Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ShelterBox founder charged with fraud

ShelterBox founder charged with fraud: The founder and former chief executive of aid charity ShelterBox has been charged with three counts of fraud.

Tom Henderson (pictured), 63, from Helson in Cornwall, appeared at Bishopsgate Police Station on Tuesday to be charged with fraud by abuse of position.

He had been dismissed from his position of chief executive at the disaster-relief charity ShelterBox, which he had previously founded in 2000, in 2012. He was arrested the following year.

Canadians Emerging as Cause Marketing Leaders

Canadians Emerging as Cause Marketing Leaders: Cause marketing’s roots may be American (a Great America/March of Dimes partnership and the American Express Statue of Liberty campaign vie for earliest program status), but Canada nowadays is emerging as a consumer-facing corporate citizenship powerhouse.

Former Coon Rapids swim standout brings swimming lessons to 2,000 Nepali children - TwinCities.com

Former Coon Rapids swim standout brings swimming lessons to 2,000 Nepali children - TwinCities.com: NEPAL FIRST DESTINATION

Nepal was chosen as the program's first destination for its high drowning rate due to monsoons. The rains trigger flash floods and also leave behind deep puddles where children can drown, McCarthy said. Many people grow up so scared of the water that they never learn how to swim.

So McCarthy arranged to travel to Kathmandu Valley, home of Nepal's capital and two other cities. He needed someone to document the process, and Moe was the obvious choice.

In addition to buying their tickets, the $10,000 went toward chlorine for pool water that was nearly black when the students arrived and salaries for the program's 36 Nepali instructors, six for each of six pools in the area.

Children came to the various pools each day to learn McCarthy's

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Charity bins railroaded as for-profit operator moves in

Charity bins railroaded as for-profit operator moves in: More than 100 charity bins have been removed from Melbourne’s railway stations and replaced by bins from a private for-profit recycling company.

Southern Cross Recycling, which Metro hired to exclusively manage charity recycling bins on railway land, now owns and manages all 220 bins at stations for its own income.

Xiamen, Jinjiang make list of China's 7-star philanthropy cities in 2013 - What's On Xiamen

Xiamen, Jinjiang make list of China's 7-star philanthropy cities in 2013 - What's On Xiamen: The 3rd China City Philanthropy Index was released on August 16, with Xiamen and Jinjiang from Fujian province both making the list of seven-star philanthropy cities.

109 cities above the county level were listed on the “China's Top 100 Philanthropy Cities (2012-2013) ”, which were selected from 294 nominated cities.

Philanthropy comes of age in Australia

Philanthropy comes of age in Australia: eter Winneke, head of philanthropic services at Myer Family Company, can barely contain his excitement. After 12 years urging donors to publicise their gifts, he believes Australia’s philanthropists are becoming less fearful of the tall poppy syndrome.

“We are starting to grow a culture of giving and celebrating,” he says. “I think the philanthropic sector will explode over the next two decades.”

Both he and Walsh nominate Graham and Louise Tuckwell’s $50 million gift last year to establish an undergraduate scholarship program at Australian National University as a turning point for Australian philanthropy.

PM Relief Fund gets Rs 15.5 m from China | Top Stories

PM Relief Fund gets Rs 15.5 m from China | Top Stories: KATHMANDU, AUG 19 - Northern neighbour China has announced support of Rs. 15.5 million to the Prime Minister's Disaster Relief Fund. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai handed over the amount on behalf of the autonomous region of Tibet on Tuesday.

Canada Revenue Agency delists foreign charities - The Globe and Mail

Canada Revenue Agency delists foreign charities - The Globe and Mail: he Canada Revenue Agency’s small list of approved foreign charities has been whittled down to zero, meaning Canadian donors hoping to give money to former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s foundation, for example, are out of luck if they were banking on a tax credit.

Too Many Charities Chasing The Same Pool Of Private Capital

Too Many Charities Chasing The Same Pool Of Private Capital: Competition among philanthropic institutions for funding has intensified, which will likely lead to consolidation of charities and foundations as transaction costs rise, says UBS.

Philanthropist Deanne Weir gives $1 million to women

Philanthropist Deanne Weir gives $1 million to women: You don’t need a bulging bank balance to be philanthropic, according to Sydney entrepreneur Deanne Weir, who is challenging some of the myths about what it means to be a donor.

The businesswoman began her charitable giving with $10 donations to the International Women’s Development Agency two decades ago. On Wednesday, she commits to donating $1 million but she insists wealth is not the key to giving.

