The charity sector will shrink in the short-term, employ less staff and be left vulnerable through an increasing reliance on public donations, according to a report.
Two health charities are to merge citing increasing demand due to Covid-19 as a key factor.
Medical research charities have received the backing from more than 60 scientists in a bid to halt a “catastrophic fall in charity research funding” due to Covid-19
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising (Iof) has published a series of recruitment guides to encourage greater diversity and equality in the charity sector.
"Gone are the large sporting events, sales, shows and performances that were key fundraising fixtures, and now comes a new wave of events people can partake in from the comfort of their own home in lockdown."
A £10m funding pot has been made available to help charities struggling with income loss due to Covid-19.
Charity foundations are being urged to do more to ensure investments are promoting the objectives of charities.
More than £46m of charitable funds have been accounted for following interventions by the Charity Commission, according to latest figures from the regulator.
Autism research charity, Autistica, has appointed Dr James Cusack as its new CEO.
The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a homelessness charity amid concerns over its political activity.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising chief Claire Rowney has been named as chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (Iof).
An animal welfare charity supported by Princess Anne has announced it is to close after failing to find funding.
"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."
The 2018 CLIC Sargent impact report received sector-wide praise for its transparency and left donors highly anticipating the 2019 ‘difficult second album’. But what’s the secret recipe to success?
The Charity Commission has warned charities against bank fraud after a rise in reports from charities who have been targeted by fraudsters.
Registration is now open for the 2020 Sustainable Investment Summit, a one-day event that brings together experts in the field of sustainable investment.
How will technology impact the relationship between the charity sector and donors in 2020 and beyond?
What does 2020 have in store for fundraising, and how can fundraising directors prepare for the challenges ahead?
Bowel Cancer UK has appointed Genevieve Edwards as its new chief executive.
Just 40 per cent of charities are fully compliant with fundraising reporting requirements as set out by the Fundraising Regulator, new figures have shown.
People who give their time to charities are more satisfied than those who volunteer for public services, such as hospitals, libraries and schools, new research has revealed.
The Charity Commission has appointed Paul Lathan as its new director of communications and policy.
Pancreatic Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland have announced their intention to merge.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust has today announced new grants totalling over £2.2m to challenge inequality of access to physical activity across the UK.
The former chief executive of a disability charity has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding his charity's pension scheme of more than £250,000.
The trustee board of the Samaritans is currently in discussions about the appointment of Alzheimer's Society chief, Jeremy Hughes, as its new CEO.
Charities are being offered free coaching sessions to improve their digital skills
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has appointed two new trustees to its board.
Hundreds of St Mungo's staff are scheduled to strike at the end of the month amid a 'race to the bottom' jobs row.
As a charity, cyber security and risk is an ever-growing concern that should be at the top of your priority list.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Commitee (DCMS Committee) is set to question the Charity Commission's chair
Funders from across the charity sector have signed a joint statement, pledging to offer support to charities affected by Coronavirus.
The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has launched a new fund to help local charities and community organisations recover from the impact of Covid-19.
The National Emergencies Trust has launched a new fundraising appeal to help local charities support beneficiaries during the coronavirus outbreak.
CLIC Sargent has appointed Rachel Kirby-Rider as its new chief executive.
The National Emergencies Trust coronavirus appeal has raised £11m for charities working directly on the response to the pandemic in just one week.
The Vision Foundation has appointed Judith Brodie as its interim chief executive for the next ten months.
Charity leaders are set to address MPs today over the increased demand on the sector amid the coronavirus crisis.
Charities will give evidence to MPs from the DCMS Committee remotely on 31 March to discuss the level of government support needed to ensure their survival as a result of pressures caused by the pandemic.
CAF has launched a £5m emergency fund for small charities to reduce the impact of Covid-19.
City Bridge Trust has announced emergency funding for 170 small charities across the capital to help support them through the coronavirus pandemic.
The London funder is giving grants of up to £15,000 to all of the small charities it supports, which may be having to cope with a sudden loss of income due to Covid-19.
The Hymans Robertson Foundation has launched a new hardship fund for charities affected by coronavirus.
A 99-year old war veteran has raised millions of pounds for NHS charities by walking around his garden.
