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No evidence of criminality at Tower Hamlets, say police

17 Apr 2014 | Alice Sharman

The Metropolitan Police has said that there is “no credible evidence of criminality” following an investigation into allegations that the London Borough of Tower Hamlets gave out charity grants to gain electoral success.

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Elton John Foundation to give grant to Irish government

The Elton John Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society are to provide grants to the Irish government to ensure it continues to deliver certain health and social care services in the recession. Ireland has been badly hit by the global economic crisis and its deficit is expected to widen from 6 per cent in 2008 to nearly 11 per cent in 2009 - the highest budget deficit in the European Union as a percentage of its GDP.

Astronaut Ice Cream  Anyone?

Never knowing what treasures you might find in your local charity shop is one of the joys of venturing in, but a 1970s condom, a set of false teeth and live rifle ammunition go way beyond most people’s expectations. Amongst the standard donations of books, clothes and general bric-a-brac, veterinary charity PDSA has discovered some rather strange items in its pink collection sacks in the last year.

Giving is down by 11 per cent in a year

Donations to UK charities have plummeted by 11 per cent in the last year to £9.9bn, according to UK Giving 2009, the annual survey of giving habits carried out by Charities Aid Foundation and the NCVO. The drop, measuring £700,000 in absolute terms and £1.3bn in real terms, was calculated after polling 3,316 UK adults between June and October 2008 and in February 2009.

Charities queue up for Ryanair partnership

Ryanair’s famous Cabin Crew Charity Calendar has already received double the amount of applications from charities that the 2009 edition did. A calendar partnership with Michael O’Leary’s budget airline could net the successful charity proceeds of at least €100,000. Last year 10,000 copies of the Dublin Simon Community calendar were sold, this year Ryanair hopes to exceed this figure.

The NCVO pay panel addresses a problem that doesn't exist -- setting up a straw man to beat to a pulp -- and has by its mere existence made it seem that a deep, dark scandal is brewing within the charitable sector. It would have been far better to greet phony media muck-raking with the scornful silence it deserved. Thanks for nothing, folks.

» Red Cross donors stopped giving after Telegraph pay stories, warns NCVO

Lego men put their bodies on the line for National Autistic Society

Lego pieces necessarily end up in the strangest of places, but a new charity calendar has taken the little plastic men on altogether new adventures. As part of a two-year charity partnership with the National Autistic Society, Lego has released a fundraising calendar for 2010.

Still no sign of MyGift launch

An online fundraising platform which claims to be the first truly not-for-profit platform, has missed its launch date by more than six weeks. MyGift, an online fundraising platform akin to Justgiving, was slated for an early August launch, but more than a month later, the website remains a static page, with only links to two charity websites.

Brooke 'unique' claims misleading, rules ASA

The advertising regulator has banned an advert for The Brooke, finding its claims that the charity is ‘unique’ to be misleading.  

Mental health eco-projects fund four times over-subscribed

Mind has been forced to change its Ecominds grant scheme application process after its flagship funding round was four times over-subscribed. The charity received more than 20 applications for its round of five flagship grants from the Ecominds grant scheme, with 15 applicants reaching panel stage asking for a total of £3.5m. The charity has this week awarded five grants receiving a maximum of £250,000 each, a total of £1.25m.

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