10 Mar 2014
Accusations that Save the Children has been censoring criticism of the energy industry out of fear of upsetting corporate partners is just one negative story that the charity world has woken up to this morning.
The spoof umbrella chief for umbrellas, Robin Bogg, has told the cybercommunity that he claimed £5,857.04 in expenses last year. His announcement follows the lead of Hubert Carrington at the National Canopy and Visor Organisation (NCVO) and Steve Crikey at Canopy Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) who disclosed their expense claims at the request of Canopy Finance last week. Bogg did so while vacationing in Ireland to escape the sunny weather and the expenses row.
Former Charity Commissioner Lindsay Driscoll is to chair a new high-powered working group that will develop best practice on how charities should report the expense claims of their senior managers and trustees.
Charities are facing criticism from anti-arms campaigners for accepting money from defence weapons manufacturers.
Medical charities dominate the Professional Fundraising Awards this year, taking three out of six honours, while our Outstanding Contribution accolade has been awarded to a man who has made a significant impact in the sector, but never worked for a charity. Passionate debate and enthusiastic consensus characterised our judging day, with all three of our judges impressed by the innovation and passion displayed.
The Charity Commission may be under-resourced and timid as a result of past failures, but the answer is not a bad decision based on the false premise that tax status is all that is important to charitable status.
Legacy income has fallen over the last 12 months, but it could drop even further, according to the latest figures.
Breast Cancer Campaign has rejected a call by New Philanthropy Capital for it to merge with Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Last week, in a report titled What place for mergers between charities?, NPC said there was a "compelling case" for mergers in five sectors: literacy programmes in schools, breast cancer research, mental health helplines, debt advice and grant-making trusts. It goes so far as to name Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer as potential merger partners.
The government will not compensate charities which have lost deposits in Iceland as it would hinder the support for other charities struggling through the recession. The move is a snub to the Treasury Select Committee who recommended full compensation for charities affected by the Icelandic banking crash, as well as better clarification on the protection available for charities under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and a look at the classification of charities as retail or wholesale depositors under the FSCS.
Barclays Commercial Bank is to provide £9.5m to match the allocation of the government’s modernisation fund being delivered through Futurebuilders England. The Modernisation Fund was set up by government to help voluntary sector organisations better withstand the recession and be able to continue to provide services to those people worst affected by it.