Captain Tom Moore, a Second World War veteran, starting fundraising for the NHS in response to Covid-19 with the aim of raising £1,000 by pledging to do 100 laps of his garden before his 100th Birthday at the end of April.
Breast Cancer Haven has furloughed over 70% of its staff as a result of the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) has agreed to pay The Challenge Network £2.8m following a legal dispute between the two organisations.
Christian Aid has announced plans to furlough 20% of its workforce and cut pay of the remaining 80% of employees.
"People who feel disadvantaged by the push to a progressive society are everywhere. They may be in your organisation right now, not speaking up for fear of getting knocked down. What is all this arguing achieving beyond deepening the divisions between us?"
A round-up of coronavirus-related funding available to your charity, updated weekly.
Simon Blake, chief executive of Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) speaks to Charity Times about how charity leaders can practice and lead a culture of positive wellbeing during a time of crisis.
Nine in ten BAME micro and small charities are set to close if the coronavirus crisis continues beyond three months following the lockdown, a new report has revealed.
MPs have urged the government to introduce a separate furloughing scheme for charities, which would enable furloughed staff to volunteer for their own organisation.
Stonewall has appointed Nancy Kelley as its new chief executive.
Kelley joins the LGBT charity from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), where she has been deputy chief executive and director of the Policy Research Centre.
Donations made to UK NHS charities has soared over the past month while charitable giving to animal welfare and children's charities has fallen, a new survey has revealed.
The risks are greater than ever. Here's how to protect your charity.
Around 10% of UK charities think it is 'likely' they will cease to operate before the end of November, a new survey has revealed.
A guide to the most commonly used terms.
Charity shops fear they will be overwhelmed upon reopening and 'full to bursting' with donations from members of the public.
"The concept of experience and time being inextricably linked is ingrained in our society. It is for this reason that we assume that the older someone is the more they know. However, for the charity sector to really thrive, we need to appreciate different types of experience that are not linked solely to time."
Cancer Research UK has cancelled all of its Race for Life events across the UK this year as a result of the pandemic.
The charity has urged people to sign up to its virtual fundraising event, Race for Life at Home, instead to continue raising funds for the UK's largest charity.
In the wake of economic lockdown, Alan Goodwin examines the outlook for dividend payments and explore how charities can seek to navigate the uncertain backdrop.
A group of 19 small charities have won grants and leadership support as part of the annual Weston Charity Awards.
"I hold my hand up to having pre-ordered a hot beverage from the other half at a particular time in the meeting. But no one wants to be upstaged by the rear end of Tibbles, the ginger cat."
Spending on frontline services is in decline as charities battle with an increase in income loss, new research has shown.
In a survey conducted by ACEVO and researches at the Centre for Mental Health, more than half of charities (54%) said spending on frontline services has worsened in the last month.
"Right now, life at the Ethical Property Foundation centres on plotting pathways for survival for our poor embattled sector, for whom I suspect, a fiery future is only just beginning."
The government is 'burying its head in the sand' about a crisis within the charity sector, and re-opening charity shops won't be enough to save it, MPs have warned.
Over two thirds of people working within the charity sector have experienced, witnessed or heard stories of racism within the sector, a new report has revealed.
"Leaders at all levels must accept our own faults and tackle systemic racism everywhere it exists. Because it does – in every corner of our society. If we want change, we must closely examine each of our workplaces and remove practices that allow racism to exist from cradle to grave."
Charity leaders have been encouraged to commit to eight principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership. But how many do you/will you pledge to? And which CEOs have already made their commitment?
Charities are facing an income loss of £12.4bn for the year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.
New research by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Charity Finance Group (CFG) has shown that charities are facing a huge loss to income as they struggle to claw back funds from cancelled fundraising events and shop closures.
Charities need to work 'interdependently' with government and local agencies to succeed post-pandemic, Barnardo's chief executive, Javed Khan has said.
Speaking to Charity Times, Khan said the Coronavirus pandemic must be seen as a "catalyst for accelerated change".
Alzheimer's Society is facing 'an extensive financial deficit' and could lose as much as £45m in income due to the pandemic, the charity's chief executive has said.
Action on Hearing Loss has announced plans to leave its large London office as part of plans to allow staff to work flexibly from home.
