Richard Jenkins, policy adviser, the ACF

Independence of charitable foundations key to independence of sector

Preserving the independence of foundations is essential to the future health of civil society, say Richard Jenkins and Keiran Goddard. This is one of a series of extracts from a forthcoming book of essays on the future of the voluntary sector, Making Good: The Future of the Voluntary Sector. 


Independence of charitable foundations key to independence of sector

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Amadi to take over from Pegram at NSPCC

Paul Amadi will become director of fundraising at the NSPCC when Giles Pegram retires in April. Amadi (pictured), who is currently director of fundraising at the RNIB and chairman of the Institute of Fundraising, will start at the Society in January so he has a three-month handover from Pegram who is retiring after 30 years in post

Foundation for small, transparent charities established

Small, grassroots charities will be the biggest beneficiaries of a new major-donor funded foundation. SCM Philanthropy, the charitable arm of boutique wealth manager Spencer-Churchill Miller Private, was launched this week and plans to raise £4m from high net worth individuals by the end of next year to distribute - alongside professional advice - to what the foundation has called "a lower-tier of charities".

Double D for Donation

We’ve seen some weird and wonderful fundraising ideas over the years but they don’t come much wackier than a recent charity auction from Swedish TV presenter Carolina Gynning. The former model and Swedish Big Brother winner (pictured) decided to sell off her infamous silicone breast implants, now that they are no longer part of her anatomy.

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With comments like those, maybe he should resign.

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Consultation on rogue fundraisers crackdown broadens scope

The PFRA is calling for charities to collaborate on a definition of ‘rogue’ fundraisers and debate on the best methods available to prevent rogue practice. The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has proposed three different systems designed to crack down on ‘rogue’ fundraisers – originally defined largely as face-to-face fundraisers who sign up phantom donors – after it established a working party to look into the issue last month.

Institute seeks outside help to set ten-year priorities

The Institute of Fundraising has written to several external stakeholders to ask them to help it set its strategy for the next decade. Chair Paul Amadi (pictured) sent the letter to a selection of “well respected and strategic thinkers” earlier in the summer, with a deadline for responses of this Friday, 4 September.

Charity shops threatened with superglue attacks for early Xmas card sales

Charity shops run by Oxfam, Mind and PDSA have been threatened with superglue attacks on their premises if they put Christmas cards on sale before 1 November. A group calling itself the 'Movement for the Containment of Xmas' has sent hand-delivered letters to three charity shops and a newsagent, located in the Leeds area, threatening to vandalise their premises if they carry on selling Christmas cards out of season.

Charity gifts come to Facebook

Facebook is to launch a charity gift scheme, according to an announcement at a US conference. Randi Zuckerberg (pictured), Facebook's director of development, told the Social Good conference in New York on Friday that the social network is planning to expand its gift shop to include a facility for users to send virtual charity gifts to their friends.

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