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Richard Davidson joined Sarcoma UK as their Chief Executive in July 2018, and has been working in the third sector for more than two decades. His previous roles include Director of Engagement at Anthony Nolan and Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Cancer Research UK. Richard is Chairman of Emilia Clarke’s charity, SameYou, which is dedicated to increasing access to rehabilitation services after brain injury and stroke for young people, and he is also a board member of SPAEN, the European network of sarcoma patient advocacy groups. Richard speaks with Nicholas Ogden at Pro-Marketing about working at Sarcoma UK, offers interview tips, and shares advice for those looking to progress their career in the charity sector. Tell us about yourself, how your career started and what you do at Sarcoma UK? I have worked in the voluntary sector throughout my career in public affairs, policy, marketing, fundraising and communications. I worked at CRUK, Anthony Nolan and now for a smaller organisation, Sarcoma UK as Chief Executive. How do Sarcoma UK differentiate themselves in the market? We are the only organisation in the UK that covers all types of Sarcoma, funds research, raises awareness and provides information and support. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone applying to be part of the team? We could consider ourselves to be small but mighty (22 people in total). I always look for staff who really care about the beneficiaries and want to make a difference to the lives of people with cancer. How would your team describe you? I have no idea, but I would think they would say I am supportive, energetic and creative. What advice would you give to your younger self? When I started out, I worried too much. I would now advise myself not to. When you interview someone for your organisation, what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? I always think you can tell quite quickly if someone has passion and desire, which is important to me. What personal and soft skills are most important when working in the charity sector? I look for empathy and an ability to relate well to people. You need to be able to adapt to other people’s styles and approaches. What advice would you give to someone looking to make a move into a not-for-profit organisation from another sector? Do it! People from other sectors have a great deal to offer, but do not assume that things will be easier and less pressurised. Often more is at stake in the voluntary sector. If you were not working for a charity, what would the dream be? I feel I will always be connected to charities, but I would love to live in an Italian cottage with space, fine weather, food and wine. A dog would complete the idyllic scene! Any final words of advice for people looking to progress their career in the charity sector? Consider what you feel passionate about and choose roles that allow you to use that energy to make a difference. Thanks for your time, and as a little treat for all of our readers - do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? I have a penchant for a Subway steak sandwich. For more information on this article, please contact Nicholas Ogden on 020 7269 6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNDRAISING Funders pledge support during coronavirus emergency An alliance of more than 30 grant makers have signed a joint statement pledging to support charities during the coronavirus emergency. The alliance has declared the pandemic to be an "exceptional event" that will "almost certainly affect charity staffing" and will necessitate extra support for beneficiaries. The funders said they will commit to 'four main ways of working' in support of charities during the outbreak. These are: adapting activities (acknowledging that agreed outcomes may not be achieved in set time-frames); discussing dates (not pressing organisations to meet tight reporting deadlines); financial flexibility (allowing organisations to use money differently); and listening (encouraging discourse between funders and grantees). A statement from the funders says: “We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vul nerable people in our communities. We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.” Meanwhile, the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) has published a blog on what foundations need to be considering in the face of the threat, observing that one such area is “impact on the causes that foundations support.” Charity Times, UKFundraising, Civil Society London Marathon postponed until October The London Marathon has been postponed and rescheduled for October 4th because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event was scheduled to take place on April 26th. It is the first time the race has been postponed since its launch in 1981. "The world is in an unprecedented situation, grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19, and public health is everyone's priority," said event director Hugh Brasher. Last year, the event raised a record-breaking £66.4m for charity - a new world record for an annual single-day charity fundraising. Brasher went on to say: “We know that there will be many, many questions from runners, charities and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through the detailed planning process to deliver the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on its new scheduled date." Civil Society, Charity Times, BBC News A quarter of donors over 40 plan to leave a legacy A quarter of donors aged 40 and over plan to leave a legacy to charity or are preparing to do so, according to a survey of 1,000 adults commissioned by legacy consortium Remember A Charity. The share is a 6% increase compared to ten years ago. The poll also found that the number of people who are unaware of legacy giving has almost halved over the last decade, from 20% in 2010 to 11% last year. Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said: “We’re continuing to see growth in legacy giving over the long term . . . It’s clear that there’s a real appetite for supporters to do something meaningful for good causes at the end of their lives, and that charities are communicating legacies well; creatively and sensitively, demonstrating how important they are in funding vital services." Civil Society Panic-buying hits food banks Food banks are running out of staple foods as a result of shoppers panic-buying. Donations at branches of Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have fallen to a quarter of their usual amount at one London food bank. Meanwhile, Third Force News reports that Edinburgh Food Project says donation baskets have had to be moved closer to staff at some shops in the city after items previously given to the charity were removed. A statement from the project, which manages seven emergency food outlets as part of the Trussell Trust, said: “You may have noticed that our donation baskets have either been moved or removed in some supermarkets . . . Unfortunately this is due to items being taken from our baskets by shoppers. They are now in a place more visible to supermarket staff to be monitored. The Guardian, Daily Mail, Third Force News Tampon Tax Fund opens for applications Charities supporting women and girls are invited to apply for a share of the £15m funding pot being made available from the Tampon Tax Fund. The money is raised through VAT on women’s sanitary products. The tax will come to an end in January 2021. Charities can apply for grants to fund projects which directly benefit disadvantaged women and girls, tackle violence and support mental health and wellbeing. Third Force News GOVERNANCE Charity was ‘reckless’ with its money Former trustees of the charity ANO were responsible for misconduct and/or mismanagement in the administration of the organisation over a period of years, the Charity Commission has found. One former trustee has been disqualified. The charitable objects of ANO are to relieve suffering via financial provision and medical aid in Leicestershire, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malawi and Turkey. Tim Hopkins, assistant director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement at the regulator, said: "Our inquiry found that the former trustees were reckless with charity funds. Former trustees failed to carry out adequate due diligence on overseas operations and partners, operating in high-risk areas without adequate risk assessment, and cash couriering, a practice discouraged by the Commission. The reckless conduct of one former trustee warranted further action and they have rightly been disqualified. The charity now has a new truste e board who are working with the Commission to improve governance and financial management at the charity. The Commission will continue to monitor its progress." Accountancy Daily, GOV.UK Trustee operated without oversight at ‘inadequately run’ charity The Charity Commission has found the governance and financial management of the Ummah Welfare Foundation was inadequate, with the charity and its finances left under the sole control of one trustee. The Commission has since removed the trustee from the charity. Ummah Welfare, which is based in Oldham, aims to relieve poverty and sickness and advance education in the world. Amy Spiller, head of investigations team at the Charity Commission, said: "Charity can and should lead the way in taking public expectations seriously. This charity’s behaviour fell well below those expectations – with inadequate financial control and no oversight from trustees - a sole trustee made significant decisions alone and engaged in risky practices like cash couriering. It’s right that the trustee responsible has been removed. We expect the new trustee board to comply with our action plan in full." Civil Society, Third Sector, GOV.UK Regulator changes senior management structure The Charity Commission is changing its senior management structure after the departure of some of its directors last year, and is seeking a new chief operating officer. The COO will be responsible for key corporate functions, including HR, finance, governance, risk and assurance. The role is being advertised at a salary of £105,000 and will be based in the Commission’s main office in Liverpool. A Commission spokesperson said: “The Charity Commission is changing so that charity can deliver greater benefit to society. Like any organisation, we need to be open to continual change that ensures our systems and structures keep pace with, and serve, our purpose and strategic objectives. “Improving our senior management structure is part of that, and is aimed at ensuring we are as efficient and accountable as possible as we continue to deliver on our strategy and ambitious business plan.” Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Charities call for inquiry into welfare cut deaths Charities have called for an independent inquiry into deaths related to welfare cuts, following the death of a disabled man who had been told his benefit entitlements were being removed. Christian Wilcox, who reportedly suffered from schizophrenia and a physical impairment, was found dead in his home earlier this year, and was believed to have died in late November, after writing online that a disability benefits assessor had “ignored the sheer amount of pain” he was in. A joint statement signed by more than 20 charities, including Mind and the Trussell Trust, has called for an independent inquiry, with a remit to recommend changes to both government policy and internal Department for Work and Pensions processes. A National Audit Office report recently found it was “highly unlikely” that the DWP had investigated all cases where benefit claimants had died by suicide. The Independent, BBC News Cycling charity warns of pothole dangers Cycling UK has published a report which claims that just one in eight local authorities is meeting targets to fill potholes and repair other road defects on time. The data was based on freedom of information responses by 85 local councils. Separate analysis of Department for Transport figures found that at least 448 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in crashes involving road defects over a 10-year period. The charity says the research underlines a need for a long-term funding strategy to deal with the country's "pothole crisis". Last week the Chancellor announced £2.5bn over the next five years to repair up to 50m potholes as part of the government's "levelling up" agenda to upgrade infrastructure across the UK. Separately, Cycling UK chief executive Paul Tuohy is stepping down after five years in the role. The charity has credited him with transforming it into “a progressive, fearless campaigner for cyclists’ rights,” during his time in charge, reports road.cc. The Times road.cc Charities warn of free school meals loss Charities including Sustain, the Food Foundation, Church Action on Poverty, Magic Breakfast, the Soil Association and the Independent Food Aid Network have written to the government urging ministers to set out plans to feed children from hard-up families if the coronavirus shuts schools and so blocks access to free meals. Sustain chief Kath Dalmeny said: "About 1.5m children are eligible for free school meals due to families on a very low income. If schools shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus, families will struggle to be able to afford to feed their children at home, and will not be able to stockpile food supplies if they are self-isolating.” A letter from the group went to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick. Daily Mirror Back to Charity Times archive >>
Ben Hawley is Marketing and Communications Director at Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Ben moved from agency and joined the charity CALM in August 2017, and has since then worked with the Royals, Parliament and brands including ITV, Dave, Topman and Tesco. CALM is Pro-Recruitment Group's corporate charity partner and is leading a movement against suicide in the UK, running a free and confidential phoneline and webchat 365 days a year, and working towards breaking down the stigma around mental health. Ben speaks with Nicholas Ogden, Consultant at Pro-Marketing, about the work undertaken by CALM, the changing role of marketing and communications in the not-for-profit sector, and the personal and soft skills needed when working in the charity sector. Tell us about yourself, how your career started and what you do at Campaign Against Living Miserably? I am the Marketing and Communications Director at CALM. I joined the organisation 2.5 years ago having moved from an agency where CALM was a client. I’ve worked with CALM from the days when there were just 2 people and the cause was very specific to male suicide. In 2017, I got the chance to join for a short period of time to land some big campaigns and I haven’t left yet! How do CALM differentiate themselves in the market? We deal with a difficult issue, shrouded with stigma and taboo so are unapologetic about bringing it to the public’s attention. We’re all about breaking down barriers and shifting culture, so you need creativity and personality to do that. You also need an open door. We’re reliant on a mass of enthusiasm and desire for change. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone applying to be part of the team? The marketing and communications team is 9 strong. The team is a mix of generalists and specialists. We’re at the size where we need people to adapt to change and opportunity so we look for a variety of skills. Drive and desire are very important, but we also need people with tenacity and sensitivity. What personal and soft skills are most important when working in the charity sector? You need to be compassionate and empathetic, especially when working with the issue we do. So people need an element of resilience but not in the absence of support. What advice would you give to someone looking to make a move into a not-for-profit organisation from another sector? The not-for-profit industry can benefit from skills, ideas and energy from a mix of industries. You certainly don’t need sector experience to land a job at CALM, diversity is key to growing and getting better. How do you think the role of marketing and communications in the not-for-profit sector has changed over the years? It has become a lot more complicated, there are now more channels available. It is important to be aware of what each channel offers you. It’s easy to feel like you should try everything and be everywhere you can be but you need a lot more insight into performance and understand the nuance. Driving clicks is great but if you’re chasing people around the internet, is this good for your brand? We try to focus on delivering the right message to the right audience and generating the best possible engagement. If not in charity marketing/communications, what would the dream be? A professional golfer! Not because I love golf, or golfers – it just seems very cushy. Thanks for your time, and as a little treat for all of our readers - do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? Golf! Here at Pro, we have partnered with CALM - the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity which is close to our company. We will be working closely with CALM to create campaigns, increase awareness, and offer support through engagement and fundraising events. For more information on this article, or to find out how you can get involved with fundraising for CALM, contact Nicholas Ogden on 020 7269 6338 or email@example.com.
