Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat
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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

Voluntary organisations across Europe are coming under pressure from governments not to campaign on issues, warns Heidi Sandberg. This article is part of a series on the future of the
voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the
publication of  a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.

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Give it forward: Donating to universities

UK universities are bucking the trend on charitable donations receiving more philanthropic donations than last year, but how are they doing it and how long will the generosity last? Joanna Motion spares a few thoughts.

Debbie Attwood, author, That Charity Style

Are charity retailers trying to run before they can walk by launching online stores? Civil Society's new charity shop blogger Debbie Attwood offers her thoughts on the unusual tack.

Trustees can be held responsible for abuse by employees

When acts of abuse occur under your organisation's care, the trustees may be held liable. Lindsay Driscoll advises where the charity stands and what action should be taken.

Water Aid toilet finder...genious!

iPhones are a gift from the mobile gods to charities. Niki May Young explains why.

Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.

» The cuts don't work

Andrew Chaggar, co-founder, European Disaster Volunteers

In the first in a series of blogs from the front line we hear from Andrew Chaggar on how his personal experience of tragedy turned him from electronic engineer to relief worker, founding European Disaster Volunteers, and the difference that aid is making in Haiti.

Show impact or face endless questions about costs

The failure to demonstrate what they do with donors' money means charities will have to face endless public and media questioning about how much they spend to get the donors, says Allan Freeman.

A different look at legacies

Legacy fundraising is as much about inspiration as any other fundraising mechanism, says Daniel Fletcher.

Volunteer boards and major gift fundraising - oil and water?

Should you set up a volunteer board to help with major gift fundraising? Adrian Beney advises to think very carefully before doing so.

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