First major study of charity mergers is published

First major study of charity mergers is published: ome 4 per cent of people working in the charity sector were involved in a merger last year, suggests a comprehensive new study of mergers in the sector.

The research, by Eastside Primetimers, aimed to collect data on mergers that occurred in England and Wales between January 2013 and April 2014, where the transferring organisation was a registered charity.

The researchers identified 189 organisations that undertook 90 deals, affecting more than 32,000 employees or 4 per cent of the charity sector workforce.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Restrictions on 'incidental' lotteries to be removed | UK Fundraising

Restrictions on 'incidental' lotteries to be removed | UK Fundraising: The government is to allow the proceeds of private lotteries to be donated to good causes. Previoulsy companies, societies and residents groups running “non-commercial incidental lotteries” �–� those that are exempt from Gambling Commission licence or local authority registration – were prevented by the Gambling Act 2005 from donating the proceeds to good causes.

The Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) opened a consultation in February this year after the Red Tap Challenge highlighted the restrictions. In their submissions, a number of charities reported that th

'57 Buick sells for $580,000 to benefit President Bush's military charity | Fox News

'57 Buick sells for $580,000 to benefit President Bush's military charity | Fox News: Signed by President Bush, it first crossed the block at the Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, Calif. on Saturday for $300,000, about three times its pre-auction estimate.

The winning bidder then immediately donated the car back to the auction, setting off a two-minute standing ovation, according to Road & Track. It then went under the hammer again, and went for another $280,000.

Fit & Fab: Charitable banker Moyee Lam is in it for the long run | South China Morning Post

Fit & Fab: Charitable banker Moyee Lam is in it for the long run | South China Morning Post: Lam is using the daunting challenge to convince others to donate to her HK$1 million goal for charity. At least, she was. She upped her goal to HK$2.5 million as soon as her previous target came within reach.

It's not the first time she's combined corporate skills and hard work for a good cause. Over the past five years she's helped to build three homes for the needy in Vietnam, the mainland and Thailand for Habitat for Humanity (HFH), raising about HK$200,000 each time.

How the ice bucket challenge can boost Chinese philanthropy - Quartz

How the ice bucket challenge can boost Chinese philanthropy - Quartz: This morning, Chinese billionaire and internet entrepreneur Zhou Hongyi, the founder of search portal Qihoo, stood in front of a group of his employees and dumped a bucket of ice water over his head—all in the name of eradicating the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Richest Russian Takes Over Title of Country’s Top Donor – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Richest Russian Takes Over Title of Country’s Top Donor – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: lisher Usmanov, Russia’s wealthiest man, was also its most generous philanthropist in last year, donating $194-million, according to a Bloomberg survey of the country’s 25 richest people and their giving.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lawmakers to donate one day’s salary | Capital

Lawmakers to donate one day’s salary | Capital: The disaster relief fund under the Prime Minister’s Office has collected around Rs 10 million for the victims of Sindhupalchok landslide, but none of it has yet been mobilised, said the Chief District Officer (CDO) of Sindhupalchok, Gopal Parajuli.

Study: Big U.K. Firms’ Giving Has Nearly Doubled Since Crash – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Study: Big U.K. Firms’ Giving Has Nearly Doubled Since Crash – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Study: Big U.K. Firms’ Giving Has Nearly Doubled Since Crash

Britain’s 100 biggest publicly traded companies donated nearly $4.2-billion in 2012, compared to about $2.2-billion in 2007, but polling by a nonprofit umbrella group found that the public believes corporations to be less generous than they are, the Financial Times reports.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Taxes: Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Reporting Options - Press - AFP

Taxes: Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Reporting Options - Press - AFP: axes: Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Reporting Options

By Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry Canada ewireIt is important that staff of nonprofits understand their HST filing requirements. It is also important, and potentially advantageous, to be aware of the different HST reporting options that are available.

An organization may elect to use one of the alternate, often simpler, methods of accounting for and reporting HST if they meet certain criteria. Depending on the organization and the composition of its expenses, time and

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Asheem Singh of Acevo praises NHS England's 'innovative' approach to working with the third sector | Third Sector

Asheem Singh of Acevo praises NHS England's 'innovative' approach to working with the third sector | Third Sector: The Department for Work and Pensions should take note of a new approach by NHS England to working with the voluntary sector, according to Asheem Singh, the director of public policy at the charity leaders group Acevo.

Singh has praised what he calls an innovative new approach from the health service, in which it "seeks to get the third sector involved from the outset".