FUNDRAISING Charities advised to go ahead with planned events The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has issued guidance in response to concerns about mass participation events amid the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance reiterates the current NHS advice to continue to go to work and public places as usual for the time being. The guidance states: “Of course, each charity will need to consider their own events, but at this stage we would anticipate events going ahead unless the official guidance changes . . . However, it is sensible for each charity to review their plans, put in place contingencies and provide appropriate information to participants/volunteers/attendees ahead of and at the event.” Charities in Scotland were last week warned against complacency amid a potential epidemic, with Scottish law firm Lindsays, which has many charity sector clients, warning employers in the sector that they must prepare without delay. Kate Wyatt, a partner at Lindsays, said: “We’re s eeing so me worrying signs surrounding lack of forward thinking which could cause issues in the medium to long term. No-one can afford to put their head in the sand on this and think they won’t be affected. It’s clear that every organisation - of every size - needs to prepare for a worst-case scenario, including staff being infected, others going into self-isolation and the prospect that they may have to close the doors of their buildings, to employees and clients." A major charity event has already fallen victim to the coronavirus outbreak. Hundreds of people had been due to attend the People’s Postcode Lottery charity gala at the National Museum of Scotland tomorrow, where Sir David Attenborough was to be the guest of honour. The gala has now been shelved “due to current health concerns relating to large public gatherings and travel." Third Force News, Third Force News, Third Force News Most female fundraisers experience gender stereotyping A report from the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) indicates that more than three-quarters of female fundraisers have experienced gender stereotyping at work. The report from the IoF - Missing Out: Understanding the Female Leadership Gap in Fundraising - found multiple issues with gender equality in the fundraising profession, including gender pay inequities and a lack of support for women who need to manage their career with care requirements. The report includes recommendations for charities, the IoF and individual fundraisers, including ensuring a work environment is suitable for those who need flexibility and greater recognition of how race and disability can affect career advancement. Dr Elizabeth J. Dale, co-author of the report, said: “This research calls on the entire sector, and society more broadly, to not only recognise women’s talent and leadership ambition but to rethink how to address tensio ns betwe en work and family and create additional supports so that more women can obtain leadership roles.” Dr Beth Breeze, who co-authored the research, observed: “Clearly, the current career ladders in fundraising are not supporting all of the talented people who aspire to reach leadership roles. I hope the recommendations are read and taken seriously by all who are committed to strengthening the fundraising profession and its positive impact on society. Together we can make sure that talent rises to the top.” Civil Society Fifty biggest charities had 18k fundraising complaints in 2018-19 Analysis by Civil Society shows that the UK's 50 biggest fundraising charities received 18,000 complaints in total in 2018-19 - a 17% drop on the previous year. The analysis of data gleaned from annual reports found that total fundraising complaints fell from more than 21,000 in 2017-18 to about 18,000 in 2018-19. Macmillan Cancer Support was the most complained about charity for a second successive year, but it also saw a substantive year-on-year decrease in complaints, going from 6,600 fundraising complaints in 2017-18 to 4,100 in 2018-19 (a 38% fall). Lindsay Grieve, head of customer experience at Macmillan, said: “We are extremely diligent in our reporting of complaints, for instance in 2017 we started to include any ‘expression of dissatisfaction’ on social media as a complaint. This was supported by the Fundraising Regulator as a rigorous way of logging complaints and something that not all chari ties adh ere to . . . The decrease in the number of complaints, from 2017 to 2018, is largely due to an issue with one of our suppliers, who we stopped working with in 2018, as well as general ongoing improvements based on this customer feedback." Civil Society WORKFORCE Long running industrial dispute is settled Social care charity Cornerstone and trade union Unison have agreed a new recognition deal that brings one of the Scottish charity sector’s longest running industrial disputes to an end. In 2018, the charity said it was de-recognising the union following disagreements over the implementation of its 2017 to 2020 strategic plan. Unison subsequently went to court to force the charity to recognise it. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), which heard the charity's appeal, is a state agency that can compel an employer to recognise and work with a trade union where more than half of the workforce are members. The union won its right to proceed at the CAC and meetings were also held with health secretary Jeane Freeman. There has now been a signing-off of a new voluntary recognition agreement. Mike Kirby, Unison Scottish secretary, said: “This agreement establishes new working relations with Cornerstone. We look forward to a const ructive engagement which will benefit Unison members and the whole workforce, will contribute to the development of the organisation and ultimately enhance the service to users and carers.” Andrew Lockhart, Cornerstone chair, said: “We look forward to working with Unison towards a common objective that drives the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the organisation whilst promoting security of employment and advancement of employees and workers." Third Force News GOVERNANCE Charity mismanaged workplace harassment complaints The Charity Commission has criticised Save the Children UK over failures in its response to complaints about its former bosses. The regulator's report highlights "serious weaknesses" in the charity's workplace culture and its failure to handle complaints about the allegations of workplace harassment amounted to “mismanagement.” The Charity Commission said the charity should have been more transparent with the regulator, its own trustees and the public when complaints were raised in 2012 and 2015, and were subsequently made public in 2018. Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: "Charities should be distinct from other types of organisations in their attitude and behaviour, in their motivations and methods. The public rightly expect that; so do the majority of people working in charities, who deserve a workplace culture that is healthy, supportive, and safe. Creating that culture is not just about putting the right systems and processes in place; it also requires leaders who model the highest standards of behaviour and conduct, and who are held to account properly and consistently when they fall short." Kevin Watkins, the charity's CEO, has admitted that the organisation failed to take sufficient action against former bosses Brendan Cox and Justin Forsyth following accusations of sexual harassment made by female employees. Mr Watkins said: “We were too defensive and ended up using too many lawyers when it wasn't necessary. Even more seriously, we hurt the women who had already been victims of the actions we were investigating.” GOV.UK, Civil Society, Daily Mail, UKFundraising RISK Charities report 102 data breaches in Q3 2019-20 The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was informed of 102 data breaches at charities between October and December 2019. The ICO received 2,795 reports in total; the charity sector accounted for 3.6% of all reports received. The majority of the incidents involving charities were classified as “other non-cyber incident” (31), followed by “loss/theft of paperwork or data left in insecure location” (19) and “phishing” (12). Meanwhile, an insurer has warned that charities are complacent about cyber-crime and only half of organisations have an adequate plan to deal with a cyber-breach. Research by Ecclesiastical Insurance found that just over half (52%) of organisations have a cybersecurity plan in place, and fewer have a specific cyber-risk management plan (42%) or cyber-insurance (42%). Angus Roy, charity director at Ecclesiastical, said: “Many charities still don’t se e themse lves being at risk of cyber-crime, or if they do, they think they can transfer the risk to their IT provider. The fact is that charities are an increasingly attractive target to cyber-criminals and if they are victims of a cyber incident, it will be them and not the IT provider that has to deal with the reputational fallout." Civil Society, Third Force News LEGAL Regulator wants charities’ views on criminal convictions data The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) wants charities' opinions on regulation around vital safeguarding information available through criminal convictions data. The ICO survey closes this Friday and is focused on Article 10 of the EU privacy law known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Article 10 relates to a register of criminal convictions of those involved in an organisation. “If you are a controller and you process Article 10 data, we want to hear from you,” says the ICO, adding “We are currently seeking input from individuals representing the HR, retail, building, transport and charity sectors. However, no matter what sector you represent, if you deal with personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences on a regular basis we would like to hear from you.” Charity Digital OTHER Charities have celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 Civil Society reports on how various charities celebrated International Women's Day (IWD) 2020. Refuge, for example, partnered with women to donate their Twitter names to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline. Women who took part included Little Mix, Lorraine Kelly and Miranda Hart. Elsewhere, RSPB in Northern Ireland posted a blog highlighting some female "birders" who fly in the face of certain stereotypes about the hobby. Civil Society Back to Charity Times archive >>
REGULATION Charities mustn't dismiss complaints, regulator says The Charity Commission says charities must 'listen and learn' when complaints are made to them, amid concerns many charities are 'ignoring or dismissing' issues. The regulator's warning follows criticism that it didn't pursue complaints made about the Alzheimer's Society in 2018 regarding bullying and staff payments. "Charity can and should lead the way in taking public expectations seriously. If you’re a charity, that includes showing that you take complaints and concerns seriously, and are responding appropriately," Charity Commission CEO Helen Stephenson said, adding "This review demonstrates that these high expectations are shared by those close to you: your own beneficiaries, volunteers, staff, supporters and trustees – and that, if they complain, by responding well in the first place, you can help avoid matters being brought to the regulator’s attention. I hope thi s review helps empower charities to take preventative steps that avoid complaints, and to respond with care when problems do arise." Charity Times OUTLOOK Charities regain confidence to campaign Charities appears to be regaining their confidence to campaign despite reporting negative attitudes in the media and among politicians, a survey suggests. A total of 189 campaigners and change-makers were surveyed for the latest Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Survey. Almost half (48%) of those polled believe that public attitudes to campaigning have become more positive in the past year, although 45% report increasingly negative attitudes amongst politicians and 41% report negativity from the media. Sue Tibballs, chief executive of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, said: “It is brilliant to see civil society rallying and recovering its confidence to campaign after a long period of feeling conflicted and constrained. Conditions put on public funding have made it difficult for charities to speak up, and the sector has come under sustained pressure from politicians and regulators to step away from political debate." UKFundraising FUNDRAISING Direct mail is the most complained about method of fundraising The Fundraising Regulator's annual Complaints Report identifies direct mail as the most complained about method of fundraising among the largest charities last year. A total of 5,619 complaints received both by the regulator and by 58 charities were about direct mail, an increase of 19% on the previous year. Door-to-door fundraising came second, with 4,094 complaints, 22% up on the year before. Complaints about outdoor events were up 43%, and complaints about private site fundraising were up by 27%. Complaints about online advertising were down 16%. Overall, complaints made to the regulator itself were down by 33% on the previous year; it received 737 between September 1st 2018 and August 31st 2019. Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said: “Our annual Complaints Report is crucial in providing us with a clear picture of fundraising standards in the UK. The findings help us to identify areas which need greater attention from us, but also allow us to see where there has been improvement. We are grateful for the sector’s continued positive response to the recommendations we make and I look forward to working closely with fundraising organisations to maintain the high standards of fundraising practice we see today.” Civil Society, UKFundraising HMRC to start charging NI on testimonial matches for retired players Football clubs and other bodies organising testimonials for retired sportsmen and women will have to pay National Insurance on any money raised above the sum of £100,000 from April. Traditionally, the matches feature the player’s former teammates and were a reward for long service to a single club, with the proceeds going to support the player in retirement. However, declining player loyalty has made them less common, with players who do receive a testimonial often donating the money to charity. HMRC did not make clear whether the National Insurance charges would apply if the proceeds are donated to charity. If a player has died and the money is given directly to their family, then the new rules would not apply. The Daily Telegraph Long-serving small charities champion steps down Mike Lewis, the first and only grant manager for Wales at Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, is stepping down from the role after 23 years. He currently supports 62 charities across Wales which have been awarded grants worth a total of £4,260,617 from the charitable trust. “I’ve seen first-hand the difference small charities make to the lives of ordinary people. They are the heartbeat of communities and do incredible but often unrecognised work. I am proud to have spent over two decades working with them to reach out to some of the most disadvantaged people in society," he said. Charity Today IoF investigates harassment complaints The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) says it is probing a ‘small number of complaints’ about sexual harassment. The IoF has previously encouraged fundraisers to report breaches of its code of conduct and pledged to investigate complaints. A spokesperson told Civil Society that since an updating of its code of conduct and a change to its complaints policy to allow the investigation of anonymous complaints, the IoF has “received a small number of complaints which have been, or are continuing to be, investigated”. Civil Society Contactless donations for homeless people A contactless payment initiative has been launched to help homeless people in Glasgow. An online donation facility and contactless giving points will enable people to pay for practical items for homeless people, including clothes to attend a job interview and tickets for public transport. Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow Homelessness Network and The Big Issue partnered with Glasgow City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and Police Scotland on the scheme. Third Force News WORKFORCE Charity's Living Wage pledge Sistema Scotland , a charity that aims to transform lives and communities through music and which runs the Big Noise programme, has made a commitment to ensure its workers are paid fairly, and has been accredited as a Living Wage employer by Living Wage Scotland. All staff at Sistema Scotland, whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. This is higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.21 per hour. Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland manager, said: “We hope that the real Living Wage commitment of over 500 Scottish third sector organisations, including Sistema will inspire more of Scotland’s third sector to choose the real Living Wage as an important step to ensure workers and their families earn enough to get by." Third Force News Ethical vegan settles tribunal case So-called “ethical vegan” Jordi Casamitjana says his legal battle against his former employer is a “victory for animal protection” after he settled the case at an employment tribunal. Mr Casamitjana said he was dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after he raised concerns that the charity's pension fund was being invested in organisations that tested on animals and did damage to the environment. The charity, which previously claimed that Mr Casamitjana was properly dismissed for gross misconduct, conceded he had done nothing wrong to raise such concerns. Mr Casamitjana said: “The case has established that ethical vegans are protected from discrimination, and I have received the acknowledgement I sought that my dismissal was based on my ethical veganism, and was not justified or justifiable.” Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, BBC News, The Guardian EVENT Conference will bring sector together The National Charity Conference ’20 will be held at the Allia Conference Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday December 8th 2020 to coincide with UK Charity Week. The event will bring together practitioners working within and for the charity sector. Topics to be discussed on the day will include fundraising, marketing, governance, finance and collaboration. Charity Today GOVERNANCE Government probes NCS Trust The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is investigating governance issues at NCS Trust, the royal charter body that has overseen the development of the National Citizen Service youth volunteering programme, after becoming aware of “an unacceptable exit package proposed for the outgoing NCS chief executive”. Former chief executive Michael Lynas has been involved since the inception of the flagship youth volunteering programme in 2009, but resigned last year. He had been expected to be part of a transition committee for the new chief executive and act as a consultant for six months. The Sunday Mirror reported that Mr Lynas had been due to receive £15,000 to “help him train for a new job.” A DCMS spokesperson said: “Earlier this month we were made aware of an unacceptable exit package proposed for the outgoing NCS chief executive. We have taken swift action to s top this , and are investigating wider issues around governance." Civil Society MANAGEMENT Samaritans drops plans to hire Jeremy Hughes Following reports of bullying at the Alzheimer’s Society under the leadership of Jeremy Hughes, Samaritans has decided to scrap his appointment as their new chief executive. Whistleblowers alleged that he displayed bullying behaviour to staff and presided over a toxic culture at the dementia charity, leading to payouts totalling £750,000 to staff. A spokesperson for Samaritans said: “In light of events over the past week, the board of trustees has decided that it cannot proceed with the appointment of Jeremy Hughes as chief executive, which was due to start in May. This decision is not in any way based on the allegations themselves, which Samaritans is not in a position to judge. It will begin a new chief executive recruitment process in due course.” Third Force News CAMPAIGNS Children to be taught their legal rights The Times reports on Justice Week, a campaign seeking to promote teaching of the rule of law in schools. As part of the campaign, organised by education charity Young Citizens, nearly 40,000 young people in more than 440 schools are expected to participate in what one City law firm describes as "the biggest public legal education event of its kind". Young Citizens describes it as "a nationwide effort to support the next generation to understand their legal rights and why the law protects us all". Tom Franklin, the charity's chief executive, says that the programme "gives schools a greater licence to teach about subjects such as the law through citizenship". Law firms involved include Allen & Overy. Mark Mansell, a partner at the firm, predicts that the effects “will stay with the children involved for all of their lives”. He adds: “Engaging children at a young age in the fundamentals of the rule of law is the begin ning of them understanding how our society runs and the crucial role they can play within it.” The Times Back to Charity Times archive >>
Alison Goodman is Director of Income Generation and Communications at the award-winning charity Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Alison has been with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice for 6 years and they have recently moved into their brand new children’s hospice building – ‘The Ark’ in Barnet! The new site and facilities are amazing and will provide support for many babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, as well as their families. This wonderful charity covers North and Central London as well as Hertsmere. Alison speaks with Nicholas Ogden, Consultant at Pro-Marketing about the incredible work undertaken at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice and offers advice for people looking to progress their career in the charity fundraising/marketing sectors. Tell us about yourself, how your career started and what you do at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice? I am the Director of Income Generation & Comms here at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Born and raised in Manchester, I came to University in London to train as a Primary School Teacher. After 10 years as a teacher and Special Needs Coordinator in Islington, I took a career break before what I thought would be a Deputy Headship, then a lifelong career as a Headteacher. During the career break I took a 6 week temp Community Fundraiser role at Terrence Higgins Trust, and left there 11 magnificent years later as a Major Donor and Celebrity Manager. After three and a half wonderful years as Head of Major Giving at Ambitious About Autism, I landed my dream job as Director of Income Generation at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – my local hospice in Barnet. How do Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice differentiate themselves in the market? Noah’s Ark is a vibrant, young charity - ambitious for our children and families and committed to staff development. I have a dynamic workforce who are challenged professionally and given the opportunity to shine. That’s why we were named Fundraising Team of The Year at the Charity Times Awards. When you interview someone for your organisation, what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? The first thing I notice about someone is their energy…and it tells me how they will fit in with the team. Cross team working is essential and I need to feel that any new member of staff will work well with current members of staff. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone applying to be part of the team? The Income Generation & Comms Team is 17 strong. The team is a mix of subject matter experts and those new to the third sector who are learning on the job. I consider anyone with the right energy, attitude and skill set - so long as they are managed by someone with the right experience, they will be an asset to the team. How would your team describe you? My team would describe me as high in energy, a relationship builder with a keen eye for detail, and obsessed with donor care. What advice would you give to your younger self? I would advise my younger self to consider the third sector – it never occurred to me – I fell into it by chance. What personal and soft skills are most important when working in the charity sector? Anyone who has ever worked with me will know that I am obsessed with donor care and that I believe fundraising is all about relationship building. If you are a good communicator who is interested in people then the charity sector is an ideal place to use your skills. What advice would you give to someone looking to make a move into a not-for-profit organisation from another sector? I took a huge pay cut when I moved into the sector. I knew my skills were transferable but I didn’t have the experience. Be prepared to start at the bottom to get into the sector and then look around and see what area of fundraising appeals to you most: writing trust applications, staffing a school fair, event organising or pitching to a philanthropist - fundraising roles are diverse and not all roles suit everyone. How do you think the role of fundraising in the not-for-profit sector has changed over the years? Fundraising has become more professional over the years but in essence, good fundraising is as it always was: having a good case for support; finding the right supporters and then involving them at the right time and in the right way… and then looking after them. If not in charity fundraising/marketing, what would the dream be? I still dream sometimes of being a Head Teacher – but it’s really only in my dream because in reality, in this economic climate and with all the challenges and restrictions teachers have I think I’d feel very stressed and I’d hate it! Any final words of advice for people looking to progress their career in the charity fundraising/marketing sectors? It’s a wonderful sector, exciting, challenging and collaborative. Find your niche and fly. Thanks for your time, and as a little treat for all of our readers - do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? My guilty pleasure is far too regularly checking our website for online donations… but shh… don’t tell anyone. For more information on this article, please contact Nicholas Ogden on 020 7269 6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVERNANCE Regulator to probe concerns about Alzheimer’s Society The Charity Commission is to investigate a complaint about the Alzheimer’s Society which it didn't respond to in 2018, following a report in The Guardian at the weekend. The newspaper said the charity has reportedly spent £750,000 on non-disclosure agreements to silence staff, according to a complaint from a whistleblower. The complainant contacted the Charity Commission but the watchdog admits it failed to act quickly enough on concerns over the charity’s handling of grievances. One source told The Guardian that CEO Jeremy Hughes had an “explosive temper” and displayed bullying behaviour towards staff. Helen Earner, director of operations at the Charity Commission, said: “We received a complaint about the Alzheimer’s Society in February 2018, detailing concerns about the charity’s approach to dealing with staff grievances . . . Whilst this was at a time when the volume of cases coming into us was high, nevertheless we should have followed up on the complaint, and that did not happen. We have since overhauled our handling of whistleblowing reports." The regulator said it is now looking into the matter. Mr Hughes is due to take over at Samaritans in May, but trustees of the charity now say they are set to hold discussions about the appointment. A Samaritans spokesperson said yesterday: "Our board of trustees takes this issue extremely seriously and are currently in discussions about the situation." The Guardian, Civil Society, Third Sector RISK Charity is hit for £1m by ‘sophisticated cyber fraud’ A housing charity has lost nearly £1m after being targeted by criminals. Red Kite Housing was conned of £932,000 in what it described as "a sophisticated cybercrime." The charity said criminals had “mimicked the domain and email details of known contacts that were providing services to Red Kite . . . Through this they managed to recreate an email thread that misled those who were copied into the email that it was a genuine follow up to an existing conversation.” Details of the incident have been passed to ActionFraud and police are investigating. No customer data was put at risk and Red Kite said its systems and processes are being strengthened. “We have continued to build additional security measures into our IT and to review completely all our processes in relation to payments in order to minimise the chance of a single point of weakness occurring in the future,” the charity said. Civil Society FUNDRAISING Consultation on expanding the dormant assets scheme The government has launched a consultation to gather views on its proposals to expand the dormant assets scheme to include new financial assets. The public consultation follows two industry-led reports which made recommendations on broadening the current scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors. The existing dormant assets scheme has to date redistributed more than £600m to good causes. Baroness Barran, minister for civil society, said: “The dormant assets scheme is making a real difference to people across the nation . . . That’s why we are now seeking views on expanding the scheme to include even more unclaimed assets, in a way that continues to protect customers whilst potentially unlocking millions more pounds for good causes.” GOV.UK, Civil Society Legacy giving to grow more than forecast Legacy income is expected to grow by £500m more between 2019 and 2024 than previously projected, according to Legacy Foresight. Last year, the legacy consortium said legacy income would likely increase by 3.3% year-on-year over the period, but now forecasts 3.6% yearly growth after adjustments to take into consideration the higher number of deaths forecast by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and for post-Brexit economic conditions. Meanwhile, legacy consideration grew 10% in the past year, according to research from fastmap and Freestyle Marketing. People are also increasingly inclined to write their Will online and residuary giving is becoming more acceptable, the research suggests. Civil Society, UKFundraising Platform enables donations to multiple charities in one transaction DonatePal is a new online fundraising platform that enables donations to multiple charities simultaneously. The app incudes options for one-off, daily, weekly or monthly donations, and users of the platform can also opt in to Gift Aid. Shan Sheikh, DonatePal’s COO, says he wants as many charities as possible to register with the app, so giving users the widest choice. “We are especially interested in working with smaller charities that don’t always get much visibility with a wider audience,” he said. UKFundraising The UK’s 'most loved' charities New research suggests Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and Dog’s Trust are Britain’s "most loved" charities. The top ten in market research firm Savanta’s new BrandVue Most Loved Charities Report also features RSPCA, BBC Children In Need, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, British Heart Foundation, Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, and Marie Curie. The report says people give more to the charities they "love" and loved charities also enjoy greater levels of public trust. UKFundraising Charities are trusted on social care A survey from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) suggests people in the UK think charities are the