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Claire Stradling

Manager of Charities and NFP

I head up our charity and not for profit division specialising in Finance and HR appointments. I manage a team as well as recruiting for senior level Finance Director, HRD, and CFO roles myself both on a contingency and a retained basis.

I have a large network of clients within the charity sector including NGOs, large international and national charities through to smaller charities and not for profit organisations.

I have over 25 years in recruitment experience and still love the industry. Having a keen interest in charities and charitable causes myself, the move to recruiting for the sector was a natural progression. I have been lucky enough to win many awards throughout my career for my performance which is because I believe I really listen to both our Clients and Candidates and really try to understand both’s unique requirements prior to matching.

Being born and bred in Birmingham, I am a massive Aston Villa fan and try and watch as many games as possible either live or on the TV. I am also a big music fan and go to lots of Gigs. I love a good book and spending time eating and enjoying wine with friends.

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In October 2018 likeminded housing associations Metropolitan and Thames Valley Housing formally completed a partnership to form Metropolitan Thames Valley. Metropolitan Thames Valley provides housing at different levels of affordability for people living in London, the South East, East Midlands and East of England.

Travelzoo is a global media company with over 25 million members across 26 offices worldwide. They publish travel entertainment deals all over the world and have 500+ employees globally.


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Charity Times - 19/08/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

CAMPAIGNS Charity is 'overwhelmed' by selfie campaign More than 19,000 people have participated through a social media campaign from mental health charity YoungMinds encouraging people to share pictures of themselves as five-year-olds. The charity's #5YearOldSelfie campaign aims “to help young people going through a difficult time and encourage empathy, love and compassion towards themselves.” Emma Thomas, chief executive of YoungMinds, said the charity was keen on making better use of digital channels to deliver services. She said: "Through exploring new digital solutions, collaborations and partnerships we can develop further support and opportunities to meet [the needs of young people and their families]." Civil Society Celebs share family photos for dementia campaign The Alzheimer’s Society has launched an online campaign showcasing the family photos of celebrities, including Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips, singer Roy Stride and actress Sally Lindsay, who have a personal reason to support people with dementia. Six celebrities are participating in the campaign to promote the charity’s Memory Walks, sponsored walk events taking place in September and October. Charity Digital News Campaign focuses on threat to rhino reproduction The Save the F***ing Rhino fundraising campaign from Save the Rhino International is focused on the threat posed to rhino reproduction and the populations of the most endangered rhino species in the world. There are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos and fewer than 70 Javan rhinos, according to latest figures from the charity. The charity says the campaign is the “biggest, boldest and most urgent” campaign in its 25-year history. Charity Digital News WORKFORCE Call for 'urgent action' to tackle sector racism A campaign has been launched which calls for “urgent action” to tackle racism in the charity sector. The move follows Citizens Advice apologising and promising to launch an investigation after a training slide designed to assist its staff when working with BAME communities was criticised as “horribly racist.” Fatima Iftikhar, who uncovered the training material last week, said it was not a “one-off.” She is encouraging people to share their experiences of racism in the sector. “A few of us are coming together to launch this campaign #CharitySoWhite to kick-start wider conversation and action in the charity sector . . . We want people to understand that the Citizens Advice training is not a one-off shocking incident and that urgent action needs to be talking about institutional racism across the sector,” she said. Civil Society EU nationals in no-deal fear The 3 Million, which represents EU nationals in the UK, has said that plans by the home secretary, Priti Patel, to end rules allowing EU nationals to move to live and work freely in the UK suddenly in the event of no deal, were "reckless". Nicholas Hatton, co-founder of The 3 Million, said: "Ending freedom of movement without putting legal provisions in place for EU citizens who have not yet successfully applied through the settlement scheme will mean millions of lawful citizens will have their legal status removed." Stephanie Dawoud, spokesperson for Imix, an immigration communications charity, said: "It will be up to employers, the NHS and landlords to check whether someone has the right to be here or not. It is another announcement that feeds into the worst fears of EU citizens in the UK." The Guardian Charity criticised over £434k pay for boss Family planning charity Marie Stopes International has been criticised for handing chief executive Simon Cooke a £434,000 pay package in a year that saw it cut 1,100 jobs. Mark Flannagan, a former chief of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer who now works at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, called the remuneration deal “obscene,” adding that Mr Cooke should turn down a bonus equal to his basic salary of £217,250. Writing in Third Sector, Mr Flannagan said: “I cannot see how anyone can justify almost doubling what is already an extremely large salary for a charity boss.” Daily Mail Third Sector DIGITAL Outward Bound Trust is going digital Charity Digital News reports on how the Outward Bound Trust is going digital with digital transformation "quick wins" including a new digital portal for trustees that embraces technology already in place. Rob Sharpe, Digital Transformation Project Lead at the outdoor sport and activity charity, said: “The platform uses existing technology and has been a fairly short sharp win in terms of pulling the technology together . . . Because we’ve built it on existing infrastructure there is no additional cost to the Trust in doing this, but it will hopefully make a big impact in the way we engage with trustees moving forward.” Charity Digital News More than a third of charity staff lack digital skills Analysis by NCVO has found that over a third of voluntary sector organisations have reported that their staff don't have necessary digital skills. Thirty-six per cent of voluntary organisations said their staff are missing such skills, compared to 33% in private organisations and 53% in the public sector. Megan Griffith Gray, NCVO’s head of digital, data and planning, said the digital skills gap is a “serious strategic weakness for the sector.” A new initiative called the Catalyst, of which NCVO is a founding member, aims to provide more support for charities to boost digital skills. Civil Society RISK International Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2019 International Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2019 takes place between October 21st and October 25th and seeks to help the charity sector become more resilient to fraud. The main aims of the week are to: raise awareness of the key risks affecting the sector; promote and share good counter-fraud practices; and promote honesty and openness about fraud. A key feature of this year’s campaign is a free online awareness hub developed by the Fraud Advisory Panel, UK Finance and the Charity Commission. It's a one-stop shop for information, guidance and case studies, bringing together charity professionals from across the globe to discuss and share ideas on how to protect the sector. GOV.UK UKFundraising Charities report growing number of data breaches The Information Commissioner’s Office received reports of 118 data breaches from charities in the three months to March 2019 - exactly double the number received in the corresponding period of 2017/18. The charity sector accounts for 3.6% of the total number of incidents reported to data regulator. Civil Society LEGAL Shelter threatens Glasgow with legal action Shelter Scotland has sent a letter to Glasgow City Council (GCC), accusing the local authority of acting "unlawfully" in denying homeless people temporary accommodation. The charity says it has prepared a legal case to seek a judicial review at the Court of Session in the event of no response from GCC. Graeme Brown, Shelter Scotland director, said: "Quite simply, enough is enough. The facts are clear; Glasgow City Council is breaking the law; homeless people are being forced on to the streets.” Glasgow City Council robustly denied the charity's claims and accused it of creating an “unhelpful distraction.” “Rather than raising money for court action, it would be helpful if Shelter worked constructively with us to tackle the pressing issue of homelessness. We share a common aim and threats of legal action are an unhelpful distraction to this crucial work,” the local authority said in a statement. The Scotsman Third Force News The Times Woman admits Dogs Trust fraud A Northern Ireland woman has admitted abusing her position at a dog welfare charity to defraud it of more than £5,000. Adrianne Peltz pleaded guilty to using a Dogs Trust credit card for personal expenditures. The Dogs Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare charity and cares for more than 15,000 dogs each year through a network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK. A Dogs Trust spokesperson said: ""We have taken appropriate steps to recover the funds where possible, so that we can put them back into the vital work we do." BBC News FUNDRAISING Amazon to donate unsold items to charity Amazon says it will donate to charity hundreds of thousands of brand-new products that fail to sell. The company has announced a new programme that will ensure unwanted or unsold products from its third party merchants will go to a selection of British charities, including Barnardo’s, Newlife and the Salvation Army. A series of recent investigations had revealed that Amazon has previously sent millions of products to incineration or landfill when they cannot be sold. The Times Third Force News UKFundraising OTHER OSCR seeks new chief executive The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is seeking a permanent replacement for David Robb, who stood down as chief executive at the turn of the year after seven years in the role. A spokesman for OSCR said: “This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in OSCR’s vision for effective regulation which contributes to a flourishing charity sector in which the public has confidence.” Third Force News Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 13/08/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

