Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. - CSMonitor.com

Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. - CSMonitor.com: "Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children.
A visit to a poor Thai village alarmed Mr. Akio. Now his Japan-based charity EDF-International helps thousands of children across Southeast Asia."



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Umbrella bodies say there is 'overwhelming' case for review of Small Donations Scheme

Umbrella bodies say there is 'overwhelming' case for review of Small Donations Scheme: "There is an “overwhelming case” for an early review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme because most of the charities it was aimed at either do not know about it, cannot understand it, or are not eligible for it, a group of umbrella bodies has said.

The Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising and NCVO together conducted a survey of charities to find out their experience of GASDS and found that the smallest charities are “struggling to work out if they qualify” or to use it. They published a joint briefing last week which summarises the results of the research."



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Rat Race runners turn into superheroes to raise more than HK$3m for charity | South China Morning Post

Rat Race runners turn into superheroes to raise more than HK$3m for charity | South China Morning Post: "A couple of superheroes and a US president took to the streets of Central yesterday.

But Superman, Captain America and Barack Obama were hardly noticed as they raced among the other fancy-dress entrants in this year's Central Rat Race."



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Rowers dig deep for marathon charity challenge (From Oxford Mail)

Rowers dig deep for marathon charity challenge (From Oxford Mail): "ROWERS took part in a gruelling 12-hour fundraiser to support the county’s sick youngsters this week.

Staff and leisure members at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, in Milton Common, took part in a sponsored rowathon for Helen and Douglas House. More than £150 was raised by the team of about 50 rowers on Wednesday."



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Uber’s Nonprofit Ridesharing Service People’s Uber Expands To More Chinese Cities | TechCrunch

Uber’s Nonprofit Ridesharing Service People’s Uber Expands To More Chinese Cities | TechCrunch: "Uber has expanded People’s Uber, its ridesharing pilot program, to more cities in China today, following its August launch in Beijing. People’s Uber is now available in Hangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.

People’s Uber matches car owners with people looking for a lift. Unlike Uber’s other options, UberBLACK and UberX, riders are only expected to pay enough to cover the driver’s basic costs, like gas or tolls."



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Voluntary sector sees “revolving door” of staff, says report

Voluntary sector sees “revolving door” of staff, says report: "The voluntary sector is experiencing a “revolving door” of staff with employee turnover levels at a post-recession high of 22 per cent, according to a People Count Third Sector Report released today by Agenda Consulting.

The survey involving 71 UK third sector organisations, found that staff departures were are up from 18 per cent at the height of the recession in 2011."



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Voluntourism in Nepal | The National

Voluntourism in Nepal | The National: "In recent years, more and more visitors to Nepal have begun to include community service in their itineraries. When I planned a trip to the landlocked South Asian country, I decided to follow suit.

Twenty volunteers from Australia, the United States and Asia convened at the Kathmandu Peace Guest House in the heart of Thamel Bazaar the night before we left for our assignment. The trip was organised for our group by International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), a New Zealand-based organisation set up by Dan Radcliffe in 2007, which collaborates with a local registered partner (such as the Kathmandu-based Hope and Home) to provide education, community development and medical and wildlife conservation travel programmes in about 30 different countries."



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Electoral Commission lobbying act guidance says charities must record staff use of social media | Third Sector

Electoral Commission lobbying act guidance says charities must record staff use of social media | Third Sector:



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India's $100bn group built on genuine philanthropy - Independent.ie

India's $100bn group built on genuine philanthropy - Independent.ie: "ut at the centre is Tata Sons, the original family vehicle behind them. Tata Sons owns sizeable stakes in all of these huge companies. But Tata Sons is 66pc-owned by philanthropic trusts.

These trusts are dedicated to improving Indian society, across education, health, tackling poverty, etc.

Rather than make billions and then decide to give a lot away, as many multi-millionaires have done, improvement of society is a centre point of the business itself. Casey explains this nicely when it says in the book that the Tata philosophy includes "a commitment to philanthropy - not as an adjunct to business, but as the reason for business"."



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GuideStar Unveils Online Tool to Gauge Nonprofits’ Diversity - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

GuideStar Unveils Online Tool to Gauge Nonprofits’ Diversity - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "GuideStar Unveils Online Tool to Gauge Nonprofits’ Diversity
By Alex Daniels
Charities can rate their diversity efforts with a new yardstick being offered by GuideStar, an organization that compiles data on nonprofits."



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Social Enterprise and Social Investment: Characteristics, Approaches, Issues and Challenges | Philanthropy Impact

Social Enterprise and Social Investment: Characteristics, Approaches, Issues and Challenges | Philanthropy Impact: "Most importantly, Big Society Capital is growing a market that will provide funding to address real issues. Already charities and social enterprises are using it to support a broad range of programmes, including early interventions to prevent youth unemployment; enabling community organisations to tackle isolation among older people; and increasing the chances of finding suitable adoptive parents for hard to adopt children.
 
This article looks at Big Society Capital’s journey from inception to where we stand today; what the institution was set up to do; what has been achieved to date; and how our strategy is evolving for the future."