most trusted organisations to provide reliable social care services. But respondents to the poll didn't believe that charities should be responsible for filling the gaps in provision. More than half (56%) of respondents to the survey said central government should be most responsible for providing social care. UKFundraising WORKFORCE Charity concern about points-based immigration plan The government's plan for a points-based system for awarding visas to allow people to work in the UK could be “catastrophic” for the social care sector, representative bodies say. Rhidian Hughes, chief executive of Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), said: “These hugely concerning proposals by government will only exacerbate workforce shortages in social care. Employers are already struggling to recruit and retain staff due to chronic underfunding in the sector." Nadra Ahmed OBE, executive chair of the National Care Association, observed: “This system will bring with it substantial challenges for our sector as we are currently facing a call for more social care not less, and yet providers are being forced to consider exiting the market due to the workforce shortages and funding issues." Under the government’s "points-based" immigration system, overseas citi zens wou ld have to reach 70 points to qualify to work in the UK. Applicants gain points for their past work experience, earnings and educational qualifications under changes expected to be introduced in 2022. Civil Society RSPCA staff vote for strike action RSPCA staff are to strike over a dispute with management over new contracts and performance-related pay for all employees. Unite members at the animal charity voted for strike action by 73%, and the trade union, which represents hundreds of employees, accused RSPCA management of a “bullying attitude.” Unite regional officer Jesika Parmar said: “Our members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in protest at the arbitrary imposition of new ‘performance pay’ contracts without a proper consultation process. These new contracts are very detrimental to our members." RSPCA responded: “Staff have been reassured that their base pay will not be impacted by the review. We are proposing that future pay increases should be based on affordability for the Society, linked to appropriate market pay and to recognise the contribution of employees.” Charity Times, Civil Society Retail safeguarding scheme is launched Charity Retail Association (CRA) and Barnardo's are partnering on the launch of a retail safeguarding scheme to encourage charity retailers to certify their shops’ approach to safeguarding. CRA chief executive Robin Osterley said: “This scheme provides an excellent framework within which charity retailers can operate their safeguarding processes, taking a big step towards ensuring there is even more focus on keeping staff, volunteers and customers safe. The scheme can be operated by any charity retailer, whatever its size, and thus offers the possibility of real consistency across the sector in terms of its safeguarding practices.” Charity Times, Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Chocolate campaign to tackle loneliness Cadbury’s “Donate Your Words” campaign, launched in September, has seen 30p from each bar of Dairy Milk sold in the UK donated to charity Age UK, in an effort to tackle the loneliness crisis among the country’s older people. In order to grab attention, the chocolate brand removed all the words from the front of Dairy Milk bar packaging. The campaign also encouraged members of the public to spend more time contacting older people in their communities and families. The Daily Telegraph Make ‘cyber-flashing’ a sex crime A women's charity has called for so-called “cyber-flashing" to be made a sex crime, after police figures showed such offences almost doubled in number last year. The End Violence Against Women Coalition said victims, who have explicit photos sent to their iPhones over its AirDrop feature should be afforded legal anonymity, and perpetrators should face being entered on the sex offenders' register as a deterrent. The Daily Telegraph OTHER PM urged to appoint minister for older people Campaigners and charities have called on prime minister Boris Johnson to appoint a minister for older people, to help tackle the “scandalous abuse and neglect” of hundreds of thousands of elderly Britons. Dame Esther Rantzen, founder and president of The Silver Line, said the needs of older people “are being sliced up between departments.” “Look at the muddle of social care, still not sorted in spite of all the promises,” she added, “Older people are being blamed for being bed blockers in hospital and house blockers in communities when there is nowhere safe and economical for them to live.” Dr John Beer, chairman of Action on Elder Abuse, said a dedicated minister would have broad oversight, “and would hold the government to account.” Daily Express Back to Charity Times archive >>
GOVERNANCE Fourteen members appointed to SORP committee Fourteen members have been newly appointed to the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) committee. The move is part of an attempt to make the accounts of charities more user-friendly for the public, funders and others, and to make preparation easier for smaller charities. For the first time, the committee will include organisations which work closely with charities and have a working knowledge of charity accounts, as well as greater membership from smaller charities. Civil Society highlights that ten men and four women have been appointed to the new committee, with those involved in the hiring process acknowledging a lack of diversity in the appointments and saying they will be seeking to widen the pool of applicants in future. Laura Anderson, joint chair of the SORP-making body and head of professional advice and intelligence at OSCR, the Scottish charities regulator, said: “When the SORP-making body next meets, we will discuss a strategy for engaging with people from diverse backgrounds in the SORP-making process, including through engagement partners. We will also reflect on how we can reach out to a wider range of people when we next recruit a SORP committee.” GOV.UK Foreign Affairs Civil Society London charity is probed over financial concerns The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into The Everlasting Arms Ministries, a South London-based charity, over serious concerns about its financial management. The regulator is particularly concerned about the 2016 sale of a property on the Old Kent Road in South London. The proceeds of the sale do not appear to be adequately reflected in the charity’s accounts for the following years. The Commission is also concerned about payments made to individuals connected to the charity, including its trustees. The charity’s bank accounts have been frozen by the watchdog, and the trustees have been ordered to provide information to the inquiry, which opened on December 30th 2019. GOV.UK Misconduct claims at LGBT charity Scotland's charity regulator has taken action against the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Community Project Limited following claims of misconduct. An independent party has now been appointed to run the charity after its remaining trustee stepped down. A spokesperson for the regulator said: “OSCR has appointed an interim judicial factor to manage the affairs of the charity. This action was taken following notification that the only active charity trustee of the charity had resigned. As a result of our inquiry it appears that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity and that it is necessary to act for the purposes of protecting the property of the charity.” Third Force News FUNDRAISING Institute of Fundraising to get Royal Charter status The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has been granted chartered status by the Queen. The charter becomes legally effective once the IoF receives the Royal Seal, which CEO Peter Lewis said is expected to “happen within the next few months.” The Institute will legally become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising upon its receipt of the Royal Seal. Chartered status symbolises an enhanced recognition of the profession of fundraising at government level. The IoF observes on its website: “Fundraisers have often felt that fundraising is not recognised as a profession, either by the public or the organisations for whom they work. This is changing gradually, but many still feel some people outside the sector don’t see fundraising as a credible career, profession or even a proper paid job. Becoming a chartered body will give fundraising the external recognition it deserves as a respected profession that delivers public benefit here and abroad.” Civil Society UKFundraising Charity receives €10m legacy The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has benefitted from a €10m legacy for its work in Galway in the Republic of Ireland. The bequest from Maureen O’Connell was initially received in 2007 and at the time was worth €7.73m. This sum has grown to €10.5m through accumulated bank interest and other income. Harry Kenney, chairman of the Maureen O’Connell Bequest Committee, said the investments made by the charity, including capital projects, “would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of the late Maureen O’Connell for which we are very grateful.” UKFundraising MANAGEMENT Action for Children chief resigns Julie Bentley is stepping down as chief executive of Action for Children after 18 months in the role. Bentley, who said she had resigned for personal reasons, joined the charity in August 2018, and had previously been chief executive at Girlguiding. She will hand over at the end of this month to Carol Iddon, the charity's deputy chief executive, who will lead the organisation until the appointment of an interim chief executive. An Action for Children spokesperson said: “[Bentley] has been an incredibly visible frontline chief executive inspiring staff across the UK and during her time, she’s led the work to develop a new brand, vision, mission and values as well as pioneering the launch of our Choose Childhood campaign.” Civil Society Third Sector WORKFORCE Charity workers' strike ballot over holidays Unite union members at Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS), an advocacy service part-funded by Dundee City Council and the NHS that provides support for vulnerable adults, are voting on strike action. The dispute centres on an enforced change to terms and conditions affecting union membership. Unite regional industrial officer George Ramsay said: “The changes will result in the removal of holidays which were given instead of an annual pay increase. The newly appointed DIAS board has decided to withdraw these holidays. To make matters worse, the organisation has refused to talk with Unite in order to listen and respond to our legitimate concerns." The union ballot closes on Thursday. Third Force News GOVERNMENT Oliver Dowden is new DCMS secretary Oliver Dowden is the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the department overseeing charities. He replaces Nicky Morgan in prime minister Boris Johnson's reshuffle. Meanwhile, Baroness Barran has been reappointed as minister for civil society. Charity Times Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Charity coalition demands Home Office respects rights of asylum seekers A coalition of charities which includes the Scottish Refugee Council, JustRight, and Shelter, among others, has urged the UK government to “cease to use destitution as a policy tool.” The group’s report, published this week, also outlines nine other recommendations for local, national and UK governments to prevent extreme poverty in immigrant communities. These include calling on the Scottish Government “to ensure lock changes are unlawful” in the wake of the Scottish Court of Session ruling that Serco evictions were legal in November last year. Other recommendations include restoring asylum seekers’ right to work, extra protections for people who face barriers to return which are beyond their control, and that the Scottish Government and local authorities ensure the anti-destitution s trategy announced in the recent Budget does not fall short. The National The Herald More support urged for young carers Action for Children has released a report which details the lives of young carers. It is calculated that they are spending an average of 25 hours a week looking after loved ones, with the unpaid work the equivalent of £12,000 a year on a part-time carer's wage. Describing this as a "hidden child workforce," the charity said the amount of responsibility being placed upon children is "appalling". It wants the government to ensure all young carers have access to respite services, the current provision of which is deemed “patchy.” BBC News Daily Mirror Charity gives £200,000 to promote bagpipes in schools The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) is giving more Scots youngsters the chance to learn the bagpipes in schools by donating more than £200,000 to its national lending service. The charity has loaned 305 sets of pipes to schools, councils and community groups across Scotland since launching its service in 2015. Sandra Taylor, music service coordinator at Fife Council, said: “An increase in piping provision in Fife in August 2014 was warmly welcomed and was greatly supported by the loan of 50 sets of bagpipes from the SSPDT.” The Sunday Post OTHER The most peculiar items donated to Mind shops Mental health charity Mind has shared its latest list of the most peculiar items donated to its shops in the last year, including a set of false teeth, a used toilet seat (both thrown away), and a see-through pair of men’s trousers and matching shirt. Andrew Vale, Director of Mind Retail, nevertheless observed: “We are so grateful that people across the country donate to Mind shops ... Last year thousands of donations were made to our 167 Mind shops, allowing us to help over 118,000 people through our helplines.” UKFundraising Back to Charity Times archive >>
