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Reduce the age of your workforce to get more fresh ideas, NCVO conference told 30

10 May 2016 | Emily Corfe

Charities “can and should” make efforts to reduce the average age of the workforce, and should also be willing to risk breaching the law to sack underperforming staff, NCVO's HR conference heard yesterday.

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Oxfam treasurer questions whether being a registered charity is worthwhile

The treasurer of Oxfam International has questioned whether being a registered charity is worth the regulatory burden, and suggested charities could want to give up their registration and become social enterprises instead.

Shelter attacks government over right-to-buy; Edinburgh zoo criticised over panda; Domestic abuse charity closes

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Shawcross warns charities not to 'push too hard' on campaigning

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission, has warned of "the damage charities can do to themselves" if they "push too hard" on campaigning.

Annual reports 'too often treated by trustees as compliance exercise'

Charity annual reports often reveal little about governance and are treated by trustees as “a compliance exercise”, the head of accountancy services at the Charity Commission has said.

They need to look outside their own organisation and look at others who are doing similar work to see if they are doing it better or more efficiently. If they are, that doesn't mean they should immediately close or seek to merge but it does mean that something needs to change.

» 'If you aren't making a difference, it's okay to call it a day', Commission chief executive says

Concern Worldwide

Poverty relief charity Concern Worldwide has issued an apology for taking hundreds of pounds extra from the bank accounts of 25,000 regular donors.

Catherine Miles to join Breast Cancer Now as director of fundraising

Breast Cancer Now has announced that Catherine Miles, current director of fundraising at Anthony Nolan, will join the organisation in June.

Julia Unwin

The chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Julia Unwin CBE, has announced that she will leave the organisation at the end of 2016.

Who’s Moving: All the latest movers in the charity sector

RNIB, World Animal Protection, Find A Better Way and more announce their latest movers.

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Citizen’s Advice Scotland denies report it is ‘on the brink of collapse’

24 May 2016

Citizen’s Advice Scotland has denied reports it is “on the brink of collapse”, following allegations...

Oxfam accused of using gift aid for tax avoidance

23 May 2016

Gift aid is used by Oxfam and other charities as a form of tax avoidance, according to an article published...

Regulators outline plans to require professional advisers to report on more matters

19 May 2016

The three UK charity regulators have opened a joint consultation on a revised list of “significant matters”...

Vital work of charities damaged by fundraising, says Charity Commission chair

26 May 2016

The “vital work” of charities has been damaged by aggressive fundraisers at some charities which had...

Report: 'Lotteries outperform door-to-door and face-to-face on attrition'

25 May 2016

Direct debit lotteries are performing “much better in terms of attrition” than door to door and private...

National Lottery raised £1.9bn for good causes last year, says Camelot

24 May 2016

Sales from the National Lottery hit a record of £7.6bn in 2015/16, with £1.9bn going to good causes,...

Facebook looking to make ‘donate’ button available to UK charities this year

23 May 2016

Facebook is looking to roll-out its ‘donate’ button feature to all charity pages at some point this...

Blue Cross, Mary's Meals and Barbican start to fundraise with contactless technology

20 May 2016

The Blue Cross, Mary’s Meals and the Barbican are the latest charities to trial the use of contactless...

Charities need to address digital skills gap or they will lose beneficiaries

6 May 2016

Charities must improve their digital offering or lose beneficiaries, the chief executive of Parkinson’s...

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