10 Mar 2014
Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector.
The possible swine flu pandemic may be making the headlines internationally, but last week a group of fundraisers sparked a different sort of panic when they were mistaken for a group of travellers, reports the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian.
Hugh Jackman has split the A$100,000 he put up for grabs on Twitter between two charities in the first philanthropic exercise of the kind.
From next year charities will have just four years to reclaim gift aid, after HM Revenue and Customs confirmed that it will be reducing the deadline from the current six years.
Direct mail volumes and value have taken a dive in both the UK and US markets as advertisers look to make more efficiencies in marketing. In the US, a white paper produced by the Winterberry Group reported that spending on direct mail had dropped by 3 per cent in 2008 – the first drop in direct mail spend since records began in 1945 – and predicted the slump would worsen in 2009 with a fall of 9 per cent on 2008 levels. The fall in volume, however, was more dramatic with a contraction of 12 per cent.
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.
Gareth Jones reports on 11 new additions to the Charity 250 Index, as well as those rising and falling through the rankings.
Barclays Wealth has head-hunted a new head of philanthropy amid increased demand for philanthropic advice services in the UK.
25 Mar 2014