Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Charity’s bucket list installation debuts at Labour Party annual conference » Charity Digital News

Charity’s bucket list installation debuts at Labour Party annual conference » Charity Digital News: "Breast Cancer Care has revealed its new ‘bucket list’ installation at the Labour Party Annual Conference.
The charity collaborated with 3D printing company my3Dtwin to create 3D models of five women with incurable secondary breast cancer. Each woman shares her personal bucket list through video in the installation, and MPs are also being invited to tell the charity what would be on their own bucket list."



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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Charity shops post slowest growth in over a decade

Charity shops post slowest growth in over a decade: "The last year saw the slowest growth in the the charity retail sector in more than a decade, according to figures published in the Charity Shops Survey 2015.
The exclusive research will be published on 1 October by Charity Finance and Fundraising Magazine, the sister titles of Civil Society News. The annual survey has tracked charity shops’ income and profit over the last 24 years."



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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Whitehall insiders leading charities are partly to blame for the fundraising crisis | Third Sector Guest Bloggers | Third Sector blogs

The Whitehall insiders leading charities are partly to blame for the fundraising crisis | Third Sector Guest Bloggers | Third Sector blogs: "An examination of the biographies of leaders of national charities shows that, increasingly, they are not so much charity workers as career administrators who happen to wash up in prestigious jobs with charities.

You might expect someone heading a big children’s charity to be a national or international expert on children’s health, care or education, able to speak with authority on the needs of children. But he or she may have no relevant qualification and lack any experience of working in children’s services. The same is true in other specialties."



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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Foundation Center - Press Release - Philanthropy Leaders Call for Greater Role in Tackling Global Challenges Defined in New Sustainable Development Goals

Foundation Center - Press Release - Philanthropy Leaders Call for Greater Role in Tackling Global Challenges Defined in New Sustainable Development Goals: "Philanthropy Leaders Call for Greater Role in Tackling Global Challenges
Defined in New Sustainable Development Goals

New York, NY — September 24, 2015. Today, more than 150 leaders from philanthropy, government, UN agencies, civil society, and business are meeting to consider how the philanthropy community can connect more with the Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years. "Philanthropy Engaged: Implementing and Achieving the Post-2015 Agenda" is being hosted by the SDG Philanthropy Platform, a partnership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Foundation Center, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA)."



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Eid-al-Adha: safer giving - News stories - GOV.UK

Eid-al-Adha: safer giving - News stories - GOV.UK: "Advice from the Charity Commission on how to give safely during Eid-al-Adha."



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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Red Cross welcomes new charity regulator | British Red Cross

Red Cross welcomes new charity regulator | British Red Cross: "The British Red Cross has welcomed plans to create a new charity regulator with robust new powers. 
The publication of the government-commissioned Etherington review in to charity regulation follows a summer of intense engagement with the voluntary sector. "



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Airline Creates ‘Gividends’ | Pro Bono Australia

Airline Creates ‘Gividends’ | Pro Bono Australia: "Air New Zealand has proposed that shareholders reinvest their dividends for philanthropic endeavours as part of its ongoing sustainability in a scheme dubbed “gividends”.

The airline said in its first sustainability report that it had a long history of supporting national charities and causes.

“While our charity contribution is important, in the coming year we plan to work on projects where we can have greater community impact,” the report said."



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There are more than twice as many charities in the UK as you’ve been told

There are more than twice as many charities in the UK as you’ve been told: "This is a pretty commonly quoted figure – you see it everywhere, not least all over the national newspapers – but it’s wrong. By quite a long way.

Next time someone asks you how many charities there are in the UK, here’s the actual answer: nobody really knows, but it’s probably more than 400,000."



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Abolish Fundraising Standards Board and take code-setting away from Institute of Fundraising, says Etherington review | Third Sector

Abolish Fundraising Standards Board and take code-setting away from Institute of Fundraising, says Etherington review | Third Sector: "The Fundraising Standards Board should be abolished and the Institute of Fundraising stripped of its responsibility for overseeing the Code of Fundraising Practice, Sir Stuart Etherington’s review of the self-regulation of fundraising has concluded."