STRATEGY Funding call to help charities prepare for no-deal Brexit NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has written to new civil society minister Baroness Barran and urged her to ensure that charities are not overlooked when no-deal Brexit preparation funding is distributed. “A funding package should . . . be set up specifically for charities that can help support communities with a range of needs in the event of a no-deal EU exit. This should provide grants that are easily accessible and require minimum administration, in order to ensure a swift distribution that can support the services that they will need to provide,” Sir Stuart wrote. His letter also called for the establishment of a “resilient communities fund” for local charities. Meanwhile, writing in The Guardian, David Brindle says Lady Barran has "a tough job to ensure charities don’t fall off a cliff" in the post-Brexit era. He notes that charities are increasingly anxious about the loss of European Union funding after Brexit and a lack of plans from government to replace it. Civil Sector Third Sector Charity Update The Guardian LEGAL Families allowed to make tax decisions for incapacitated relatives A judge has ruled that a family may make tax exempt gifts on behalf of a wealthy relative who has been in a coma for several years. District judge Sarah Ellington ruled in the Court of Protection that millions of pounds of gifts to family, charities and political organisations, which would reduce tax payable on death, were in the best interests of the man, who is in a persistent vegetative state. Lynne Rowland, a private client tax partner at Kingston Smith, called the ruling "ground-breaking," saying it sets a precedent for carers to cut tax bills, and has “huge implications for inheritance tax." The Daily Telegraph GOVERNANCE Share of charities not complying with suppression requests down 37% The Fundraising Regulator says the number of charities failing to act on Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) requests has fallen by 37% since March. Thirty-seven charities have transgressed the right afforded by the Data Protection Act 2018 and reflected in the Code of Fundraising Practice that anyone can object to marketing using personal data. Twenty-four charities have acted on the suppression requests since their failure to do so was published in March. Charities are required to access the FPS within 21 days after a suppression request from a member of the public. A spokesperson for the regulator said: “The number of charities accessing their FPS requests has risen steadily. There are several reasons for this, including the decision to name charities not acting on their requests as well as greater awareness of FPS and charities’ obligations under data protection law and the Code of Fundraising Practice." The spokesperson added: “The numbers will always be relative to the number of people using the service, and a spike in demand may mean the list of charities grows.” Third Sector Civil Society FUNDRAISING Livestream gaming is an opportunity for charities Livestreaming gaming platform Twitch is a great opportunity for charity fundraising, writes Chrissy Chiu for Charity Digital News. Twitch, which has more than 15m daily users, allows people to watch live video gaming and chat with other fans. More than $30m has to date been raised for charities on the platform by making use of popular games and the advocacy of gaming champions. Jeremy Wells, fundraising events manager at Médecins Sans Frontières, an experienced partner for charity livestream fundraising, says: “The impact is big and getting bigger. Summer Games Done Quick is our biggest fundraiser of the year – it brought in $2.1m last year out of $4.7m for our whole events program.” Charity Digital News Royal couple choose 15 charities to follow on Instagram The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen 15 charities and NGOs to follow on Instagram. The charities chosen by the royal couple for their Instagram account are: BeesCause, Pawsitive Change, Children International, BlinkNow Foundation, Love the Oceans, Art of Hope, Tiny Tickers, Global Wellness Day, Beyond Blue, Lion Guardians, Earth Day Network, Plan International UK, Free Wheelchair Mission, Waves For Change, and Rafiki Mwema. Simon Bishop, Plan International UK’s deputy chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be among their Forces for Change. We know the girls we work with want to see this kind of high-profile support for achieving gender equality, and we hope the Sussex es will continue to be champions for change.” Civil Society Daily Mail Concern about lack of 1p and 2p coin production Shadow charities minister Vicky Foxcroft says she is concerned about the potential impact on donations of a halt in production of new 1p and 2p coins in the UK. No such coins were manufactured in the year to March 2019. Civil Society notes that this is the first time this has occurred in decades. Foxcroft said: "Donating loose change remains one of the easiest and most popular ways for people to donate to charities . . . These small, one-off donations add up for charities and ditching small coins will have a damaging knock-on effect on small charities, and the causes they support.” A Treasury spokesperson said the halt in production does not signify a phasing out of the coins. Civil Society WORKFORCE Survey will record BAME workers' experiences of racism A survey to record Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) charity workers' experiences of racism in the sector has been launched by ACEVO and Voice4Change England. Dr Sanjiv Lingayah, research lead on the 'Making Diversity Count' project, said: “[The survey] is an effort to centre the diversity debate around BAME voices and experiences . . . [it] is a response to an evident lack of a focus on race equality, diversity and inclusion in the charity sector.” A report will be published in spring 2020. Civil Society DIGITAL Charities Trust is now in the cloud Donations management charity The Charities Trust has revamped its operations and customer service technology by adopting the cloud-based Appian Platform to improve its fund management systems. Lee Blackburn, Chief Technology Officer at Charities Trust, said: “Appian allows us the flexibility to remain unique in our business offerings, and the power to personalise our service for our clients and donors.” Charity Digital News RISK Auditors must help charities manage risk Charity auditors are well placed to help organisations in the sector manage risks, and not just financially but also around governance, safeguarding and regulation, writes Steve Harper, charities director at tax adviser Haysmacintyre. Accountancy Daily CAMPAIGNS Premier League clubs criticised for living wage failures Citizens UK has criticised several Premier League clubs for not paying their staff the living wage, despite spending some £ 1.41bn on player transfers this summer. Only four clubs - Liverpool, Everton, West Ham and Chelsea - pay their staff the living wage of £9 per hour UK-wide and £10.55 per hour in London, according to the Living Wage Foundation. The charity said that many cleaners, kiosk and ticketing staff and caterers to VIP boxes can earn as low as £7.50 an hour. A spokesperson for Citizens UK said: "Premier League clubs are huge profit-making global brands, but football clubs are supposed to be all about community. It can't be right that their pay policies leave workers struggling to stay afloat financially." The Independent BBC partners with charities for debt advice map The BBC has launched an interactive map with details of almost 500 charity partners who can provide financial advice to people struggling to pay their television licence. Dennis Hussey, money adviser at National Debtline, said: “Many callers are often afraid or embarrassed to discuss debts with even their family or close friends – I am often the very first person they’ve confided in.” Civil Society ​​​​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 06/08/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

