Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Channelnewsasia.com

Channelnewsasia.com: "Students attempt to break records to raise funds for charity
By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 31 July 2007 2243 hrs

SINGAPORE: Over a thousand students came together on Tuesday in an attempt to break the record for the most number of people having a chocolate break and to raise S$30,000 for the President's Challenge Fund."

Willing to lend a hand | The Courier-Mail

Willing to lend a hand | The Courier-Mail: "Despite the popular assertion that most people place materialism above altruism, recent reports suggest the 'me society' has a soft and generous underbelly.

But while more people are volunteering each year, the amount of time individuals are spending is dropping. In 1995, each person spent an average of 74 hours volunteering but in 2006, this figure had fallen to 56 hours.

Diane Morgan, CEO of Volunteering Queensland, says: 'Volunteering, I believe, is a great mirror on society and reflects the way people interact with each other."

Channelnewsasia.com

Channelnewsasia.com: "Volunteerism among students rising, challenges to keep adults involved
By Wong Mun Wai, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 29 July 2007 0135 hrs




SINGAPORE : Volunteering for good causes or social activities is rising among students, according to the Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister at a student forum.

But the picture is not all rosy.

Students are now giving more of their time and energy to social causes, despite the scrapping of compulsory participation in the Community Involvement Programmes for junior college students two years ago."

Channelnewsasia.com

Channelnewsasia.com: "NCSS plans to work with police to tighten fund-raising procedures
By May Wong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 30 July 2007 2355 hrs


SINGAPORE : The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) intends to work with the police to tighten some fund-raising procedures.

Its CEO, Ang Bee Lian, said NCSS will also consider simplifying its approval logo so that it will be easily recognised.

She was speaking to Channel NewsAsia's reporter on the sidelines of a seminar."

Accountancy Ireland : The Charities Bill 2007 - A new regime for Charities

Accountancy Ireland : The Charities Bill 2007 - A new regime for Charities: "THE CHARITIES BILL 2007 - A NEW REGIME FOR CHARITIES
By: Teresa Harrington
By: Irene O'Keeffe
Volume :: 39
Number :: 4

By Teresa Harrington, Charity and Not-For-Profit Sector Leader, PwC and Irene O’Keeffe, Director, Charity and Not-For-Profit Sector, PwC

The recently introduced Charities Bill is the first piece of charities legislation in Ireland in 30 years. It constitutes a major revamp of the regulatory environment for this important sector which represents approximately 8% of Ireland’s GDP. The Bill will provide clarity to the sector, protect it and enhance public trust and confidence. The Bill further reflects key principles of transparency, accountability and good governance outlined in the General Scheme for the Charities Regulation Bill, 2006 and reflects many of the suggestions and contributions submitted during the consultation period by organisations operating in the sector. Irish charities are well regarded at home and throughout the world. This well deserved reputation will now be underpinned by a system of regulation that protects and enhances it."

Monday, July 30, 2007

Training NGOs to be more transparent

Training NGOs to be more transparent: "Resource Alliance, an international network which trains, networks and shares knowledge with non-profit organisations to mobilise funds and resources locally, is holding seminars and workshops in five cities across the country to train NGOs in fundraising. The first of these five workshops started in Ahmedabad on July 27 where 28 NGOs from here and Baroda are participating in the two-day event. The other seminars will be organised in Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai and Patna."

Rethink on charitable trust plan - The Nelson Mail - The Nelson Mail

Rethink on charitable trust plan - The Nelson Mail - The Nelson Mail: "After public pressure Network Tasman Trust is to rethink its plan to set up a charitable trust worth millions of dollars.

At a public meeting on Friday the trust decided to consult more widely on a move to change its trust deed through the High Court after hearing from several submitters who were concerned the public had not been consulted enough on the trust's proposal.

The trust wants to establish a charitable trust fund with $14 million of investments and make up to $500,000 interest on the capital available to charitable organisations."

