10 Mar 2014
Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector.
Do charities who took donations from fraudster Bernard Madoff have a moral obligation to return the money? Like many clever fraudsters, Bernard Madoff, the investment banker who was jailed for 150 years this week for robbing investors of £40bn, fuelled his lies with the cover of respectability, which included major philanthropy to maintain his position in high society.
The BigGive is launching another match funding challenge, this time putting a record £3m up for grabs. Charities have until June 27 to apply to become one of 250 charities eligible to benefit from the match funding challenge, which will become active on December 7.
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.
On a day that even the Iranian uprising has been relegated to the inside pages of high-end newspapers, it's important to remember those stories that get lost in the news cycle.
Arts Council England has unleashed a recession hardship fund for the arts worth double the value of that released by the Government for the entire voluntary sector in the Budget last week. A £40m grants programme has been opened up by the Council for artists and arts organisations struggling as a result of the recession. It follows the unveiling of a £20m hardship fund for the sector as a whole released as part of the Budget last Wednesday, 22 April; a fund which divided opinion among charities.
The personality of a charity's leader is as critical to philanthropic decision-making by family businesses as the organisation's charitable mission, according to new research. Commissioned by the Institute for Family Business and the Community Foundation Network the Natural Philanthropists: Family Business Philanthropy and Social Responsibility Inquiry examines the philanthropic and corporate social responsibility habits of family businesses in the UK.
The Big Lottery Fund has devised a training course for its staff to help them identify potential insolvency cases, in order to reduce the number of grants that need to be written off. The ‘Indicators of Potential Insolvency’ course is being piloted in Newcastle and London this week and next, and grantmaking staff from other trusts and foundations that are members of the Association of Charitable Foundations are welcome to attend too, for free.
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