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 anger of a Tory peer prompted the FRSB to consider judging non-members, PF can reveal. Baroness Trumpington wrote to the Fundraising Standards Board weeks ago to complain about the use of coins inside direct mail packs - a technique she describes as "objectionable" - and voiced her concerns in the House of Lords yesterday.
Recruitment and donation pledge levels for payroll giving have remained steady, according to the latest figures, prompting suggestions that the giving stream is ''recession proof''. Numbers released by the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) show that recruitment of new donors remained steady at 60,366 in the financial year 2008-2009 – a drop of only 576 from 2007-2008 levels.
Oxfam has launched a major high-end literary push to raise its profile, and income, as a book retailer. On July 4, the charity, which is the largest second-hand book seller in Europe, released a collection of short stories by top authors and launched its first annual literary festival, Bookfest. It is hoping the initiatives will stem the decline in charity shop donations and increase the £1.6m it already earns from book sales each month.
The NCVO pay panel addresses a problem that doesn't exist -- setting up a straw man to beat to a pulp -- and has by its mere existence made it seem that a deep, dark scandal is brewing within the charitable sector. It would have been far better to greet phony media muck-raking with the scornful silence it deserved. Thanks for nothing, folks.
Cancer Research UK is to launch a TV ad campaign featuring genuine patients and survivors of cancer for the first time. The 'Bad day' campaign (pictured) features 38 actual cancer sufferers and highlights both their day-to-day struggle and the positive progress made by the organisation. It will launch on Sunday 12 July and air for seven weeks. It will be supported by a new website www.thousandsbeatcancer.org, as well as radio coverage.
Credit rating agencies and certain parts of auditing businesses should become not-for- profit, according to Stephen Lloyd, senior partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. In a colourful lecture to charity experts yesterday entitled Capitalism in Crisis: Lessons from the Not-for-Profit Sector, Lloyd said the recession had uprooted the prevailing view that the voluntary sector needed to learn from the private sector and possibly even turned the tables.
The government is today launching a consultation on the proposed Social Investment Wholesale Bank, with the purpose of defining how such a bank would operate. Lasting 12 weeks, the consultation presents a range of possible functions for the bank, such as attracting money from other investors and helping to raise funds for existing social investors.