Preparation might be the best form of defence, but no matter how prepared your charity might be, nothing can shield you from a comms crisis. In the case of an unexpected event, here’s how to respond.
"However frustrating and uncomfortable these conversations make us, we must have them. Isn’t the prize we seek worth discomfort? And maybe, if we can truly engage, there won’t be a ‘them’ and ‘us’ anymore."
There is a 'lack of faith' between charities and high net worth individuals, causing one of the biggest obstacles to philanthropy in the UK, new research has revealed.
According to a new report, Barriers to Giving, 50% of UK millionaires donate 1% or more of their annual income to charity - highlighting a 'lack of understanding and poor communication' between the charity sector and half of the UK's wealthiest people.
RSPCA staff are set to vote on whether or not to take industrial action in a dispute over pay and new contracts.
Staff are being sent voting papers by union Unite in a consultative ballot, which is designed to ‘test the temperature’ on whether to proceed to a full-scale industrial ballot. Voting closes on 5 December.
A charity trustee has been jailed for 25 years for murdering a fellow board member amid a ‘festering’ dispute about the gardens the pair helped to run for the charity Lake Community Gardens.
Jonathan Stasiuk, 60, pleaded guilty on 14 November for murdering fellow trustee, Gerry White, 73, in the Isle of Wight on 27 May 2019.
In the midst of global climate protests, David Adams chats to Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, about the constant need to do more to minimise climate risks and the ‘pester power’ of teenagers.
Friends of the Earth CEO, Craig Bennett has been appointed as the new chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts.
The ex-chief of a disability charity has been prosecuted for defrauding his charity's pension scheme of more than £250,000.
The British Heart Foundation has appointed the charity's former executive director of strategy and performance as its new chief executive.
The new chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Karl Wilding, has requested a pay cut of £25,000 amid a shake-up of umbrella body's senior management team.
Comic Relief has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have announced their intention to merge to form the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership.
A consultation has been launched to refresh the Charity Governance Code in order to ensure it remains 'relevant and credible'.
Charity auditors’ initial responses to new reporting rules have been ‘disappointing’ and raised ‘serious concerns’, Charity Commission CEO Helen Stephenson has said.
Speaking at the ICAEW charity conference last week, Stephenson said the rules the Commission implemented following the collapse of Kids Co, which encourage charity auditors’ to flag matters of material significance in their audit reports, have been “just not good enough”.
The term “ethical policy” alienates beneficiaries and donors and triggers an intellectual discussion based around personal opinions, Age UK’s director of fundraising has said.
Oxfam failed to ‘get the tone right’ in its initial responses to the Haiti scandal and subsequently didn’t apologise to the public quick enough, its director of communications said.
There were ‘significant failures’ at the Presidents Club Charitable Trust and its trustees were in breach of a number of key charity law duties, a new Charity Commission report has found.
Marie Curie's chief executive, Dr Jane Collins is set to step down from her role in Spring 2019.
Civils and drainage solutions supplier Keyline has agreed to extend its existing corporate partnership with Prostate Cancer UK for a further five years.
Jeremy Wright has been appointed as the new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport – a role that also requires oversight of charities on the government agenda.
The City Bridge Trust has awarded grants worth over £3.3 million to 33 charities tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding.
UK charity All Aboard has recorded a £10,000 loss after being victim to a spate of seven break-ins across its charity shops since March 2018.
Charities across the UK that team up for a ‘ground-breaking’ project to improve people’s lives could receive up to to £1 million in funding each.
Charity membership body, Acevo, has recorded its first surplus for half a decade, despite its income having fallen by a further £250k, its latest annual report and accounts have shown. Published today, the accounts reveal a more positive outlook for the membership body, which was previously battling with a bulging deficit and annual drops in income, membership and reserves.
Sexual exploitation and abuse among the charity sector has been ongoing for a 'long time' and the sector is guilty of being almost 'complicit' in the scandal, a scathing report by MPs has revealed.
The new civil society strategy is an encouraging start, but it “could have gone further” in clearly setting the government’s role in a number of charitable areas and releasing dormant assets, the sector has claimed.
New research reveals a growing acknowledgement amongst insurance brokers of the importance of contributing positively to society, with charitable giving the most popular way of achieving this goal.
"For small charities like ours, the concept of a merger might seem a bit daunting, especially if it’s with a much larger organisation.
"So many people, from developers and studios to streamers and players, are genuinely passionate about ocean conservation and our mission to keep whales and dolphins safe and free, and want to find a way to help."
Two patrons of charity Classics for All have threatened to resign, claiming they no longer want to work with the charity while former foreign secretary Boris Johnson remains involved.
The revised disqualification rules for charity trustees and senior charity positions came into force on 1 August. But are there unexplored consequences for charities? Gillian McKay explores.
The British Heart Foundation has become the first charity in the world to enable people to donate money and items through any Alexa-enabled device.
Charity employees from around the UK have been invited to take part in a national survey on charities, with the chance to win £200 for their favourite charity.
The survey, run by the University of Suffolk, in partnership with insurance broker PolicyBee, is designed to see how charities navigate risks they face, the way they’re governed, and complying with regulations.
Charities must use their annual reports and accounts to communicate with the public better and gain public trust through transparency, the Charity Commission has warned.
Research charity Ovarian Cancer Action has appointed Dr Wayne Phillips as its new chair.
A fake charity, which was set up to provide money for Syria, has been investigated by the Charity Commission and ordered to transfer funds to a registered charity with similar aims.
The new charity formed from the merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care has today announced its new name as Versus Arthritis.
The number of households using charities has dropped in the last year, a new report published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has revealed.
" The RSPCA has faced criticism for ‘double standards’ in saving a seal whilst also certifying fish farms that shoot seals. This is a complex issue that involves the humanity of leaving a stranded seal to die and the ‘realpolitik’ of attempting to improve fisheries standards."
The Charity Commission has announced its new strategic direction, which will require higher standards of conduct among charities to avoid the sector becoming 'complicit in its decline'.
GPs will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to charities that run social inclusion programmes by 2023, under plans being put forward by the government.
London Marathon Events has appointed its first head of charities.
The organisation, which works with more than 3000 charities, has appointed Kenneth Foreman to develop partnerships with charities to ensure fundraising opportunities are developed and maximised across all London Marathon events.
Charity representatives are among ten board members appointed to run the royal charter body set up to run the National Citizen Service.
The MS Society has drafted in a former hospital chief executive to lead the charity.
"The average age of a charity trustee is 61. Yet diversity improves governance and organisation success."
"Our sector is strongest when we are together [...] Yet working together isn’t always easy."
"Wherever you are on the politics of this, there is one thing we must all do now - speak up for our beneficiaries."
"Given how risky charities consider property to be, we need much greater attention and resources paid to property at trustee level to ensure property budget lines are spent as a priority.
Gerald Oppenheim was appointed chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator earlier this year. David Adams finds out how he is settling into the new role and what challenges are in store.
The top charity leaders on social media have been announced, with Kate Collins, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust stealing the top spot.
Winners were announced last night at the Social CEO awards in London, and praised charity leaders who have used social media to share stories about their charities and their journey as leaders.
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have announced plans to merge.
Registration is now open for the second 2019 Sustainability Summit, a one-day event that brings together experts in the field of sustainable investment.
A two-year inquiry into civil society has revealed the need for ‘widespread changes’ and ‘radical reform’ among the charity sector.
The Fundraising Regulator has appointed Labour peer Toby Harris as its new chair, replacing existing chair Lord Grade in January 2019.
Just under a quarter of larger charities accurately report the level of financial reserves they hold in their annual report, a review by the Charity Commission has revealed.
Cancer Research is the most valuable charity brand in the UK, according to a new ranking.
For the last two years, the Weston Charity Awards Small Charity Leaders survey has provided a barometer of the confidence and concerns of small charities.
