29 Oct 2013
Charities often bend over backwards in delivering value and partnership for companies, but should they? Denise Lillya says it’s time for companies to view philanthropy for what it is: giving, not receiving.
Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, has suggested that the Big Lottery Fund is used to fund some politicians’ “hobby horses” and has called for it to be reconstituted as a charitable foundation.
A potential £4bn of funding could be unlocked for the charity sector if solicitors were to remind those writing a will to consider giving to charity, according to a study conducted by the Cabinet Office’s behavioural insights team.
A new charity, backed by a £20m pledge from the Wellcome Trust, is aiming to do for mental health research what Cancer Research UK has done for cancer.
The Cabinet Office has awarded a further £150,000 to Society Network Foundation since 1 April this year, and gave Big Society Network £350,000 last year, on top of the £199,900 Social Action Fund money paid in 2011/12, Nick Hurd has confirmed.
These enormous sums, apparent lack of process or control, the impression of pals lining each others' pockets, and dissemblance (at best) combine to look more than scandalous.
An early study into the impact of legal aid cuts in the UK's most deprived area has revealed that 91 per cent of advice-giving charities believe they are providing a lower level of service than prior to the cuts.
A charity that has built 22 secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia and educated over 8,000 youngsters so far since 2008, has taken the top prize at the Charity Awards 2013.
The Big Lottery Fund has denied that its recent grants to Citizens Advice Bureaux and Home-start charities breach the additionality principle that prohibits the lottery from funding services that the government has a statutory responsibility to provide.