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The band Coldplay, which has donated around £8m to Kids Company over the years, is in talks with other philanthropists to save the charity's Treehouse Centre.
Alan Yentob, the chair of Kids Company, has said allegations of financial mismanagement at the charity are "rubbish", and that the board turned down £3m of philanthropic funding because sexual abuse allegations made it impossible to continue.
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh has blamed “rumour-mongering civil servants, ill-spirited ministers and the media” for the demise of the charity.
Kids Company employees and service users told the BBC yesterday that they were concerned about the way money at the charity was being spent, including that money given to young people was spent on drugs.
I'm surprised they have omitted the important question of *what* religions these charities are connected with. Surely it is of fundamental interest to know if certain religions are growing or declining, and the current proportion of 'religious charities' which are connected with each of the religions represented?
Kids Company has this evening announced that it has closed with immediate effect, with the likely loss of around 650 jobs.
Kids Company is expected to announce the closure of its services at the end of today and the Cabinet Office is reported to be seeking to recover a £3m restructuring grant it awarded the charity last month.
Oxfam is the first charity to use a smartphone messaging app to encourage visitors to its shops to engage with the charity’s online content.
The Charities Aid Foundation distributed £478m to charities on behalf of donors, an increase of £35m on the year before, according to its annual report for the year ending April 2015.