The young think better of charity chiefs than older people
People under 45 are more inclined to trust charity chief executives to tell the truth than older people, according to Ipsos Mori's Veracity Index 2019 Trust in Professions Survey. Overall, the public's trust in charity chief executives has declined, according to the poll of 1,020 people. Less than half of respondents (45%) said charity leaders are likely to tell the truth – down 3% from last year. Ipsos found that 58% of people under the age of 45 believed charity chief executives would tell the truth, and exactly the same share aged 45 and over said the opposite. The study suggests charity chiefs are less trusted than doctors, who 90% of people said were likely to tell the truth, teachers (89%), and members of the clergy (65%). But charity leaders are more trusted to tell the truth than bankers (43%), estate agents (30%), journalists (26%) and government ministers in Westminster (17%), according to the poll. Kristiana Wrixon, head of policy at ACEVO, said: "This poll is cause for reflection but not necessarily alarm . . . Charity leaders should, and mostly do, act transparently, responsibly and in line with their charitable objectives. They should be confident that they are trusted by the community they serve and work alongside. Trust, especially in uncertain times, can be volatile and ACEVO will continue to champion the work of civil society CEOs to build trust in the role of charity in our society."
Third Force News Civil Society
Some charities have almost no digital activity
The sixth edition of Lloyds Bank’s Charity Digital Index finds that 13% (26,000) of charities have had almost no digital activity in 2019 – an increase of 10,000 on last year. Nevertheless, the report notes that there are 24,000 more charities which are almost "digital by default" when compared to last year, and overall, charities are reporting more benefits to being online. Charity Bank CEO Ed Siegel said: "Investing in technology drives efficiencies throughout any business, can open up new streams of income generation and protect organisations from the risk of cyber-attacks; according to official data one in five charities have experienced a cyber breach in the last year. However, it’s also really important to invest in the workforce’s digital skills to ensure it is being used as effectively as possible, to maximise the benefits in the years to come." Meanwhile, a report from the Weston Charity Awards suggests that fewer small charities are prioritising digital skills. Only 33% of small charity leaders listed IT and digital skills as one of their three priority areas for staff this year. Elsewhere, the report found that half of small charity leaders are working on improving diversity and inclusion among their trustees; a quarter say they need to do more in this area.
BofE chief economist wants sector productivity review
Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane says the charity sector needs a productivity review. Mr Haldane, who is also the co-founder of Pro Bono Economics, writes in the December edition of Charity Finance magazine that the charity sector needs an equivalent of the public sector’s Atkinson Report, which was commissioned by the government to identify improvements to how the public sector measured productivity. “What we need today is the equivalent of the Atkinson Review for the third sector: an authoritative account of what a coherent and comprehensive measurement framework for the charitable would look like and how to develop it, recognising the different conceptions of ‘value’ and ‘productivity’ this gives rise to,” he writes.
Transforming small charity service delivery with AI
Charity Digital News hosts a video which looks at how artificial intelligence is helping smaller charities drive impact. The video is a collaboration between food bank The Welcome Centre and charity data partner DataKind, and is designed to dispel the notion that AI and machine learning are beyond the reach of most small charities.
Charity Bank raises nearly £5m in subordinated debt
Nearly £5m in subordinated debt has been raised by Charity Bank. The successful fundraising, and also plans to attract an additional £10m in new equity investment from charities, trusts and foundations, will enable Charity Bank to increase its support for the social sector and expand its capacity to respond to rising demand for repayable finance. Charity Bank CEO Ed Siegel said: “We believe that the current expansion of our investor base represents a potentially very powerful opportunity for many charities, trusts and foundations looking to use social investment as one means to achieve their social objectives. We will leverage every pound of the investment we raise to make around £8 of loans to help charities and social enterprises fulfil their missions and tackle some of the most challenging issues facing UK society today.” He added: “Further equity investment will help Charity Bank become an enduring institution that can continue responding to the needs of the sector and allow more savers to put their money to work for the benefit of society."
