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.
As the MPs' expenses scandal rumbles relentlessly on with bumbled excuses, waving of cheques and ousting of scapegoats, Dai Davies, an independent MP for Wales has suggested a charitable way to make amends. In an early day motion published last week, Davies urged parliament to use the money repaid by MPs for a ‘windfall fund’ to help poor communities in the country and assist small businesses and voluntary organisations struggling through the recession.
Charity rating website Intelligent Giving is teaming up with two other organisations in an attempt to create a definitive guide on which non-profits spend money most effectively. The controversial site already rates charities in terms of efficiency by assessing annual reports. Now director Adam Rothwell (pictured) is working with Charity Navigator in the US and analysis firm Keystone Accountability in the UK in an attempt to establish a more comprehensive rating system by talking to beneficiaries and experts.
Internal disputes at the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust have sparked two complaints to the Charity Commission.
Slapping ‘for charity’ at the end of a phrase has a power akin to suffixing ‘in bed’ to newspaper headlines. Tagging either to the back end of a sentence makes whatever is the preceding objectionable sentiment somehow funny or plain OK (test this against The Guardian’s latest headlines if you don’t believe me).
I would support the involvement of stakeholders in the debate on pay but it does also need to involve chairs as they are the ones who understand the realisties of hiring the quality of staff that charities need to prosper.
While excitement about the new communication mediums the internet allows for charities is understandable, the humble 'old' email is often neglected. But emails are a great vehicle to tell a story, if not engage in a conversation, and charities can make more of them.
At a recentc onference in Ottawa, Canada; I couldn't help but notice that the session focussing on on-line fundraising was packed to the rafters, not an uncommon occurance as delegates flock to these type of sessions.It was at this moment though that the penny finally dropped for me...
The push to reform gift aid into an opt-out system has gathered steam as the sector's umbrella bodies start mining their own members for evidence to lobby Treasury.
The NSPCC has recorded its most successful fundraising month in history as the result of an emergency appeal designed to combat the financial crisis.