Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tang Holdings hands $300,000 of $1 million charity donation to ST Pocket Money Fund - Singapore More Singapore Stories News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Tang Holdings hands $300,000 of $1 million charity donation to ST Pocket Money Fund - Singapore More Singapore Stories News & Top Stories - The Straits Times:



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Indonesia launches a platform for philanthropic partnerships to combat poverty and promote sustainable development | UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

Indonesia launches a platform for philanthropic partnerships to combat poverty and promote sustainable development | UNDP in Asia and the Pacific: "The top players of the philanthropic world in Indonesia gathered on Monday to discuss actions to combat poverty and promote sustainable development goals with the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia. Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani opened the “Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy” gathering in Jakarta.  "



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Egyptian crackdown is chance for change

Egyptian crackdown is chance for change: "Egyptian crackdown is chance for change
Law No. 84 on Associations and Foundations was always intended to be restrictive, but it never stopped Egypt’s civil society, which has flourished, both in the realm of rights and also the arts"



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Giving in Transition and Transitions in Giving: Philanthropy in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia 2011-2013 [20452] | African Giving Knowledge Base - TrustAfrica

Giving in Transition and Transitions in Giving: Philanthropy in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia 2011-2013 [20452] | African Giving Knowledge Base - TrustAfrica: "Giving in Transition and Transitions in Giving: Philanthropy in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia 2011-2013"



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Decree regulating charity and fund-raising issued for Dubai | The National

Decree regulating charity and fund-raising issued for Dubai | The National: "DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a decree to regulate fund-raising and charitable donations in the emirate of Dubai.

The decree aims to helps encourage community members to donate and make sure that money collected through fund-raising is transparent.

It defined donations as “the act of virtue by which the owner voluntarily transfers the title and possession from himself to another without any consideration for the purpose of charitable work and includes Zakat and alms”."



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Haim Saban's Philanthropy: What's This Billionaire Entertainment Mogul Into?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Haim Saban's Philanthropy: What's This Billionaire Entertainment Mogul Into?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: "The Saban Family Foundation is mainly known for its advocacy for Israel and Jewish causes, but that's not all it's into. Here's a few things to know about the Sabans' philanthropy:"



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"Heartless" thieves steal charity's roadshow generator | Leicester Mercury

"Heartless" thieves steal charity's roadshow generator | Leicester Mercury: "A generator used as part of Alzheimer's Society's Dementia community roadshow has been stolen.

Thieves made off with the generator worth £800 as the charity workers were packing up for the day in Lutterworth."



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Does Charity Fill The Economic Gap In Egypt? | Egyptian Streets

Does Charity Fill The Economic Gap In Egypt? | Egyptian Streets:



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Human Rights Groups in Egypt Brace for Crackdown Under New Law - NYTimes.com

Human Rights Groups in Egypt Brace for Crackdown Under New Law - NYTimes.com: " Egyptian rights advocates and nonprofit groups are bracing for a crackdown and fleeing the country, but the official who oversees them says there is nothing to fear"



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Egypt's Crackdown on Political Islam Hits Faith Charities - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Egypt's Crackdown on Political Islam Hits Faith Charities - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Major charities serving Egypt's poor have been left reeling by the government's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood political organization, Foreign Policy magazine writes. Faith-based groups such as El Gameya El Shareya, Resala, and Sonaa Hayat, active for decades in Egypt's rural villages and urban slums, have been caught up in the backlash that accompanied a Brotherhood-affiliated president's ouster in a popularly supported 2013 coup."



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Tolkien Director Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Tolkien Director Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Rich gave away £2.58bn in last 12 months, says Sunday Times Giving List - Civil Society - Fundraising - News

Rich gave away £2.58bn in last 12 months, says Sunday Times Giving List - Civil Society - Fundraising - News

Hindustan Unilever does not believe in cheque-signing philanthropy: Sanjiv Mehta | Business Standard News

Hindustan Unilever does not believe in cheque-signing philanthropy: Sanjiv Mehta | Business Standard News

Friday, April 17, 2015

Top Canadian charity law compliance issues – Part 2 - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders

Top Canadian charity law compliance issues – Part 2 - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders: "This is part two of a three part series that simply and clearly explains the most important legal issues charities and their boards of directors need to be mindful of."



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GlobalisLocal: Elizabeth Wallace Ellers | Giving Magazine: Story Releases

GlobalisLocal: Elizabeth Wallace Ellers | Giving Magazine: Story Releases: "d so in 2005, with about 16 other women in the Philadelphia area, where she lives, Ellers founded The globalislocal Fund, a donor-advised fund that seeks to address poverty in the developing world through strategic investments in sustainable solutions. Today the fund has a membership of more than 50 women in the tri-state region. Annual investments from participating partners generally range from $3,000 to $15,000; in the nine years since its creation, globalislocal has given more than $2 million in outright donations or loans to the projects in its portfolio."