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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In Defense of Traditional Philanthropy as “Effective Altruism” Looms | Nonprofit Quarterly

In Defense of Traditional Philanthropy as “Effective Altruism” Looms | Nonprofit Quarterly: "While there is a place for this kind of giving and social investment, Samuel and other proponents of strategic philanthropy do not give enough credit to so-called “traditional” philanthropy, which is not always giving for its own sake but does fulfill serious economic and emotional needs. A case in point is the practice among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria wherein wealthy individuals train selected apprentices in trade and other crafts and set them up in business once they attain the required level of proficiency. In addition to providing economic empowerment, this kind of philanthropy enhances awareness of people’s interconnectedness and upholds values of community, sharing, and reciprocity by encouraging beneficiaries to pay forward the kindness that they have received. Through this practice, hundreds of young men and women have become self-reliant members of society who might not ordin"



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Where the parties stand on charities’ political activities | Toronto Star

Where the parties stand on charities’ political activities | Toronto Star: "Where the parties stand on charities’ political activities
Charities calling on the federal government to modernize the rules on how they contribute to public policy debates released a report showing where the parties stand."



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IoF ban selling of donor data as part of latest Code amendments

IoF ban selling of donor data as part of latest Code amendments: "The Institute of Fundraising has today announced a ban on the selling of donor data to third parties as part of a number of changes made to its Code of Fundraising Practice.
The changes were made in response to the Fundraising Standards Board’s interim report in June, which recommended the Code be tightened in a number of areas."



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Monday, September 21, 2015

P.K. Subban of Montreal Canadiens makes $10 million hospital donation - NHL.com - News

P.K. Subban of Montreal Canadiens makes $10 million hospital donation - NHL.com - News: "MONTREAL -- As P.K. Subban walked into the atrium of Montreal Children's Hospital for what would be the most important announcement of his life Wednesday, he looked up in the giant room he was entering and it hit him.

Up on the wall, in giant letters, were the words "Atrium P.K. Subban," a recognition of the $10 million donation Subban and his foundation were making to the hospital, but also a culmination of a life's work, in a sense."



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Donations in China hit near record numbers | gbtimes.com

Donations in China hit near record numbers | gbtimes.com: "Domestic and overseas charitable donations in China totalled 104.226 billion yuan (approximately $16 billion) in 2014, the highest numbers since a massive earthquake devastated Sichuan province in 2008, according to a report from China Charity Alliance."



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CAF hope for over 1,000 charity partners as Morrisons signs up for #GivingTuesday

CAF hope for over 1,000 charity partners as Morrisons signs up for #GivingTuesday: "The Charities Aid Foundation has said it hopes to sign up over 1,000 charity partners for this year’s #GivingTuesday, as Morrisons becomes the first supermarket to sign up.
A CAF spokeswoman told Civil Society News that it currently has 952 partners signed up for the #GivingTuesday, 141 more than the total amount who signed up in 2014 and over 700 more than at this time last year."



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Old Bailey trial due to begin of Helston ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson on fraud charges | West Briton

Old Bailey trial due to begin of Helston ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson on fraud charges | West Briton: "HE trial of disaster relief charity ShelterBox's founder Tom Henderson's is due to begin at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Henderson, from Helston, is charged with three counts of fraud by abuse of position and a further count of the attempted theft of property.

His son, John Henderson, from Hayle, also faces charges, along with Darren Gervis, of Beaminster, Dorset."



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Friday, September 18, 2015

Changing Lives charity chief calls for ban on 'chugging' « Express & Star

Changing Lives charity chief calls for ban on 'chugging' « Express & Star: "Aggressive High Street tactics to get shoppers to commit to direct debit giving are making people "turn their backs on charities", and harming good causes, Stephen Bell of Changing Lives said.

The Tyneside-based national charity helps vulnerable people and their families with issues such as homelessness, and its boss felt "charity mugging" - or chugging - hindered a sector already harmed by the collapse of Kids Company and the way some generous donors have been systematically hounded to give more."



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New Report is Released on Philanthropic Funding for Documentaries

New Report is Released on Philanthropic Funding for Documentaries: "The  Documentary Organization of Canada released the results of their new research study “Philanthropic Funding for Documentaries in Canada: Towards an Industry Wide Strategy.” The report indicates that the philanthropic sector has some interest in documentaries that are based on a wide variety of social issues. 

The report was made possible thanks to the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, th"



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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Charity Commission: Annual Public Meeting opening notes - Speeches - GOV.UK

Charity Commission: Annual Public Meeting opening notes - Speeches - GOV.UK: "William talks about the sector, the commission's role and the commitment and resilience of its staff."



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Staff turnover more than halved at Joseph Rowntree after introduction of living wage

Staff turnover more than halved at Joseph Rowntree after introduction of living wage: "Care staff turnover at the Joseph Rowntree charities fell from 26 per cent to 12 per cent because it is paying more than its competitors, the chief operating officer said yesterday.

Shaun Rafferty, chief operating officer at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, told delegates at Civil Society Media’s inaugural People and Culture conference, held in London yesterday, that since becoming one of the first care providers to pay the living wage in 2013 its care staff turnover more than halved."



