10 Mar 2014
Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector.
The Church of England has repeated its call for members to give away 10 per cent of their income as donation levels remain stubbornly under target. A renewed push to get members to donate 5 per cent of their income to the Church and a further 5 per cent to other charities and missions was launched with the release of a report titled Giving for Life at the National Stewardship Convention earlier this month.
Senior management at pet charity the Blue Cross is being shaken up as it embarks on a wide-ranging structural review. A number of senior positions will no longer exist and new ones will be created as part of the full organisational review which has been launched following the appointment of Kim Hamilton as chief executive last year.
The NSPCC is to close its final salary pension scheme – a decision which affects 900 staff. The move, first proposed by trustees at the end of last year, has “disappointed” employee union Community which claims the scheme could continue.
Brits are the most charitable people in the world, according to a new survey of 10,500 people in 16 countries. The study, by social enterprise charity UnLtd, took place over three months and aimed to produce a view of international attitudes to global concerns. Amongst the countries that participated were Spain, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Germany, and India.
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.
The Royal Horticultural Society could cut nearly 10 per cent of its workforce as it tries to make £1.7m in savings. Fears that traditional sources of income could dry up has prompted the gardening charity to propose that up to 100 jobs could go as part of a proposed ‘programme of change’.
Poor old charities. It would seem they may only be able to retain popular favour so long as they remain poor, old charities. Oxfam, so cry that most romantic of retailers: the second-hand book sellers, has become predatory, undercutting small business owners and descending on the high street like ‘the Tesco of the second-hand book world’
Everyone is talking about Eddie Izzard’s challenge to run 1,100 miles for Sport Relief, but no-one knows his running total.
Spotting trends in major charities is a good indicator of what may be happening elsewhere. Using the latest Charity Market Monitor report, Cathy Pharoah assesses the current state of play.
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