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The Bipolar Nature Of Philanthropy In Hong Kong | Giving Magazine: Story Releases

The Bipolar Nature Of Philanthropy In Hong Kong | Giving Magazine: Story Releases: "Not surprisingly, similar polarities apply to Hong Kong’s approach to philanthropy.
As the world’s ninth-largest economy, with more billionaires in its 426 square miles than in the whole of the UK, Hong Kong is an ideal host to a thriving philanthropic industry: government social services are widely considered underfunded, income disparity is growing, and the underclass is crying out for attention."



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Rockefeller pledges $75 mn to light up 1,000 villages | Business Standard News

Rockefeller pledges $75 mn to light up 1,000 villages | Business Standard News: "The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to announce Smart Power for Rural Development in India, with the goal of providing access to electricity and transforming the lives of one million people in 1,000 villages in rural India backed by a commitment of USD 75 million," The Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin said here. "



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Campbell's bosses set up charity for children - National - NZ Herald News

Campbell's bosses set up charity for children - National - NZ Herald News: "MediaWorks is setting up a foundation to help disadvantaged children - a week after disclosing a review of its Campbell Live programme that has campaigned against child poverty."



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Tauranga 'perfect size' for business philanthropy - Bay of Plenty Times - Bay of Plenty Times News

Tauranga 'perfect size' for business philanthropy - Bay of Plenty Times - Bay of Plenty Times News: "The business philanthropy being practised through the City Partnership Programme works best in cities the size of Tauranga, says Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly.

Speaking before delivering a speech to this week's networking event celebrating the recent contributions of 14 of the 40-plus city partners to a range of community projects, Mr O'Reilly said he understood the Tauranga programme was working well."



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Ethics panel Co-hosted by AFP’s Ethics Resources Committee and the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Governance | AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Blog - Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter

Ethics panel Co-hosted by AFP’s Ethics Resources Committee and the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Governance | AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Blog - Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter: "n light of the fact that ethics is a prevalent topic in both the charitable and corporate and governmental worlds, the session is the first of a series that the Ethics Resources Committee is organizing as a strategy to provide a forum for leaders in the charitable sector to discuss current ethical issues in an open, supportive format that directly involves the donors and volunteers with whom development professionals work. Some of the key highlights from the discussion are shared below."



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National Theatre's first chief executive quits citing problems with leadership structure

National Theatre's first chief executive quits citing problems with leadership structure: "The National Theatre's first chief executive, Tessa Ross, has resigned after five months at the organisation, but will continue to work with the charity as a consultant.
Ross was appointed last year to work with new with director Rufus Norris as part of a proposed shake-up in the organisational structure. She joined the organisation in November and was due to formally take up the role of chief executive this month."



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Institute of Fundraising consults members on plans to cut number of trustees from 18 to 12 | Third Sector

Institute of Fundraising consults members on plans to cut number of trustees from 18 to 12 | Third Sector: "This story was corrected on 16 April 2015; please see final paragraph

The Institute of Fundraising is consulting members over a governance review that could result in it cutting the size of its board by a third."



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WWF joins up with Netflix to showcase its projects to a global audience

WWF joins up with Netflix to showcase its projects to a global audience: "WWF has announced a partnership with the international streaming service, Netflix, to produce a new natural history programme to tell the stories of some of the world’s rarest animals and remotest natural habitats.

The charity is providing access to its projects around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling for the eight-part Our Planet series. "



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World Vision UK appoints new chief executive

World Vision UK appoints new chief executive: "World Vision UK has announced that its acting chief executive Tim Pilkington will take up the role on a permanent basis next month.
Last month the charity also appointed Anna Laszlo as its new chair. She was previously vice chair at the charity. She has replaced Mark Sheard, who previously held the role."



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CTG attacks HMRC for breaking promises over implementation of 20 per cent tax on direct mail

CTG attacks HMRC for breaking promises over implementation of 20 per cent tax on direct mail: "harities have been left unsure how to obey tax rules after HM Revenue & Customs failed to publish guidance explaining how it will implement changes in VAT on direct mail, the Charity Tax Group said today.

HMRC said last year that from the start of this month, charities would have to pay 20 per cent VAT on up to £400m of “single-sourcing” contracts for direct mail. Charities had previously believed these contracts were zero-rated for VAT."



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dumfries man set for Arctic rugby charity adventure - Daily Record

Dumfries man set for Arctic rugby charity adventure - Daily Record:



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Charity Regulator Warns 6000 ‘Double Defaulters’ | Pro Bono Australia

Charity Regulator Warns 6000 ‘Double Defaulters’ | Pro Bono Australia: "The national charity regulator has warned 6,000 ‘double defaulter’ charities that they are at risk of losing registration and access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions for failing to meet their reporting obligations for two consecutive years.

The announcement follows the revocation of over 1300 double defaulter charities at the end of March.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) said that most of these charities had in fact ceased operation, but had not notified either the ACNC or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of this change."



