Sector 'extraordinarily disconnected' from public, CFG chair says
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15 Apr 2014 | David Ainsworth

Charities are becoming “extraordinarily disconnected” from donors and supporters who do not understand the work they do, Ian Theodoreson, chair of the Charity Finance Group and chief financial officer of the Church of England, said last week.

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5 per cent ‘have no reserves’

A survey of 127 mostly small and medium-sized charities has shown that 5 per cent hold no reserves at all, and nearly a quarter hold less than three months’ worth. But nearly half of them hold reserves that would last at least six months, according to the survey by CAF Bank.

Commercial property values show speck of growth

The UK commercial property market returned to growth in August for the first time since June 2007. According to the IPD UK Monthly Index, the market climbed 0.2 per cent, the result of a continued easing in negative rental value growth, which improved by 10 basis points to -0.48 per cent over August, and a second-consecutive positive yield impact, at 0.64 per cent.

PinkStinks founders win Sheila McKechnie award

The founders of PinkStinks, the campaign to challenge the culture of ‘pink’ that pervades every area of girls’ lives, have won the first Women Creating Change Award at the 2009 Sheila McKechnie Campaigner Awards.  

Social Enterprise Coalition appoints new chief executive

The Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC) has appointed Peter Holbrook as its new chief executive. Holbrook is currently the CEO of Sunlight Development Trust. He replaces Jonathan Bland, who is departing in the new year.

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Compact Voice board to consider complaint against its chair

Carl Allen, chair of Local Compact Voice and Compact Users Group, has threatened to make a formal complaint about Compact Voice to the Office of the Third Sector.

Bubb urges government to forgo consultation on a social bank

Stephen Bubb, chair of Social Investment Business, has criticised the government for holding a consultation on the proposed social investment wholesale bank (SIWB), complaining that a bank “just needs to be established now”.  

NCVO had 'very successful year' says OTS

The closeness of the NCVO’s relationship with government is revealed in the Office of the Third Sector’s annual assessment of the progress made by the umbrella body with its strategic grant in 2008/09. Under the section on ‘voice’ - or advising on development of government policy - the NCVO lists dozens of issues and policies where it has had input.

Commission research at odds with NCVO survey

Two pieces of research released by the Charity Commission and NCVO on the same day last week appear to give conflicting results about the sector’s confidence in the recession. According to the Charity Commission’s third Economic Survey of Charities, 71 per cent of the 1,001 charities polled said they felt optimistic about the outlook for the next six months.

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