GOVERNMENT Chancellor urged to use budget to help charity sector The Chancellor has been urged by charity leaders to use the upcoming budget to increase funding to local government and provide details about the planned Shared Prosperity Fund. Infrastructure and representative bodies including ACEVO, the Charity Finance Group (CFG), Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and NCVO have put forward four key proposals to the chancellor ahead of the budget on 11 March. “Charities are working in an increasingly tough environment, not least the severe pressures on local authority funding hitting the people and places facing disadvantage the hardest. The ability of the sector to continue to help unlock the potential of all parts of the UK depends on providing them with the resources, and structures, to make it happen,” the letter says. The first proposal is that the government increases funding for local authorities and reevaluate s their longer-term financial sustainability. Secondly, it asks for further details about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, “including the time period over which the £500m earmarked for disadvantaged people is spread, and the consultation on how the programme will be designed and delivered”. The third suggestion is to create a community wealth fund using money from dormant assets. Finally, leaders called on the government to work with charities to implement the recommendations of the independent Charity Tax Commission. Civil Society Third Sector New body would measures charities’ impact A Parliamentary Bill has been introduced by Conservative MP Simon Fell that would see the creation of a new government agency that would help measure the impact of charities and enable them to secure more funding. The third sector organisations (impact and support) Bill was one of 20 private members’ bills to have their first readings on 5 February. Mr Fell said: “They [charities] do huge amounts of good for our community, but often live hand-to-mouth, struggling from one funding application to the next.” His plan is to create a new body to measure the impact of charities’ services and curate a central hub of information and case studies. If successful, he said there would be “an accredited team of officials from across government who will be able to drop in and measure the impact of the work that organisations like these do, so that future funding is easier to secure”. This means that charities would have a &ldqu o;clear and demonstrable link between previous funding, delivery and impact of services offered”. They would also be able to learn from each other and be better placed to bid for government funding. Civil Society Third Sector Cumbria Crack GOVERNANCE Oxfam retains Pakistan head Oxfam has reportedly retained its country head in Pakistan, Mohammad Qazilbash, who has eleven cases filed against him of bullying and harassment. In early 2019, an inquiry into the accusations found the allegations levelled against him by office staff to be substantial. The Daily Times reports that following the inquiry, Oxfam’s International office asked Qazilbash to step down. He was required to stay until September 2019 until his replacement was appointed. However, it is understood that he continues to remain in the role. The cases reported against him to the head office ranged from harassment, bullying of subordinate, insulting attitude and violations of international guidelines. Daily Times WorldSkills UK announces new appointment to Board of Trustees Education and skills charity WorldSkills UK has announced that Brian Doran, Principal and Chief Executive of Southern Regional College, with campuses in counties Armagh and Down in Northern Ireland, has joined its Board of Trustees. Mr Doran’s appointment comes as Marie-Thérèse McGivern, who is due to retire from her role as Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College in March this year, steps down as a WorldSkills UK trustee. FE News FUNDRAISING Nearly 1,800 charities have paid the Fundraising Regulator’s levy so far this year Some 1,795 charities have paid the Fundraising Regulator’s voluntary levy in its fourth year, according to the organisation’s chief executive Gerald Oppenheim. Speaking at Civil Society Media’s Fundraising Live event last week, he said there are just under 1,900 charities that spend at least £100,000 a year on fundraising and are covered by the levy, leaving about 80 charities that the regulator needs to work with. Mr Oppenheim also said that 1,932 small charities that have fundraising costs under £100,000 are now registered with the regulator, together with 128 commercial organisations that do not have charitable status. Civil Society News Barings converts dedicated charity fund to CAIF Barings has converted its dedicated charity fund, the Barings Targeted Return Fund, a daily dealing fund with a minimum investment of £10,000, to a Charity Authorised Investment Fund (CAIF). The new CAIF structure will bring cost benefits to clients by allowing for VAT to be waived on the management fee, while the Fund’s Annual Management Charge has been reduced from 0.5% to 0.4%. As both an investment fund and registered charity, the move to the CAIF structure means the fund will now comply with both FCA and Charity Commission regulations. UK Fundraising Thousands of pounds invested into Burnley charities and community groups Nearly £30,000 has been awarded to 11 charities and community groups across the Burnley area to fund vital projects making a significant impact on people’s lives. The Christal Foundation, which is managed by the Community Foundation for Lancashire, has been established as a permanent charitable endowment fund with its proceeds used to support local grassroots charities in Burnley. Charities awarded money in the latest round include 5 Ways Boxing CIC, and the Pennine Lancashire Community Farm. Charity Today FINANCE Funding crisis charity to stay open A cancer charity that said it would close unless it raised £600,000 by the end of January will remain open despite raising less than half of its target. Wessex Cancer Trust, which helps cancer patients in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said demand was growing but income had reduced dramatically. A "last resort" crisis appeal launched in December has raised £290,000. The charity said it remained in a "delicate situation" and was working to raise the additional £300,000. Five shops remain in Portchester, Hythe, Chandler's Ford, Freshwater and Weeke. The number of support centres has also been reduced from six to four. The trust, which normally expects to help about 11,000 people a year, previously said a 30% increase in demand in 2019 along with a 65% reduction in bequests and a 15% drop in shop sales had tipped it into a crisis situation. BBC News REGULATION NRA breached rules by promoting civilian ‘recreational shooting’ The Charity Commission says that the National Rifle Association (NRA) acted outside its charitable objects, by promoting civilian recreational shooting competitions at Bisley, among other activities. Although gun clubs are allowed to register as charities, training civilians to shoot is not considered to be a public benefit. Trustees at the NRA, which had an income of over £6m last year, have been issued with a formal action plan under section 15(2) of the Charities Act. It was also found that the relationship between the NRA and its trading subsidiary the National Shooting Centre, was not defined enough to make them separate. While a charity can generate funds through a trading subsidiary, the commission found that it was not clear how the two organisations were separate and independent, due to the overlapping activities. Third Force News Civil Society News RSH identifies finds “serious regulatory concern” in provider The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has found New Roots Limited, a not-for-profit registered provider with 1,782 supported housing units, non-compliant on both governance and viability, citing “issues of serious regulatory concern”. New Roots Limited was first placed on RSH’s Gradings-under-review list in November last year. According to reports, the model operated by New Roots means that, whilst it has landlord responsibility for its tenants, it enters into short-term leasing arrangements with a number of third parties for properties. These third parties then also deliver the landlord and management services on New Roots’ behalf under an agreement. Following an investigation, the RSH found: significant weaknesses in New Root’s business planning framework; inadequate risk management processes and internal controls; that the board have failed to manage their affairs with an appropriate degree of skill, independence, diligence, effectiveness, prudence and foresight; and lack of assurance over probity arrangements and relationships with third party contractors. Inside Housing DfE orders school closure The Department for Education has ordered the closure of a the controversial Birmingham Muslim School. An investigation into its owners, Albayan Education Foundation Ltd, is still under way by the Charity Commission, connected to an unreported "serious incident" relating to the lSmall Heath school. The school's head, Janet Laws, also known as Aisha Abdrabba, had previously been subject to an interim prohibition order banning her from teaching because she was deemed "a potential risk to pupils" - though we understand the ban, imposed in February last year, was lifted in the autumn. Birmingham Mail Daily Mail TECHNOLOGY Lessons to learn from Teenage Cancer Trust’s digital transformation The Teenage Cancer Trust has used the youth and digital literacy of its service users to drive its digital transformation to ensure that its voice can be heard across the country, writes Chrissy Chiu, who examines what lessons other charities can learn from its efforts. The charity’s digital strategy is holistic and powerful, she notes, making the best use of public and private partnerships, user stories, and regular, relevant content. Social media platforms are an especially important element, allowing fundraisers to maximise their reach, and even leverage the reach and influence of major celebrities. Charity Digital News CAMPAIGNS Calls for CVs to exclude schools, grades and names The chairman of charity Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), Alan Milburn, has said that CVs should no longer contain job applicants’ names, grades, schools or universities, as they are a “barrier to opportunity”. SMF has partnered with professional services firm PwC to launch the Department for Opportunities with the “CVs Aren’t Working” campaign, calling on employers to overhaul their “outdated” recruitment processes. However, Campaign for Real Education chairman Chris McGovern has said the move equates to “social engineering”. The Daily Telegraph Daily Mail GambleAware launches new campaign GambleAware has launched its new campaign which will focus upon raising awareness of treatment options available through the National Gambling Treatment Service. The campaign is set to feature across digital media platforms, radio, pubs, motorway service stations, in GP surgeries and health publications throughout February and March. The GambleAware campaign draws upon the experiences of those that have encountered problem gambling behaviours, and will primarily promote the idea that treatment is widely accessible. The campaign is also seeking to raise awareness of gambling treatment among primary care staff, allowing both GPs and practice nurses to direct those suffering from gambling towards the National Gambling Helpline. LinkedIn Charity shares free breakfasts and mental health advice Charity Time to Change, backed by Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council, along with Solent Mind, took over mobile food vans and cafes in both cities to mark Time to Talk Day last Thursday, offering free breakfasts and encouraging men to open up about their mental health. Cllr David Shields, Cabinet Member for Healthier and Safer City at Southampton City Council, said: “Taking care of our mental health should be everyone's concern. Time to Talk Day is a great opportunity for friends, colleagues and family to sit down with a cuppa and have a chat, ask someone how they're doing and listen.” Shaping Portsmouth forum+ paves the way for LGBT rights The charity forum+ is launching its largest line-up of events in London celebrating LGBT History Month across the country. forum+ supports victims of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime, across Camden and Islington and in surrounding boroughs. Events include a selection of LGBT+ films at The British Museum on February 15 and a celebrate queer poetry night, Incite!, at the Phoenix Arts Club on February 17. Camden New Journal LEGAL Ex-Yateley charity head Patrick McLarry jailed for fraud Patrick McLarry, the former head of Yateley Industries for the Disabled, has been jailed for five years after he admitted defrauding a pension scheme of more than £250,000, using it to buy homes for himself and his wife, and to pay off a debt for a pub lease. In a statement read to Winchester Crown Court, the charity's chief executive Linda Matthews said it had been "days away from potential closure" because of the stolen funds, which had led to "immense stress and anxiety" for the charity's staff and users. Nicola Parish, the executive director of The Pensions Regulator, which brought the prosecution, said: “McLarry tried every trick in the book to hide his actions and squander the pension pots of those he was responsible for but we were able to uncover the truth and bring him to justice. We will now work to seize assets from McLarry so that as much of the money as possible is returned to its rightful owners, who will rightly re ly on it to deliver their pensions in retirement.” BBC News The Guardian Animal charity chief doctored minutes to get pay rise A court has heard that the former chief executive of the Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals doctored the minutes from meetings to award himself pay rises with which he bought guns, Rolls-Royces and a £15,000 diamond ring. Stephen Coleman is said to have defrauded the charity out of more than £400,000. The Times Back to Charity Times archive >>
The government has confirmed changes to off-payroll working (IR35) rules, which will come into play from 6th April 2020. The new tax legislation will affect the private sector, including numerous charities and not-for-profit organisations, and could result in contractors paying 25% more in tax. The last changes to IR35 were introduced in April 2017 and were rolled out to the public sector to combat avoidance of employment tax and National Insurance contributions by contractors who chose to provide their professional services through an intemediary company, such as personal service or limited companies. Essentially, it was a way to prevent workers from "disguising" themselves as freelance contractors as a way to pay less tax, when in practice they are performing the same role as full-time employees. Previously, IR35 only applied to the public sector, meaning the majority of charities were not affected by the tax legislation rules - with the exception of high profile not-for-profit organisations including many universities, museums and public bodies. However, a significant number of charities and not-for-profit organisations will need to take action before the 6th April to comply with the requirements of the new IR35 rules. Until now in the third sector, it has been the contractor's responsibility to determine whether they fall within IR35. However, with the extension or IR35 to the private and voluntary sectors in a couple of months time, employers will be responsible for assessing whether contractors need to pay income tax and national insurance contributions. In a nutshell, as explained by Seb Maley, the Chief Executive of IR35 Adviser and Insurance Company Qdos Contractor, "contractors will not be able to set their own tax status unless they are engages by a 'small' or private sector company. This duty will fall on the medium or large business they are engaged by". Going forward, charities will no longer be able to assume that because they engage a contractor via a limited company that they can pay that company gross for the contractor's services. Instead, charities will need to consider whether the contractor is working in an employee capacity or only for specific projects. If working in an employee capacity, contractors will need to be pay the same PAYE tax as an ordinary full-time employee - in reality, this will include anyone who is employed to cover holiday, maternity or sick leave. Those who are employed to work on specific projects will retain the right to be paid outside of the IR35 rules. Charities and not-for-profits must meet two of the three thresholds over two accounting periods to fall under the new IR35 rules. These thresholds are an annual turnover of £10.2 million or more, a balance sheet total of more than £5.1 million, and having over 50 employees. The Charity Tax Group (CTG) has warned that charities need to be aware of the rule change, as even if they do not fall within the turnover threshold they may meet the other two. Richard Bray, Vice Chairman at the CTG and Finance Regulatory & Taxes Manager at Cancer Research UK has said "it is also important to appreciate that these changes are not about tax compliance alone, but could result in significant increases in a charity's cost base". For example, the new rules could mean that a charity needs to allocate extra costs to update and improve its payroll systems. These new tax legislation rules have left some contractors worried that companies will take a risk-averse approach to IR35 and unfairly or inaccurately place them inside IR35, meaning they will pay more tax. Before the new IR35 rules are rolled out on the 6th April this year, charities and not-for-profits will need to assess their relationships with personal service companies, and ensure that they are paying their contractors in the correct way and deducting PAYE in line with HMRC rules. For more information on this article or for help recruiting the right finance professionals into your not-for-profit organisation, contact Sofia Mussa on 020 7269 6339 or email@example.com.