FUNDRAISING Significant growth in payroll giving The Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) has reported substantive growth in the participation of companies and their employees in payroll giving schemes. The association awarded almost 65% more Payroll Giving Quality Marks this year. A total of 3,458 employers were awarded the quality mark in 2019, almost 1,500 more than were awarded in 2018. APGO chair Panikos Efthimiou said: “Payroll giving continues to demonstrate itself as a vital, robust and sustainable source of income for all charities . . . We are delighted to see this positive increase in quality marks." Civil Society UK charities can use Instagram donation stickers Instagram has extended its Stories donation function - first made available to US nonprofits earlier this year - to UK charities. The donation sticker on Instagram Stories is available to both charities and supporters to create a 24-hour fundraising campaign on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform. Aibhinn Kelleher, strategic partnerships manager, social impact team at Facebook EMEA, said: “People are using Instagram to raise awareness of the causes that matter to them . . . the Instagram donation sticker should be a valuable tool for the charity sector." UKFundraising Charity Digital News Website revamp for Rethink Mental Illness Rethink Mental Illness has undergone a "digital facelift" as it seeks to respond to growing demand for mental health awareness and support. The charity has collaborated with Dam Digital in the development of the site to enable quicker access to information and support. James Harris, associate director for communications at Rethink Mental Illness, said: “We really wanted our new site to bring a complete packaged experience to our users." Charity Digital News WORKFORCE Charity jobs could soon be enhanced by AI Charity Digital takes a look at how artificial intelligence could soon be doing the sector tasks that charity workers find repetitive and boring, thereby creating time to focus on innovation and growth. AI-powered processes have the potential to revolutionise the work of fundraisers, support services assistants, conservation scientists, and medical researchers. It’s noted that data and AI-driven approaches could make charity advice a commodity available to everyone and connect charities with their ideal donors. Charity Digital News FINANCE The first ever Charity Finance Week The first ever Charity Finance Week takes place from October 8th-12th. It's a dedicated week of events, content and thought leadership organised by Civil Society Media to focus on the challenges charities face, showcase their successes, and consider their impact. Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, said: "We see on a regular basis the vital role that charity finance professionals and their advisers play in building a resilient and dynamic charity sector, and wanted to give them the recognition they deserve," adding "the job of building and enhancing financial capability in the charity sector never ends, and Charity Finance Week will act as an essential resource for charity finance professionals and trustees." Civil Society VOLUNTEERS Fewer people are volunteering, survey says The latest annual Community Life Survey from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport suggests fewer people in England took part in formal volunteering last year. The survey says 36% of members of the public volunteered at least once in the year to March 2019, the lowest level recorded since the survey began in 2012. The number of people who volunteered at least once remained at 22%, the same level as the previous two years, but lower than in 2013 to 2015. Almost half of respondents (49%) who did not volunteer said work commitments prevented them giving up their time for good causes. Civil Society RISK Charities and cyber-crime Rachel Heath looks at the impact of cyber-crime on charities and how they can go about reporting breaches, highlighting that the National Cyber Security Centre has issued a guide on how charitable organisations can improve cybersecurity. The UK’s four charity regulators have held a governance review of the constitution and composition of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice committee and the SORP making process, with this undertaken by an Oversight Panel which comprised a representative from each of the regulators and an observer representative nominated by the Financial Reporting Council. BHP Christmas appeal will build on online improvements Samaritans has hired agency WPNC to build on recent digital improvements for its forthcoming festive campaign. The mental health support charity has been using a digital brand management platform to roll out its new identity across 201 branches in a bid to make it more accessible, easier to navigate and appeal to a wider audience, including young people. Charity Digital News GOVERNANCE Kick It Out vows to improve governance Anti-racism charity Kick It Out has completed an internal probe into claims of staff bullying at the organisation. The investigation followed a report in the Daily Mail that some workers had left the charity in recent years after being “verbally abused” by senior staff. The charity, which aims to tackle racism in football, denied the allegations but its independent QC-led investigation has now concluded with a pledge to improve its governance, support structures and policies for all employees. The charity said in a statement: "This year will see the arrival of a new chair at Kick It Out and the trustees will support the organisation in putting in place recommendations from the report . . . to ensure all are able to do what Kick It Out does best: ridding football of injustice and prejudice.” Kick It Out said it would not publicly release the findings of the review. A Charity Commission spokesperson said: “We have an ongoing regulatory compliance case into the charity Kick It Out . . . We will be reviewing the charity’s recent independent review as part of our case." Civil Society Charity Update Interim manager appointed to Christian charity The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries International, a north London based charity which exists to promote Christianity. The commission last year opened a statutory inquiry to look into a number of concerns at the charity, including the repeated late filing of financial information, and a failure in the administration which resulted in opportunities for significant losses to the charity to occur. The regulator is concerned over the trustees’ unwillingness to report serious incidents and also has questions over the governance of the charity. Charity Times PEOPLE New fundraising lead at Cats Protection Catherine Cottrell has been named as new director of income generation at Cats Protection. She is currently the executive director of fundraising and partnerships at Comic Relief and will assume her new role on September 23rd. “Cats are wonderful companions to so many people in the UK, and I believe Cats Protection can become a greater part of their lives, helping the charity see through its mission,” said Cottrell, who was also previously director of fundraising at Unicef UK and group head of fundraising at the RSPCA. UKFundraising CAMPAIGNS Workplace harassment advice line launched A free legal advice line for those experiencing sexual harassment at work has been launched. The service, which is backed by Time’s Up UK’s justice and equality fund, and managed by Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, will see advice provided by the charity Rights of Women. Actor and activist Emma Watson said the fact that the service is the first of its kind in England and Wales is “completely staggering.” Launching the service, she said: “It finally feels like people are realising the scale of the problem,” adding that she hoped global standards such as the International Labour Organization treaty on harassment at work will deliver “a new climate of prevention and accountability.” Deeba Syed, Rights of Women’s senior legal officer, said workplace sexual harassment remains a hidden problem, despite reaching “epidemic levels.” The Guardian Kids home alone during holidays The NSPCC has seen a surge in reports of children being left unsupervised at home during school holidays. The charity has urged parents to think carefully before leaving their children on their own after it published data revealing that 5,737 calls and emails were made to its helpline in 2018-19 about the issue. Of the 1,824 times the helpline was contacted about the issue last summer, 70% of cases were judged so serious that they were referred to the police or social services. The Independent Daily Mirror ​ ​​​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 30/07/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