Pacific Daily News - www.guampdn.com - Hagatna, GU

Pacific Daily News - www.guampdn.com - Hagatna, GU: "ince returning to the island eight years ago, I've been involved with several nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit organizations take many forms. They can be as simple as a group of parents with disabled children or as complicated as a hospital.


As different as they are, on this island nonprofits share one thing: They survive because of the generosity of island businesses.
Businesses here are amazingly liberal with nonprofits. They donate money, merchandise and services to many organizations that come knocking at their doors."

The National Trust shows how good government works -Times Online

The National Trust shows how good government works -Times Online: "Last week, in apparent rebuttal of the sleaze and opportunism of recent years, Brown made the startling announcement that a majority of state honours should go to those who deserved them. They should be awarded to the “unsung heroes” of community activism about whom Brown has written a book, to the village Hampdens and mute inglorious Miltons of Gray’s elegy. Brown wants to recognise voluntary and charitable acts, the “third sector”, the nation beyond the state."

Tories fear charities could be turned into political fundraisers - Independent Online Edition > UK Politics

Tories fear charities could be turned into political fundraisers - Independent Online Edition > UK Politics: "Tories fear charities could be turned into political fundraisers
By Marie Woolf and Andrew Dagnell
Published: 29 July 2007

Prince Charles is famous, or infamous, for his public pronouncements on subjects ranging from architecture to genetically modified crops. However, although he often strays into political territory, the charity he founded that works with young people has avoided political campaigns. The Prince's Trust is bound by rules that prevent all charities from overt political activity."

The Electric New Paper, Singapore - The Electric New Paper Show

The Electric New Paper, Singapore - The Electric New Paper Show: "A BIZARRE form of anonymous charity drive is making news headlines across Japan.

Mysterious envelopes with cash - from $125 to $25,000 - have been left in public toilets across the country.

Prefecture officials have reported finding money in packages in the men's rooms, with accompanying letters entreating the 'enclosed inheritance of 10,000 yen' be used to 'fund self-enrichment'."

Friday, July 27, 2007

TheStar.com - GTA - Toronto students make house call to Pakistan

TheStar.com - GTA - Toronto students make house call to Pakistan: "Daniel Girard
Education Reporter

It truly is a house call.

A group of Ryerson University architectural science students and their professor are leaving tomorrow for Pakistan, where they will construct the first of a series of homes they designed for survivors of an earthquake that killed more than 75,000 people."

US charity to fund NT conservation projects - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US charity to fund NT conservation projects - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "The Pew Charitable Trust has begun its Wild Australia Program, which will run for three years and provide funding for local non-government organisations and science-based conservation studies."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ride the first SIA A380/Dreamliner first flight slips into late September

Ride the first SIA A380/Dreamliner first flight slips into late September: "Ride the first SIA A380/Dreamliner first flight slips into late September

Singapore Airlines says demand for seats on its first A380 flight between Singapore and Sydney is so high that it will offer the seats at auction and give all the money to charity."

Polish charity refuses 'dirty money' gift from Rolling Stones | the Daily Mail

Polish charity refuses 'dirty money' gift from Rolling Stones | the Daily Mail: "A Polish Catholic charity has refused to take a donation from the Rolling Stones for the families of 26 Polish pilgrims killed in a coach crash last week.

The group said it would donate money from ticket sales from its concert in Warsaw to the families of those who died in the coach crash in France.

But the Caritas charity said it wanted nothing to do with the band's offer because the concert was taking place during a period of national mourning for the dead which ends at midnight tonight."

Scotsman.com News - Charity raises £300,000 in an hour for flood victims

Scotsman.com News - Charity raises £300,000 in an hour for flood victims: "Charity raises £300,000 in an hour for flood victims
MICHAEL HOWIE (mhowie@scotsman.com)

A DISASTER fund launched yesterday by the Red Cross, a charity more used to dealing with emergencies in drought-stricken third world countries, raised more than £300,000 to help people affected by the floods in its first hour.