The charity is one of the first to announce its intention to give up its workspace in the capital and will instead focus on finding a smaller space for 'collaboration and meetings'.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has been rebuked by the Charity Commission for placing vulnerable children in the charity’s care at risk of harm.
The regulator has also slammed the charity for “comprehensive failings of governance and oversight,” in an inquiry report
released this week.
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity has ramped up its senior leadership team by creating a director of fundraising role.
The move comes as the charity faces a £25m fall in income due to Covid-19.
Charities have linked up with eBay to call on the government to set up a digital innovation fund to help charities improve their online retail operations.
The coalition, which includes Barnardo’s, the Charity Retail Association and think thank New Philanthropy Capital as well as eBayUK, has come together amid a loss of income for charities through closures of their High Street shops during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The level of Gift Aid charities receive should be boosted to tackle income shortfalls from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to charity leaders.
Concerns have been raised over a lack of transparency and delays in handing out funding for small charities to cope with the impact of Covid-19.
In April Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £750m support package for the voluntary sector amid the pandemic. This includes £370m for small charities.
Charities’ public fundraising can resume amid the government’s easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, according to guidance released by The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked MP Danny Kruger to consult with charities over how they can continue supporting communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johnson has written to Kruger to ask him to work with civil society minister Baroness Barran to “maximise the role of volunteers, community groups, faith groups, charities and social enterprises” as communities recover from the outbreak.
The Wales lottery, Loteri Cymru, has made £40,000 available to help charities that have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charity law experts have criticised the level of Charity Commission guidance for volunteer trustees, saying it places an “undue burden” on them and may discourage people from taking up the role.
The Big Society Trust is to be headed up by former National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)’s chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington amid a rebrand to reflect its wider remit.
The Arts Council is making £59.8m worth of funding available after reopening its National Lottery grant-making scheme as Covid-19 lockdown measures ease.
A charity that supports disabled people and their families is to draft in a safeguarding and governance expert through a change to its senior management structure.
NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 appeal has raised a total of £130m since it launched in March.
A row among trustees over the sale of land access rights has been labelled by the Charity Commission as “mismanagement” and criticised for being “costly to the charity”.
Charities have been warned that they need to be aware of the “internal scheming of government” to effectively influence policy amid ministers’ plans to reform the civil service.
The National Lottery Community Fund has admitted that just £8.5m of £200m emergency government funding it is distributing to help small charities cope during the Covid-19 pandemic has been allocated.
Charities’ digital fundraising has rocketed during Covid-19 lockdown and will continue to increase in the long term, a report has found.
A coalition of 37 charities are threatening to curb their advertising spend on social media platforms that they find are failing to address hate speech.
The Charity So White campaign has welcomed a National Emergencies Trust (NET) u-turn over the payment of grant assessors with “lived experience in marginalised communities”.
ActionAid UK has appointed Srabani Sen OBE as its new chair of trustees.
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.
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.
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.
Donations made in the memory of London marathon runner Matt Campbell have exceeded £100,000.
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.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s has appointed Wendy Becker as its new chair of the board of trustees.
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 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.
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.
The Directory of Social Change has unveiled a new toolkit, designed to question and monitor the Charity Commission’s political independence.
Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, has resigned in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal, which hit the charity earlier this year.
"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."
A comprehensive literature review into legacy giving has been published to help charities and fundraisers wanting to make the most of the income source.
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."
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”.
Organisations wishing to enter the 2018 Charity Times Awards have one week to get entries in before the deadline of 07 June.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
Charities have been urged to consider how their individual goals sit within the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals post-Brexit.
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.
Leaders from national fundraising associations around the world have agreed on a code of ethics for the sector.
Civils and drainage solutions supplier Keyline has agreed to extend its existing corporate partnership with Prostate Cancer UK for a further five years.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Relationship support charity Relate has appointed Aidan Jones OBE as its new chief executive.
The Charity Commission has issued a fresh warning, urging charities to put preventative measures in place to avoid falling victim to insider fraud.
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.
"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."
"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."
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 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.
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.
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.
The Fundraising Regulator has appointed Priya Warner as its new head of policy as of 1 October 2018.
The new charity formed from the merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care has today announced its new name as Versus Arthritis.