Four of the UK’s larger housing organisations have joined forces to launch a new funding initiative specifically aimed at backing charitable organisations and socially-minded businesses.
The Big Lottery Fund and the government have teamed up to provide safeguarding training to charities across the UK.
The past few years have proven to be a huge challenge for fundraisers, who have had to work against a backdrop of media scrutiny and greater competition. Will 2019 be any lighter on the chaos? Becky Slack explores.
What are the good and bad practices when it comes to the ‘stewardship’ of your assets and how can a charity identify ‘greenwashing’? Asset managers have to step up their reporting of ESG issues, particularly around climate change, and clients need to hold their asset managers firmly to account, says Paul Fairbrother.
After another tumultuous year in the charity sector, governance still demands much attention from boards, advisers and commentators. These are some of the key challenges you'll need to prepare for.
Oxfam spent too much time focussing on what it aims to achieve rather than how it’s done, a scathing report into the charity has revealed.
Charities need to work to address the ‘structural barriers’ preventing people from volunteering, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, a new report has revealed.
The majority of charities are ill-prepared for a no-deal Brexit and must do everything in their power to prevent it, new research has found.
The fundraising methods of a human rights charity put donors at ‘unacceptable levels of risk’ and placed ‘undue pressure’, an investigation by the Fundraising Regulator has concluded.
A former charity chief is being prosecuted by The Pensions Regulator on suspicion of having defrauded the pension scheme of the disabled charity he worked for.
Charity leaders’ membership body ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health have partnered to research bullying among leadership in the third sector.
The Fundraising Regulator has issued regulatory notices against 59 charities that have failed to comply with the Fundraising Preference Service.
A trustee of the Ghulam Mustafa Trust has been disqualified after posting ‘offensive’ content on social media, the Charity Commission has revealed.
Charity chief executives work an average of three months a year for free, a new ACEVO survey has revealed.
Social media platforms can feel overwhelming for the digital novice, but they can also be an excellent way to lead your charity. Kate Collins, winner of this this year's Social Media CEO of the Year Award, talks through some of her top tips for using your personal social media accounts as a way of engaging with staff, communities and beneficiaries – and being a better leader for it.
A former employee of Yorkshire Cancer Research has been jailed for more than four years for defrauding the charity of over £85k by pretending to have cancer.
According to the Guardian, Patricia Robertshaw, an events manager at the cancer research charity, was sentenced by a judge who claimed she had “shown no shame” in pretending to have radiotherapy to earn three months’ sick pay from the organisation.
Sector bodies have come together to launch a new project, designed to rebalance the relationship between large and small charities in public services.
The NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales plan to explore how voluntary organisations of different sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services.
Charities need to start asking themselves ‘uncomfortable’ questions about the ethics of social media platforms such as Facebook and Pinterest, digital expert Zoe Amar has warned.
"I understand the appeal of positive discrimination as it seems a direct answer to a perceived inequality.
The Garden Bridge project was a “failure for charity” that risks undermining public trust and confidence in the sector, according to a critical Charity Commission report.
The regulator’s report looked at the role of the charity Garden Bridge Trust, which was set up to manage the collapsed project, that saw £50m of public funds spent on plans to build a garden bridge across the Thames in London.
The Institute of Fundraising has updated its guidance around General Data Protection Regulation to take into account emerging privacy and data issues.
IoF policy and information officer Sam Boyle says that the updates feature tips on minimising data risks and whether to recruit a data protection officer.
Crime reduction charity Nacro has appointed Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) boss Campbell Robb as its chief executive.
Robb will takeover from outgoing Nacro chief executive Jacob Tas in July, after two and a half years leading the York based JRF and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is to increase its grant spending by more than £3m a year.
This will take the Trust’s annual grant spend up to around £10m, for the next ten years.
The number of grants given to projects outside of London will also be increased, to give the trust a greater geographic spread across the UK.
A poverty relief charity where money was spent on personal items, including repayments on a Mercedes car, a TV and dental work, has been dissolved.
Worldwide Ummah Aid (WUA) had been set up to relieve poverty in Eastern Europe and the Middle East but has been removed from the charity register after a Commission inquiry.
Children’s charity Coram has received the largest single donation in its history, a £4 million gift from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF). The donation will fund The Hamlyn Endowment for the Rights and Voice of Children, which is intended to help Coram’s work advancing the rights of children and young people and providing legal services for vulnerable children and families.
Sales limits for society lotteries are depriving small local charities on millions of pounds in potential funding, according to a new report from nfp Synergy. It suggests that current rules on lottery sales mean that only three in ten applications made to People’s Postcode Lottery trusts by small charities obtain funding.
"In the internet era; a time in which technology has mainstreamed and continues to become part of our everyday lives, the pursuit of digital leadership is a strategic issue."
A charity with high-profile support from former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway may not have spent any of its donations on charitable activities, a Charity Commission inquiry has concluded.
The City Bridge Trust is calling for charities to design and deliver six-month pilot projects to aid the mental health of charity staff and volunteers.
The RSPB has appointed former Woodland Trust CEO, Beccy Speight as its new chief executive.
Stonewall is today celebrating its 30 year anniversary, marking three decades of its fight for LGBT rights, but claims there is 'still so much more to be done'.
A report published earlier this year revealed many charity CEOs are overworked and underpaid, highlighting a need for a stronger relationship between charity leaders and their trustee board. But where the duty of care lies is open to debate. Joe Lepper explores.
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Devon Charitable Trust, following the discovery that more than £850,000 of charitable funds have been transferred to a trustee's bank account.
The Labour Party has launched its civil society strategy, which includes pledges to increase grant funding for charities, repeal of the Lobbying Act; and create a Charities Leadership Programme designed to increase diversity among charity leaders.
Just 25 per cent of charity professionals think their charity's organisational structure is “fit for the future”, a new report has revealed.
"We don’t see volunteering as a one-way street – our vision is that all our volunteers benefit from having enriching, meaningful placements.
“For me, it’s not about fruit in the office or fuzzball games. Whether you get joy comes down to Dan Pink’s framework of Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose. Are you doing something you have a talent for? Do you have the freedom to do it as you want and do you know why you are doing it?”
As Stonewall turns 30, it issues a stark reminder to charities that making workplaces LGBT-inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the financial management of an unregistered charitable organisation.
National charity Volunteering Matters has appointed Paul Reddish as its new chief executive.
Investing in the right technology is crucial for charities, especially a CRM solution, but it can require some difficult choices along the way. Blackbaud’s Fiona Watts de-mystifies this topical area.
Charity tax reliefs offered to UK charities urgently need an overhaul, according to a new report from the Charity Tax Commission.
The shortlist for the 20th annual Charity Times Awards has been announced.
Charities have lost almost £8m as a result of fraud, according to figures from Action Fraud, obtained by RSM via a freedom of information request.
The figures, handed to RSM by Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, revealed charities submitted 1,057 reports about fraud in 2018-19, with average losses per case totalling £7,428.
Most people accept that diversity and inclusion are good things. But how do you go about being more inclusive? Here are four things you can do today, says Srabani Sen
The Outdoor Partnership, a charity that promotes outdoor pursuits in Snowdonia, has been granted just £3m from The National Lottery Community Fund to expand its activities across the UK.
Mike Penrose is stepping down as the executive director of Unicef UK.
Penrose has led the organisation since April 2016 and is moving on to pursue 'a number of personal projects' when he leaves the organisation in the Autumn.
Charities are being urged to link up with businesses, public sector bodies and academics to bid for £30m in grant funding to tackle digital exclusion in rural areas.
Charities are being urged to bid for a share of £3.5 million in Tampon Tax Community Fund money announced today.
Too many charity accounts, particularly those submitted by small voluntary sector organisations, are not being properly scrutinised by external examiners and auditors, according to a Charity Commission report.