STRATEGY The NCVO’s blueprint for the year ahead The NCVO has published its annual blueprint for the year ahead. The Road Ahead 2020 provides NCVO’s annual analysis of the pressures facing the charity sector in the next 12 months, including how charities will need to continue navigating changes in the political landscape; continued pressure on charity funding; and the potential model offered by decentralised movements - such as Extinction Rebellion - for securing support and engagement from younger people. The analysis also looks at the opportunities for charities to be influential local voices as the political focus moves to ‘left behind’ towns and cities; the future of fundraising, as data shows that EU privacy rules have resulted in fewer potential donors being approached for cash; and cybersecurity concerns. On this last issue, the report says “Cybercrime will continue to be a huge risk and email fraud is predicted to become even more sophistic ated ... In order to protect their valuable funds, assets and good reputation, it will be crucial for charities to have greater awareness of cyber-attacks and put a range of security measures in place.” NCVO CEO Karl Wilding said: "The Road Ahead will hopefully help charity leaders plan for the next year. The charity sector will be as vital as ever for all the people it serves, and NCVO has produced this analysis so that charities can head into 2020 with confidence." NCVO Charity Digital News Charity Digital News Civil Society GOVERNANCE Regulator targets poor accounting practices The Charity Commission and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have signed an information sharing agreement that will see the charities regulator refer cases of poor professional practice by accountants and finance professionals in the sector to the ACCA. The Commission’s ultimate purpose in signing up to the agreement is to provide a mechanism to alert ACCA to poor practice and, by raising the standards of ACCA practitioners undertaking external scrutiny work for charities, help charities comply with their accounting framework and legal requirements. Nigel Davies, head of accountancy services at the Charity Commission, said the agreement allows the two organisations to “better serve the public interest by promoting high standards of accountancy practice in and for charities.” He said that by working together, the ACCA and the Commission “will raise the standards of the profession and the awareness of charity accounting to assist charities to thrive and inspire trust.” GOV.UK Civil Society Online support surgeries for trustee chairs The Association of Chairs is running a live video series to support trustee chairs at small to medium sized charities on a range of topics. Association of Chairs CEO Rosalind Oakley said: “We often hear from Chairs that their roles can be lonely, and these sessions provide the opportunity to meet and chat through issues with their peers, wherever they may be based.” Topics covered by the online support sessions, which each last an hour and involve up to ten participants, include the roles of vice-chair and chair, running meetings, strategy and corporate governance. Charity Digital News MANAGEMENT New ACEVO guide for applicants to charity CEO roles ACEVO has published a guide about the questions that applicants should ask during the recruitment process for a charity CEO role. The guide notes that while organisations always undertake a thorough assessment of candidates before appointing a new chief executive, applicants don't always spend as much time weighing whether the organisation is right for them. ACEVO says this can mean new CEOs can sometimes encounter “unexpected challenges.” Consultant Ann Frye collaborated with ACEVO on the guide. She says: “For it to be most successful, the recruitment process must be a two-way conversation: as a candidate, you need to feel confident to share any anxieties, and in return, the organisation must be given space to interrogate and respond to your concerns.” ACEVO CEO Vicky Browning observed: “At ACEVO, we’ve seen too many examples of newly appointed CEOs who get their feet under the desk, only to find that all is not as it had see med." Civil Society Charity Today LEGAL New digital portal to strengthen safeguarding guidance The government has launched an online portal to give charities more support when handling safeguarding concerns or allegations. The portal provides a step-by-step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed, and access helpful resources and advice. Baroness Barran, minister for civil society, said: "It is absolutely right that charities have access to the best advice and guidance for dealing with any safeguarding concerns. Charities must be safe spaces for everyone - be that those who use their important services, volunteers or employees." The portal is to be promoted by six organisations which will highlight the significance of good safeguarding and locally available sources for advice and support. The organisations are Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE), Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) , Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), The Federation of London Youth Clubs – London Youth, and National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA). GOV.UK Government Computing UKFundraising Charity Digital News COMMUNICATION Charity Commission appoints new comms and policy director The Charity Commission has appointed Paul Latham as its new Director of Communications and Policy. He was previously director of communications at the Office for Fair Trading and has held senior communications roles at the CBI and the Strategic Rail Authority. Mr Latham said: “The charitable sector has never been more vital to our society, and its ability to thrive depends not least on effective regulation in the public interest. Strong, independent regulators ensure that wrongdoing is challenged, but moreover that good people and good ideas can flourish . . . In this context, impactful, strategic communications and a clear policy framework are essential, including in ensuring charity trustees can access the information they need to get things right.” Civil Society Charity Times FUNDRAISING Macmillan tops YouGov charity brand index Macmillan has topped the list of the most popular charities in the UK for the seventh consecutive year, according to a YouGov poll. Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation are in second and third place respectively in the YouGov CharityIndex Buzz Rankings. Guide Dogs, Dogs Trust, RNLI, Royal British Legion, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Mind rounded out the top ten. Amelia Brophy, head of UK data products at YouGov, observed: “Macmillan has remained the most positively talked about charity for the best part of the last decade, demonstrating they are clearly doing something right in the eyes of the public. In a time where there is heightened scrutiny of charities and how they are run, maintaining a positive perception is crucial in order for a charity to function effectiv ely and achieve the charitable goals which are vital to so many causes.” Oxfam took top spot in the most improved charities ranking after recovering from a high-profile scandal in 2018. Charity Times Third Force News The King’s Fund announces £3m fund The King’s Fund has announced a new £3m health and wellbeing fund to "boost communities’ health." The health charity said the scheme will offer funding and support for charities and community organisations to partner with NHS and local authorities when a lack of funding can make it difficult for local organisations to “share their knowledge of the community” with the sometimes overly-bureaucratic public health sector. Richard Murray, chief executive of The King’s Fund, said that charities and public sector can “struggle to work together,” despite “working towards the same goal.” He added: “By working together hand-in-glove, the voluntary sector, NHS and local authority organisations will be able to have a bigger impact on the health of their communities." UKFundraising Civil Society In-memory donors much more likely to leave a legacy A report from legacy consortium Legacy Foresight based on data from 22 charities says in-memory donors are three times more likely to leave a legacy, compared to regular donors who give via direct debit or standing order. Sue Pedley, head of donor research at Legacy Foresight, said: “There is now hard evidence to show that an in-memory relationship with a charity may also lay the foundation for a legacy gift. This research proves how important remembrance is as a motivation for legacy giving. We hope that this evidence will help make the case for greater, more thoughtful investment in in-memory fundraising throughout the sector.” UKFundraising Civil Society WORKFORCE Charity sector salaries continue to rise The latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library suggests the continued rise in salaries in the charity sector has caused a spike in applications for third sector jobs. Salaries in the sector increased by 2.6% in the last months of 2019, at a time when overall salaries in the UK decreased by 7.8%. The data show applications for work within the charity sector increased by 61.7% in the fourth quarter. This is the third highest sector growth rate in the UK after consulting (88.4%) and hospitality (71.6%). Charity Times CAMPAIGNS Employers urged to get staff walking National walking charity Paths for All wants employers to encourage their staff to get walking to improve wellbeing - and also reduce carbon emissions. The charity's Walk at Work award scheme offers employers one-to-one support on how to create a walking culture at work and where to find help and resources. Ian Findlay, chief officer at Paths for All, said: “The benefits of walking for mental health can’t be denied. Research has shown that physical activity helps to reduce anxiety and depression, and . . . On top of that, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to ignore the rising concerns and need for action around climate change. They have a growing responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and introduce policies which put the environment at the centre of their business activities.” Third Force News Back to Charity Times archive >>
GOVERNANCE Regulator bans trustees who used funds to go on holiday Two former trustees of an animal charity have been banned from holding senior charity roles after using the organisation’s money improperly, including to pay for a holiday. The Chichester and District Dog Rescue Society operates in East Sussex and Hampshire and aims to care and support stray and unwanted dogs in these areas. The Charity Commission was first alerted to problems at the charity by an independent examiner in March 2017, who had found discrepancies in its bookkeeping. New trustees are now in place at the charity. Amy Spiller, Head of Investigations Team at the Charity Commission, said: "Trustees are under an obligation to act in the best interests of their charity – by handling donations with care and stewarding funds towards the good cause they serve. The former trustees of this charity failed to deliver on this expectation – they were reckless with the charity’s money and used funds f or their own personal expenses. This almost cost the charity’s future and will have let down people who trusted this charity to help a cause they care about." Separately, Civil Society reports that nearly 7,000 people have petitioned the Charity Commission and the RSPCA to investigate how a dog rescue and rehoming charity is being run. The petition on Change.org claims that Animal Lifeline has unfairly turned down offers to rehome animals from the centre. The charity says the campaign has been orchestrated by an disgruntled individual who was informed that they could not provide a suitable home for a dog. Accountancy Daily GOV.UK Civil Society Regulator to probe footballers' charity The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) following concerns about the charity's relationship with its trade union. In November 2018, the regulator opened a regulatory compliance case to explore concerns raised about the charity’s relationship with the PFA trade union and their management of conflicts of interest. Despite extensive engagement with the trustees and other parties since then, the Commission maintains serious concerns. The inquiry will examine the charity’s relationship and transactions with other bodies and whether they are in the best interests of the charity and whether the charity’s activities have been exclusively charitable and for the public benefit, among other issues. Accountancy Daily Charity Times GOV.UK OPERATIONAL Fewer charities in England's most deprived areas A new report suggests that there are fewer charities in the most deprived areas of England. The report from New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), Where are England's charities?, says areas of England that are struggling economically, and which are typically located in post-industrial or coastal regions, are home to fewer charitable organisations. The report observes that necessary resources to set up and run a charity, including access to finance and volunteers, and specialist ‘civic’ skills, may be in shorty supply in deprived areas. Leah Davis, NPC's head of policy, said larger charities have a role to play. "Larger charities can support the smaller ones across the country by sharing resources and expertise, or by working with communities to form new groups. And funders can make their data available on platforms like 360Giving, so others can better target their giving as well, and fund for the long-term so communities have a better chance of sustained change," she said. Civil Society REPUTATION Consultation on responsible investment is launched A consultation has been launched by the Charity Commission into responsible investment and how investments can be aligned with the aims of charitable organisations. A blog post by Sian Hawkrigg, strategic policy adviser at the regulator, notes a growing desire among the public for transparency and an interest in “not just in what a charity achieves, but how it behaves along the way.” The Commission says some charities already have responsible or ethical investment policies, but it is keen to “ensure that others are not shying away from this due to a lack of awareness or the area being seen as too difficult”. Civil Society notes that charities including NCVO, RSPB, ClientEarth, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Nesta, Ashden Trust and Access, alongside law firm Bates Wells, formed a coalition last year to seek a legal ruling on responsible investment. Luke Fletcher, a Partner at Bates Wells, said that the