Friday, December 19, 2014

HMRC tax statistics suggest large rise in charitable giving

HMRC tax statistics suggest large rise in charitable giving: "Tax relief on giving is expected to rise by 11 per cent in the year to March 2015, suggesting a large increase in donation income, according to provisional figures published today by HM Revenue & Customs.

HMRC has published provisional figures for the year ending March 2015, showing it expects gift aid to rise from £1.07bn to £1.19bn. This follows three successive years in which the value of gift aid fell."



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Why Encouraging Service and Philanthropy is Important in Europe - German Marshall Fund Blog

Why Encouraging Service and Philanthropy is Important in Europe - German Marshall Fund Blog: "Service and philanthropy are two areas that speak to the very core of the Marshall Plan, in which the United States pledged to provide support to Europe to rebuild after WWII. Of the many subject areas that were covered in our program in Europe as Marshall Memorial Fellows, social engagement spoke to my personal interests of assisting vulnerable members of communities."



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Harper Government Encourages Canadians to Donate Generously This Holiday Season and Take Advantage of the First-Time Donor's Super Credit

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Harper Government Encourages Canadians to Donate Generously This Holiday Season and Take Advantage of the First-Time Donor's Super Credit:



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Boys’ Brigade charity drive reaches out to 35,845 beneficiaries | TODAYonline

Boys’ Brigade charity drive reaches out to 35,845 beneficiaries | TODAYonline: "SINGAPORE – The Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift (BBSG) 2014 charity project has managed collect enough donation items to reach out to 35,845 beneficiaries in just under a month, announced the uniformed group at the closing ceremony today (Dec 17)"



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Latin American Herald Tribune - Kenya Suspends Licenses of Some 500 NGOs, Some Tied to Terrorism

Latin American Herald Tribune - Kenya Suspends Licenses of Some 500 NGOs, Some Tied to Terrorism: "The Kenyan government announced on Tuesday it was suspending licenses and freezing the bank accounts of some 510 Non-Governmental Organizations, or NGOs; 15 of which have been accused of having ties to terrorist groups and money laundering.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

World Giving Index 2014 | CAF America

World Giving Index 2014 | CAF America: "The 2014 World Giving Index

a publication of Charities Aid Foundation, our partner office in the UK

Click here to download the report.

Gain insight into the nature of giving around the world

The World Giving Index is designed to provide evidence-based insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. In order to reflect a culturally diverse planet, the report looks at three aspects of giving behavior. The questions that feed the report are"



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Media scrutiny of the charity sector in 2014

Media scrutiny of the charity sector in 2014: "Civil Society News is bringing you a festive countdown in the run up to Christmas. On the seventh day we look at some examples of the heightened media scrutiny that the sector has received this year.
The charity sector faced its fair share of criticism in 2014, with not all of it being entirely justified. In no particular order, we look at six of the most memorable examples."



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Volunteering platform Do-it relaunches

Volunteering platform Do-it relaunches: "Online volunteering platform Do-it has been relaunched today by its new owner, the Do-it Trust, with more emphasis on sharing volunteering opportunities via social media.
Do-it was started by YouthNet in 2001 and was sold to a partnership involving volunteering bodies ivo.org, Believe.In, Blue Dot, Prospectus and Vivo."



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Exclusive: ‘People Would Have Died’ in Britain Without Food Banks, Says Charity Head

Exclusive: ‘People Would Have Died’ in Britain Without Food Banks, Says Charity Head: "Interviewed as part of an in-depth look into the rise of food banks in Britain to be published in Newsweek’s European edition next week, Mould attacks coalition policy, saying that they had led to a sharp rise in the numbers of people dependent on food banks. "Our government has chosen a series of policies which have squeezed the incomes of the working poor,” he says.

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The brilliant, quirky fundraising career of Professor Denny Young - 101fundraising

The brilliant, quirky fundraising career of Professor Denny Young - 101fundraising: "So when the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Area chapter – my chapter and the largest in the world – announced Denny Young as the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, 101fundraising congratulated and invited him as the guest on the first North American #101webinar. We broadcasted live from Toronto, Canada on December 1, 2014, less than a week after he received this award at a luncheon in front of 1,000 fundraisers and philanthropists. "



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

TD Bank backs expanded Toronto bike-share program in deal said to be worth more than $650K a year | National Post

TD Bank backs expanded Toronto bike-share program in deal said to be worth more than $650K a year | National Post: "Mayor John Tory pleaded with corporations, unions and non-profit organizations to “step up” and partner with the city on more programs as city officials revealed TD Bank as the major sponsor of the city’s bike-share operation."



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TD Bank backs expanded Toronto bike-share program in deal said to be worth more than $650K a year | National Post

TD Bank backs expanded Toronto bike-share program in deal said to be worth more than $650K a year | National Post: "Mayor John Tory pleaded with corporations, unions and non-profit organizations to “step up” and partner with the city on more programs as city officials revealed TD Bank as the major sponsor of the city’s bike-share operation."



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Six-month delay for 20 per cent tax on direct mail fundraising

Six-month delay for 20 per cent tax on direct mail fundraising: "Changes in the VAT rules around direct mail fundraising which would have cost the charity sector tens of millions of pounds a year will not now be introduced until April 2015, the Charity Tax Group has said.

Earlier this year, HM Revenue & Customs said that “single-sourcing” contracts for direct mail should be standard-rated for VAT, meaning that charities would have to pay an extra 20 per cent on printing and production. Charities and suppliers had previously believed these contracts should be zero-rated for VAT."



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