Gifts in wills expected to double
Legacy and in-memory donations to UK charities are expected to be worth twice as much in real terms in 25 years’ time, according to a new report from Legacy Foresight. The Giving Tomorrow: Legacy and In-Memory 2045 was launched at the Institute of Fundraising's Legacy Fundraising Conference yesterday. It looks ahead to the year 2045 with predictions for how legacy and in-memory giving will change and implications for charity fundraisers. The report says the long-term outlook for legacy and in-memory fundraising is positive due to a demographic that is heavy with baby boomers. Today, they account for one in five deaths, but by 2045 it will be two-thirds. The report also says smaller charities will continue to make big gains, with people increasingly supporting local and niche initiatives. Meg Abdy, development director at Legacy Foresight, said: “There’s no doubt UK society will see some fundamental shifts over the next two decades, including many more people living into their 90s, a new generation of child-free donors, and the biggest intergenerational transfer of wealth ever seen . . . People will choose to split their giving between more causes and technology will help to level the playing field, enabling the smallest charities and community groups to reach and inspire supporters. This all means that competition is going to increase for donors’ money. It will be a challenging new world, but one that charities and fundraisers should start to harness now.”
Third Force News Civil Society
Shoppers want plastic bag funds to go to charity
The majority of consumers want funds raised from charging for plastic bags to go to charity. New research from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) indicates that more than two-thirds (67%) of consumers agree that profits from the levy - now in its fourth year - should go to charities. More than half (54%) of respondents said they would be more likely to shop at a supermarket if they knew the proceeds of the levy were going to charity and 59% said the levy should be directed toward environmental or recycling charities. Klara Kozlov, Head of Corporate Clients at CAF, said that some retailers are not yet fully aware of the potential that the levy scheme has for charities. She said: “We know that shoppers are not just in favour of the levy, they are very keen for the money generated to be put to good use, especially when focused on environmental issues . . . With Extinction Rebellion protests on the streets and the school strikes for the climate movement continuing to engage a new generation, consumers are more and more inclined to spend their money with retailers that share their values.”
Data-driven start-up wants to overhaul fundraising
Maanch is a London headquartered data-driven fundraising platform that seeks to modernise and streamline the fundraising process for charities. The platform aims to match funders with causes that can deliver genuine impact. Maanch founder and chief executive Darshita Gillies said: “By analysing data and presenting universal metrics in the context of global development, we are able to help charities demonstrate the true impact of their work . . . we create the most transparent environment for a charity to seek and receive funding at a time when confidence in the third sector has taken a serious knock." She added: “With no hidden costs, staff salaries or marketing budgets, charities are able to report directly on what they have been able to achieve with the funding using our impact framework.”
Wealthy Britons hold back on philanthropy
Analysis of charity donations on self-assessment tax forms shows that nearly two-thirds of people earning more than £250,000 gave nothing to good causes last year. People earning more than £250,000 donated an average of only 1.7% of their income last year compared with 3.1% by those earning less than £50,000. In total, almost one million people earning more than £100,000 made no donations. Donations by the rich are down 12% over the past five years compared with a 4% drop among the least well-off. Campaigners say one reason why donations from the wealthy are falling is because only one in ten financial advisers in the UK asks someone selling their business what they want to do about philanthropy.
More regulation on harassment is not necessary for volunteers, NCVO says
NCVO has said in a response to a government consultation that more regulation on sexual harassment is not necessary for volunteers. The consultation asks whether the current legislation on protecting individuals from sexual harassment in the workplace is effective and identifies options for change. In an official blog post, Elizabeth Chamberlain, head of policy and public services at NCVO, cautions that bringing volunteers within the scope of the Equality Act could precipitate other problems. Chamberlain said: “We all strongly welcome and support the government’s condemnation of sexual harassment – and harassment of any sort – in the workplace and outside it. More than that, we want to be active participants in tackling sexual harassment in all its forms. But the question of extending employment rights needs careful consideration, because volunteers are different to employees." The Small Charities Coalition has also responded to the government consultation. Rita Chadha, chief executive, said: “Whilst there was unanimous support for safeguarding volunteers from all forms of discrimination not just harassment, there is real and legitimate concern amongst some of our 9000+ members that any attempt to manage this through the courts (either through Employment Tribunals or County Court) is going to place small charities and especially trustees under yet more pressure." She added: “We have proposed a middle ground, principally that all charities should report annually to the Charity Commission about all they are doing to stop discrimination and harassment. Charities are quite rightly proud of their tradition and reputations, identifying inappropriate practice and naming and shaming by the Commission would have a considerable impact."
Charity regulator opens inquiry into Bournemouth based charity
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into Kinson Community Association amid concerns of mismanagement and/or misconduct at the Bournemouth based charity. The charity was entered into a class inquiry in February 2018 to look into charities which had repeatedly defaulted on their statutory filing requirements. Despite continued engagement during the course of that inquiry the charity’s financial accounts for the full year ended December 31st 2015 and December 31st 2016 are still outstanding and those for December 31st 2017 are now also overdue. The inquiry will examine the governance, management and administration of the charity, including the extent to which the trustees have complied with previously issued regulatory guidance and whether the trustees have properly exercised their duties and responsibilities under charity law in the administration of the charity and in particular their duty to account for the charity’s funds.
Former Dogs Trust employee avoids jail
A campaigner who defrauded an animal welfare charity of more than £5,000 has been given a suspended sentence. Adrianne Peltz pleaded guilty to using a Dogs Trust credit card for personal expenditure while working for the charity. A court in Northern Ireland heard Peltz was issued with a credit card while working as campaigns manager for Dogs Trust NI. The district judge said Peltz's actions had a "traumatic effect" on her former colleagues. A Dogs Trust spokesperson said in a statement that the charity relies "on the enormous generosity of the public to help us care for over 15,000 dogs every year and we do all we can to ensure funds are used wisely . . . This was a rare situation for us and we took appropriate steps at the time to recover the funds where we could, but what's important is that following today's hearing more of the money will be returned to us and put back into the vital work that we do."
Belfast Telegraph BBC News
Reformed offenders mentoring scheme hailed a success
A scheme by charity Action for Children, and run in collaboration with Glasgow City Council, has shown to be successful in deterring teenage criminals from joining gangs. The programme saw young offenders offered support from reformed criminals as well as training and help to find work. Many of those in the scheme, which has been running in the city since 2013, showed significant changes in their behaviour, the charity behind it says. It is now to be replicated in Edinburgh from January and Newcastle and Cardiff by April, funded by £4.6m from the National Lottery community fund. It will work for three years with schools, local authorities and police to identify teenagers and younger children on the fringes of criminal activity.
The Times Edinburgh Evening News
Government announces £12m more for youth projects
The government is to provide an additional £12m for youth projects as part of its stated “commitment to young people.” Culture secretary Nicky Morgan said the funding includes up to £7m towards the Youth Accelerator Fund and £5m for the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund is a programme to encourage 10 to 20 year olds to take part in social action.
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