National UK Charity Week has started
Charities are celebrating UK Charity Week. The event is always held within the first full week of December, and is this year sponsored by TheGivingMachine. Lee Rayment, the founder of UK Charity Week, said: “There is a real sense on our streets that society and community spirit in the UK has taken a big hammering with so much negative media and other influences taking its toll on morale. This year, we want to work to bridge that divide and to remind people that our communities cannot thrive without unity, and here we have so many charities playing a pivotal role on our behalf.”
It's Giving Tuesday
Around 3,200 charities and businesses across the UK are participating in today’s Giving Tuesday, the annual global day for raising money and awareness for good causes. PayPal is match funding donations made by anyone using PayPal on the PayPal UK fundraising page or the PayPal App to the PayPal Giving Fund up to £150,000. RBS will also be matching staff payroll giving contributions and promoting Giving Tuesday to its more than 1.5 million MyReward Customers. Meanwhile, eBay UK will donate 5p for every transaction on ebay.co.uk, and 10p if a customer purchases two or more items, to The Prince’s Trust.
Aids charity hooks up with dating app
Mobile dating app Happn is donating 5% of the money it generated on World Aids Day (December 1st) to help not-for-profit body HIV/Aids campaign (Red) in its work in developing countries. The collaboration continues throughout this month, with users of the app being invited to take part in (Red)’s ‘Shopathon’ campaign.
Charity threatens legal action against NHS England
NHS England has been threatened with legal action after it blocked the publication of a major independent report into maternity care in the NHS. Hospital bosses delayed the release of the Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE) report, citing purdah – the ban on civil servants publishing politically sensitive information during an election period. Now Birthrights, a charity that promotes human rights in maternity care, has sent a legal warning to Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS in England, demanding he make the report public without delay.
Misogyny should be standalone offence, say charities
Women’s charities says misogyny should be a standalone offence in Scotland, according to a report from feminist policy organisation Engender. Laws around hate crimes are currently being reviewed, with MSPs deciding between introducing a “gender hostility” aggravation and the creation of a standalone offence. Engender said that the “gender hostility” route – which would add gender or sex to the list of characteristics already covered by hate crime legislation – would not solve the problem of misogyny, and could even undermine the existing policy. Emma Ritch, Engender executive director, said: “Misogynistic harassment harms individual women and restricts all women and girls’ capacity to participate fully in public life. We know from international examples where this has been tried, that simply adding gender to a list of hate crime aggravations has only resulted in a handful of investigations and prosecutions of hate crimes targeted at women. This is not enough to tackle the egregious misogynistic abuse women and girls face in schools, workplaces, online, and in public space. We need a new approach.”
Charity issues winter homelessness warning
The Salvation Army has warned that hundreds of homeless people are likely to die over the winter, and is calling for urgent investment in support services, particularly for those with “complex, multiple needs,” such as drug abuse, childhood trauma and relationship breakdown. While charities and local authorities will open emergency night shelters as temperatures fall, criteria will differ from location to location, creating a postcode lottery for shelter. The Observer spoke to Salvation Army captain John Clifton, who said that “any extreme weather conditions exacerbate existing health problems and makes those underlying problems like mental health or addiction more difficult to cope with,” adding that the charity sees a “high proportion of people who can’t access state benefits and it makes it difficult for them.”
Poppyscotland takes Bud on tour
Poppyscotland has developed an 18-tonne transforming exhibition-on-wheels, Bud, that will tour schools, community spaces and events over the next four years to give the public a deeper understanding of remembrance and the role of the poppy in modern Scottish society. Bud will visit all 32 local authority areas over the coming years. Mark Bibbey, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Over the next four years, Bud will play an important role in exploring the history of remembrance, through the eyes of veterans and ex-service men and women.”
Edinburgh Evening News
Homeless people need their dogs
Housing providers are being urged to support homeless people in allowing them to keep their dogs. Homelessness charity Simon Community Scotland is working with Dogs Trust to help direct the response to homeless people and their pets. Their Paws for Thought guidance highlights the positive role dogs can play in people's lives and offers to support social landlords in helping people who have experienced homelessness to maintain their relationships with their pets.
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