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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Large charities 'worryingly slow' to apologise for fundraising practices, says FRSB chair

Large charities 'worryingly slow' to apologise for fundraising practices, says FRSB chair: "Large charities have been “remarkably and worryingly slow” to respond to criticism of their fundraising, and to apologise for unacceptable practices, the incoming chair of the Fundraising Standards Board has said.

Andrew Hind, a former chief executive of the Charity Commission, will today take up his post at the FRSB, the regulator of the fundraising sector."



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Charities back tough fundraising rules to protect vulnerable donors | Society | The Guardian

Charities back tough fundraising rules to protect vulnerable donors | Society | The Guardian: "Britain’s top charities have pledged support for proposed tough new rules aimed at preventing the use of aggressive fundraising techniques to target vulnerable and elderly donors after a series of scandals over the summer.

Leaders of 17 charities including Oxfam, the RSPCA, Save the Children, the RNLI, the NSPCC and Cancer Research UK have signed a letter to the Sunday Times backing regulatory measures to prevent the harassment and exploitation of donors, including powers to invest"



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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Regular givers could be forced to pay for charity legal costs

Regular givers could be forced to pay for charity legal costs

7 Indians feature in Forbes’ new list of philanthropists | Kashmir Reader

7 Indians feature in Forbes’ new list of philanthropists | Kashmir Reader: "Seven Indians, including three Infosys co-founders and a Dubai-based education entrepreneur, feature in the latest Forbes Asia edition in a new group of philanthropists from 13 countries for their noteworthy contributions."



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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

IoF appoints first independent Chair of its Standards Committee - UK Fundraising

IoF appoints first independent Chair of its Standards Committee - UK Fundraising: "The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has appointed Suzanne McCarthy as the first Independent Chair of its Standards Committee, the body that sets the rules for fundraising.

McCarthy is the first independent lay member to join Standards Committee. She will soon be joined by three other independent lay members, in an attempt by the IoF Board “to further ensure that the voice of the public and donors sits alongside that of fundraisers and the charity sector in setting the standards for fundraising”.

The decision to appoint lay members followed the debate about some fundraising methods and use of some donors’ personal data generated by sustained coverage in The Daily Mail."



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Charity Commission sets out plans for the annual return 2016 - Press releases - GOV.UK

Charity Commission sets out plans for the annual return 2016 - Press releases - GOV.UK: "The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is setting out its plans for the annual return 2016 which all registered charities must complete. The information provided in the annual return is used by the commission in its regulatory work, and helps populate a charity’s details on the online charity search – an important tool for accountability to the public."



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Britain's biggest charities admit fund-raising 'failed to live up' to high standards - Telegraph

Britain's biggest charities admit fund-raising 'failed to live up' to high standards - Telegraph: "Britain's biggest charities admit fund-raising 'failed to live up' to high standards
Seventeen charities including the RSPCA, the Royal British Legion and Oxfam sign an open letter insisting "no one should ever feel pressurised into giving""



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South London YMCA disaffiliates from YMCA England and rebrands | Third Sector

South London YMCA disaffiliates from YMCA England and rebrands | Third Sector: "South London YMCA has disaffiliated itself from YMCA England and rebranded as Evolve Housing + Support because it no longer felt part of the YMCA movement after the parent organisation’s recent rebrand as a Christian youth charity.

The charity, which had to pay £3.2m to exit YMCA England’s pension scheme, said tha YMCA England’s rebrand, unveiled in September 2014, gave it a strong Christian youth-oriented identity with which Evolve could not identify."



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The Syrian refugee crisis, tipping points and fundraising | Reinier Spruit | LinkedIn

The Syrian refugee crisis, tipping points and fundraising | Reinier Spruit | LinkedIn:



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Friday, September 04, 2015

Microsoft offers UK charities chance to win over £32,000 via social media vote

Microsoft offers UK charities chance to win over £32,000 via social media vote:



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Marketing Agency Helps 10 Charities Secure Over $1 Million in Advertising Grants From Google | Scott De BuitlĂ©ir

Marketing Agency Helps 10 Charities Secure Over $1 Million in Advertising Grants From Google | Scott De BuitlĂ©ir: "Stories like this always get me excited as a journalist and fellow philanthropist. I first heard about this story on Twitter and I took it upon myself to find out more and track down the individuals involved in this story. I quickly tracked down two responsible for this, Vlad Rascanu and Tudor Stanescu from 80 Proof Digital, a Toronto based Digital Marketing agency. These two Toronto natives took it upon themselves to give back to the community and partner up with the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), and offer their SEM expertise to their vast network of charities and nonprofit organization at no cost. "



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Thursday, September 03, 2015

UN-NGO Conference 2015 Underscores the Value of NGO, Government and Private Sector Partnerships in the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda - Filipino Express, Inc

UN-NGO Conference 2015 Underscores the Value of NGO, Government and Private Sector Partnerships in the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda - Filipino Express, Inc: "- PH Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. addressed the 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations in a breakout session entitled “The Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan: Learning the Value of Innovative NGO, Government and Private Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development and Disaster Preparedness”  which was held on 25 August 2015."