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 number of households using charities has dropped in the last year, a new report published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has revealed.
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.
Christian charity Stewardship has announced the introduction of a new feature to add Gift Aid instantly to charity donations.
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.
Charity representatives are among ten board members appointed to run the royal charter body set up to run the National Citizen Service.
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.
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.
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."
Marie Curie has appointed former The Children’s Society CEO, Matthew Reed, as its new chief executive.
Dogs Trust CEO, Adrian Burder, has passed away unexpectedly following a short illness, the charity has announced.
A housing charity, which was branded the ‘UK's most prosecuted landlord’ in a list compiled by The Guardian, has closed down.
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.
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 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.
Cancer Research is the most valuable charity brand in the UK, according to a new ranking.
"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."
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."
"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."
The government has named nine charities who will receive funding to help create more spaces at youth groups around the UK.
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?
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.
The NCVO has launched its Charity Ethical Principles guidance, aimed at providing a benchmark of good practice among the sector.
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.
Plan International has appointed Rose Caldwell as its incoming chief executive from 2 September 2019.
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.
"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."
"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."
Samaritans is set to undergo a new re-brand, including a new website, in the aim of attracting a wider audience.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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”.
"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."
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.
"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."
Sir Stephen Bubb has announced the launch of the Oxford Institute of Charity, which will be hosted at New College, Oxford University.
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.
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 Fundraising Regulator has launched a revised version of the Code of Fundraising Practice, to come into effect in October 2019.
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.
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.
“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?”
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.
Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford, has replaced Steve Reed as Labour’s shadow charities minister.
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 Institute of Fundraising has announced its new trustees and four new fellows.
The Institute of Fundraising has released a new strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession.
National charity Volunteering Matters has appointed Paul Reddish as its new chief executive.
The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers to a health charity amid concerns of mismanagement of the charity's funds.
The shortlist for the 20th annual Charity Times Awards has been announced.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to a Christian charity whilst it addresses a number of financial concerns.
Instagram has launched a new donation tool, enabling charities and donors to create a 24-hour fundraiser through the social media site.
"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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Charity leaders organisation ACEVO has rebranded in a bid to be seen as less confrontational and more personable.
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.
"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."
Grants worth £40,000 is being made available to small to medium-sized charities from healthcare provider, Simplyhealth.
The chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes, is stepping down from the post after 10 years in the post.
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.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has announced an eight-point action plan to help tackle the climate emergency within the fundraising sector.
“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.”
A round-up of the top 25 most influential leaders from across the charity sector as voted for by you, our readers.
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’.
Leuka and Leukaemia UK have merged, bringing together two of the UK's largest leukamia charities to form Leukaemia UK.
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 Salvation Army is introducing QR codes to its iconic red kettle collection tins to enable donors to donate using their mobile phones.
Comic Relief has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.
The ex-chief of a disability charity has been prosecuted for defrauding his charity's pension scheme of more than £250,000.
ACEVO, the charity leaders' membership body, has appointed three new trustees.
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The UK's most generous cities have been revealed in a new report, which shines a light on the parts of both the country and the world that give more to charity than others.
The Charity Commission has criticised trustees at Marie Stopes International for the 'significant' pay package awarded to the charity’s chief executive.
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into a Birmingham-based charitable mosque, following a number of 'serious concerns' in relation to its management.
Unicef has appointed Sacha Deshmukh as its new permanent chief executive.
Just 40 per cent of charities are fully compliant with fundraising reporting requirements as set out by the Fundraising Regulator, new figures have shown.
Macmillan has topped the list of most popular charities in the UK for the seventh year running, according to a YouGov poll.
Salaries in the third sector are continuing to rise, causing a 'huge' spike in job applications for charity jobs, new research has revealed.
Oxfam could be about to make a huge raft of redundancies in a bid to plug a £16m deficit, reports have alleged.
Charity retail sales soared in Q4 2019, bucking the high-street trend amid 'conscious consumerism'.
RSPCA staff have voted to strike in a dispute with management over performance-related pay.
Staff at the charity who are members of trade union Unite, have voted by a 73% to strike over the introduction of new contracts, which include performance-related pay for all of the charity's 1,700 employees.
