29 Oct 2013
The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations has criticised the Scottish regulator, OSCR, for stepping “outside its regulatory remit” in draft guidance produced for charities on the Scottish independence referendum.
David Maloney has been appointed chairman of Make-A-Wish, the charity which grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.
The Charity Commission launched further draft supplementary public benefit guidance for charities, with the publication of Public Benefit and the Advancement of Education and Public Benefit and Fee-charging.
At a time when the NHS and Local Authorities are being told to put everything out to competitive tendering it is rank hypocrisy and smacks of cronyism to learn that Government favoured schemes do not have to follow suit.
The Charity Commission, the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales, and the Department for Culture Media and Sport have jointly prepared new conflicts of interest guidance for arts charities.
It's been a bad Christmas for the virtual gift. In a torrent of negative press, spurred on by a series of provocative press releases originating from within the ethical gift market itself, virtual gifts have been attacked as misleading to the public and even environmentally destructive. Can charities recover from the bruising or has the virtual gift bubble burst?
Christmas came early for some charity shops with shoppers rushing to snap up bargains in early December. The British Red Cross achieved it best ever charity shop sales in the first week of December, raising £542,000, thanks to increased investment in its 351 charity shops, including improved performance management and the introduction of a shop league table.
A wide range of charities were supported by Christmas appeals in the UK's national newspapers. The Independent's appeal focused on international aid, collecting for Merlin, The Welfare Association and Anti-Slavery International, as did The Times, which chose the British Red Cross.