The National Floods Appeal aims to provide relief to the most vulnerable individuals in the areas of England hit by the surging water in recent days."

The Jakarta Post - Corporate social responsibility now the law in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post - Corporate social responsibility now the law in Indonesia: "Corporate social responsibility now the law in Indonesia

Noke Kiroyan, Jakarta

It is now official. Indonesia has become the first nation on earth to legislate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) after the House of Representatives dismissed all objections from the business sector to pass the bill on Limited Liability Companies.

The special committee chairman responsible for debating the draft law initially maintained the decision was based on a comparative study in the Netherlands, Thailand and China."

Rubber Ducks to go Quackers on Thames for Charity

Rubber Ducks to go Quackers on Thames for Charity: "Rubber Ducks to go Quackers on Thames for Charity
Thousands of rubber ducks will set off down the River Thames this September in a bid to set a new world record and raise £500,000 for charity.
by Maria Mackay
Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 11:23 (BST)
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This September, 165,000 rubber ducks will be let loose on the River Thames as part of the Great British Duck Race to raise money for charities."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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eGov monitor |--Prime Minister sets out 10-year vision for how government can support a thriving third sector

eGov monitor |: "Today the Prime Minister will set out a new agenda on social action and present his vision of a partnership in which government empowers and enables individuals and organisations working for positive social change.

In a series of announcements, the Prime Minister will celebrate the contribution of the third sector to addressing the key social challenges that face Britain today, and will welcome the publication of the final report of the Third Sector Review."

Monday, July 23, 2007

icWales - Fairy-tale ending to charity run

icWales - Fairy-tale ending to charity run: "STAFF and pupils from a comprehensive school were tickled pink to run in the cash at this year’s Race for Life.

During last month’s second event, 58 pupils and nine staff from Blackwood Comprehensive School dressed as fairies to take part in the run and have so far raised around £2,000 for the charity."

Brothers Alasdair and Richard Graham aim to drive a Suzuki 4x4 8,500 miles in five weeks for charity.They were leaving Hyde Park in London today for U

Brothers Alasdair and Richard Graham aim to drive a Suzuki 4x4 8,500 miles in five weeks for charity.They were leaving Hyde Park in London today for Ulaanbaatar, the capital city...: "Brothers Alasdair and Richard Graham aim to drive a Suzuki 4x4 8,500 miles in five weeks for charity.They were leaving Hyde Park in London today for Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia.

The brothers, based in West Hill, near Ottery St. Mary, are raising £1,000 Save the Children and any additional money for Cancer Research UK.

But this will be no ordinary summer road trip for the pair."

Channelnewsasia.com-12 volunteers paddle from Singapore to equator and back for charity

Channelnewsasia.com: "12 volunteers paddle from Singapore to equator and back for charity
Posted: 21 July 2007 2104 hrs

SINGAPORE: 12 volunteers are paddling to the equator and back, all in the name of charity."

Channelnewsasia.com-

Channelnewsasia.com: "This to benchmark the Singapore event against more established races worldwide, such as the Boston and London marathons, which see about 22,000 runners running the full distance.

Completing an event of this stature will be a charity element.

Some S$250,000 is expected to be raised for the Autism Association of Singapore, as part of the Run-For-A-Cause programme."

Taipei Times - archives-"Local charities thrive as public donations increase

Taipei Times - archives: "Local charities thrive as public donations increase
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST: The generosity of Taiwan's businesses and individuals has allowed around 80 percent of local charities to break even so far this year
By Max Hirsch
STAFF REPORTER
Sunday, Jul 22, 2007, Page 2

'Taiwan is special in that its people donate so much and so often.'

Chien Chun-an, chairman of United Way, Taiwan
The number of charities and the amount of donations they receive are soaring amid a wave of public generosity since the end of the Martial Law era, social welfare experts said yesterday.

Speaking to members of United Way, a global coalition of charitable organizations, academics from the social welfare department at National Chung Cheng University yesterday praised the nation for its commitment to charity, especially at the individual level."