The new chief executive of Heart Research UK talks to David Adams about life, luck and the joys of working for a small but vital charity.
A trustee has been disqualified after failing to demonstrate how he had spent charitable funds raised and collected for the charity Team Syria.
"We have to ask ourselves whether great power really comes with great responsibility, or if it’s more accurate to say that actually great responsibility doesn’t always come with the power."
Education charity Grove Mountain has wound up after the Charity Commission found claims it was using funds to build bathrooms and installing IT equipment in Caribbean schools could not be proved.
Do we need a fresh funding model for the new breed of community networks and activists? Esther Foreman explores.
UK NGO Network, Bond, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme to encourage greater diversity across international development charities.
“I have a real problem with the continued focus on trust, driven by what the public say they want and how much they say they trust charities in any given moment. It assumes that what the public wants is in the public interest and will deliver public benefit. It assumes that if we are not trusted it is because we are not trustworthy.”
Over half of charity leaders (51 per cent) feel stress in the charity sector has become an issue over the past year, new findings show.
The majority of the general public wants the 5p plastic bag levy to be donated to charitable causes, research has revealed.
The social arm of The Big Issue has invested £1.5m in a lottery business which supports the hospice and wider charity sector across the UK.
Conflict on trustee boards can waste a considerable amount of time if not handled correctly, but where should a chair begin when things aren’t running smoothly? Louise Thomson explores.
Recent media coverage of the RNLI's international donations caused uproar among some supporters - but the crisis also triggered a rise in support. Isla Reynolds explains how the charity's comms crisis unfolded and what lessons have been learned.
A large number of people aged 18-24 want to become charity trustees, but know too little about the role or where to find vacancies, new research has revealed.
According to a survey of 500 people aged 18-24, a lack of awareness and understanding are the key factors preventing young people from becoming charity trustees.
The Chartered Governance Institute has published new guidance on the role of lead charity trustees.
The just transition ensures a fair movement to a low-carbon economy. But why should charities invest in it and how do they go about it?
Loteri Cymru has granted £20,000 to five Welsh charities over the past year.
The Salvation Army is introducing QR codes to its iconic red kettle collection tins to enable donors to donate using their mobile phones.
"It is time charity boards reassess how they recruit and focus on a candidate-led approach. By placing the search process at the heart and finding the right people for the right roles, we can ensure that charities will be able to improve functionality, raise more money and ultimately, deploy their resources more effectively for the communities and causes they serve."
There are a number of different types of trustees and if you recognise any of them in yourself, it's probably time to move on, says Louise Thomson.
Action Aid and Families for Children are among 20 charities nominated for a Charity Governance Award this year.
The nominated charities are competing in seven categories with the winners, who receive a £5,000 grant, set to be announced at a ceremony in London on May 24.
April and May are the peak times for job vacancies in the charity sector, according to an online recruitment firm’s research.
CV Library analysed the timing of more than 150,000 of its job listings and found that an average of 10 per cent of all charity sector roles in a year are posted during May, compared to just half that proportion in December.
Save the Children’s handling of allegations of misconduct and harassment against its staff is to be investigated by the Charity Commission.
The net fall in the number of high street charity shops has almost doubled over the last year, according to latest figures.
Research carried out by the Local Data Company for accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) into High Street retail trends found that 271 charity shops closed in 2017, but just 202 opened.
MPs are warning charities against hiring public affairs agencies for their lobbying activity and are instead recommending building a close relationship with around a dozen of their ranks.
"Leadership in the third sector is more crucial than ever and finding talented employees can be a challenge at a time when both employers and candidates are feeling cautious."
The appointment of Baroness Stowell was “hasty” and showed “scant regard” for the appointment process and for parliament’s role in public appointments, MPs have claimed.
Donations made in the memory of London marathon runner Matt Campbell have exceeded £100,000.
The Institute of Fundraising has announced a new ‘innovation partnership’ with fundraising platform Charity Checkout.
Less than half of local charities are confident they will survive beyond five years due to a huge imbalance between time and resources, a new report has revealed.
Only five per cent of charities are ready for the new General Data Protection Rules, according to a new survey.
The Ethical Property Foundation has appointed Peter Damesick as its new chairman.
The RSPCA has appointed the former CEO of Relate, Chris Sherwood, as its new chief executive officer.
The Institute of Fundraising has published updated guidance on the acceptance and refusal of donations, following the Presidents Club scandal earlier this year.
The new guidance, which aims to help trustees and fundraisers make clear and consistent decisions regarding accepting or refusing donations.
Charity sector income has surged to a new high of over £47bn, pushing through its recession recovery period, the NCVO almanac has shown.
A former chief executive of Age UK Concern South Tyneside has been found guilty of stealing over £700,000 from the charity between 2007 and 2015.
When we asked civil society for its views on the health of the charity sector we got a very clear and rather brutal answer.
The Directory of Social Change has unveiled a new toolkit, designed to question and monitor the Charity Commission’s political independence.
"To effectively tackle the many challenges ahead, we need a living and breathing strategy that fundamentally reassesses how government works with the sector.
It should not be focused on what government thinks the sector should do; this is for the sector to determine with their beneficiaries. Instead the strategy should set out how the government can support and enable civil society to achieve its potential."
The government’s new civil society strategy needs to incorporate “the biggest shake-up of charity tax since the Victorian age”, Charity Finance Group has said.
Ensuring charities thrive in the 21st Century amidst the rapid acceleration of new technologies is at the top of the government’s agenda, Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch has said.
There has never been a better time for charities to raise funds from legacy giving. The transfer of assets between generations has never been greater and is expected to increase sharply over the coming years. But the key to driving income from legacies is a long-term approach.
"While many charities have fewer than 250 employees, and haven’t had to comply with gender pay reporting, not doing so could be a missed opportunity for smaller charities to promote their employment practices. After all, equality and diversity have been at the heart of the way the sector has operated for years."
A new report, published by Muslim Aid, has revealed the lessons learned by the third sector in response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster.
The charge, issued by the Information Commission’s Office (ICO), was delivered in response to the charity’s failure to secure the personal data of over 417,000 supporters when hackers entered the charity’s computer network by exploiting a weak password set by the account in 2009.
Amazon is tripling UK charity donations through AmazonSmile for a limited time this month.
The former chief executive of Butterwick Hospice has been sentenced to four years in jail after de-frauding the charity of over £91,000.
"While of course there will always be issues specific to individual countries, I’ve always found there is more that unites us than divides us."
"What I love most about the convention is challenge and debate. I attend with a view to not only learn, but to unlearn; to listen to other perspectives and question my own way of thinking and change bad habits."
Householders are being “bombarded” by charities delivering clothing collection bags to people’s homes against their wishes, Lorde Grade has said.
The trustee boards of foundations are 99 per cent white and over 60 per cent male, “sobering” new research has revealed.
Charities from around the UK have been invited to contribute to the UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice, due to launch later this year.
The code, which aims to help charities improve their digital skills and increase their digital activity, is being funded by Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation and will officially launch in November.
Trust in charities has 'plateaued' to levels unseen since 2005, a new report from the Charity Commission has revealed.
Trust in Charities 2018, published by the Charity Commission today was part of a series of studies examining the factors the public associates with a trustworthy charity and revealed transparency is "not enough" in rebuilding trust.
"Good governance is vital to protecting a charity’s staff, volunteers, users and donors. It helps to ensure that funds are used correctly, that trustees and staff are clear about the purposes of the charity and that objectives are being delivered effectively.
The chief executive of ACEVO, Vicky Browning, has criticised the Charity Commission as being “unnecessarily negative” in its narrative surrounding its recent report on trust.
Published yesterday, Trust in Charities 2018 revealed trust in charities has 'plateaued' to levels unseen since 2005 and that transparency is “not enough” to rebuild the public’s trust in the third sector.