regulator's launch of a consultation “seems a really positive move and direction of travel” - but he cautioned that there “are some underlying tensions in this area.” Civil Society Animal charity and non-profits listed on counter-terror guide Animal Aid, Greenpeace, PETA and Extinction Rebellion are among organisations included in a counter-terrorism police guide. The guide produced by Counter Terrorism Policing also lists neo-Nazi and far-right groups such as Britain First and Make Britain Great Again. Elisa Allen, PETA’s director, said: “This appears to be a sinister attempt to quash legitimate campaigning organisations – something that is as dangerous as it is undemocratic. The animal protection movement is a mainstream movement made up of thousands of organisations and millions of people from around the world who stand up against the exploitation and mistreatment of animals.” A spokesperson for Animal Aid said: “The inclusion of Animal Aid in this guidance, alongside other peaceful organisations, shows a fundamental lack of understanding of animal protection campaigning. It is imperative that th is damaging document is immediately withdrawn, and its content completely overhauled so that peaceful, progressive groups are not included within it." Civil Society COMMUNICATION Charity Film Awards 2020 shortlist is announced The Charity Film Awards 2020 shortlist from public voting has been revealed, with 125 charities listed, and includes entries from We are Sunshine People, Coppafeel!, Groundwork UK, CLIC Sargent, Muslim Aid, and Anthony Nolan. More than 65,000 members of the public voted for their favourite charity film and a panel of experts will now judge the shortlist. Simon Burton, co-founder of the Charity Film Awards, said: “The level of public engagement in the awards is spectacular and it is completely free of charge to the charities involved. The Awards give the truly creative films UK charities produce a context and shot of adrenaline resulting in a huge uplift in viewership, conversation and donations.” UKFundraising DIGITAL Charities to benefit from £8.6m digital fund grants Twenty charities have received £8.6m from The National Lottery Community Fund to improve and scale their digital services. Refugee Action, Relate, Citizen's Advice, Samaritans, Parkinson’s UK and Citizen’s Advice are among major charities who will use their share of the funds to either launch new digital projects or increase the impact of existing ones. Cassie Robinson, Head of Digital Grant Making at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this diverse set of organisations as they harness digital technology in creative and forward-thinking ways, to both transform the way they operate, and the way that services are delivered across the voluntary sector over the long-term.” Charity Digital News Civil Society FUNDRAISING Guidance to help with Charities Act reporting requirements Guidance to help charities comply with the fundraising reporting requirements in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 has been published by the Fundraising Regulator. An analysis of over 100 annual reports filed with the Charity Commission found that only 40% of charities included a statement on fundraising that met the requirements of the Act. Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, said: “Although our review has highlighted a low level of compliance with The Charities Act 2016 in terms of fundraising statements, we recognise that this is the first year of reporting in this manner. We are committed to working with charities, especially those with lower fundraising budgets, to promote better practice in reporting and the importance of providing a comprehensive statement.” Fundraising Regulator CEO Gerald Oppenheim added: “This first year of reporting gives us valuable insight into common issues arising in charities’ fundraising statements.” UKFundraising Charity Times Criticism of royal info on charity patronages Information held by Buckingham Palace on the Royal family's various charity patronages has been described as "inconsistent" and "incomplete." Caroline Fiennes from Giving Evidence, a research firm which wants charitable giving to be based on sound evidence, said there are “conflicting lists [of organisations which have a royal as their patron or president] on various websites” and information that is “markedly different.” Giving Evidence found it “extremely difficult to identify the patronages which are of UK registered charities,” she said, adding “We are still unable to isolate the UK registered charity patronages despite having now spent at least four-person-weeks on it. Hence the numbers often quoted in the press about the number of charities which various Royals are patrons are almost certainly wrong." Civil Society Does philanthropy work? Oxfam GB chief executive Danny Sriskandarajah and Rhodri Davies, the Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation, are among those taking part in a BBC discussion about the relative merits of philanthropy and whether the rich give more of their money to the state instead of charitable foundations. BBC News Back to Charity Times archive >>
FUNDING A happy new year for Scottish charities More than 60 Scottish charities are to share almost £1.9m of funding from new grant programmes launched by the Bank of Scotland Foundation. The programmes are designed to provide stability for small and medium sized charities seeking to make positive and lasting change by addressing disadvantage or social exclusion. Philip Grant, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees, said: “Our emphasis on social exclusion and disadvantage means that our programmes can continue to help to improve the lives of many vulnerable people across Scotland addressing areas such as homelessness, debt management, reducing isolation and supporting job creation," adding "As the current funding environment in Scotland becomes increasingly challenging, I’m very pleased to confirm that our new strategy sees us continue to provide core funding for charities. We know that core funding is hugely important.&rdquo ; Among the 62 charities to receive grants are: Epilepsy Action Scotland, Scottish Sports Futures, Simon Community Scotland, Beatson Cancer Charity and Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau. Third Force News DIVERSITY Women are still underrepresented in top charity jobs A report from the Fawcett Society says the UK is “generations away” from achieving gender equality as women remain seriously underrepresented in top jobs across society. The 2020 Sex and Power Index from the women's rights and equality charity found that women account for just over a quarter (27%) of charity CEOs. Meanwhile, there are only six female FTSE 100 chief executives – a figure unchanged since the charity’s last report in 2018. The report also reveals gender equality is "alarmingly" worse for women of colour who are totally absent from senior positions in many sectors. Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society chief executive, said: "Despite much lip service about the importance of having women in top jobs, today's data shows we are still generations away from achieving anything close to equality. If we want change, we have to make it happen." Charity Digital News note that the Fawcett Society is partnering with race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust on the pay and progression of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in the workplace. Charity Digital News Financial Times The Times The Guardian The Independent Daily Express MANAGEMENT Scottish charity names new chief executive Rebecca Simpson has been appointed as the new chief executive of Scottish arts in health charity Hearts and Minds. She has previously been schools and sustainable transport manager at Living Streets, and head of young people programmes at Youth Scotland. Simpson said Hearts and Minds “brings together my love of working in health and the arts. The work that Hearts and Minds deliver is very unique and provides so much joy for people at a time when they need it the most.” The charity is this year celebrating the 21st anniversary of its Clowndoctor programme and is seeking to further embed the professional practice of therapeutic clowning in Scotland’s healthcare provision. Third Force News SUPPORT Free online toolkit for smaller charities is upgraded The Charity Excellence Framework, a free charity performance online toolkit, has carried out upgrades aimed at offering support to small charities. The online toolkit covers issues including HMRC regulations and accessing government resources, and also fundraising guides featuring funder lists for smaller organisations. Charity Excellence Framework founder Ian McLintock said: “The biggest upgrade will be the introduction of social franchising. This will enable large multi-site charities, as well as groups of small charities, to access the core system, to create and control new functionality. For example, enabling groups of charities to easily create specialist quality marks and large charities to create their own framework models, with their own top-level dashboards.” Charity Digital News RISK Late returns risk reputations Charities risk reputational damage by submitting late returns, according to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Currently, 1,600 Scottish charities, or 6.5% of the total number, have missed their deadline for submitting the information and have still to submit annual documentation to the regulator. Maureen Mallon, OSCR’s chief executive, said: “Being a registered charity is something to be proud of and this status comes with a number of responsibilities. A charity that fails to meet their obligations can damage their own reputation and potentially affect public confidence in charities. Annual reporting allows charities to demonstrate the great work they do.” Mallon went on to note that the OSCR has the power to take action against charities who don't meet their obligations, and resources are allocated to engage further with organisations that are substantively late. Third Force News Helping charities better manage risk A downloadable set of codes has been published online by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) to help charities better manage risk. The codes help organisations to effectively carry out an internal financial audit. BP’s Audit Committee Chair Brendan Nelson explains in a promotional video released by the CIIA about how charities can best use the code's recommendations. “Strong, effective and well-resourced internal audit functions have a central role to play in supporting boards to better manage and mitigate the risks they face. The Code makes 38 important recommendations, including the right for internal audit to attend executive committee meetings, unrestricted access for internal audit to all parts of the business, and a direct line for internal audit to the chief executive. I urge boards, and in particular audit committees, to apply appropriately the Internal Audit Code of Practice to incre ase the effectiveness of their internal audit functions, in the pursuit of stronger corporate governance and risk management,” said Nelson. Charity Digital News GOVERNANCE Regulator bans trustees after theft of funds The founding trustees of Jole Rider Friends, a children’s education charity, have been disqualified from acting as a trustee or in a senior management role of a charity for 12 years after being held responsible for serious mismanagement of governance and finance. The Charity Commission found that David Swettenham and Helen King were guilty of serious misconduct and/or mismanagement in their handling of the charity’s finances and governance, and the pair also failed to comply with warnings from the regulator. Amy Spiller, head of the investigations team at the Charity Commission, said: “The trustees of Jole Rider grossly misused the charity in paying themselves unauthorised remuneration, and in doing so they betrayed their donors as well as those that could have benefited from this charitable support . . . Their behaviour throughout, both in the running of their charity as well as during this inquir y, was a world apart from that expected of trustees.” Swettenham and King say the Commission’s report contains “a serious and misleading distortion of fact” and have filed 27 separate formal complaints to the Commission. Civil Society Accountancy Daily Birmingham Sikh Channel charity investigated by regulator A Birmingham based Sikh broadcasting charity is being investigated by the Charity Commission over "serious regulatory concerns." The regulator said it launched a probe into the governance and financial management of Birmingham-based Sikh Channel Community Broadcasting Company Limited in November after concerns following a meeting with trustees. The commission said it would examine whether trustees had properly exercised their legal duties and responsibilities under charity law in the administration of charitable funds held by the organisation, and will also look at the financial management of the organisation and whether there has been private benefit to the trustees or former trustees, among other issues. GOV.UK BBC News VOLUNTEERING Public sector volunteers are 'less satisfied' than charity volunteers New research from NCVO suggests people who give their time to public services are less satisfied with their experience than those who volunteer for charities. The NCVO's Time Well Spent: Volunteering in the Public Sector survey of 10,000 adults found that public sector volunteers were more likely than charity volunteers to plan to quit. Seventy-six per cent said they would continue volunteering in the public sector compared to 83% of charity volunteers. Although 94% of those volunteering in the public sector say that they were satisfied with their experience, only 47% said they were very satisfied, compared to 58% among charity volunteers. Karl Wilding, chief executive of NCVO, said: “The differences we found in the survey are not always dramatic but along with what we heard in focus groups they do hint at areas for improvement in public sector volunteering programmes, particularly in terms of making role s flexib le and minimising bureaucracy . . . Good volunteering programmes can deliver great returns for communities and public sector bodies, but they do require investment, both financially and in terms of a real commitment from organisations to truly understand volunteering.” Civil Society CAMPAIGNS New charity to tackle inequality in Cambridge A new charity, Cambridge 2030, is being set up to help address inequality in the UK’s most unequal city. The top 6% of earners take home 19% of income generated in the city, while the bottom 20% take home just 2% of total income. The charity aims to bring together Cambridge City Council with businesses, charities, volunteers and academics to create a coordinated plan to address the problem. Executive councillor for housing Richard Johnson says there is a “moral responsibility” on organisations and firms that have profited from being based in the city to help address inequality, and that while the council is spending millions on its anti-poverty strategy, it is restricted by the funding it receives from central Government. The Observer OTHER Charity shop’s designer sale takes in £22,500 The Shelter charity shop in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge collected a record £22,500 during its 17th annual New Year sale of designer brands. The one-week event featured items from names including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry. The Herald Back to Charity Times archive >>
