15 May 2014
The National Trust has launched a renewable energy trading company to sell electricity generated on its land back to its supplier, as part of the charity's plan to save £4m per year on its energy costs.
The RSPCA’s Facebook fan page has been hijacked by protestors criticising some of the charity’s practices. Since the beginning of this month, protestors have been repeatedly posting critical comments about the RSPCA on its Facebook fan page.
The Charity Commission has started consulting the sector on a revision of CC14, its guidance on investments. CC14 was last updated in 2003 and is widely considered to be out of date and not fit for purpose in the current financial climate – especialy the sections on hedge funds and socially responsible investment (SRI).
The Office of the Third Sector has refused to publish the latest assessment reports of its 11 most highly-funded strategic partners, saying the public interest in keeping them secret outweighs the public interest in disclosing them. In response to a Freedom of Information request from Charity News Alert to see the reports, the OTS cited an exemption under the section of the Act that deals with the development of government policy.
Tax avoidance may be legal, but it is still obnoxious. And the rest of us pay additional tax as a result. If I were asked whether the accountants and legal experts who set up these schemes are 'fit and proper persons', I know what my answer would be.
Howard League for Penal Reform is meeting Catch 22, the first charity to win a bid to manage a prison, to discuss its concerns about charities running prisons. Frances Crook, chief executive of Howard League, initially sought to speak to Charity Commission chair Dame Suzi Leather to discuss her worries about charities running prisons after Catch 22, crime prevention charity Turning Point and private service deliverer Serco won a Ministry of Justice bid to run Baghull and Belmarsh West prisons in July.
This week, a group of bright and energetic young people from a major auditing business visited one of our hostels. As part of their corporate social responsibility commitment the company wants to support Thames Reach. The hostel residents have all spent many years sleeping rough on the streets. Sitting in the garden, our visitors listen transfixed to Michael who has the battered visage and colourful life history that fascinates, shocks and appals. They are intrigued too by the staff - and puzzled. ‘What made you enter this line of work?’ they ask. These are good people, but the sub-text is indisputably: ‘Why would articulate, educated and capable people like you want to do this work when you could earn vastly greater sums of money and attain greater status in the corporate sector’? Then, predictably, they also ask me, ‘Who inspired you?’ I can feel the short-list being shoved in my direction. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela?
The PFRA is calling for charities to collaborate on a definition of ‘rogue’ fundraisers and debate on the best methods available to prevent rogue practice. The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has proposed three different systems designed to crack down on ‘rogue’ fundraisers – originally defined largely as face-to-face fundraisers who sign up phantom donors – after it established a working party to look into the issue last month.
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