POLICY New minister for civil society Baroness Diana Barran has been announced as the new Minister for Civil Society by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Barran founded the charity SafeLives in 2004 to help survivors of domestic violence and their families. She was CEO at the charity for 13 years before leaving in 2017. She has also worked at the charity sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and been a trustee at charities including Henry Smith Charity, Comic Relief, and The Royal Foundation. Baroness Barran takes over from Mims Davies who has been appointed as parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions. Meanwhile, Nicky Morgan, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will retain responsibility for charity taxation following last week's Cabinet reshuffle. The Treasury said that Morgan will still be responsible for “charities, the voluntary sector and gift aid”, in her new role. UKFundraising Civil Society RISK Charities report annual fraud losses of £8m Data released by Action Fraud indicate UK charities reported fraud losses of almost £8m last year. Accountancy firm RSM obtained the figures through a freedom of information request to the UK’s national reporting centre and found that charities filed 1,057 reports of fraud totalling £7.85m in the year to March 2019. The highest level of fraud losses was the result of employee fraud (£1.68m), followed by abuse of a position of trust (£1.63m), and mandate fraud (£1.23m). Nick Sladden, RSM's head of charities, said: "If staff receive the right training and if the correct controls are in place, there's no reason why these types of fraud attempts should be successful . . . While no-one wants to work within a culture of distrust, charities still need to be alert to the threat of insider fraud and ensure that proper checks and balances are in place to minimise the risk." He added: "While some larger charities may be able to absorb the losses from fraud, for smaller charities already struggling with cash-flow issues, a loss in the thousands can prove critical." Civil Society FUNDRAISING Increasing benefit from mass participation events Social causes are seeing growing benefit from mass participation events with the income accrued by ‘non-medical’ charities increasing, according to mass events agency Massive’s annual Top 25 ranking of the most successful charity-owned mass fundraising events for the year. The three fastest-growing events according to the ranking were Dryathlon with a 53% increase in income from 2017, Kiltwalk (46% increase) and Cupcake Day (25% increase). John Tasker of Massive said: "Over the last six years we’ve regularly seen new events successfully launch and deliver significant income in their first year and older campaigns refresh to reverse declines so it does feel like there is space for more innovation . . . Two of the fastest-growing events in the Top 25 were introduced less than two years ago and four out of five of events that are less than four years old grew in 2018 suggesting there is an opportunity and appetite out there for new mass participation events.” UKFundraising Animal charity launches rehoming text alerts Animal rescue charity Battersea is launching rehoming text alerts for donors who want to know whenever a dog or cat in the charity's care finds a new home. Each time the text is received the donor will automatically donate 25p to the charity via their phone bill. Jo Stone, Battersea's Public Fundraising Head, said "this service [is] a great mechanism for supporters to give to us in a new way, through their mobile phones . . . The great thing about this way of giving is that anyone can do it, as long as they have a mobile phone (smart or non-smart phone). When they sign up, we ask donors to can select their maximum weekly cap which they can change at any point, ensuring they are always in control of how much they donate.” Charity Digital News Digital wallet boosts NSPCC Charity Digital News looks at how digital wallet donations have led to an increase in giving for the NSPCC. An upgrade of the charity's fundraising operations with a focus on digital wallets was carried out in partnership with agency WPNC. The NSPCC and WPNC are urging other voluntary organisations to ensure they are making their digital giving process easy for donors. Louise Corden, lead digital producer for the NSPCC, says of digital donations: “When you are entering information for a direct debit you are entering your name and address and lots of extra fields, it can be off-putting . . . With PayPal, for example, you have those details already in your PayPal account. It already has your name. It already knows who you are, so in the background we can grab that information . . . For the potential donor, they feel more secure as they are not having to enter their bank details.” Charity Digital News Lady Hale in charity appeal for people who can’t fund lawyers Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, has appealed to the public to donate to a charity supporting people involved in civil cases who cannot afford legal advice. Speaking on BBC Radio4 Appeal, Lady Hale asked for donations to the Personal Support Unit. "I know how intimidating the civil and family courts can be for people without legal knowledge or help," Lady Hale, who is patron of the charity, told listeners. “The problem is in private law cases, that is cases where the disputes are within the family, not between the family and the local authority, and by and large legal aid is no longer available for private law cases unless there's been an allegation and evidence of domestic violence,” she added. The Guardian Local charities can get up to £20k of funding Local charities and community groups are being urged to apply for funding of up to £20,000 from a £3m funding pot raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding is available through three different trusts, each supporting projects focussed on specific themes. Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Between the three trusts, there’s scope for a huge array of projects to benefit and I would urge all groups to look at the funding guides and apply.” More than 300 groups were awarded grants earlier this year. Charity Today PEOPLE A new chair at the Association of Chairs Danny Curtin is replacing Ruth Lesirge as chair of the Association of Chairs (AoC) in September. The AoC is a membership organisation supporting chairs and vice-chairs of charities and social enterprises in England and Wales. Curtin, who is already a trustee of the AoC and has founded and chaired a youth charity and been CEO of a second youth charity and a social enterprise, said: “The association has been massively important to me. Five years ago, still in my mid-thirties, I was a new chair and in joining the AoC I found the support and expertise I needed. I look forward to playing my part, as chair, in helping to contribute to the next phase of our growth.” Civil Society GOVERNANCE Regulator freezes bank accounts of fund for refugees The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charitable fund for Rohingya refugees, which never registered as a charity, after concerns about how it was operating. The inquiry was launched in April 2018, after the Commission received information from a partner agency about their separate investigation into the fund’s two trustees Mohammed Hasnath and Ruksana Ali. The inquiry could not be announced until now due to the risk of prejudicing that investigation, which the Commission has been informed has now ended. The fund raised money between July 2017 and March 2018 for the prevention and relief of poverty of Rohingya refugees, via two online donation platforms and through social media. Civil Society LEGAL Liberty loses surveillance law challenge Liberty has lost its latest High Court challenge to surveillance laws. In its challenge to parts of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) 2016, the civil rights group argued that government surveillance practices were incompatible with human rights law. The charity told the court that the ability to interfere with computers, mobile phones and other equipment amounted to the greatest invasion of individuals' privacy. The group said the ruling allowed the government "to spy on every one of us". The Guardian OTHER Charities warn about Scotland's future Scotland could face a “dystopian” future, charities warn, with a heroin crisis, social disorder and economic difficulty following a mass cyber-attack. The RSA and the Orwell Foundation, taking inspiration from Black Mirror, have released a collection of stories designed to raise public awareness about future problems in an increasingly tech-dominated world. Third Force News ​​​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 23/07/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