ICSA: The Governance Institute has published a new set of guidance, aimed at helping charities to recognise and improve boardroom behaviours.
The new guidance follows the Charity Governance Code's seven principles of good governance and translates these principles into suggested boardroom behaviours for trustees, chairs, CEOs and governance professionals.
Consumer charity, Which?, has announced the appointment Anabel Hoult as its new chief executive.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at Capricorn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary amid concerns about the charity’s governance and management.
Oxfam has announced it is training an additional 119 staff to investigate safeguarding incidents as part of its wider action plan to tackle safeguarding across the sector.
"Rules and regulations are essential in setting clear requirements and holding organisations to account if things go wrong, but they can only go so far. Without the right values, culture, and behaviours being set and lived by each and every charity, the safeguarding of everyone who comes into contact with our fundraising activities cannot be achieved."
Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, who merged earlier this year, has unveiled its new branding, revealing the new charity will be called Bowel Cancer UK.
The Charity Commission has issued a fresh warning, urging charities to put preventative measures in place to avoid falling victim to insider fraud.
A decision to force charities to pay for the Charity Commission’s services to help plug its current budget gap is “short-sighted” and “counter-productive”, the Directory of Social Change has argued.
Many charities struggle to recruit new trustees and attribute it to a lack of willing volunteers, but for most, poor advertisement is usually at the root of the problem.
"The charity sector could be standing at a crossroads now between a ‘bunker mentality’ or the option to re-engage, explain and promote itself. The problem is: who will speak for it?
Teenage Cancer Trust has appointed Liz Tait, the former director of fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as its new director of fundraising.
The RSPCA has received an official warning from the Charity Commission over the decision-making process surrounding the pay-out of its former chief executive.
An interim manager has been appointed at the Essex Islamic Academy after its former boss was convicted of preparing terrorist acts while employed at the charity.
Jonathan Burchfield of law firm Stone King will take on the role from Umar Ahmed Haque, who pleaded guilty to disseminating terrorist material to children who attended the charity’s madrassah.
Charities and grassroots organisations based in outer-London are struggling to attract corporate support amid the highly concentrated charitable work taking place within central London, a new report has revealed.
Risk reviews conducted by the Information Commissioners Office have revealed ‘areas of concern’ among eight different charities.
The Charity Times Annual Conference will return in 2019, with expert insights into what the future of charity will look like in a rapidly changing world.
"A recent report investigated 59 major solar, bioenergy and geothermal companies and concluded that only five meet its four basic criteria to protect communities and workers."
Andy Preston, chief executive of UK charity CEO Sleepout has raised millions of pounds for homelessness by organising staged CEO sleepouts across the UK. He tells David Adams how it all began and explains the importance of successful business people giving back to the community.
The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record-breaking £63.7m for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day fundraising event.
The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded grants totalling over £2m to 19 charities tackling inequality and disadvantage across London in its latest round of funding.
Langley House Trust, Autistica and Capoeira4Refugees were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2018, celebrated with a packed ceremony in London last night.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Westminster Park Plaza to see Langley House Trust crowned the Charity of the Year (income over £5m). The judges recognised the charity in particular for its well-rounded application that showcased “excellent” charity management.
ACEVO, the network for civil society leaders, has appointed Rosie Ferguson, CEO of single parents’ charity Gingerbread, as its new chair elect.
Ferguson will take over from current ACEVO chair Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets, at ACEVO’s AGM on 6 December when his term as a trustee ends.
Fundraising platform JustGiving has scrapped its 5 per cent fee on donations to disaster and major incident funds.
The Charity Commission has launched a new investigation into a care services charitable company and a humanitarian charity it is linked with, amid concerns around their management and governance.
Total cash assets held by large charities has increased by £0.5bn over the last year, according to latest financial data.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is being called on to offer charities an exemption from Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in his autumn budget.
It is essential that the right people are recruited to trustee boards, not just in terms of skills, attributes and competences, but also in ensuring an individual meets the legal and constitutional eligibility criteria.
A number of senior executives from across the charity sector have been named as LGBT+ plus role models in a new list designed to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Breast Cancer Care has become the next charity to launch an Alexa skill, designed to guide women through self-examination and provide advice on how to check for breast cancer symptoms.
Chancellor Phillip Hammond has delivered his highly-anticipated Autumn Budget, but what did it have in store for charities?
Charities minister Tracey Crouch has resigned from her role due to a delay in changes to betting rules.
The Supreme Court has ruled against Barnardo’s in an ongoing legal battle to decide how the charity must measure inflation with regards to its pension payments.
The UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice has today been launched, providing charities with practical advice on incorporating technology into their work.
Brushing problems under the carpet is not an appropriate response to any kind of safeguarding issue and charities cannot afford to wait to take action, says Becky Slack.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into two connected charities following concerns about ‘financial irregularities’.
The Fundraising Regulator has announced it will start naming all charities under investigation as of March 2019.
The regulator said its new change, included in its casework policy, will bring “additional transparency” to the regulator’s role when investigating complaints from the public.
Small charities from across the UK are ‘sleepwalking’ into a risk management and governance crisis, a new report has revealed.
"Communities are crying out for change. Charities and other social change organisations should be actively seeking them out and setting about co-creating answers to the questions being asked of society."
Applications are open for the 2019 Weston Charity Awards. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, the awards provide twenty winning charities with a year of leadership coaching along with £6,500 in unrestricted funding.
In a position of authority, stopping to seek stillness isn’t easy. But the public’s perception and expectations of charities has changed dramatically over the past year and it has become essential to ensure your organisation is adapting to the needs of both donors and beneficiaries, says Lauren Weymouth.
Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of newly merged Bowel Cancer UK, talks to David Adams about embarking on an award-winning journey to greater collaboration, all for a cause close to her heart.
The Charity Times news team has had another busy year of publishing news stories relating to all areas of charity management. But which ones proved to be most popular among our readers? Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most read stories from 2018
The government has named nine charities who will receive funding to help create more spaces at youth groups around the UK.
Charities face a financially challenging year ahead as a result of Brexit uncertainty, tight government budgets and a slow economy, the NCVO has warned.
Takeovers are more common among the charity sector than ‘mergers of equals’, showing a reluctance for charities to form strategic alliances, a new report has revealed.
Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, is due to step down from his position after more than 25 years in the role.
Etherington is set to retire from his post later this year and an open application process will be launching today.
Plan International has appointed Rose Caldwell as its incoming chief executive from 2 September 2019.
Instagram has announced it will be launching a new tool, allowing people to donate through Instagram stories.
The announcement was made at the Facebook Community Summit at the company’s HQ last week. The tool hasn’t yet been rolled out but is due to be implemented in the coming months.
Kay Boycott, the CEO of Asthma UK talks to David Adams about her journey to success, the necessary role of digital and why being a chief executive is like the ‘messy but wonderful world’ of parenting.
"Whilst I’m sat here watching this total stranger scrub away at her shower screen (apparently a bit of Cif does the trick, FYI), it occurs to me that if a hairdresser with a passion for cleaning can inadvertently generate such a large and adoring community, imagine what possibilities await for charities, too."
"Through our work at the Institute of Fundraising in equality, diversity and inclusion, we have found that in many ways the private sector is ahead of the charity sector. This is true when it comes to reaching out to diverse communities, creating inclusive workplaces that attract the best talent, as well as retaining and developing people based solely on merit."
Macmillan has appointed Richard Murley as the new chair of its trustee board.
"Digital is an opportunity for us all to do things differently, and better. It offers potential for boards to develop their skills, meaning that they can develop strategies which help their charities seize these new opportunities, from fundraising to supporting more beneficiaries to managing and growing their reputations."
The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new diversity 'access fund', which is designed to raise £10,000 to fund bursaries for the Fundraising Convention in July.