TheStar.com - comment - Greater oversight for charity sector

TheStar.com - comment - Greater oversight for charity sector: "For too long, charities in Canada have operated largely unchecked and unaudited, as an ongoing Star investigative series has uncovered.

The Star found that as much as 80 per cent of the funds raised by some charities goes not to good works, but to administration and overhead, including the cost of the fundraising they do, and to perks for senior staff, such as expensive cars and personal travel."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rich donors' hefty cheques will never solve poverty | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk

Rich donors' hefty cheques will never solve poverty | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk: "Rich donors' hefty cheques will never solve poverty


The philanthropy of the wealthy is all very well, but they would help more if they cured their peers' tax-averse culture

Polly Toynbee
Thursday July 19, 2007
The Guardian

It's good to give, of course it is. Sir Tom Hunter this week announced that he is giving away £1bn over his lifetime. Compare that with the world's richest man, Carlos Slim HelĂș, who says he won't be giving away his £33bn fortune: 'Poverty isn't solved with donations - my concept is to accomplish and solve things, not going around like Santa Claus.'

Sir Tom is not altogether typical: in Britain, the rich give a lower proportion of their wealth than others, with more donors in the north east than the south east, and more women than men. The total value stays pretty steady at 0.9% of GDP."

Business Report - Black diamonds begin to give back more

Business Report - Black diamonds begin to give back more: "Black diamonds begin to give back more
July 19, 2007

By INGI SALGADO

South Africa's new black philanthropists, most of whom were the first beneficiaries of black economic empowerment (BEE), are coming under increasing pressure to share their wealth through structured channels.

In addition to deals that include broad-based BEE components, some black philanthropists are setting up foundations, with the aim of generating sufficient interest income from endowments to eventually sustain their work."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Corporate volunteering on the rise - Business - Business - theage.com.au

Corporate volunteering on the rise - Business - Business - theage.com.au: "Corporate volunteering on the rise

Leon Gettler
July 19, 2007
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AUSTRALIAN companies seem interested in corporate responsibility but are having trouble following through.

A four-month research project into the country's top 1000 companies by the Mahlab Group's Pro Bono Australia found a definite upward trend in corporate responsibility programs. The biggest movement was in corporate volunteering programs."

GMTV - Charitable southerners

GMTV - Charitable southerners: "Charitable southerners
Last updated: 17 July 2007
Southerners 'donate more to charity' than their northern counterparts, according to a report

Southerners give more money to charity, donate more often and give larger proportions of their income than those in the North, according to a recent report.

Donating households in London, the South East and the South West claim to give an average of £46 per month, according to the findings by think tank and research consultancy nfpSynergy.

In the North - which, for the purposes of the survey, includes all other regions including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - the overall average is just £24."

Monday, July 16, 2007

BBC NEWS | Business | 'Huge surge' in charity donations

BBC NEWS | Business | 'Huge surge' in charity donations: "Huge surge' in charity donations
Woman walks past houses destroyed by Asian tsunami
More than a quarter of donations went to overseas causes
Charity giving in the UK rose by an inflation-busting 8.6% to £10.9bn in 2005/06, driven by donations to international disasters, a report says.

Global disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami meant global causes were key beneficiaries, the Charities Aid Foundation found.

The surge in donations compares to inflation which stood at 2.5% last year and three times the rate of UK growth.

Cancer Research was the UK's most popular charity in terms of donations."

PACKETONLINE News Classifieds Entertainment Business - Princeton and Central New Jersey - A record year for Princeton University fundraising

PACKETONLINE News Classifieds Entertainment Business - Princeton and Central New Jersey - A record year for Princeton University fundraising: "More than $49 million raised, the largest amount in Princeton's history

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Princeton University's annual giving campaign broke nearly 20 records this year on its way to a donation total of more than $49 million — the largest amount raised in the school's history.
The funds, garnered from undergraduate and graduate alumni and parents, are unrestricted funds that will go toward academic programs and financial aid."