POLICY Charities tell new prime minister what they want Charities want new prime minister Boris Johnson to ensure the sector is central to future governmental policies to unite the country. Acevo CEO Vicky Browning said: "Civil society leaders will work with the new prime minister and government to build stronger communities and a fairer society . . . We hope to build an honest, open and productive relationship between the new government and the social sector." Rhodri Davies, head of policy at the Charities Aid Foundation, said: "At a time of such political uncertainty, it’s vital that the new prime minister delivers the stability that charities need to fulfil our respective missions . . . Amid polarisation and division, charities bring people together, provide essential services and make a meaningful contribution to the UK’s economy." The Association of Charitable Foundations said in a statement that it wants the new prime minister "to recognise the irreplaceable contribution of the voluntary and community sector to our communities and national life, and to recommit to the government’s vision that the UK be the global centre for philanthropy practice." Sector leaders also want Mr Johnson to quickly resolve uncertainty about the Shared Prosperity Fund, highlighting the need to replace funding from the European Union. "It is vitally important that there is clarity about how the £300m funding that supports work in the sector to support those furthest from the labour market will be replaced – and speed up efforts to get dormant assets used to support deprived communities," the Association of Charitable Foundations said in a statement. Civil Society FUNDRAISING Fundraising more effective than branding for money, report says A new report says branding offers relatively low levels of predicted income compared to investment in fundraising. The Great Fundraising and Brands: Help or Hindrance? report from research agency the Philanthropy Centre and commissioned by ACA Philanthropy and Fundraising suggests investment in a charity’s brand is most effective when it is used to support fundraising. Philanthropy Centre CEO Adrian Sargeant said too many charities use their brand as "an object of vanity" and didn't understand that spending more on fundraising will generate more money. He said branding "attracts hugely more attention from a board because it’s perceived to be strategic and consequential for the organisation’s reputation" but fundraising "lacks the glamour afforded by the brand and can be perceived by a board as a purely tactical pursuit; a necessary evil that can be conducted by others." He concludes: "Our work shows the folly of this approach." Civil Society Third Sector Government urged to extend Gift Aid to higher-rate taxpayers A report from the Charity Tax Commission (CTC) calls on the government to allow higher-rate taxpayers to pass their tax relief on to good causes, a move it claims could be worth £250m a year. Charities can boost donations by claiming back tax the donor has paid from HM Revenue & Customs - via the Gift Aid scheme – but only at the basic rate. Higher rate taxpayers are able to claim the difference themselves but the CTC wants all the higher-rate tax relief to be automatically redirected to charities, with an opt-out if the donor wants it. Nicholas Montagu, of the CTC, said: “These recommendations could help bring the tax treatment for charitable giving into the 21st century and result in a huge increase in the amount of money available for good causes . . . Yet none of these proposals should involve significant extra public spending or lost revenue. It’s the right time to get on with this.” The Daily Telegraph Ticketing platform will give 50% of revenue to good causes New ticketing platform Ticketpass is partnering with GlobalGiving in a venture whereby it will give 50% of its revenue to charities. The “Give Back 50” pledge sees Ticketpass, a London-based Tech for Good social enterprise, agree to donate 50% of its booking fee revenues to charities around the world. Rachel Smith, executive director at GlobalGiving UK, said: “Ticketing holds a great potential for the millions of people who organise and attend events to make a contribution to community-led charitable projects from around the world." UKFundraising Inquiry into the future of the National Lottery MPs have launched an inquiry into the future of the National Lottery. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee wants to hear from people about their experiences and ideas to raise more money for good causes, and questions whether there is a need for greater flexibility. Damian Collins, chair of the committee, said: “A lot has changed since the first lottery draw was made in 1994, and this is the right moment to look at how the new licence should be awarded and managed. In particular, against a background of falling lottery receipts, we want to consider the sustainability of the lottery." Civil Society GOVERNANCE Programme will ‘close or revitalise’ dormant charities The Charity Commission is partnering with the UK Community Foundations' Revitalising Trusts programme to encourage dormant charities to either close and transfer their assets or else change their purpose and operate more effectively. The regulator has to date contacted more than 1,000 trusts that have either not spent any money or spent less than 30% of their income in the past five years. Newly-published guidelines form the commission states: "The Revitalising Trusts programme helps charities who find it hard to spend their income on the public benefit. Charity trustees can get help from the programme, and should discuss their charity’s future if it is hard for the charity to: get new trustees; spend your income; identify beneficiaries, and find time to run the charity.” Civil Society Regulator appoints interim managers to health charity The Charity Commission has appointed two interim managers to Island Health Trust, a health charity that seeks to promote the provision of primary healthcare in the east London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets, amid concerns about mismanagement of the charity's funds. The regulator launched an inquiry into the charity in November 2017 after concerns were made known with regard to the expenditure of charitable funds on strategic development. A substantive share of this expenditure involved payments to a consultancy owned by the charity's previous chair. Charity Times FINANCE Changes to SITR could boost uptake by £65m The government is being urged to adopt a range of measures to change how social investment tax relief (SITR) operates. Big Society Capital (BSC) says a range of measures could increase uptake by £65m over the next five years. SITR enables an investor to claw back 30% of the value of an unsecured loan to an eligible charity against their tax bill - but take-up has been slower than expected since it was introduced in 2014. BSC wants the government to increase the lifetime limit of how much SITR investment an organisation can receive to £5m and remove the restriction barring applications from organisations that are more than seven years old. It is also calling on ministers to expand the list of activities that are eligible to receive SITR investment. Cliff Prior, chief executive of BSC, said: “SITR presents another chance for the UK to be a world leader in the social impact investment space, a world leader in investing for good and improving lives and communities.” Civil Society LEGAL Power of attorney system exposes people to abuse, charity says The power of attorney system leaves people with mental health issues exposed to financial abuse and is not fit for purpose, a charity has said. The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute wants the government to reform the system and ensure mental health is a priority in its social care green paper. The report from the charity said people with mental health issues were resorting to “risky quick-fixes” when dealing with their financial affairs, instead of setting up formal power of attorney or other third-party agreements. Kelly Greig of law firm Irwin Mitchell said: “Currently the system simply does not work for someone with borderline capacity or temporary problems, such as mental health – it’s just too cumbersome." The Daily Telegraph The importance of good governance Julie Hamilton takes a look at the effect a recent court case could have on negligence claims against charities. The family of a man who died at Turning Point Scotland’s Link Up facility in Glasgow attempted to sue a project worker and the charitable company who ran the facility. The case underscores the importance of robust safeguarding procedures for charities dealing with vulnerable people. "If the procedures and policies had not been in place, or if the charity’s purposes were less specific, the judgment may have resulted in considerable financial repercussions for the charity," writes Hamilton. Third Force News Disappointment at lack of progress on Scottish charity law reforms The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) says it is “disappointed” by the Scottish government’s consultation outcomes on Scottish charity law reforms. The regulator helped instigate the consultation that ran from January to April. OSCR chief executive Maureen Mallon said: ‘‘We are disappointed that there is no indication that the consultation will result in a reform bill for charity law in this session of parliament.” Civil Society TAX Charity tax reliefs need ‘urgent overhaul’, report says A report from NCVO’s charity tax commission says tax reliefs offered to UK charities need to be urgently overhauled. The Reforming charity taxation: towards a stronger civil society report highlights several proposals including changes to the rules surrounding Gift Aid and other reforms that could incentivise giving and offer financial protection to charities. Sir Nicholas Montagu, chair of the commission, said: “It’s been 20 years since charity tax reliefs were last reviewed, and many of the rules were written for an analogue era. With people giving by text message and contactless payment, and with many donors themselves increasingly mobile, we need a system fit for the digital age if we are not to see the UK’s natural generosity held back." Charity Times Civil Society DIGITAL Free digital resources for charities The Media Trust charity has launched a range of free pre-recorded digital strategy webinars for charities. Each webinar module addresses the different stages of developing a digital marketing strategy. Jenny Walton, director of charity services at Media Trust, said: “The digital skills report and NCVO almanac reveal a serious skills gap with many small charities in the United Kingdom.” Civil Society WORKFORCE Gender pay gap among general charities far lower than other sectors The average pay gap at “general charities,” excluding organisations like independent schools, government-controlled bodies or housing associations, is just 2% in favour of men, according to research for NCVO. Non-general charities have an average gender pay gap of 16%, the research says. Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Stick to native wildflowers, says charity Plantlife has warned that local authorities should take care when planting eco-friendly wildflower verges, saying some using non-native seeds that could not support many British butterflies, beetles and bees. Dr Trevor Dines, a plant specialist and spokesman for the charity, said natural wild verges could support 1,400 species of insect, while some non-native seed mixes could only support up to 40. Plantlife is working with local councils in rural areas to encourage them to let verges grow naturally. Dr Dines explained: "We should let the native flora do the job for us or use natural seeding if they are not there, so we bring seed in from a species rich wildflower meadow to bring back the native species to our verges, parks and gardens." The Daily Telegraph Customers with bowel conditions can now use staff toilets in 800 Argos stores Argos has joined a scheme organised by the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity which allows people with bowel conditions to use its staff toilets in 800 stores. The Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s Can’t Wait Card is becoming more widely accepted across the country, with membership of the scheme costing £1.25 a month or £15 for a year and including a range of benefits such as a RADAR key which allows independent access to over 9,000 locked public toilets around the country. The Independent ​​​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 16/07/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