Wales needs a charity regulator of its own because the Charity Commission 'does not serve Wales well’, charity consultant Joe Saxton has said.
Addressing an audience of charity sector professionals at the gofod3 conference in Cardiff today, Saxton said charity regulation should not be tied to English needs and should reflect the individual needs of Welsh charities.
JustGiving has scrapped its 5 per cent fee for charities in the UK, in the company’s biggest model shake-up since inception.
The online giving platform will be completely free for charities and will instead rely on voluntary contributions from donors to support the operation of the platform, which is designed to increase choice for donors and income for charities.
An overwhelming majority of complaints made to the Fundraising Regulator breach the Fundraising Code of Practice, the watchdog has revealed.
In its latest Complaints Report, which is based on 78 investigations between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2018, the regulator found 63 of the cases constituted a breach of the standards expected of charities in the UK.
The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charities, urging them to ensure any close relationships with non-charitable organisations are made clear to the public.
It comes amid concerns that some relationships between charities and non-charities have damaged public confidence in charity, the regulator said.
Campaign group 38 Degrees has dismissed its executive director for gross misconduct after finding he had provided illegals drugs to staff.
A statement from the group’s chair Srabani Sen has confirmed that David Babbs has been sacked and that a wider independent investigation into other allegations regarding his conduct has been launched.
Children are passionate about good causes but charities and schools are missing opportunities to actively engage them in fundraising and campaigning efforts, research has found.
Academics at the Universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church interviewed more than 150 children aged four- to eight-years-old about their perceptions of charities and involvement in charitable work.
The Big Issue Foundation has strengthened its online and mobile giving functions ahead of a spring fundraising push.
The charity, which supports the needs of Big Issue sellers, has linked up with digital donations platform Donr to improve its digital payment functions.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is to formally apply for chartered status as it looks to boost the profile and status of fundraising.
The organisation has announced that the Privy Council has granted it permission to apply for the status, which has been a strategic objective for the IoF for the last six years.
Mind is offering free training to small and medium sized charities to promote good mental wellbeing in the workplace.
The charity’s online training has been designed specifically for small organisations with less than 250 people. It has been made available online via the Mental Health at Work website, which has been developed by Mind along with Heads Together and was launched by the Duke of Cambridge in 2018.
The average charity in the UK has a defined benefit pension deficit proportionately higher than that of the average FTSE 350 company, a new report has revealed.
A coalition of 29 faith organisations have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging the government to maintain its current budget for overseas aid in the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. The letter urges the government to ensure that aid continues to be used to alleviate poverty in countries most at need and that the proportion of aid sent by the government to these countries should be protected from “further decline”.
The largest charities should do more to publicise and promote their commitment to corporate and social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability to help restore trust in the sector, according to a report from Forster Communications. It suggests that while sustainability and corporate responsibility are now mainstream concerns within businesses, among many larger charities a commitment to CSR and sustainability “is an aspiration rather than a reality”.
RNIB has announced the appointment of a new permanent chief executive, Matt Stringer, who will move into the third sector after a 30 year career in retail that has included senior roles at Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and Carphone Warehouse.
Climate change is threatening life on earth and humankind is running out of time to reverse its damage. But we are the first generation to recognise it, and charities can't afford to be complacent in their impact.
Regulators have received hundreds of complaints about Scottish charities from staff within their own organisations, new figures have revealed.
David Adams talks to Judith Moran, chief executive of poverty-relief charity Quaker Social Action about the importance of remaining optimistic and the need for greater assertion within the charity sector.
Sir Stephen Bubb has announced the launch of the Oxford Institute of Charity, which will be hosted at New College, Oxford University.
The ex-chief of a disability charity has pleaded not guilty to defrauding the charity’s pension scheme of £250,000.
A charity has been removed from the Charity Commission’s register after an investigation by the regulator could find no evidence that the organisation had carried out any charitable activity.
The Fundraising Regulator has launched a revised version of the Code of Fundraising Practice, to come into effect in October 2019.
Reputational risk poses the biggest threat to charities over the next five years, while funding remains the biggest concern to charity leaders in the short-term, a new report has revealed.
A new climate change conference for charity investors is open for registration.
The event, Charity Investor's Forum on Climate Change, has been launched to help charity investors ensure the climate is prioritised in the investment of charity assets, whilst still generating a good income.
Perhaps rather than instructing charities to change in response to increased competition, the commission could consider supporting the sector, and its own strategy, by encouraging charities to join with them to celebrate and communicate the advantages that come from being a registered charity and the advantages that charity regulation brings.
The charity sector has been warned to get its ‘house in order’ on sexual harassment to make fundraisers feel safer in their working environments.
Speaking at the Institute of Fundraising's annual Fundraising Convention at the Barbican, London, today, the organisation's chair, Amanda Bringans, said “too many” women have experienced sexual harassment in the fundraising and the sector must ensure safety is a priority throughout organisations.
The Institute of Fundraising has released a new strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession.
"Over the last year or so, I’ve heard a lot from fundraisers who are saying that we are in the midst of a period of change – a feeling that I think is being backed up now with findings from recent pieces of research."
Heart Research UK has appointed Kate Bratt-Farrar as its new chief executive.
Bratt-Farrar will be taking on the role from Barbara Harpham, who is stepping down from the post after almost 16 years with the charity.
A large majority of the charity sector is unaware of the Fundraising Regulator, highlighting the need for it to boost raise greater awareness of its services within the sector.
Digital transformation is a common process for any charity, but convincing those who are resistant to change isn't always as easy.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to a Christian charity whilst it addresses a number of financial concerns.
Nicky Morgan has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the government department overseeing charities.
Baroness Diana Barran has been appointed as the new minister responsible for civil society, under Nicky Morgan's Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Instagram has launched a new donation tool, enabling charities and donors to create a 24-hour fundraiser through the social media site.
ACEVO and Voice4Change England have launched a new survey to investigate the occurrence of racism within the charity sector.
How much time does your charity spend thinking about the impact of your invested assets? They have the potential to be a powerful tool for furthering your charitable mission, but creating a successful responsible investment policy is vital. ShareAction’s Isobel Mitchell explores.
Charities are being urged to respond to a government consultation to improve laws to combat sexual harassment in the workplace and offer better legal protection to volunteers.
The MP and former health minister Norman Lamb is to stand down at the next general election to focus on his charity work supporting people with mental health, learning disabilities and autism.
Charity leaders have hit out at the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend the UK parliament, saying the move undermines democracy and limits the voice of the voluntary sector.
Charities are still virtually unprepared for a no-deal Brexit, despite a widespread belief that Brexit would be 'extremely damaging' for the sector, research has revealed.
Grants worth £40,000 is being made available to small to medium-sized charities from healthcare provider, Simplyhealth.
The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) has appointed Donal Watkin as its new chief executive.
Community Integrated Care, Excellent Development and upReach were among the big winners at the Charity Times Awards 2019, which was celebrated at a packed London ceremony last night.
A new ten-step guide has been launched to help small to medium charities with their theory of change.
"It is intriguing to know what people think about you, simply because of the job you do. We all have our prejudices about the stereotypical banker, sales person or nurse. And the same goes for us; people who work in the charity sector. But what do people think about fundraisers and fundraising as a career? We wanted to find out answers"
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been accused of pushing away staff through a new pay system, which has been warned could damage existing ‘low morale’.
The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into a religious charity over late submission of accounts. The Islamic Educational Society of Blackburn had been included in a class inquiry by the regulator launched in February last year into charities that had repeatedly defaulted on their accounting obligations.
MPs are urging the government to put in place a swift replacement to the European Social Fund (ESF) when the UK leaves the European Union, saying any gap in provision would be “disastrous”.
The fund currently provides £500m a year to charities and other organisations for supporting the employment prospects and skills of people in disadvantaged communities.