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Charity behind migrant-rescue boats sees 15-fold rise in donations in 24 hours | World news | The Guardian

Charity behind migrant-rescue boats sees 15-fold rise in donations in 24 hours | World news | The Guardian: "Migrant Offshore Aid Station says donations hit €150,000 in past 24 hours, after pictures of drowned three-year-old Syrian boy published worldwide"



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British Red Cross launches major fundraising appeal after thousands contact charity to help combat refugee crisis - Home News - UK - The Independent

British Red Cross launches major fundraising appeal after thousands contact charity to help combat refugee crisis - Home News - UK - The Independent: "The British Red Cross has launched a major fundraising appeal, after the heart-breaking image of a drowned Syrian child prompted thousands of people to contact the charity to help combat the refugee crisis."



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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Imagine Canada Releases Paper on Charities as an Economic Sector - Member News - Member - AFP

Imagine Canada Releases Paper on Charities as an Economic Sector - Member News - Member - AFP: "On June 23, 2015, Imagine Canada released a discussion paper entitled Charities in Canada as an Economic Sector (the “Paper”) by Brian Emmett, Imagine Canada’s chief economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector, and Geoffrey Emmett, research assistant. It was written to “take a balanced look at the Canadian charitable sector from an economic point of view.” In doing so, the Paper emphasizes the important role and scope of the charitable sector in Canada’s economy, discusses revenue sources for charities, and briefly highlights policy implications stemming from the sector’s role in the economy. Overall, the authors stress that while charities are not analogous to for-profit businesses, the impact that they have on the economy is equally strong and is a necessary part of the broader economic picture."



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Mind the Gender Gap: Canadian Women’s Role in Philanthropy - Resource Center - AFP

Mind the Gender Gap: Canadian Women’s Role in Philanthropy - Resource Center - AFP: "Sometimes we men just don’t get it, especially when it comes to giving and philanthropy.  As a prospect researcher and fundraising consultant in Ottawa for the past decade, I’ve often heard the refrain that “Women don’t write the big cheques.”  Really?"



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Charity sector workforce grows by almost 45,000

Charity sector workforce grows by almost 45,000: "he charity sector workforce has grown by almost 45,000 over the course of a year, according to the latest accounts and annual returns filed with the Charity Commission in the year to June 2015.
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Charities face scrutiny over trading of elderly man's data | Society | The Guardian

Charities face scrutiny over trading of elderly man's data | Society | The Guardian: "Regulators are to investigate the charities that bought and sold the personal data of an elderly man, which resulted in him losing thousands of pounds.

Samuel Rae, an 87-year-old who has dementia, was bombarded with calls and letters from charities. They also sold his personal details, which eventually went to rogue companies."



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Hong Kong Jockey Club's charitable donations hit a record HK$3.87 billion | South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Jockey Club's charitable donations hit a record HK$3.87 billion | South China Morning Post: "Charitable donations by the Hong Kong Jockey Club reached a new high of HK$3.87 billion in 2014-15, as the club enjoyed another bumper year that saw total revenue increase to a record of about HK$34.43 billion."



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Donors, charities must plan to capitalize on change to capital-gains tax - The Globe and Mail

Donors, charities must plan to capitalize on change to capital-gains tax - The Globe and Mail: "The 2015 federal budget has provided a great opportunity for charities to unlock more private wealth for public good. Now is the time for all charities and prospective donors to start planning to capitalize on this opportunity.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, donors who sell private company shares or real estate to an arm’s-length party and donate the cash proceeds or a portion of the proceeds to a registered charity within 30 days of the sale, will be exempt from capital-gains tax on the portion donated."



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Volunteers can help to plug the £4.6bn funding hole | Rob Jackson | Third Sector blogs

Volunteers can help to plug the £4.6bn funding hole | Rob Jackson | Third Sector blogs: "The National Council for Voluntary Organisations recetly announced the findings of its review of the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector’s finances. The headline findings from the review is that the sector faces a £4.6bn projected shortfall in income by 2018/19."



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