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Charity Times - 05/11/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

FUNDRAISING

Charity sector celebrates National Lottery

The charity sector is giving thanks to players of the National Lottery for the £10.3bn they have contributed over the course of 25 years. To celebrate this quarter century of funding, charities and community organisations have been posting ‘crossed finger selfies’ with their beneficiaries, volunteers and supporters. Local charities that have posted selfies on social media using #NationalLottery25 include Brightlife in Brighton, the Warm and Toasty Club in Colchester, Claire House Children’s Hospice in Liverpool, and Herts Boat Rescue. Ben Harrison, Engagement Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “National Lottery players can feel proud of the difference they’ve made to communities across the UK. We want to ask everyone, including charities that have benefited from our funding, to join us in our celebrations by posting crossed finger selfies on social media to highlight the fact that money from The National Lottery really changes lives.”

Charity Today

Online visuals to spur donations

Children’s charity Ty Hafan hopes eye-catching online visuals of children using its planned facilities will encourage the public to make donations. The visuals are part of a wider online and social media fundraising drive to raise £1m to complete the hospice upgrades. Rob Jones, the charity's chief executive, said: ““The people of Wales came together to build Ty Hafan, the first children’s hospice in Wales, back in 1999 and raised £1 million without any government funding. We’re asking people in Wales to come together again for Ty Hafan, 20 years later . . . . Ty Hafan still doesn’t receive any direct government funding, so we are still overwhelmingly reliant upon the generosity of our supporters and people across the country.”

Charity Digital News

GOVERNANCE

Charity staff felt ‘overworked and inadequately supported’

The Charity Commission has said many members of staff at anti-racism charity Kick It Out "felt they were not managed well by the senior management team, with some feeling overworked and inadequately supported.” The regulator's findings came at the conclusion of its compliance case into the charity, an equality and inclusion organisation for English football. Tracy Howarth, head of regulatory compliance at the Charity Commission, said: “The trustees of Kick It Out should have made protecting those who came into contact with their charity from harm a governance priority. The charity did not fully deliver on this expectation, largely due to failures in communication within the charity.” The regulator said the charity's trustees were slow to share information surrounding a serious incident involving a staff member, and Howarth went on to say: “The trustees are being held to account and they continue to make the significant changes at their charity that we know are already underway. We are sure the charity will learn from this experience." Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out’s new chair, said: “We have already commenced implementing the recommendations of the independent review . . . The recurring theme of the report, and the root cause of governance challenges, were around breakdowns in communications. The board accepts and welcomes the recommendations. We have learned from this experience and have a refreshed board where half of the members have been appointed in the last six weeks, including myself.”

Civil Society  Third Sector

Regulators wants engagement partners to help SORP reform

Charity regulators want engagement partners to help reform of the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP), the rules which govern accounting for charitable organisations with an income over £250,000. A statement to potential partners states: “We intend the new SORP engagement process to be flexible and creative and so at the outset we are not setting out a strict format that each engagement strand must follow. “Therefore at the outset there is a degree of uncertainty as to how much time and effort is being sought. Instead at the initial meeting of each strand, the participants will agree amongst themselves the approach they would like to take to the process and how much time and effort will be asked of participants.” Nigel Davies, Joint Chair and Head of Accountancy Services at the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said: “We are committed to helping charities meet public expectations, and so we want to see an accounting framework that best serves the reader of the report and accounts and the wider public interest in the activities of charities. I encourage anyone with an interest to come forward to help develop improvements in reporting for the sector.”

Civil Society

Charity Governance Code steering group launches consultation

The Charity Governance Code steering group wants sector opinion on whether the code should be more explicit about changing expectations around diversity and inclusion. Rose Chapman, chair of the steering group, said: “We want to ensure that the code stays abreast of good governance expectations and that it remains relevant and credible. To this end we plan to review the code at three-year intervals, kicking off with this consultation on a proposed refresh of the code for 2020 . . . In the consultation we are keen to get people’s views on how they are using the code and on whether there are some pressing areas where the code needs to change. In particular, we are interested in hearing whether the code needs to reflect changing expectations around diversity and inclusion and, additionally, whether it should say more about charities’ responsibilities around the right to feel safe and safeguarding.”

Civil Society

Regulator concludes inquiry into Scots charity

The Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR) won’t take formal action against a charity following a data breach and alleged misuse of its Twitter feed. The Institute of Statecraft was investigated last year after it was accused of political bias. OSCR says the controversial charity has taken steps to meet the charity test and to address the governance issues identified in the regulator's probe. “In the light of the actions taken by the charity trustees, we do not consider formal action by OSCR to be necessary or proportionate,” OSCR said, adding: “We will continue to monitor the charity’s activities and governance.”

Third Force News

WORKFORCE

Men 'substantially' better paid than women in charity finance roles

A poll of 1,000 charity finance professionals concludes that men still earn "substantially" more than women in charity finance jobs. The Charity Finance Salary and Benefits Survey Report 2019 from recruitment firm Robertson Bell identifies a mean average gender pay gap of 10.8% for charity finance staff. This is slightly less than the 11% sector-wide gender pay gap, but has risen from the 9.7% pay gap in last year’s report. Meanwhile, the survey says white British finance staff are paid 18.3% more than all other ethnic groupings, by median average salary across all levels of seniority, although it's noted that this figure was distorted by the concentration of white British respondents in senior finance roles.

Civil Society

RISK

Charities report 125 data breaches in Q1

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) received 125 data security incidents from charities in the first quarter of 2019-20. The figure for the same period last year was 137, although the regulator has noted that the 2018-19 figure was likely much higher than in earlier years because organisations were complying with new EU data privacy regulations. Charity incidents account for 4% of all reported breaches, according to the latest update from the regulator, with the general business sector reporting most incidents (653), followed by health (483) and education (359).

Civil Society

PEOPLE

Social Mobility Foundation gets new chief executive

Former Charity Commission Director Sarah Atkinson is the new chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF). She takes over from David Johnston, who is standing down at the end of the year after 10 years as CEO. Atkinson said: “I firmly believe that now, more than ever, working to support young people to realise their potential is critical to build the economy and society the UK needs to be . . . I am personally deeply committed to the SMF’s mission and I have been so excited and inspired by what David and the team have achieved. I look forward to leading the charity through the next stage of development and further increasing our impact.”

Charity Times

STRATEGY

Leukaemia charities merge

Leuka and Leukaemia UK have merged to form Leukaemia UK. The new entity will be led jointly by Leuka CEO Olive Boles and Leukaemia UK CEO Angela Smith-Morgan. Smith-Morgan said: “By joining forces with Leuka, our combined strength will be a catalyst to accelerate our research and innovations in care." Boles added: “The whole team is committed to ensuring Leukaemia UK makes the biggest possible impact.”

Charity Times

AWARDS

Charity Awards 2020 open for applications

The Charity Awards 2020 is open for entries. Now in its 21st year, the Charity Awards is the longest-running awards ceremony in the sector. Ten individual awards are given for charities working in different sectors before an overall winner is selected. Su Sayer, chair of the judges, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and share some of the amazing work that is happening in both large and small charities. We can all learn from each other and hopefully that will mean we can make an even bigger difference to civil society.”

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