The chief executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has stepped down amid safeguarding concerns at one of its children’s care homes.
A statement issued by the charity’s chair Eleanor Southwood said that chief executive Sally Harvey has quit after the Charity Commission opened a class inquiry into the RNIB and its subsidiary, the RNIB Charity.
Grants worth £684,000 have been handed out to 15 charities and social enterprises to help them attract further funding by improving how they manage and evidence the social impact of their work.
Councils are leaving charity shops facing a ‘postcode lottery’ regarding business rate relief and waste disposal charges, research suggests.
A care charity has removed the word “hospice” from its name because it is deterring people from using its services.
International aid organisations have warned the government against using global development funding to promote the UK’s commercial and security goals over helping the world’s poorest people.
The new chair of the Charity Commission has announced a new strategy to help the public regain trust in charities.
"It’s a minefield. The path a charity trustee follows is strewn with legal traps to ensnare the unwary and widely reported charity collapses suggest it’s all too easy to be caught out. High-profile scandals, including those engulfing Oxfam, The Presidents Club and Kids Company risk discouraging other current or future charity trustees."
Charities continue to turn to interims for a fresh leadership perspective as they encounter funding pressures, undertake reorganisations or acquire talent to cover gaps whilst recruiting permanent staff. If you’re considering the move, here are ten things to bear in mind.
Almost 75 per cent of insider frauds at charities are facilitated by “excessive trust” and a “lack of challenge” from people working within the charity, the Charity Commission has warned.
The final agenda for the Charity Times Annual Conference has been announced, with key speakers including Baroness Elizabeth Barker and Camila Batmanghelidjh.
The extensive media coverage of the Presidents Club story from earlier this year served as a timely reminder that charities have to think carefully about the donations they accept, and when they might refuse or return them.
Every charity needs a digital trustee on its board, in the same way it needs a treasurer, Baroness Barker has said.
It’s the question we all want to know the answer to: “what’s the latest on charitable giving?”
Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, has resigned in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal, which hit the charity earlier this year.
With just over a week to go until the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, David Britton, charity director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, discusses what charities should be doing to prepare themselves in the run-up to 25th May.
Charity leaders have written to Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch, calling for a strategy that “fundamentally reassesses” how the government works with the sector.
A comprehensive literature review into legacy giving has been published to help charities and fundraisers wanting to make the most of the income source.
The winners have been announced for the 2018 Better Society Awards, which took place in London on 24 May.
Eight in 10 charity leaders acknowledge they need to advance the pace of digital change within their organisation, new research has revealed.
Charities have been warned to “get into the guts” of blockchain soon, or risk being left behind.
Organisations wishing to enter the 2018 Charity Times Awards have one week to get entries in before the deadline of 07 June.
"Throughout the engagement exercise, there has been an undertone from the government that although it is “ambitious” for our sector, there is no money around to deliver the strategy. The industrial strategy by contrast has been backed up by tens of billions in government spending through the creation of new investment funds and tax breaks."
Contact the Elderly CEO Meryl Davies tells David Adams about only recently learning of the charity and how organisations can achieve a great deal by using simple methods.
There’s a gap between those following the rules of MiFID II and those who are adhering to the spirit of it – make sure you don’t get caught out, says Richard Maitland.
Recent figures revealed charities are losing a huge amount of income due to unclaimed Gift Aid – but with a number of changes having been made to the tax system, what role does Gift Aid play now?
Charities have been urged to consider how their individual goals sit within the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals post-Brexit.
The NCVO has today published a draft code of ethics, recommending charities operate with a ‘presumption of openness and appropriate transparency’.
Leaders from national fundraising associations around the world have agreed on a code of ethics for the sector.
The charity sector needs to do more to help plug the diversity ‘deficit’ that currently exists among charity leaders, a new report from ACEVO and the Institute of Fundraising has warned.
The Presidents Club scandal highlights a number of ‘important lessons’ for other charities after trustees were found to have had “little awareness” of fundraising expectations, the Fundraising Regulator has said.
The shortlist for the 19th annual Charity Times Awards has been announced.The awards reward excellence across almost 30 separate categories. The best individual charities and charity leaders will be celebrated, alongside the best examples of specific areas of charity management including fundraising, communications, campaigning, use of technology, and more.
Almost 90 per cent of donors prefer to donate directly via their website instead of through third-party fundraising websites, new research has revealed.
"In an ideal world, we'd all see eye-to-eye, whether it's at work or in our personal relationships. For charities, one of the crucial relationships is between CEO and chair, and organisations can sometimes succeed or fail on the back of it."
The charity sector must go further than “simple box-ticking” against their legal duties in order to improve safeguarding, the Charity Commission has said.In response to a report published today by the International Development Committee among sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector, the regulator said charities should be judged “not just by what they do or achieve, but by how they go about it”.
Relationship support charity Relate has appointed Aidan Jones OBE as its new chief executive.
Reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange has merged with health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care.
The government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to "strengthen the organisations, which hold our society together”.
"In today’s world, technology continually changes the ways in which we do things, and it is important that Macmillan embraces this innovation to achieve its aim of reaching and improving the lives of people affected by cancer."
"A charity’s offering has to be one that people need and want so how can a nearly 200-year-old occupational charity remain relevant to a sector that continues to innovate and transform the way we experience print on a daily basis?"
Over 260 charities have signed up to DontSendMeACard.com, a charity e-card initiative that encourages people to pledge money to charity instead of sending physical Christmas cards.
The Fundraising Regulator has opened a consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice, with the view to understanding its accessibility as a ‘straightforward and practical’ tool for fundraisers.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has appointed broadcast journalist Sue Inglish as its next chair.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at an independent school due to concerns about the governance, management and administration of the charity.
The Fundraising Regulator has appointed Priya Warner as its new head of policy as of 1 October 2018.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into a charity that offers advice and support for parents and carers of children with AD/HD after it failed to file its financial accounts on time.
Mandy Johnson has stepped down from her role as chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition after just over one year in post.
Christian charity Stewardship has announced the introduction of a new feature to add Gift Aid instantly to charity donations.
Charity investment returns have halved in the past year, while withdrawal rates have risen to ‘unsustainable’ highs, a new investment survey has revealed.
Too many charities are still failing to report serious safeguarding incidents, the Charity Commission has warned.
Fraud is a significant and growing threat to the voluntary sector and is an issue that trustees cannot afford to ignore.
The government has announced a package of measures to crackdown on sexual predators working in international aid charities, including a joint project with Interpol to stop abusers moving between organisations.
The UK is the sixth most generous country in the world when it comes to charitable giving, a new report by the Charities Aid Foundation has revealed.
Marie Curie has appointed former The Children’s Society CEO, Matthew Reed, as its new chief executive.
A housing charity, which was branded the ‘UK's most prosecuted landlord’ in a list compiled by The Guardian, has closed down.
Theresa May has been criticised after an investigation revealed over 40 charities have been silenced through gagging clauses enforced as part of major government projects.
Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google-Alphabet have experienced incredible growth in recent years, but on which side of the ethical fence do they sit? And what should charities consider before investing in them?
The Charity Digital Code of Practice is set to help charities of all shapes and sizes embrace digital. But what will it cover and how will it help?
The annual list of the craziest items donated to charity has been released, with dentures, a toilet seat and a large, raw fish among this year’s most absurd.
The government has announced it will issue grants worth £1 million to fund support programmes that will help charities improve their digital skills.
Charities from around the UK have faced an average of five cyber-attacks in the past 12 months, new research has revealed.
"The fundraising community simply doesn’t reflect the communities we serve or our population; the fundraising profession is predominantly white and female, whilst in the top charities boards only 6.3% are from BAME backgrounds. We’ve known of the problem for a while, but it is now time to take action."
