10 Mar 2014
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 - 2013.
Charities fighting to recover deposits lost in the Icelandic banking crash will find out whether the government will compensate them on Friday. The government has been urged to recompense all charities that lost money in Iceland by the Treasury Select Committee in a report on the banking crisis. The Treasury’s response to this and the Committee’s call for charities to have a separate depositor class will be released at the end of the week.
Government will decide whether extra tax relief available to higher-rate taxpayers when they donate should be instead redirected to charities by next year, according to Stephen Timms, financial secretary to the Treasury. The sector has called on government to redirect higher rate relief from rich donors to charity. The Treasury, however, is concerned removing incentives for better off donors will lead to reduced giving and is carrying out research into donor behaviour.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has criticised the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution, saying its proposals to unify aspects of charity law are “a muddle to fix a muddle”. Released yesterday, the devolution report entitled Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century includes the recommendations that there should be a single definition of ‘charity’ and ‘charitable purpose(s)’ applicable throughout the UK, and that a charity registered in one part of the UK should be able to operate in another without having to register with the other part’s regulator.
A third emblem is to be added to the Red Cross and Red Crescent for use in countries where the existing two symbols don’t afford its wearers enough protection. Implementation of the red crystal, as it’s known, has been debated among Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world for some years. Its aim is to give humanitarian personnel and military medical forces greater protection in circumstances where a red cross or red crescent may have religious connotations.
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.
The Charities SORP Committee is to discuss the possibility of the next SORP recommending disclosure of charity chief executives' expenses, at its meeting today. The idea was suggested by Paul Palmer, professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School and a former member of the SORP Committee, in a response to a blog on Charity Finance last week. The blog by accountant and Charity Finance blogger John Tate, argued that a culture of openness within charities makes abuse of expenses claims much less likely.
Commission produces survival guide for charities Charity leaders have been given a new tool to assess the impact the recession has had on their organisation and how well it can deal with the crunch in the future. .
The tactics employed by an Australian charity on the brink of a financial crisis helped treble their appeal from the same time last year. You won't beat this for the most powerful piece of copy you can write.