed the public benefit in making them available. But after Charity News Alert requested an internal review of this decision, it agreed last week to provide copies. No reason was given as to the change of heart.
CFDG paid a Liberal Democrat researcher to write a report on Conservative Party policy for its members, but denies that the move infringes rules on political campaigning.
Bridget Warr, chief executive of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, has resigned from her post after six years at the helm and will leave in March next year in order to “seek new challenges”. The job will be advertised shortly and a successor appointed in time for a proper handover.