Asia Sentinel - Giving Back

Asia Sentinel - Giving Back: "A Canadian-Chinese businessman offers a philanthropic example to Hong Kong



rhleeAs Asia’s self-proclaimed “World City,” Hong Kong has no shortage of wealthy business leaders and entrepreneurs. With several of the world’s top 100 richest people making the city their home, plus gross domestic product per capita in 2005 of US$30,549, it is well entrenched in the ranks of the developed world.


But when it comes to philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, Hong Kong has a lot of catching up to do. In the words of Canadian-born Chinese businessman, Robert Lee, “I know a lot of very rich Chinese people from Hong Kong who don’t give much, if at all in either money or time. But probably it’s because they have not been approached by the right people.”"

Headlines | AFRICAN EXAMPLES
On a cause to empower the African woman

Headlines | AFRICAN EXAMPLES
On a cause to empower the African woman
: "Her quest to see African women speak with one voice, and excellent fundraising and organisational skills have steered two international pan-African bodies to financial soundness and great heights of success. An award winning philanthropist, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, the executive director of African Women Development Fund spoke to Susan Anyangu."

Charities Aid Foundation - Corporate giving shows considerable growth

Charities Aid Foundation - Corporate giving shows considerable growth: "Corporate giving shows considerable growth from a smaller base

16 July 2007

Charity Trends 2007 - front coverWorldwide Community Involvement (WCI) from the Top 500 corporate donors grew by £39million to over £1.1billion in 2005/06 according to Charity Trends 2007, published today by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). This represents a modest increase of 3.6% in real terms on the previous year.

The growth has been fuelled by the overall success of the Top 500 corporate donors, which have continued to experience healthy real-terms growth in both pre-tax profits and turnover at 18.3% and 8.4% respectively."

'Elton and George are the new Medicis: they have money, influence and no taste' - Independent Online Edition > This Britain

'Elton and George are the new Medicis: they have money, influence and no taste' - Independent Online Edition > This Britain: "'Elton and George are the new Medicis: they have money, influence and no taste'
A new generation of multimillionaire art collectors stands accused of skewing the market and pricing out the public galleries. Now, some of them are silencing their critics by opening up their collections for free
By Andrew Johnson
Published: 15 July 2007

Between them they own art worth approximately £1bn. If an Emin or Hirst is not on public display, the chances are it's on the wall of the warehouse of one of the new British collectors whose fabulous wealth is funding a contemporary art boom in much the same way as the Medicis dominated 15th-century Florence or the Guggenheims 20th-century New York.

Now, like their predecessors, today's collectors are turning to philanthropy and opening free art galleries or loaning out work so their collections can be aired in public."

CSR Asia - Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia » CSR survey sees environment as top priority, philanthropy last

CSR Asia - Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia » CSR survey sees environment as top priority, philanthropy last: "CSR survey sees environment as top priority, philanthropy last

— Richard Welford @ 12:24 pm

A survey of almost 500 stakeholders undertaken by CSR Asia and the University of Hong Kong has ranked the environment as the number one concern. The survey published today in the CSR Asia newsletter ranks health and safety and governance on second and third spots. Philanthropy is seen as the least important corporate social responsibility factor. Eight different stakeholder groups were surveyed including businesses, environmental NGOs, social NGOs, government, investors, the media and academia. Almost 500 respondents ranked fifteen CSR issues as follows:"

GMANews.TV - Confab on OFW philanthropy set Aug. 1-2 in Manila - Pinoy Abroad - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine Ne

GMANews.TV - Confab on OFW philanthropy set Aug. 1-2 in Manila - Pinoy Abroad - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "Determining how Filipino migrant philanthropy has impacted on Philippine life and Filipino social development work will be discussed in a national conference this August 1 and 2 at the University of Santo Tomas-Thomas Aquinas Research Complex in Manila.