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Money, Family and Philanthropy | Planned Giving Design Center

Money, Family and Philanthropy | Planned Giving Design Center: "Summary

In this first in a series, Randy Fox interviews Gary Shunk of Family Wealth Dynamics about how family communications often stall the philanthropic process and explores methodologies to resolve these issues."



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Global Awards for Fundraising: Best International Fundraisers Announced : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

Global Awards for Fundraising: Best International Fundraisers Announced : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, October 15, 2014) — Celebrations marking outstanding fundraising took place at the Global Awards for Fundraising ceremony, hosted by the Resource Allianceat the 35th International Fundraising Congress (IFC). Winners were from Australia, Denmark and Italy."



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National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes'

National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes': " report released today by nfpSynergy has called for National Insurance to be treated as a tax for gift aid purposes, so that more people will eligible for gift aid.
The report Give and let give: A briefing on gift aid and how it can be made better, released today by nfpSynergy, looks at the history of gift aid and makes four key recommendations for its future. It states that including National Insurance as an eligible tax for gift aid purposes would help tackle the impact of the raising of income tax thresholds to over £10,000 per year. The impact on charities is that donors who were previously eligible for gift aid are no longer, meaning that gift aid will be reaching fewer people, not more."



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Chair of the Resource Alliance Announced : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success

PRESS RELEASE

New Chair of the Resource Alliance Announced : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, Oct. 15, 2014) — The Resource Allianceis delighted to announce that Vicky Annis has been appointed as its new chair of trustees, replacing Jan Krol who has come to the end of his term."



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Product philanthropy reaches Australian shores — Third Sector — The magazine for Australia’s non-profit and not-for-profit sector

Product philanthropy reaches Australian shores — Third Sector — The magazine for Australia’s non-profit and not-for-profit sector: "The online marketplace that supports this is called the GivingPlace. This facilities the exchange between companies and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. It also allows individual donors to support causes by directly subsidising shipping and handling costs."



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After restaurants shuttered, McDonald’s charity now faces Russian legal troubles - The Washington Post

After restaurants shuttered, McDonald’s charity now faces Russian legal troubles - The Washington Post: "Now the legal wrangling that began with questions about the quality of the Filet-O-Fish sandwich and continued with the closure of several McDonald’s restaurants on health grounds this summer is embroiling McDonald’s charitable activities as well.

For the company that has been a symbolic face of America in Russia since the waning days of the Soviet Union, the level of scrutiny "



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bernard Arnault Fondation Louis Vuitton - Billionaire

Bernard Arnault Fondation Louis Vuitton - Billionaire: "These ventures are part of a new wave of branded philanthropy in the arts and culture across Europe. Consider Italy, a country where, until very recently, the idea of private companies contributing to public projects stretched credulity. Now, the Fendi family, which owns the Rome-based luxury label, is funding a €2.18 million restoration of the city’s Trevi fountain, while Diego Della Valle, CEO of Tod’s, has pledged €25 million to help restore the city’s Colosseum. The Bulgari family has just given €1.5 million to refurbish the Spanish Steps."



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Save the Children International income doubles to around £550m

Save the Children International income doubles to around £550m: "Save the Children International’s income more than doubled last year to around £550m as it takes over more aid work from national charities.
According to the charity's recently published annual report and accounts, international operational work is being transferred from country offices to the international organisation, a UK-registered charity which has 30 members in different countries."



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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Paula Sussex: 'We cannot give charities the benefit of the doubt'

Paula Sussex: 'We cannot give charities the benefit of the doubt': "Paula Sussex, the chief executive of the Charity Commission, has said the Commission is now focusing on "robust regulation" and will not allow charities the benefit of the doubt.
Sussex told delegates at the Charity Finance Summit in London this morning that the regulator is becoming “tougher, smarter, more agile and more proactive” under her watch."



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Friday, October 03, 2014

Asian Philanthropy: Strategic Social Stewardship | The Diplomat

Asian Philanthropy: Strategic Social Stewardship | The Diplomat: "According to the 2014 World Wealth Report, released by Capgemini and RMC Wealth Management, the aggregate investable wealth of HNWIs worldwide has reached $52.62 trillion, a 13.8 percent increase over the past year. Asia-Pacific boasts an estimated $14.2 trillion, with Japan taking the lead. Hong Kong ranks fourth, with about $626 billion in HNWI assets. Asia is home to the fastest growing HNWI population, with 65 percent of total Asia-Pacific HNWI wealth residing in Japan and China.

For many Asian HNWI families, wealth brings a sense of social responsibility. The characteristics of Asian philanthropy reflect cultural values. The family unit plays an important role in driving philanthropy in Asia, seeking out and reaping many benefits from philanthropy: “1) it teaches principles like compassion, courage and tolerance, 2) it fosters capacities for leadership, innovation and responsibility, and 3) it supports family cohesion by providing a common activity and goal for the family to pursue as a unit,” a 2011 UBS INSEAD philanthropy in Asia report explains."



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