Over 145 charities receive donations from #icebucketchallenge through JustGiving
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Over 145 charities receive donations from #icebucketchallenge through JustGiving

1 Sep 2014 | Alice Sharman

Over 145 individual charities have benefited from donations made as a result of the ice bucket challenge, while American charity the ALS Association has tried to trademark the term.

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Over 145 charities receive donations from #icebucketchallenge through JustGiving

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Philanthropy manifesto demands £30m IT investment fund

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A police organisation is distributing advice to its members on dealing with street fundraising in the wake of some cases of "insensitive" policing of the technique. The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) held discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) after the PFRA became aware of “a few incidents” in which neighbourhood police officers had dealt improperly with legitimate face-to-face fundraisers.

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ASA clears Action for Children 'My Story' advert

Action for Children's controversial TV advertisement featuring an autistic child has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert, titled ‘My story. Dan’, featured an animation of a young child with autism in which the child’s autism was depicted as a monster-like creature. ASA received 61 individual complaints about the advert and one complaint from the autism support and campaigning network Autreach.

Shock and hope - Amnesty International's new viral film

Amnesty International's new viral waterboarding film balances shock with hope. And a soft ask.

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