The event, dubbed 'Pursuing Efficiency and Meaning by 'Changemakers': The Second National Conference on Filipino Migrant Philanthropy', hopes to gather Filipino donors abroad and Philippine-based stakeholders from the non-government, government, private and academic sectors to dissect the dynamics surrounding donations from overseas Filipinos."

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story: "In god we trust...and give
Elisa Birnbaum By Elisa Birnbaum
July 16, 2007

When Professor Ida Berger of Ryerson University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies published a study in Voluntas last summer, the nonprofit sector received some additional discourse for their boardroom tables. The report, The Influence of Religion on Philanthropy in Canada, compared and contrasted the philanthropic behaviours of Canadians across religious groups. Using data from the Statistics Canada 2000 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the study focused not only on philanthropic activities, but also examined the motivations for and against such behaviour.

Berger found a huge divergence in giving between the affiliated and unaffiliated, with the former - particularly conservative Protestants - demonstrating a higher than average propensity for giving. “Within the overall framework of this research, the evidence clearly shows that religious affiliation is an important determinant of Canadian philanthropy,” Berger concluded, adding, “people who identify strongly with their faith have more access to activities through their church, synagogue or temple to engage in volunteer and fundraising activities than individuals who aren’t religious.”"

Charity Village® NewsWeek

Charity Village® NewsWeek: "CRTC decision fails to exempt charities from telemarketing rules
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently set out rules for the creation and operation of a National Do Not Call List, as well as rules regarding telemarketing and automatic dialing-answering devices. However, according to a statement released last week by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the CRTC decided not to extend an exemption to charities in its telemarketing rules"

Friday, July 13, 2007

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Anonymous Donor Leaves Money in Bathrooms

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Anonymous Donor Leaves Money in Bathrooms: "Anonymous Donor Leaves Money in Bathrooms

Officials in Tokyo have been puzzled by an anonymous donor who has left envelopes with large sums of money in municipal rest rooms across Japan, reports the Associated Press."

Going on a run for charity

Going on a run for charity: "Central
Friday July 13, 2007

Going on a run for charity

By JADE CHAN
jade@thestar.com.my
Photos by CHUA KOK HWA

They went on blind dates, collected recyclable items, sold flowers during convocation, were paid to break their university's dresscode – all in the name of charity.

Now they are asking everyone to run with them.

The International Medical University (IMU) recently announced the launch of the IMU Charity Run & Carnival 2007, organised in conjunction with IMU’s 15th Anniversary celebrations."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Netizens, experts divided on estate tax

Netizens, experts divided on estate tax: "Netizens, experts divided on estate tax
By Wang Ying (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-07-11 06:51

A recent online survey suggests that more than two-thirds of netizens would support an estate tax to help narrow the ever-widening gap between rich and poor in China.

In fact, the debate over estate tax in China has been ongoing ever since the issue was first raised a decade ago."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

PR Newswire : Charity Commission reports on a year when charities took centre stage - Annual Report published

Press Release

PR Newswire : Charity Commission reports on a year when charities took centre stage - Annual Report published: "London, 10 July /PRNewswire-GNN/ --

CHARITY COMMISSION News Release (PR 19/07) issued by The Government News
Network on 10 July 2007
Debate about charities and the role that they play in society has been wider and more intense than ever this year, says the Charity Commission in its annual report published today.

The report by the regulator for the 190,000 charities registered in England and Wales explains how the Commission has performed against a range of indicators, and looks at the impact of its work on both the charity sector
and wider public in the last year."

Monday, July 09, 2007

Asian American Philanthropy lagging its population growth « L2 Foundation Blog

Asian American Philanthropy lagging its population growth « L2 Foundation Blog: "Asian American Philanthropy lagging its population growth
July 9th, 2007 · No Comments

There is a growing need for funding to serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, not only by the largest U.S. foundations, but also by Asian Americans themselves. (With Asian Americans on the whole having the highest graduation rates in education and highest median household income, this suggests that Asian Americans do have a lot to contribute.)"