Lori Houlihan has been appointed an external member of the Standards Committee, joining the committee from the start of the New Year. Currently, the Vice-Provost at University College London (UCL) Houlihan has five years’ experience as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at UCL, where she oversaw one of the largest fundraising and supporter engagement campaigns in Europe.
"January is the month of New Year resolutions and it seems that a common one to make is the decision to go out and volunteer for a charity. It’s a great impulse."
As the year draws to a close, we have rounded up the five most popular opinion pieces to have hit the Charity Times website this year.
Safeguarding, reputational scandals, digital innovation and ministerial shake-ups were among the big charity headlines this year. We provide a summary of everything you need to know from 2018 in the charity sector.
The NCVO has launched its Charity Ethical Principles guidance, aimed at providing a benchmark of good practice among the sector.
BT’s fundraising platform MyDonate is winding down towards closure in June 2019.
"Supply chains are becoming increasingly opaque. Charities must remain diligent throughout the entire process. Both Comic Relief and Spice Girls checked out the ethical sourcing credentials of manufacturer Represent, however, it subsequently changed the manufacturer without their knowledge.
"As a result, we’re seeing first-hand the reputational damage that can occur from unethical sourcing practices."
"If there is a ‘special place in hell’ for the unduly risk averse, then there is equally one for the endless meetings of reviewing risk registers."
Reporting ratios and transparency within the charity sector are never far away from the headlines, so why not start with trying to tell our stories accurately? Caron Bradshaw says.
"Innovation is incredibly important to the BHF, but that doesn’t mean it always comes naturally. Risk appetite, regulation, resource and capacity are often pitted as enemies of the innovation. But that’s simply not true; often the solution lies in the problem."
A coalition of some of the UK’s largest charities have urged the Charity Commission to seek a landmark ruling that could force charity trustees to prioritise mission-based investing over financial returns.
Samaritans is set to undergo a new re-brand, including a new website, in the aim of attracting a wider audience.
Fundraising Around the World, a new report from nfpSynergy and Australia’s More Strategic reveals the global attitudes towards charity, notably public trust. But what did it find and how does the UK rank compared to the rest of the world? Mark Evans explores.
The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black as its new chair.
Dame Carol will take up the role from 1 May 2019 and provide leadership of the organisation, working closely with the charity’s chief executive, Dr Anna Dixon.
The Institute of Fundraising is setting up a taskforce on sexual harassment in fundraising to inform a sector-wide approach to tackling harassment within the fundraising community.
In a statement issued by the Institute, the membership body said the taskforce will be led by IoF trustees Claire Rowney and Isobel Michael, who will be joined by an HR and a legal expert.
A former charity chair has been disqualified and over £13m has been distributed to charities following a Charity Commission inquiry into children's charity.
The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into Relief for Distressed Children and Young People in 2006 after concerns were raised about its management and administration. On opening the inquiry, the Commission took protective action to freeze access to £13.8 million held across three bank accounts in the charity’s name.
The Charity Commission has launched an official investigation into WWF UK following media reports claiming the organisation has been funding abuse overseas.
Almost two thirds of charities believe Brexit will have a negative effect on their organisation, a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) survey of charity leaders has found.
CAF’s Charity Landscape 2019 survey found that 63% of charity leaders believe that Brexit will harm their organisation and more than a third (37%) believe Brexit will lead to a fall in donations.
The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a therapeutic care charity following an inquest into the death of a teenager in its care.
Sophie Bennett was found hanged in Lancaster Lodge, a registered care home in west London run by Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International, two days after the 19-year-old was admitted in May 2016.
The chief executive of children’s care charity Become is stepping down to take on the same role at Working Chance, the charity that helps women leaving the care and criminal justice systems find work.
Natasha Finlayson leaves Become after leading the charity since 2008 and will take up her new role in May.
The chief executive of the charity behind global men’s health campaign Movember is stepping down to lead the Dogs Trust.
Owen Sharp will join the dog welfare charity in July after three years as head of the Movember Foundation, which raises awareness for issues such as prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
JustGiving has been named as the exclusive online fundraising platform for next year’s Brighton Marathon.
This marks a return to the event for JustGiving, which was fundraising partner between 2012 and 2017 before losing the contract to Virgin Money Giving.
Global development charity Human Appeal has appointed a humanitarian and development sector consultant from the US as its chief executive.
Dr Mohamed Ashmawey has taken the top role at the UK based charity from America, where he has been working as a European and Middle East humanitarian and development sector consultant.
ACEVO has launched a new podcast about and for leaders in civil society. The Leadership Worth Sharing podcast uses an interview format, with ACEVO chief executive Vicky Browning talking to civil society organisation leaders about their careers and their views on leadership in the sector.
Ecclesiastical Insurance is attempting to identify the good causes the public like, and will then £1m donated to these charitable causes this summer.
UK charity the Al Muntada Al Islami Trust has been awarded damages worth over £100,000 by the High Court of Kano, Nigeria in a defamation case brought by the charity against a Nigerian newspaper that had alleged it had links with terrorism.
A trustee has been disqualified from trusteeship and ordered to pay over £200,000 after stealing from the funds of a miners’ charity.
Alzheimer’s Society, NSPCC, CALM and National Numeracy were among the big charity winners at the Better Society Awards 2019, celebrated with a packed ceremony in London last night.
BAME communities and people with disabilities are significantly under-represented within fundraising across the UK, a new report has revealed.
Human rights charity Amnesty International is set to lose the majority of its senior leadership team after a report claimed the charity housed a “toxic” workplace.
Teenage Cancer Trust has appointed Dr Louise Soanes as its new director of services.
The Charity Commission has delivered some damning conclusions about the Oxfam Haiti scandal, with implications for the wider sector, in a highly-anticipated report published today.
The charity regulator has issued an official warning to Oxfam GB, with trustees ordered to submit an action plan by the end of June, setting out how the charity will implement outstanding actions and recommendations required by the commission.
A second year of funding has been agreed for the Charity Digital Code of Practice, following research that found charities still have a ‘long way to go’ in progressing digitally.
"In a post-Brexit world, we must transfer power to those we serve, to let their voices be heard. And I would add that whilst you might need more than love alone, a big dollop of it into our workplaces certainly cannot hurt."
Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford, has replaced Steve Reed as Labour’s shadow charities minister.
The National Trust has announced plans to divest its £1bn investment portfolio from fossil fuels, in a bid to play its role in tackling climate change.
Save the Children has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.
The chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, Simon Gillespie, is set to retire at the end of the year after almost seven years in post.
"What’s going on? Surely the voluntary sector is values based? We exist to address inequalities, don’t we? So why do we struggle to address the inequalities in our own organisations? I think there are six things blocking our progress towards diversity and inclusion, and these are them."
The director of Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Paul Palmer, has been selected as a deputy lieutenant of Greater London.
The charity sector has urged the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to look past Brexit and to build a better relationship between the sector and the government.
"In my experience in interviews, it’s the little things which are the give-aways. Bricks and mortar are rarely the stuff of fundraising magic, but no one can save the world with bailiffs at the door and a leaky roof and rich people didn’t get rich by thinking sloppy."
UK Youth chief executive Anna Smee is set to leave the organization to join Youth Futures Foundation, a £90 million endowment, as its first CEO.
Deborah Alsina MBE, outgoing chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK and incoming CEO of Independent Age, talks to David Adams about embarking on an award-winning journey to greater collaboration.
Charities across the UK are employing people who are highly qualified, but at the expense of excluding people from a range of backgrounds, new NCVO research has revealed.
The research, entitled Planning for tomorrow’s workforce: understanding skills and skills gaps in the voluntary sector, found over half of the charity sector is educated to degree level and 70 per cent of charities cite relevant work experience as ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ when recruiting new applicants.
Tributes have been paid by the charity sector and victim support leaders to Rachel Griffin, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, who has passed away.
The RNLI has revealed a £28.6m fall in resources in 2018, which the charity describes as a “challenging year”.