"Whilst we continue to think of diversity as a fairness issue, it remains a ‘nice to have’
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The Charity Times Leadership Conference is open for registration.
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A former employee of League Against Cruel Sports has won a legal battle against the charity, which he has declared a 'victory for animal protection'.
Charities are ‘too complacent’ about cyber crime, with just half of charities admitting to having a cyber security plan in place, new findings show.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published guidance on coronavirus for charities.
As of 4 March the global death toll for coronavirus sits at 3,190, while more than 93,000 have been infected. There are currently 85 recorded cases in the UK.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched a campaign, calling on leaders to empower their colleagues to ‘bring their whole self to work’.
The London Marathon has been postponed until October amid the coronavirus outbreak, which is likely to force the government to ban mass gatherings.
The government is encouraging charities to bid for £15 million available through the Tampon Tax Fund.
Charity leaders and umbrella bodies have urged the government to provide more support amid estimations that show the sector could lose as much as £4.3bn worth of income over the next 12 weeks.
Charities are in crisis and in desperate need of 'urgent action, rather than intent' from the UK government, Charity Finance Group's CEO has warned.
Oxfam has announced it will furlough around two-thirds of its UK workforce, including most shop staff, in response to effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has furloughed almost 70% of staff as the organisation attempts to self-finance amid the coronavirus health crisis.
In an announcement on the DSC website last week, chief executive Debra Allcock-Tyler said self-financing is a ‘strong and reliable’ funding model, but one which cannot run during the pandemic.
Barnardo's will furlough around 40% of its staff after a huge proportion of its income was 'wiped away literally overnight', its chief executive has said.
The Institute of Fundraising has officially become a chartered body after its royal chartered states was officially approved.
Local businesses and charities in Suffolk are being encouraged to collaborate as part of a county-wide campaign to help more organisations respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mass-participation event organisers have united to help the UK charity sector plug the £4bn shortfall expected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cancer Research UK has launched Race for Life at home, an alternative to the charity's popular fundraising events.
The new initiative will encourage people to fundraise for the charity from the safety of their own home amid lockdown restrictions, which have led to Race for Life events being postponed until the autumn.
More than £6 million has been raised for UK charities thorough the 2.6 Challenge, this year's replacement for the London Marathon.
The Charity Commission has opened an enquiry into an animal rescue charity following financial misconduct.
The organisers of the London Marathon are asking charities for their input as part of a review of the allocation of charity places at the event.
The Association of Charitable Organisation has published guidance for organisations looking to set up new funds to provide financial support to people affected by Covid-19.
As part of a new series, Sonya Sceats, CEO of Freedom from Torture, documents a week of navigating her charity through the Covid-19 pandemic – whilst simultaneously entertaining her three-year-old.
Buying charity merchandise, gifts or other items is the most popular way of supporting charities during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey has revealed.
Comic Relief has appointed business leader Eric Salama as its new chair of trustees.
“Whilst the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis that is beyond anybody’s control, it is how we respond to the crisis that will make the difference between some NGOs just about keeping their heads above water, and those that will learn, grow and develop through careful navigation of the challenges ahead.”
UK charities risk losing vital supporters if they don't 'get creative' and allow donors to have more creative freedom, fundraising experts have warned.
St Mungo's has appointed Steve Douglas as its new chief executive.
The chief executive of TalkTalk, Tristia Harrison, has been appointed as the new chair of trustees for Crisis.
Harrison will join the board of the homelessness charity in July, before replacing outgoing chair Steve Holliday, whose term comes to an end in September.
"When it comes to my own sub-sector (Armed Forces charities), rather too often we’re perceived as being in competition and uncollaborative. Both accusations are unfair, and our pandemic response might even offer an example to other sub-sectors."
Around 6,000 charities have had their registration voided after a court ruled they were unlawfully processed by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
A former city council chief executive has been appointed to oversee the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)’s work in England.
More than £32m in dormant charity bank account money has been ‘revitalised’ for good causes, including voluntary sector responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"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."
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.
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.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged well-wishers to make a charity donation instead of sending them presents ahead of their wedding.
"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.
The Institute of Fundraising has announced a new ‘innovation partnership’ with fundraising platform Charity Checkout.