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Genting Hong Kong honoured twice at 5th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2015: Best CSR and Best CFO

Genting Hong Kong honoured twice at 5th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2015: Best CSR and Best CFO: "- Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality corporation, was honoured twice during the 5th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2015 held on April 10 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong.
 
Genting Hong Kong was recognized as Asia’s Best CSR for a third year after taking home the award in 2012 and 2013 previously while Ms Joyce Tan Wei Tze, Executive Vice President (Financial Services) and Chief Financial Officer, was awarded Asia’s Best CFO (Investor Relations)."



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From flights to philanthropy: Ebookers founder Dinesh Dhamija talks luck, Romania and why Britain’s entrepreneurs shouldn’t be too bothered about the General Election | City A.M.

From flights to philanthropy: Ebookers founder Dinesh Dhamija talks luck, Romania and why Britain’s entrepreneurs shouldn’t be too bothered about the General Election | City A.M.: "But Dinesh Dhamija, the multi-millionaire son of an Indian diplomat who, in 1999, founded online travel agency Ebookers, says the situation has actually never been that different. It was back in 1980 that he and his wife Tani began selling travel tickets from a kiosk at Earl’s Court Tube station.“She knew far more about travel because she’d been an air hostess – I could see the bigger picture. But it was a case of bootstrapping. You couldn’t get any money from banks and we had no parents or fairy godmother giving us a pile of capital.” "



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India freezes foreign funding to Greenpeace, cites violations | Reuters

India freezes foreign funding to Greenpeace, cites violations | Reuters: " India has blocked foreign funding to the local branch of Greenpeace and restricted some activities, a government statement said on Thursday, with New Delhi accusing the environmental group of misusing funds."



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Australian government pulls back from plans to abolish charity regulator

Australian government pulls back from plans to abolish charity regulator: "Australia’s coalition government has withdrawn from plans to abolish the country’s newly-formed charity watchdog, following calls by sector members for it to remain.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was launched in December 2012 to register and regulate charities, but was due to be scrapped as part of a “red tape repeal day”. "



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Governance Code steering group considers additional guidance for larger charities

Governance Code steering group considers additional guidance for larger charities: "The body responsible for setting good governance guidance in the charity sector is consulting on whether to produce a separate code for large charities.
The steering group for the Code of Good Governance is looking for views on whether larger charities need additional guidance or materials.
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Infographic: General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating

Infographic: General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating:



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Denis O'Brien gave €2.7m last year - UK Fundraising

Denis O'Brien gave €2.7m last year - UK Fundraising: "Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien’s philanthropy vehicle in Ireland, the Iris O’Brien Foundation, made donations of €2.7 million in 2014, down from nearly €3 million the previous year.

The Foundation, which is named after Mr O’Brien’s mother, Iris, supports charitable activity in Ireland and overseas. In 2014 domestic charities received nearly €1.6 million while overseas charities got just under €1 million"



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It's not the Lobbying Act that is gagging charities - it's our internal politics | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

It's not the Lobbying Act that is gagging charities - it's our internal politics | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "Since the Lobbying Act was introduced, a range of high-profile charities have spoken out against the so-called gagging law. We’ve heard about how the new legislation will create a “chilling effect” across our sector – curtailing legitimate campaigning activities and reducing our ability to speak truth to power on the important issues affecting the people we support. But for me, the way the sector is responding to the new rules is dishonest. "



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Friday, April 10, 2015

‘Ethnic English’ organisation the Steadfast Trust appeals deregistration decision to Charity Tribunal

‘Ethnic English’ organisation the Steadfast Trust appeals deregistration decision to Charity Tribunal: "The Steadfast Trust, an organisation for people of Anglo-Saxon origin which was criticised in an ITV documentary, has appealed to the Charity Tribunal against a decision to de-register it as a charity.
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A month after Cyclone Pam, some Vanuatu people without aid | Radio New Zealand News

A month after Cyclone Pam, some Vanuatu people without aid | Radio New Zealand News: "The chair of the New Zealand Disaster Relief Forum says nearly a month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, aid has still not reached some communities."



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Pattrick Smellie: Doing good while making money | Stuff.co.nz

Pattrick Smellie: Doing good while making money | Stuff.co.nz: "In Auckland next week for Philanthropy New Zealand's bi-ennial conference, Rockefeller is one of a clutch of big-foot advisers to the philanthropy movement who will be in these parts, and will be opening the conference with a talk somewhat intimidatingly titled "Where philanthropy meets capitalism."

This is the sort of thing that can fill the average not-for-profit charity worker not just with fear, but ideological antipathy."



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How will David Cameron's volunteering plan affect charities? Open thread | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

How will David Cameron's volunteering plan affect charities? Open thread | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "Prime minister says employees will have the right to take three days off for volunteer work under a Conservative government"



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