DIGITAL First recipients of National Lottery’s Digital Fund The National Lottery Community Fund has announced the first grants from its new Digital Fund. Eight organisations will receive funding of £3.4m in total to help them grow their digital capabilities, particularly around operations and service delivery. The beneficiaries are Wag and Company, Addaction, The Law Centres Network,Aberlour, National Ugly Mugs, Family Lives, Lancashire Women’s Centre, and Children 1st. Joe Ferns, UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director at The National Lottery Community Fund said: “In a digital society it’s important that charities and community organisations are not only able to adapt to be fit for the future, but can harness the power of digital to identify new opportunities to improve services to support more people. Now, thanks to Na tional L ottery players, these organisations can increase their digital capacity to have a greater impact in communities and support our sector to thrive in the digital age.” UKFundraising Charity Digital News Civil Society Partnership to boost digital skills A new partnership called The Catalyst aims to improve charities' use of digital skills and technology in dealing with social and environmental issues. It's been set up by digital social change charity CAST with £1.6m funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and it is also backed by the City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Community Fund, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Charity Digital chief executive Jonathan Chevallier said he was “particularly conscious of the nearly 90 per cent of charities who have less than £500k of income and the need to deliver support and assistance to them in a way which meets their needs whilst being scalable and believe the Catalyst can play a major role in this.” Charity Digital News WORKFORCE Staff at charity affected by domestic abuse given paid leave London based domestic abuse charity Hestia is to give its staff 10 days paid leave if they personally experience domestic abuse. Employees will get time off to access specialist support and aid recovery from their trauma. Hestia chief executive Patrick Ryan said: “Employers have a unique role to play in breaking the silence around domestic abuse and ensuring victims can access the help and support they need. If an employer believes that none of their staff are victims, they need to think again. Hestia is joining a small but growing number of employers who are making this additional support available for their staff. For too long domestic abuse has been nobody’s business and it is time it becomes everyone’s business.” Charity Today Charities are ‘unconvincing' on diversity The contributors to a new collection of essays and podcasts on diversity say charities efforts around the issue are typically "unconvincing and ineffective." Walking the talk: Putting workplace equality, diversity and inclusion into practice is published by charity think-tank NPC. Nathan Yeowell, Head of Policy at NPC, said: “We hope that by providing a resource for people who need practical help, and an outlet for those with criticisms and frustrations with the sector, we have added something valuable. If we can start having these sometimes-difficult conversations, we can work towards a shared understanding of what needs to be done and agenda for change.” UKFundraising FUNDRAISING Crypto has benefits for charities Charity Digital News takes a look at the "clear benefits" of innovations in blockchain and cryptocurrency for the charity sector, noting that fundraising platforms which accept cryptocurrencies offer opportunities to engage with new sets of donors. UNICEF and the Salvation Army are among charities to have registered onto the platform to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. Meanwhile, Breast Cancer Support and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution accept cryptocurrencies and English Heritage’s involvement in Giftcoin enables it to communicate with donors about how and where their funds are invested. Charity Digital News Little awareness of Fundraising Regulator Research commissioned by the Fundraising Regulator itself suggests that just 7% of people had heard of the regulator and knew about its role. "This report has demonstrated that awareness significantly drives trust in fundraisers. It also shows that trust correlates with giving behaviour. Therefore awareness-building should be a priority,” the report said, adding "There is the potential there to then create a virtuous circle whereby awareness of the Fundraising Regulator could increase alongside increased trust in fundraisers." The report polled 2,115 adults living in the UK. Charity Times Parliamentary group aims to boost philanthropic giving A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is seeking to increase philanthropic giving. The APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment has launched with the publication of a report, titled Philanthropy in the UK Today, that says the public and political narrative around philanthropy in the UK is “ambivalent at best.” The report says: “One of the APPG’s key roles is to address this ambivalence, by providing accurate information, a forum to debate these important concerns and undertaking a work programme that seeks to actively reshape the positive capacities of private philanthropy and social investment.” Civil Society LEGAL Charity probed over alleged funding of terrorism A Christian charity is being investigated by police amid concerns that it financed a terrorist organisation when it handed over a ransom fee to free hostages. Accounts for the year to July 2016 show that the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (Acero) charity paid £147,689 to “Iraq Hostages” during the year in which its overall income was £1.9m. “This matter is being investigated by officers from the National Terrorism Financial Investigation Unit, which is part of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (NTFIU) to determine if terrorist financing offences have been committed,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said. Civil Society Use of child spies to break gangs deemed lawful Allowing children to be used as informants in criminal investigations is lawful, the High Court has ruled. Charity Just for Kids Law brought the case against the Home Office over the use of children by police and other bodies in England and Wales. The campaign group said the safeguards in place were inadequate and the practice breached human rights, but the High Court said there was a "system of oversight" in place. The Home Office had argued that undercover under-18s helped prevent and prosecute problems such as gang violence and dealing drugs. The Guardian Financial Times BBC News The Independent CAMPAIGNS Deaf children face technology ‘postcode lottery’ The National Deaf Children's Society has warned that more than 11,000 deaf children across England are missing out on life-changing technology due to a "postcode lottery" of funding. Its research found that only 109 out of 152 councils fund radio aids for under-fours, although this figure has increased from 77 in 2016. Children with hearing loss may be given the £1,000 devices at school, but the aids are less commonly funded for home use - so families can use them in the car and outdoors, or when the children are doing homework or other activities. Local Government Association spokesperson Anntoinette Bramble said the charity is “wrong to suggest that councils have a duty to supply radio aids. However, as many as possible do so because they know that deafness can make life incredibly difficult for some children who experience it.” ITV News The Sun BBC News Children are getting sunburnt at school There are calls for a country-wide policy on sun-safety in schools after claims children are getting sunburnt. There is no blanket guidance to keep children protected and councils in Wales say it is up to individual schools. Unions advise teachers not to apply sun cream to children, and some schools do not allow pupils to bring their own in because of allergy concerns. But parents said one application of sun cream before school is not enough. The charity Tenovus Cancer Care says one blistering sunburn as a child can double the risk of skin cancer in later life, and called for the Government to make education on staying safe in the sun to be compulsory in schools. BBC News High rent eating up a third of household income Low-income families can’t afford to privately rent a typical home in two-thirds of the UK without relying on housing benefit, according to Shelter. The charity is calling on the government to build 3.1m more social homes after it found that there are 218 council areas where local families earning a low wage would be forced to spend over a third of their salary on rent. “Families in lower-paid jobs are having their bank balances bled dry by expensive private rents,” said the housing charity's chief, Polly Neate. The charity’s findings come at the same time Belvoir's rental index reveals that rents are rising by 1.5% year-on-year in Q1 of 2019. The Sun The Yorkshire Post ​​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 09/07/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

