Top charity news stories of 2014: October to December
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Top charity news stories of 2014: October to December

17 Dec 2014

Civil Society News is bringing you a festive countdown in the run-up to Christmas. On the eleventh day we look back at the ten most read news stories from October to December.

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Top charity news stories of 2014: October to December

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App and away with the Midlands Air Ambulance

Kirsty Weakley has a look at how an air ambulance charity developed an augmented reality mobile app and other technology partnerships.

Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn, after a four-month delay, as the organisation prepares to move its website to gov.uk. 

Online donations forms are too long and cost charities donations, finds report

One third of leading charity websites require potential donors to complete more than 20 actions before they can make a donation, according to an audit of 50 fundraising charities’ websites by technology charity Eduserv.

Charities will be able collect donations via dot NGO domain pages

Charities that sign up for the new generic top-level domain, .ngo, will be able to collect donations via their directory page.

Hopefully there is a handy recycling bin somewhere for this report which pays little attention to sector views, or indeed the ethos of the sector.

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Charities to need active consent for add-on donations

Charities will no longer be able to automatically include a donation as part of a purchase when consumers buy from them online, according to new regulations which come in to effect this week.

Virgin Money Giving launches app following year of growth

Virgin Money Giving has launched an app for users after reporting that 30 per cent of traffic to its platform last year came via mobile. 

Pregnancy advice charity fined after anti-abortion hacker website attack

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service is planning to appeal a fine of £200,000 issued by the data security regulator after an anti-abortion hacker gained access to thousands of client names, addresses and phone numbers and threatened to publish them.

Name and shame charities under inquiry on the Register of Charities

All late-filing charities are clearly highlighted with a bright red border around their entry on the Charity Commission’s website. Kirsty Weakley asks why charities under a Commission investigation don't face the same treatment.

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