Implementation period urged for fundraising code proposals
Charity representative bodies including NCVO, the Directory of Social Change, and the Institute of Fundraising have all agreed in principle with the proposed changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice from the Fundraising Regulator but say they want more time to adjust. The Fundraising Regulator announced its proposed changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice in September, with the aim of making the code easier to use and understand, as well as more easily accessible for the public. A spokeswoman for the regulator said: “It is important that the Code of Fundraising Practice is a tool that fundraisers and organisations can use confidently to create a positive donor experience and the feedback."
Fundraising Regulator appoints new chair
The Labour peer Toby Harris, Lord Harris of Haringey, has been appointed as the next chair of the Fundraising Regulator. He begins his role on January1st 2019 when current chair Lord Grade’s tenure comes to an end. Lord Harris said: “I am excited to have been appointed Chair of the Fundraising Regulator. I very much admire the vital work the team at the regulator have tirelessly been carrying out over the past few years and am looking forward to supporting the Board and its staff in ensuring that fundraising is carried out transparently and ethically.”
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Computer power being turned into charitable donations
Charity Digital News examines how Give Bytes, a crowdfunding platform, is enabling people to donate to charities by turning unused power from their computers into cryptocurrency. The platform uses blockchain technology to ‘cryptomine’ the computers of those wanting to donate. Give Bytes said that while each donation is likely to be small, a considerable amount of money can be raised through the method. Give Bytes also reveals that 77% of people are keen to give money to charities, but a third are unable to donate regularly due to financial reasons.
Call for improved sector equality, diversity and inclusivity
A movement urging fundraisers and their allies to work together to make fundraising a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession has been launched by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF). The Change Collective is inspired by conversations the IoF has held over the last nine months that have underscored the representation of BAME, LGBT+ and disabled people and men throughout the profession, with unequal progression for women fundraisers. A new ‘Manifesto for Change’ developed by an expert advisory panel on equality, diversity and inclusion chaired by Sufina Ahmad, and adopted by the IoF Board of Trustees, details the guiding objectives and activities of the movement.
Charities report 137 data breaches to ICO
The latest figures revealed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) show that charities reported 137 data security incidents to the regulator in the second quarter of 2018-19. The majority of charity incidents (88) involved unlawful disclosure of data with the majority of other incidents (50) relating to various security issues. A total of 4,056 data security incidents were reported to the ICO for the second quarter across all sectors. Charities accounted for just 3.3% of all reported data breaches. The ICO also revealed that the charity sector was responsible for reporting 36 separate cyber incidents in the second quarter of 2018/19.
Government announces £1m digital skills fund for charities
The Government has announced £1m in funding to support programmes helping charities improve their digital skills. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, announcing the fund, said the Government wants “charitable organisations to thrive in the digital age and are committed to helping them get the most out of technology, which can act as an enormous force for good.” The programme, he said, will give charity leaders “more opportunities to enhance skills and boost employee confidence while creating a greater and more positive impact on people and their communities.” The fund supports the Government’s recently published Civil Society Strategy, which outlined plans to help charities build their digital capabilities to benefit service-users and wider society.
Inquiry urges radical reform
A two-year study has concluded that civil society organisations risk irrelevance unless they undertake radical reform to ensure they are fit for future challenges. A report fromCivil Society Futures, an independent inquiry led by Julia Unwin, details major changes which need to happen in four areas. The Story of Our Times: shifting power, bridging divides, transforming society report recommends that power needs to be shifted to involve everyone in decision-making; organisations must become more accountable to their communities; civil society must improve connections within and between communities; and organisations need to build trust by making sure ensure they act in accord with their values.
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Charities investigated over Gift Aid claims
The Charity Commission is investigating two connected charities over “financial irregularities” and concerns about Gift Aid schemes. The regulator said it had opened a class statutory inquiry into Islamic charities Idaara Maarif-E-Islam and The Voice of Truth in October last year. The inquiry is seeking to establish whether the close relationship has been in the best interest of the charities and if any resulting conflicts of interest have been adequately managed by the trustees.
Charity Commission steps in over architect’s will
The Charity Commission has intervened in a dispute over the £67m estate of architect Dame Zaha Hadid after Patrik Schumacher, principal at the architect's practice she founded, applied to the High Court in London to remove his co-executors. The charity regulator said it will be “engaging with the relevant parties to assess their handling of this matter and to ensure that charitable funds are not at risk."
Charity warns of workplace discrimination for cancer patients
A survey of 1,500 British cancer patients has revealed a fifth face discrimination when they return to work after treatment. Macmillan Cancer Support said many bosses had misconceptions about employees with a cancer diagnosis and the charity added that in the last two years there had been a 74% increase in the number of calls to its helpline from cancer patients facing issues at work. The charity warned employers that they could be breaking the law if they did not make reasonable adjustments for workers with cancer. Liz Egan, of Macmillan's Working Through Cancer initiative, said: "We know how important it is to many people to work during cancer treatment, or return to employment afterwards, and this is entirely possible with the right support.”
Stem professionals sought for Teach First pilot
The charity Teach First, which recruits new graduates into deprived secondary schools, has created a new scheme which aims to lure bankers, engineers and computer programmers in their 30s and 40s, “disenchanted” with their jobs, to switch careers into teaching. Teach First struggles to persuade new recruits to leave big cities for impoverished coastal areas and former manufacturing towns, and has specifically formulated the new Time to Teach programme for this older group, who will be encouraged to move out of cities. Teach First CEO Russell Hobby said he believes “career switchers are more likely to want to settle outside the cities”. About 30 career-switchers with Stem degrees will be recruited for the pilot, which starts next spring. It is hoped that this will rise to 500 in the next few years.
Charity calls for more blood pressure checks
The British Heart Foundation has suggested that commuters should have their blood pressure tested at convenient places such as supermarkets and football grounds across the country. It comes as new research suggests improved diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure could prevent 11,500 heart attacks, strokes and other cases of heart and circulatory disease every year.
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Charity calls for waiting targets for mental health patients
Rethink Mental Illness has warned that people with severe mental health problems are being forced to wait longer for NHS help than those with mild depression. The charity urged officials to introduce NHS waiting targets for mental health problems, including a two-week maximum wait for those suffering from psychosis. Experts warned that those suffering devastating mental health problems were being left to reach crisis point before they got any help.
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Unlikely donations revealed
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has shared some of the strangest items donated to charities around the UK this year, with a prosthetic leg, a sheep’s head and a live ferret being notable examples. With Giving Tuesday (November 27th) approaching, the CAF’s director of communications, Ben Russell, said: “As unusual as these donations are, they show the many ways people can support the charities they care about.” “Giving Tuesday is the ideal moment to do something for a good cause. After the sales of Black Friday this is an ideal chance to give something back, whether it is giving something to a charity shop, organising a charity bake sale at work, pledging to volunteer or just helping out someone round the corner,” he added.