GOVERNANCE Growing interest in online register of charities The Charity Commission’s latest annual report shows views of its online register of charities increased by six million over the last year. In 2018/19, the online service received more than 38 million views, up from 32 million in the previous year. The report says the growing interest is indicative of "the huge and growing public appetite for information about charities.” The regulator said it had its “busiest year” for the year to March 31st 2019, according to the report. There was a 60% increase in the regulator's use of formal investigatory and enforcement powers compared to last time, 83% more reports from whistleblowers within the sector, and a 50% rise in the number of serious incidents reports. Meanwhile, the annual report shows 140 new employees have joined the regulator over the last year, with just 39 staff leaving. Overall staff numbers have increased from 305 in March 2018 to 410 in March 20 19. Helen Stephenson, the Charity Commission's chief executive and accounting officer, noted the work of a new "core change committee" to oversee the delivery of its five-year strategy, saying: “This year we have started to deliver on our ambitious new strategy under challenging circumstances, which include the growing demand on our core functions, making this the busiest year for us." Charity Digital News Civil Society The Daily Telegraph The Times FUNDRAISING Strategy to tackle diversity problem The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a strategy to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession. The IoF and its board of trustees have identified four key inequalities that need to be addressed, including: underrepresentation of BAME fundraisers; underrepresentation of disabled fundraisers; LGBT+ fundraisers who are not always able to be open in the workplace; and underrepresentation of women at a senior level. Sixteen initial activities are identified to deliver a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession. Sufina Ahmad, the IoF's Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “To have in one place a succinct but ambitious way forward for making the UK fundraising profession more equal, diverse and inclusive is a huge achievement . . . Individuals and organisations that champion this strategy are showing that they, like the Institute of Fundraising, are committed to working together to take an intersectional approach to addressing the well-known and well-evidenced inequalities that exist in the fundraising profession.” Charity Times Charity Digital News Little academic research into charities Two jointly-released research papers warn about the “paucity” of academic research around charities and philanthropy. The papers, published by the think tank Charity Futures and the consultancy Giving Evidence, say 184 relevant academic studies covering the charity sector have been published since 2006, and these typically focus on a relatively small number of broad topics such as donor behaviour, charity governance and communications, the authors said. Sir Stephen Bubb, founder and director of Charity Futures, said the research papers "confirm[ed] our suspicion that there was a paucity of in-depth research in our universities about charities and philanthropy . . . That needs correcting if we are to increase charities’ and donors’ effectiveness. That is exactly why we are establishing the Oxford Institute of Charity, which will carry out research of the highest academic standard and which is targeted and geared to the search for more sustainable charity.” Civil Society LEGAL VAT ruling could cost charities ‘millions’ Tax experts say a recent European court ruling could force charities to pay millions of pounds more a year in tax if HM Revenue & Customs subsequently reconsiders its position on charities’ ability to recover VAT on fundraising costs. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) last week decided in favour of HMRC, which had argued that the University of Cambridge should not be able to recover some £182,501 of VAT it had paid on investment management fees. The ruling is likely to have a direct impact on charities with large investment portfolios and it may now be that HMRC reassesses its position on charities’ ability to recover VAT on fundraising costs generally. A change in HMRC policy in this area “could cost charities and other not-for-profit organisations millions," warned Sudhir Singh, partner and head of the not-for-profit sector at MHA MacIntyre Hudson. Civil Society Home Office scheme targets non-UK homeless An investigation by the Observer suggests the Home Office has devised a plan to acquire sensitive personal data from homeless charities that could be used to deport non-UK rough sleepers. The newspaper says emails from Government officials to the Greater London Authority show the Rough Sleeper Support Service programme ignores European privacy laws by passing rough sleepers’ personal information directly to the Home Office without their consent. The scheme is currently being trialled, but the emails also reveal Home Office frustration that the programme is still in the test phase because of a failure to agree a data-sharing deal between charities and local authorities. A Home Office spokesperson said the scheme enables “individuals to access support or assists them in leaving the UK where appropriate.” The Observer RISK Government urged to work with charities on online safety The New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) think tank wants government ministers to be more collaborative in their work with charities to ensure users are protected online. The think tank's recommendation is a response to the government’s Online Harms White Paper consultation. NPC Policy Manager Grace Wyld said: “Online safety is dependent on social norms which change rapidly . . . The whitepaper makes few references to the role of civil society and charities as part of the solution. To succeed, we believe the Government and its new regulator must work in partnership with charities to co-design efforts to empower users and build a better internet.” Charity Digital News Charity praised for response to ransomware attack St John Ambulance has been praised for its quick response to a ransomware attack. The charity said the attack took place on July 2nd and temporarily blocked it from accessing data that customers had provided when booking a training course. The organisation said it has informed the UK’s data protection authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and the Charity Commission. “It is worth noting that St John Ambulance has demonstrated strong incident response procedures here with a transparent and timely response notifying the public, police and the ICO,” said Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at cybersecurity awareness training company KnowBe4. Computer Weekly CAMPAIGNS Social care overhaul delay ‘costs dementia sufferers £15bn’ The Alzheimer's Society has published a report which calculates that families have spent almost £15bn on care costs for relatives with dementia in the two years they have been waiting for ministers to produce a frequently-delayed green paper on social care reform. The charity has demanded that the Government provides an immediate cash boost to help families survive while ministers come up with a long-term solution. The Government has spent £9.3bn on dementia care in the past two years. The Alzheimer's Society also says that since the social care green paper was announced in the 2017 Budget, people with dementia have spent more than a million unnecessary days stuck in hospital beds, despite being well enough to go home, at a cost to the NHS of more than £340m. Daily Mail Daily Mirror The Sun The Daily Telegraph Scottish teachers lack mental health support A charity has warned of a potentially "damaging" lack of mental health support available for teachers in Scotland. According to Barnardo's Scotland, teachers face increasing stress levels but there is "little opportunity" for them to receive care or support. In a new report, the charity notes a key issue highlighted by educators questioned was a lack of any form of professional supervision or dedicated time for reflective practice for teaching staff in relation to their own mental health and wellbeing. It argues that teachers should have access to similar support to other sectors who work with children, describing the gap between professions as "stark". The Herald Thrones star backs NHS stroke campaign Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has backed a Royal College of Nursing programme which will train more nurses to be specialists in neurorehabilitation and improve NHS and private care for those aged 18 to 40. The actress recently revealed she had a life-threatening stroke eight years ago and has since launched SameYou, a charity helping young people with brain injuries to access resources for recovery. The Sunday Telegraph OTHER Teach First attracts record number of applicants A record number of graduates have applied to the recruitment charity Teach First this year. In total 1,735 graduates have started at the Teach First summer institute, up 38% from last year. The bumper year comes amid a deep and prolonged recruitment crisis in teaching, with schools having particular difficulty recruiting staff in maths, science and modern languages. However, Teach First has increased the number of science and maths trainee teachers, up to 505 from 283 last year, with 95 recruits for modern languages, up from 48. The Times ​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​


