18 Sep 2014
PTA-UK has revealed that it turned down an invitation from Big Society Network to be a partner in its ill-fated Social Action Fund bid because BSN had intimated, at a meeting at 10 Downing Street, that its grant was “virtually guaranteed”, which PTA-UK thought seemed like “a fix”.
Many grantmaking trusts expect to maintain budgeted levels of spending in 2009-10 but most predict lower income for grantmaking in 2011 and beyond, according to a recent survey of UK trusts and foundations.
A row over management at Highgate Cemetery has prompted the chairwoman of 35 years to step down. Jean Pateman has been replaced as chair of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust after a public row which has seen her accused of terrifying fellow volunteers and of general mismanagement at the charity. A Charity Commission investigation into complaints made about the management of the charity is underway.
Shelter’s current director of fundraising Alan Gosschalk is taking up an interim post at the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) UK, in a move which sees him go from a £50m charity to one that hopes to raise £6m this year.
Domestic violence charity Refuge is planning to sue a police force and the Crown Prosecution Service for breaching human rights legislation. Refuge has brought in Baroness Helena Kennedy QC to file a lawsuit against the Greater Manchester Police and the CPS following the murder of Sabina Akhtar by her husband Malik Mannan last year. Akhtar had reported her husband’s violence and death threats to the police, but they released him and he was able to continue to harass Akhtar before eventually stabbing her to death.
Basically it looks like the government stuffing public money into their friend's pockets without actually expecting them to do anything for it.
The former founder of Freeserve has criticised charities for being too slow to respond to fundraising opportunities presented to them.
The Children’s Trust broadcast live web interviews with its fundraising runners competing in April's London Marathon using ipadio, a new live ‘phonecasting’ tool which allows people to stream content live onto the internet from their mobile phone, anywhere in the world.
Gareth Jones reports on the results of large endowed charities, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, as they battle market uncertainty.
With summer well and truly here, love it or hate it, street fundraising works best in the sunny season, so agencies and in-house teams will be maximising the number of fundraisers on the street.