13 Mar 2014
A major donor programme needs the support from key leaders within your charity. Wanda Hamilton shares advice on what leadership skills and actions are needed, and how to encourage them.
Charities and politics don’t mix well and particular care is needed approaching an election, say Rosamund McCarthy and Luke Fletcher.
A record number of firms participated in the 2009 Charity Finance Fund Management Survey, which is based on information from 49 fund managers with a combined total of £40bn of charity funds under management.
One thing we really do need is leadership in the Charity Commission that is truly and transparently independent from the party in power.
After several years of protracted negotiation in Brussels, the so-called VAT Package was at last agreed in the Council of Ministers in December 2007, formally adopted in February 2008, and is to be implemented in phases on 1 January 2010, 1 January 2011, 1 January 2013 and 1 January 2015. The package includes changes to the place of supply rules for services, changes to the rules governing recovery of VAT incurred in other member states, and provision for enhanced administration cooperation between the VAT authorities of the 27 member states. The main changes are just over two months away, so what will be the impact on UK charities?
On 1 August 1989, HMRC enabled businesses — and that included many UK-based charities, particularly the larger ones — to decide whether to charge VAT on the supply of property and land, which in turn meant the VAT incurred on related costs could be recovered.
The final stages of the Companies Act 2006 (the “2006 Act”) were implemented on 1 October 2009. Noteworthy changes affecting charitable companies include the following: Memorandum of Association The Memorandum of Association has a reduced role under the 2006 Act. For charitable companies incorporated on or after 1 October 2009, the Memorandum now comprises a simple document stating only the subscribers’ intention to form a company.
Charities need to be liberated to enable them to use the tools of commerce if they are to make any dent in the world’s most intractable problems, US fundraiser Dan Pallotta told delegates at Charity Finance Live last month.
25 Mar 2014