FUNDRAISING Older people are generous online New research about online charity donors suggests people over 65 are twice as likely as 18-24 year olds to set up a direct debit online to a charity. Meanwhile, the research suggests millennials are more likely to engage in one-off volunteering opportunities. The poll of 2,086 UK adults for Reason Digital also found that Facebook and Twitter are the most influential channels for inspiring popular charity engagement. Nevertheless, 15% of 65-year olds said they weren’t “passionate about any causes” despite being offered over 25 options. Elsewhere, the research found Gen Y is four times more likely than older people to be influenced by a cause they have seen online, and is particularly motivated by causes related to mental health and climate change. Matt Haworth, co-founder of Reason Digital, said fundraisers should "expand their digital skills in preparation for when the crossover between online and offline donations happens. Charities could also consider whether offline fundraising products can be translated to online and even focus on which services could work digitally – the potential this could create in reaching more people in need is huge." UKFundraising Focus on Muslim giving in the UK Naeem Raza provides FundraisingUK with an introduction to Muslim giving in the UK. He notes the Muslim community in Britain donates over £500m to causes around the world, including the UK. Volunteering among young people in the UK's Muslim community is also increasing. The author notes that although there are certain restrictions around compulsory giving (Zakat), voluntary giving (Sadaqah) has few limitations and can be paid by anyone for any amount. UKFundraising NEW YEAR HONOURS Charity leaders are recognised in New Year Honours list Fundraisers and charity leaders are among those who have been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Citizens Advice CEO Gillian Guy and Julia Unwin, chair of the independent inquiry on the future of civil society, were both made Dames. Scout Association CEO Matt Hyde was awarded an OBE for services to young people. Professor Jeremy Pearson, the British Heart Foundation’s longest serving associate medical director, was awarded an MBE for services to medical research. Nick Buckley, who founded Manchester’s anti-social behaviour reduction charity Mancunian Way, also received an MBE for his endeavours in voluntary services and the local community. Battersea CEO Claire Horton was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to animal welfare and Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland also received a CBE in recognition of her services to vulnerable people. Shelter CEO Polly Neate, and Claire Dove, who is the government's VCSE crown representative and chief executive of Blackburne House, also received the CBE. WheelPower CEO Martin McElhatton was awarded an OBE for services to disability sport. John Poyton, the CEO of youth work charity Redthread, Living Streets CEO Joseph David Irvin, and Charlotte Hill, the chief executive of Step Up To Serve, all received OBEs. Civil Society UKFundraising LEGAL Judge rules ethical veganism is protected by law Judge Robin Postle has ruled that ethical veganism is protected under the Equality Act 2010 as a philosophical belief. The ruling came during a tribunal in Norwich, in which Jordi Casamitjana claimed the League Against Cruel Sports, an animal welfare charity, wrongfully sacked him after he raised concerns that its pension fund invested in firms connected to animal testing. The ruling entitles ethical vegans to lawful protection from discrimination. Ethical vegans differ from dietary vegans as they also try to avoid all forms of animal exploitation in their lives, including wearing clothing made from animal products and not using products that have been tested on animals. The legal team representing Mr Casamitjana said after the hearing that animal rights activists could now even try to obtain a judicial review into whether the Bank of England’s use of tallow in £5 and £10 notes co nstitutes indirect discrimination against their devout beliefs. The Daily Telegraph Financial Times The Guardian The Times Daily Mirror Daily Mail The Sun Daily Express GOVERNANCE Union urges St Mungo’s boss to step down The Unite union wants St Mungo’s chief executive, Howard Sinclair, to step down after he mistakenly sent an email to a union official. Unite claims Sinclair wants to discourage staff from joining the union and accuses him of anti-trade union tactics. The email from Sinclair stated that there is “no need to change tac (sic),” adding “Our strategy should be to . . . stop more people joining and erode support.” Unite regional officer Tabusam Ahmed, referring to discontent over staff working conditions, said: “This email blunder has exposed Sinclair’s true colours. He must now do the decent thing and step down immediately to clear the way for negotiations to re-start with a clean slate.” A St Mungo’s spokesperson said: “St Mungo’s formally recognises both Unison and Unite and we actively encourage our staff to join the union of their choice and participate as they choose. " Howard Sinclair is due to stand down in the autumn. Civil Society ‘Serious concerns’ over Perth charity governance The majority of the board of Horsecross Arts, which runs Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall, has resigned following a critical external audit. Perth and Kinross Council said the audit raised “serious concerns” about Horsecross Arts’ governance and management, concerns which had “been magnified over the last year.” The charity had been criticised earlier this year for its use of zero-hour contracts. Council leader Cllr Murray Lyle said newly-appointed chief executive Nick Williams will remain in place, and has “the full support of the council and its staff.” BBC News VOLUNTEERING New Year’s resolutions don't feature charity work A YouGov poll suggests volunteering and charity work is typically low down on people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions. The survey of 2,020 UK adults in December found that, overall, volunteering or charity work was a priority for just 6% of New Year resolvers. UKFundraising CAMPAIGNS Charities and care groups push for long-term plan A number of charities and health providers, including the Independent Care Group (ICG), the NHS Confederation and the Alzheimer’s Society have demanded that Prime Minister Boris Johnson make good on his pledge to produce a “long-term plan” to solve the social care crisis. The ICG has launched its social care manifesto, calling on politicians to commit to investing more in care from taxation or National Insurance. Chair Mike Padgham said: “I believe that people are now willing to pay a little more through taxation or National Insurance if it means we, as a country, get a proper social care service to give our older and vulnerable people the care they deserve. We must also ensure people receiving publicly funded care receive it in their own home or close to where they live so they aren't forced to move away from their community.” The ICG also wants a minimum, agreed level of care fees to be instituted , along with VAT zero-rating for social care businesses, and greater powers for the Care Quality Commission to oversee commissioning practices. Daily Express Government’s ‘abject failure’ to promote cycling Charitable organisation Cycling UK has accused the Government of presiding over an “abject failure” to promote cycling, after Department for Transport statistics revealed that just 16.1% of people cycled at least once a month in England in 2017/18 – down from 16.9% the previous year, and 17.1% in 2015/16. Participation rates varied significantly from area to area, with just 5.9% cycling once a month in the London borough of Havering or in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, while 63.7% of adults in Cambridge cycled at least once a month. Cycling UK’s policy director, Roger Geffen, said a change of approach was needed: “From April next year the government has set aside no more money for councils to build cycling infrastructure. That's an abject failure for this incoming government to address the climate, air pollution and inactivity health-related crises the UK faces.” The Times OTHER Boxing charity helping youths tackle mental health The Guardian profiles Empire Fighting Chance, an inner-city Bristol charity, which teaches boxing to thousands of people aged eight to 25 while equipping them with the skills to tackle their mental health problems. The charity, which takes referrals from schools, pupil referral units, police, and child and adolescent mental health services, has built up a record of helping hard-to-reach young people who often do not respond to traditional therapies. The charity’s Training with the Champions programme combines non-contact boxing with counselling and mentoring for troubled young people who may be at risk of exclusion from school, substance abuse, or involvement in antisocial behaviour, often passed down through the generations. The Guardian Back to Charity Times archive >>
For Finance Directors looking to move into the charitable sector, you will often find that the responsibilities are very similar to that in the private sector - the role of Manager, Bookkeeper, and Financial Controller. So, what are the main reasons why Finance Directors decide to move into the Not-For-Profit sector? The key difference between roles in the private and third sectors are the strategic relationships your role will involve. In the third sector, you will face exciting challenges that are unique to the Third Sector, including generating income and funds for your Not-for-Profit organisation. The past few years have seen Britain in a period of uncertainty, which in turn has presented a unique set of challenges to British businesses. Charities and Not-For-Profit organisations face many unique challenges that other sectors do not come up against, and ongoing funding challenges and potential changes with EU funding that could be presented by Brexit have potentially tightened government and NHS contract margins even further. Uncertainty and economic instability surrounding Brexit has undoubtedly impacted many markets, including the Third Sector, although some claim the charity sector has bounced back and in the past year or two, we have seen the UK government finally talking about the charity sector. Although basic salaries tend to be lower than those offered in the commercial world, there are many other benefits, challenges, and reasons why Finance Directors choose to make the move into the charitable sector. 1. The feel-good factor Making a difference is cited as one of the main reasons senior-level finance professionals make a move. Sometimes, a personal calling and an affinity to a particular cause such as religion, animals, disability, health, the young and/or the elderly or poverty relief will drive this, whereas sometimes it may just be a general desire to give back and help, rather than generate profit for shareholders. 2. Charities tend to be more agile and reactive Not being answerable to shareholders, charities tend to attract a unique set of individuals who are bound by their principles and integrity and as a result, have a strong sense of wellbeing which can be refreshing in comparison to the private sector. Many cite their organisation's culture and working environment as a reason for working in the Third Sector. Being able to work in an environment where you are not restricted by red tape and shareholder’s demand for profit allows you to be agile and reactive to the causes you work so hard for. The challenges faced by a Finance Director in Not-for Profit organisations are very different, and as a result, can be much more rewarding. Whilst basic salaries are often lower, the benefits offered can be comparable if not better than the private sector with generous pension and holiday entitlements. and flexible working as well as softer wellbeing and lifestyle benefits often also offered. As a whole package, therefore, third sector roles can often be highly comparable to the private sector. 3. New opportunities and a diverse working environment As touched on above, the charitable sector tends to excel in compassion to the commercial world by offering a flexible and diverse working environment. Working patterns, hours or contracts which suit both parties or maybe offering the opportunity to travel internationally / be posted overseas for those charitable organisations which support global causes. The roles offered within the sector are often diverse and can range with regional staff on the ground supporting the people the charity supports, to retail and commercial operational teams, fundraising, lobbying teams, journalists, care and support staff through to the full array of corporate roles mirroring the commercial world such as Marketing, Finance and HR. What all these members of staff tend to have in common is that they are passionate and united by the cause they support which is very powerful and rewarding. These professionals share a passion and fight to help their cause and the sector which those in the private sector may not get. Ultimately, in your role as a Charity Finance Director, your commercial acumen gained from the private sector can be key to the charity not only surviving challenging times but in helping it thrive. In addition, you will be in a unique position the charitable sector offers in helping some of society’s most vulnerable by controlling costs, managing investments to generate more income, controlling capital projects, the financial management of key contracts and relationships, and ensuring the financial wellbeing of the charity. For more information on this article, or to speak to us about making your move into the Not-For-Profit sector, contact Claire Stradling on 020 7269 6351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.