Only five per cent of charities are ready for the new General Data Protection Rules, according to a new survey.
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.
Every charity needs a digital trustee on its board, in the same way it needs a treasurer, Baroness Barker has said.
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.
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.
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.
A new report, published by Muslim Aid, has revealed the lessons learned by the third sector in response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster.
Amazon is tripling UK charity donations through AmazonSmile for a limited time this month.
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?
The trustee boards of foundations are 99 per cent white and over 60 per cent male, “sobering” new research has revealed.
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”.
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.
Marie Curie's chief executive, Dr Jane Collins is set to step down from her role in Spring 2019.
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.
The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager at Capricorn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary amid concerns about the charity’s governance and management.
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.
Reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange has merged with health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care.
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.
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.
"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?
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.
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.
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 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.
Research charity Ovarian Cancer Action has appointed Dr Wayne Phillips as its new chair.
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.
" 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."
Charity investment returns have halved in the past year, while withdrawal rates have risen to ‘unsustainable’ highs, a new investment survey has revealed.
Over 100 charities have contributed to the UK’s first Charity Digital Code of Practice, which is due to launch in November this year.
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.
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.
"Our sector is strongest when we are together [...] Yet working together isn’t always easy."
Chancellor Phillip Hammond has delivered his highly-anticipated Autumn Budget, but what did it have in store for charities?
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.
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.
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.
The Fundraising Regulator has appointed Labour peer Toby Harris as its new chair, replacing existing chair Lord Grade in January 2019.
Charities from around the UK have faced an average of five cyber-attacks in the past 12 months, new research has revealed.
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.
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.
Charities face a financially challenging year ahead as a result of Brexit uncertainty, tight government budgets and a slow economy, the NCVO has warned.
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.
"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."
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.
Charity leaders’ membership body ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health have partnered to research bullying among leadership in the third sector.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ex-chief of a disability charity has pleaded not guilty to defrauding the charity’s pension scheme of £250,000.
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.
Teenage Cancer Trust has appointed Dr Louise Soanes as its new director of services.
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.
Just 25 per cent of charity professionals think their charity's organisational structure is “fit for the future”, a new report has revealed.
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 Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the financial management of an unregistered charitable organisation.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
Baroness Diana Barran has been appointed as the new minister responsible for civil society, under Nicky Morgan's Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
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
ACEVO and Voice4Change England have launched a new survey to investigate the occurrence of racism within the charity sector.
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.
Charities are being urged to bid for a share of £3.5 million in Tampon Tax Community Fund money announced today.
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.
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.
Facebook fundraisers have raised over £1.6 billion for charities over a period of four years, the social media giant has announced.
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.
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.
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.
A new ten-step guide has been launched to help small to medium charities with their theory of change.
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.
Sarah Atkinson, a former Charity Commission director, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF).
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?
A consultation has been launched to refresh the Charity Governance Code in order to ensure it remains 'relevant and credible'.
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.
Friends of the Earth CEO, Craig Bennett has been appointed as the new chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts.
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.
With a general election looming on 12 December, political parties have used the opportunity to make fresh pledges to the general public. But what are they offering for the charity sector?
“The next government is a vital partner for the charity sector. We can achieve much more working together effectively.
Nobody quite expected the results to be quite as dramatic, but they are what they are. The Conservative Party has a Commons majority of 78 – the largest since the 1980s, giving Boris Johnson a commanding position
Alzheimer's Society has appointed CLIC Sargent's Kate Lee as its new chief executive, with effect from April 2020.
With governance structures under increasing scrutiny, what should trustee boards be taking into consideration in the year ahead?
The number of charity mergers has fallen amid a ‘reactive rather than proactive’ approach, which is stunting the sector’s overall development, research has found.
The UK's most LGBT-friendly employers to work for have been revealed, with four charities making into the top 100.
The Charity Retail Association has launched a new safeguarding scheme with Barnardo's.
The Charity Retail Safeguarding Scheme (CRSS) has been designed to encourage charity retailers to follow a set of principals that will ensure charity shops put safeguarding measures in place to deal with issues in stores.
The Charity Commission has urged charities to 'listen and learn'
"If we all commit to being igniters, we can use our influence and privilege to positive effect."
