29 Oct 2013
St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the largest charities in the UK, has been told by commissioners that calling itself a social enterprise will help it win contracts.
A joint entry by Ealing Community Transport and Hackney Community Transport has been shortlisted alongside bids from five private sector companies to provide bus services to contractors building the Olympic site in east London over the next five years. The bid is the only third sector entry to have been put through to the next stage. The pre-qualification questionnaire for the tender stipulated that any organisation bidding to run the contract on its own must have an average turnover for the last three years of £20m, while those joining a consortia bid must have turnover of at least £5m.
Voluntary and community organisations will not receive any assistance when bidding for airwaves made available by the forthcoming switch from analogue to digital, Ofcom has revealed.
Auditors and other professional advisers that wish to report potential problems within charities will soon be able to do so via a dedicated email address that channels complaints directly to a new complaints handling unit within the Charity Commission.
Twenty-first century public service delivery by charities must not become like eighteenth-century patronage with charities afraid to campaign against their funders, according to the chair of the Charity Commission, Dame Suzi Leather. “In the marketplace of ideas that is being advocated, we have yet to see whether this tension between being a service provider and being an imaginer, a campaigner, can really be resolved in practice.
Good advice, but there is an important point to add: merger is rarely a proper answer to impending insolvency.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has appointed Steven Gauge, former executive director of Groundwork Southwark & Lambeth, as its new chief executive. In his new role, Gauge plans to persuade local authorities and local strategic partnerships in “high crime, high fear-of-crime areas” that they should be delivering the Trust’s personal safety training to their constituents.
Charities are not making it easy for supporters to go their website and find out how leave a gift in their will. Many are even failing to respond to a simple request for more information by post. Bluefrog's Hugh Stockill gives his tips on how legacy fundraisers can up their game.