Charities have stepped up their lobbying of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his strategy for leaving the EU, warning him of their “grave concerns” over a no-deal Brexit.
A no-deal Brexit is not off the table and charities must make sure they prepare for it as a possible outcome, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has warned.
Facebook fundraisers have raised over £1.6 billion for charities over a period of four years, the social media giant has announced.
A series of guides have been launched to help charity chairs tackle trustee conflict and manage board relationships more effectively.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched a free guide to safeguarding, in a bid to make safeguarding a core value for every charity.
"The serious efforts, which charities seem to be making to measure their impact, qualitatively, quantitatively and longitudinally, came through strongly in the submissions. Another pleasing thread that trickled through the shortlisted submissions was the preparedness of some charities to exhibit a little bit of boldness."
A round-up of the top 25 most influential leaders from across the charity sector as voted for by you, our readers.
Sarah Atkinson, a former Charity Commission director, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF).
Charity Bank has announced record growth during the first quarter of 2018.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s has appointed Wendy Becker as its new chair of the board of trustees.
A former chief executive of Age UK Concern South Tyneside has been accused of stealing over £700,000 from the charity between 2007 and 2015.
A new set of principles, developed by and for the UK charity sector, have been published to help guide the development of more effective digital services.
There were a distinct lack of charity voices present in the response to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal earlier this year, digital expert Zoe Amar has said.
New research has revealed a list of charities that chief executives from across the sector think should merge to form “mega-charities”.
The research, published by Firetail and based on the responses of 39 charity leaders at chief executive and senior level, highlighted the need for mergers among some of the biggest charities in order to create “category-leading” charities that could “drive greater impact”.
Oxfam is set to make £16m in cuts due to huge losses following the Haiti sex-scandal earlier this year.
Charities are not immune to fraud. In some instances, charities are specifically targeted by criminals due to their perceived lack of controls and heavy reliance on trust based governance.
A local branch of the RSPCA has been criticised by the Charity Commission for shortcomings in the appointment process of a 'cattery manager'.
Children’s charity Wide Horizons has been forced to close after Greenwich council made a last minute U-turn and refused to lend the struggling charity £200,000.
The government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to the sector, but as always, the devil is in the detail. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know.
The fundraising community has a significant responsibility in this area. Safeguarding and safety has to be embedded within everything we do.
Oxfam GB has appointed Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah as its new chief executive, effective from ‘the end of the year’ when current CEO, Mark Goldring, is set to step down.
Over 100 charities have contributed to the UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice, which is due to launch in November this year.
There is no one size fits all ‘perfect’ annual report, and nor should there be given the diversity of the charity sector. However, there is a lot that charities can do to move beyond a minimum compliance lens in their reporting.
Dogs Trust CEO, Adrian Burder, has passed away unexpectedly following a short illness, the charity has announced.
Grants worth over £4 million have been awarded to London-based charities working to tackle disadvantage and inequality across the city.
The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded £4.1 million to 51 charities from across the capital for a number of programmes including the support of survivors of sexual abuse, therapy sessions for children with life limiting conditions and community activities to improve the health of older people.
"Too few charities realise that property management is part of financial management. This should not be surprising given so many finance directors have responsibility for premises."
Charities are now faced with two choices: embrace digital or fail. But what key trends are likely to dominate the technology space this coming year?
Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, has announced she will be stepping down from her role in August this year.
There must be a revolution in the charity sector to ensure it is fit for the 21st Century, feminist activist Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith has said.
Safeguarding charities have welcomed government proposals for tougher regulation of technology firms to protect children and vulnerable adults.
The government’s online harms white paper is calling for the setting up of an independent watchdog of technology firms, which will draft a code of practice for them to adhere to.
Charities are to work with the government to create a Youth Charter to give young people a stronger voice on issues that affect them.
The charter has been a long-term recommendation of a raft of youth sector charities, including The Scouts, Girlguiding, The Prince’s Trust and the British Youth Council, who will work with the government to put the charter in place.
Representatives of the charity sector are among the prospective candidates for the European Parliament elections – with two notable figures standing for political parties with diametrically opposed views on Brexit.
The Step Forward campaign, created by Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) to raise awareness of volunteering in the local community, has enlisted the support and partnership of Legal & General. The campaign was launched following research from the charity that found volunteering has a positive impact on mental health.
The charities SORP must be refocused to meet the needs of small charities and the charity beneficiaries and members of the public who use charity reports and accounts, according to a new review.
Charity trustees believe the economic uncertainty facing the sector in over next year will be significant, with 35 % saying that navigating the current uncertain economic environment is the most significant challenge, closely followed by the risks of an unclear political situation in the UK (23%).
There is still a stigma around mental health, preventing many senior charity leaders from acknowledging it within the workplace. But it's time to start opening the conversation. Lauren Weymouth explores.
Charity professionals have taken to Twitter to share their experiences of racism in the charity sector using the hashtag #CharitySoWhite.
The movement was started by Fatima Iftikhar, who last week uncovered racist training material handed out by Citizens Advice.
Charity leaders organisation ACEVO has rebranded in a bid to be seen as less confrontational and more personable.
The public want charities to be more involved in the climate change debate, particularly younger people, who believe the sector has a key role to play in the movement, a new poll has revealed.
A new movement to encourage more young people into charity trustee roles has been launched with the aim of doubling the number of young trustees by 2024.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has announced an eight-point action plan to help tackle the climate emergency within the fundraising sector.
International UK charities are now reporting more risks associated with safeguarding and politics, following extensive negative media coverage.
Unicef UK has appointed Nick Roseveare as its new interim executive director.
Leuka and Leukaemia UK have merged, bringing together two of the UK's largest leukamia charities to form Leukaemia UK.
Some of the UK’s largest charities have teamed up with young people as part of a youth movement designed to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged well-wishers to make a charity donation instead of sending them presents ahead of their wedding.
Over 70 per cent of large charities have experienced cyber security breaches within the last 12 months, a new government survey has revealed.
Fundraisers are being invited to apply for a new diversity access fund, set up by the Institute of Fundraising to support and enable a diverse range of fundraisers to develop their skills and experience.
The Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show has received a gold medal.
Since prevention is better than cure when it comes to fraud, charities, irrespective of size and stature, should be asking themselves these questions about their day-to-day operations, what systems are in place and whether there is a plan to ensure an effective response if fraud is detected.
"There seem to be high stakes of detection expected of the work of auditors and these may have very little to do with what the auditor is required to do to reach their conclusion that the accounts are not materially misstated."
"Our perfect charity ad, then, is sanguine, not morose. It uses real-life, relatable human stories that close the empathy gap — not the spoils of war and famine to guilt trip viewers into donating."
Charity leaders should initiate a sector-wide discussion about bullying and workplace culture; and every charity should nominate at least one trustee and one senior manager to lead the organisation’s approach to staff workplace wellbeing, according to a new report.
The Institute of Fundraising has announced its new trustees and four new fellows.
The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers to a health charity amid concerns of mismanagement of the charity's funds.
Charity Times is calling for charity sector professionals to nominate up to two people who deserve to be among the sector’s 25 most influential leaders by Wednesday 2 October.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) has seen a ‘sharp increase’ in donations, despite being subject to criticism from the Mail on Sunday over the weekend.
Employees at Amnesty International are set to vote on whether to strike as part of a dispute over redundancies.
The chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes, is stepping down from the post after 10 years in the post.
Charities need to ensure they have good systems in place for responding to requests from members of the public wishing to cease contact, the Fundraising Regulator has warned.
“When I first edited Charity Times in 1994, there was a sense of optimism that was, perhaps, to result in the sweeping victory for Tony Blair. And much like that event, not all of the things that seemed so good turned out the way they were expected to.”
UK Youth has appointed Ndidi Okezie as its new CEO.