The majority of charity workers would rather find a new job than ask their employers for a pay rise, new research has revealed.
British Red Cross has been named as the official charity partner of Team GB, ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Charities are being offered free remote phone services to support their communication challenges during the coronavirus outbreak.
Charities are able to get extensions on their annual return deadlines during the coronavirus pandemic, the Charity Commission has announced.
Hundreds of MPs have signed a joint letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak asking for emergency funding for charities on the brink of insolvency.
Charities are at greater risk amid the coronavirus pandemic than 'currently understood' because they subside public sector contracts, research has revealed.
The National Lottery Community Fund has committed to granting £300m of lottery funding to charities working in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement published today, the organisation’s chief executive, Dawn Austwick said the fund’s ‘first priority’ is to support people and communities in the ‘best way’ it can.
Charities expect a loss of 48% to their fundraising income and a third to be wiped off their overall income as a result of Covid-19, a new survey has revealed.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Trust, Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society have become some of the latest charities to announce plans to furlough a large proportion of staff amid the coronavirus health crisis.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to support the cause to save lives, you may have temporarily closed your business premises. It’s important to consider your personal circumstances and protect your buildings to safeguard yourself, your team, and your livelihood for the long run.”
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has cancelled activities for its annual Volunteers' Week, amid social distancing rules imposed by the UK government.
The Fundraising Regulator has published new guidance to help the public set up their own charitable fundraising appeals.
TikTok has launched a new donation tool to help charities raise funds during Covid-19.
A look at what market volatility means for charity pension schemes.
Charities have been warned not to assume they can hold virtual AGMs as the process may be attached to 'avoidable legal risk'.
The Word Wildlife Fund (WWF) has appointed Tesco chief, Dave Lewis, as its new chair of trustees.
Lewis is set to join the international wildlife charity as he prepares to step down from his post at Tesco after more than six years at the helm.
Organisations wishing to enter the 2020 Charity Times Awards still have two days left before the extended deadline of 22 May.
A coalition of UK charities has formed to launch a new fund to help ramp up support as the country 'faces a mental health crisis' due to Covid-19.
Donations to charity shops will be quarantined for 72 hours and customers will be required to use hand sanitiser before touching items on shelves when charity shops re-open in June.
National Trust is planning to phase reopening of its gardens and parklands.
A new online tool has been launched to help charity trustees and leaders touch up on their digital skills.
The tool comprises a digital checklist, developed by experts from across the sector, and is designed to help support leaders in making effective decisions about digital during the coronavirus crisis – and beyond.
Increasing pension deficits are placing further financial strain on charities amid a funding crisis caused by Covid-19, new figures have revealed.
All charity leaders are being urged by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to ensure they learn from a raft of failings highlighted in a damning Charity Commission report into the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Over 70 per cent of large charities have experienced cyber security breaches within the last 12 months, a new government survey has revealed.
The final agenda for the Charity Times Annual Conference has been announced, with key speakers including Baroness Elizabeth Barker and Camila Batmanghelidjh.
The Ethical Property Foundation has appointed Peter Damesick as its new chairman.
Charity sector income has surged to a new high of over £47bn, pushing through its recession recovery period, the NCVO almanac has shown.
When we asked civil society for its views on the health of the charity sector we got a very clear and rather brutal answer.
Charity leaders have written to Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch, calling for a strategy that “fundamentally reassesses” how the government works with the sector.
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.
The winners have been announced for the 2018 Better Society Awards, which took place in London on 24 May.
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.
"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."
"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."
Oxfam is set to make £16m in cuts due to huge losses following the Haiti sex-scandal earlier this year.
Householders are being “bombarded” by charities delivering clothing collection bags to people’s homes against their wishes, Lorde Grade has said.
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.
The NCVO has today published a draft code of ethics, recommending charities operate with a ‘presumption of openness and appropriate transparency’.
A local branch of the RSPCA has been criticised by the Charity Commission for shortcomings in the appointment process of a 'cattery manager'.
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.
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.
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.
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 government has launched its new civil society strategy, announcing a number of changes to "strengthen the organisations, which hold our society together”.
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.
"For small charities like ours, the concept of a merger might seem a bit daunting, especially if it’s with a much larger organisation.
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.
"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?"