10 Mar 2014
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service is planning to appeal a fine of £200,000 issued by the data security regulator after an anti-abortion hacker gained access to thousands of client names, addresses and phone numbers and threatened to publish them.
So Professor Paul Palmer, a member of the "independent" expert group that will issue guidance to charities on how they should report their expenses, also sits on the board of a company that stands to profit from sales of a new software tool that helps charities report their expenses. And he doesn’t think there is anything wrong in this, because he told the other members of the board of Charity Business that he couldn’t discuss with them anything about his work with the expenses group. Because he declared his conflict of interest at the outset, there is nothing wrong with him holding down both posts, he contends.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has closed its doors to new grant applications “for the foreseeable future” after it failed to reach agreement with its main benefactor, the Lloyds Banking Group, on future funding.
WaterAid has unveiled an ambitious six year strategy, in which it says it plans to reach an annual turnover of £100m by 2015.
Investment bank Goldman Sachs could become one of the world’s biggest donors to charity, as it considers ways of deflecting expected criticism of predicted large staff bonus payments. Goldman Sachs is said to be considering making a donation in the region of $1bn when it pays out bonuses this year. Pay and bonuses for the banking giant’s staff is expected to be worth around $22bn – a record for the company.
One thing we really do need is leadership in the Charity Commission that is truly and transparently independent from the party in power.
A business that has just launched a software solution to help charities report their expenses boasts Professor Paul Palmer as a board member – the same Paul Palmer that sits on the independent panel that is devising guidance on how charities should report their expenses.
Charities must be mindful of negative PR in the wake of the RSPCA legacy case, according to charity law firm Bates Wells and Braithwaite. Last week, the RSPCA lost a High Court battle to keep a legacy worth around £2m which was successfully contested by the will-maker's daughter, Dr Christine Gill.
An animal rights group's billboard advertisement featuring the killer of ‘Baby P’ has sparked controversy, but no official complaints. Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has erected a billboard ad in Haringey, the London borough where 17-month-old ‘Baby P’ was murdered by his mother and two men, featuring the face of Steven Barker, one of his murderers. The ad is now due to be rolled out nationwide.
TV is not just for the big guns, small charities can find it a value for money fundraising mechanism too. Derek Humphries offers tips on how to get the most bang for your buck on the box.
25 Mar 2014