Legal and binding - Yahoo! India News

Legal and binding - Yahoo! India News: "lOCAL NEWS
Legal and binding

By IE
Monday July 9, 12:41 AM

Let the Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy show you the way to charity and social work sans legal and managerial hassles
Are you one of those motivated individuals/groups eager to make a difference to society by setting up an organisation that promotes a cause close to your heart, such as say, woman and child empowerment ? Or an old people's home, perhaps? Chances are, you're languishing for want of knowhow: how to register, whom to approach, what permits to acquire, how to set up management and so on. So who do you approach? A lawyer, who'll charge you the earth and cost you your dream in the process? Don't give up yet. For here's an organisation to show you the legal aspects of doing good work."

ePolitix.com - Conservatives consider youth incentives

ePolitix.com - Conservatives consider youth incentives: "A Conservative policy group is recommending that disaffected youths should be handed concert tickets and other rewards in return for doing charity work.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith's social justice commission is to call for the move in its report on Tuesday, it emerged last night.

The proposed 'V-card' system would see young people earn credits in exchange for volunteering."

Thursday, July 05, 2007

xPRESS Digest » Blog Archive » Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy: Call for Full Proposals

xPRESS Digest » Blog Archive » Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy: Call for Full Proposals: "July 5th, 2007
Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy: Call for Full Proposals

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in partnership with the Office of the Third Sector, the Scottish Executive and the Carnegie UK Trust, wishes to commission an independent, multidisciplinary, academically based Charitable Giving and Philanthropy Research Centre."

Bloomberg.com: Asia

Bloomberg.com: Asia: "- Singapore's National Kidney Foundation former Chairman Richard Yong was arrested in Hong Kong yesterday after illegally leaving the island-republic in May, the police said.

Yong's wife was also arrested, the Singapore police said, adding that a court hearing has been scheduled today in Hong Kong on their extradition to Singapore. Their arrests came at the request of Singapore authorities, the police said today."

Monday, July 02, 2007

Scoop: Support for Call for Sector-Led Funding Review

Scoop: Support for Call for Sector-Led Funding Review: "Support for Call for Sector-Led Funding Review
Monday, 2 July 2007, 11:39 am
Press Release: Community Sector Taskforce
Media Release
30 June 2007

Community Sector Taskforce Supports Call for Sector-Led Review of All Funding Relationships


Members of Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector organisations and groups want a Sector-led review of all funding relationships with the Sector.

The call was made at a two-day forum (20-21 June) of 150 leading Sector organisation representatives who came together to discuss pressing issues that face nearly 100,000 not-for-profit organisations and groups across the country."

BCNG Portals Page (R)

BCNG Portals Page (R): "From little things big things one day come

By Kurt Langmann

Jun 30 2007

Last week a man who spent his formative years in Aldergrove made the news as a donor of $100 million to create a new fund for eliminating poverty in the third world.

Frank Giustra, together with former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, unveiled a massive philanthropic effort, one that will enlist some of the biggest names in Canada’s resources sector to combat poverty in the developing world."

Foulkes Attacks Private Schools Charity Status (from Sunday Herald)

Foulkes Attacks Private Schools Charity Status (from Sunday Herald): "Foulkes attacks private schools’ charity status
By Paul Hutcheon
MSP challenges £6m ‘perk’ for independent sector
Comment | Read Comments (24)

A senior LabourMSPhas launched an attack on private schools by questioning the tax breaks they receive as charities. Newly elected Lothians MSP George Foulkes has demanded all independent schools in the Edinburgh area list the benefits they offer the wider community.

He says his challenge is a 'shot across the bows' for a sector he believes is not doing enough to justify the £6 million perk it gets from the taxpayer.

Foulkes's call comes as the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) investigateswhichorganisations deserve charitable status."

globeandmail.com: Lobbyist registry under fire, even before launch

globeandmail.com: Lobbyist registry under fire, even before launch: "Lobbyist registry under fire, even before launch
Critics find loopholes in new Toronto rules intended to shine a light on who is talking to whom in city hall's corridors of power"