29 Oct 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.
Nearly two thirds of people exaggerate when surveyed about their giving habits, according to Bristol Business School. A recent survey by the school found that just 11.8 per cent of respondents could accurately recount how much they had donated in the past year, while 65.3 per cent reported being more generous than they actually were.
The Big Lottery Fund has awarded its 1,000th Reaching Communities grant but the fund remains eight times over-subscribed four years after its inception. The Easington Colliery Regeneration Partnership’s People and their Parks project in County Durham (pictured) was awarded just over £138,000, one of 24 projects to receive a share of £4.7m in funding in the latest round of the sought-after BIG grants last week.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will no longer release post-appeal evaluation reports as a result of an overhaul of its accountability procedures that has been classed as "opaque" and "retrograde" by critics.
Russell Thompson, director of national events and fundraising at the Royal British Legion, will take over as chair of the Institute of Fundraising's Convention Board in 2009. He will replace Gill Raikes, director of fundraising at the National Trust, who will step down next year after three years in the post.
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.
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Becky Slack, editor of Professional Fundraising magazine is to step down. She is to join the fundraising department at the British Red Cross as a senior corporate partnerships executive. During her two and half years at the helm of PF, Slack has led the magazine through a major rebrand, which resulted in subscriptions rising by 67 per cent.