Charity Times - 02/07/2019

Posted by Claire Stradling

FUNDRAISING Data privacy law had big impact on regular giving last year The EU data privacy law known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had a major impact on regular giving in 2018, according to Rapidata's Charity Direct Debit Tracking Report 2019. The report indicates that donor acquisition declined in the months before and after the new rules came into force in May 2018, and Direct Debit cancellations reached an all-time low. But the report says 2019 looks more positive, with 53% growth in the acquisition of regular givers from January to April of this year, and cancellation rates in the first quarter of 2019 also suggest the return of a more typical cancellation cycle, although lower than before, reports UKFundraising. UKFundraising Civil Society Third Force News IoF bolsters protection for fundraisers The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has strengthened its processes to protect fundraisers following calls for more to be done to protect them from abuse or harassment. The IoF has updated its member Code of Conduct, its complaints policy, and also introduced a Code of Behaviour for its training and events. Meanwhile, charity retailers are urging stronger penalties for abusive customers. The Charity Retail Association (CRA) says violence and abuse towards retail workers is a growing problem in charity shops. The CRA wants physical or verbal assaults on retail staff and volunteers to be considered an “aggravated offence” that would attract harsher penalties. Civil Society Giving Tuesday launches The UK’s fourth annual Giving Tuesday event takes places on November 28th. The Charities Aid Foundation, which co-ordinates Giving Tuesday activity in the UK, said that YouGov polling last year indicated that more than a quarter (26%) of the UK public who are aware of the movement are likely to do something for charity in the future. Henry Timms, the founder of Giving Tuesday, said: "I think this year’s going to a very big year for Giving Tuesday.” Last year, more than 2,600 UK charities and for-profit organisations took part. Civil Society Gift Aid hits record high of £1.35bn The total tax relief claimed by charities in the year to the end of March went up to £3.79bn, an increase of £100m, according to new figures from the government. Gift Aid claimed by charities reached a record high of £1.35bn - a near £900m increase on 2017/18. The rise follows a campaign to raise awareness about how the system works following a warning from HMRC that charities were missing out on an estimated £560m of Gift Aid each year. Third Sector Civil Society Rounding-up cashless donations service Sustainably has launched its rounding-up donation system to charities. The company's founders claim that by allowing individuals to round up their cashless transactions and donate their spare change to charity, it will “make it easier to do good” by offering “a new way of living and giving.” The launch was announced at the Fundraising Convention in London, Europe’s largest event for charities. UKFundraising Charities sign up for mobile donations app A mobile app that helps charities access mobile donations has signed its fiftieth charity partner. Parkinson’s UK joins charities including Shelter, Children with Cancer UK, Brain Tumour Research and Make-A-Wish on the Thinking of You app. The app allows users to send a thoughtful message to someone and add an optional donation to the chosen charity of the recipient or sender. Third Force News RISK New report reveals sector's biggest risks A new report from specialist insurer Ecclesiastical Insurance says charities must assume a longer-term view of risk or else contend with growing threats to their prosperity and security. The insurer's first Charity Risk Barometer finds that funding continues to be the major concern for all charities, Brexit is a significant issue for the year ahead, and reputational risk is a priority following the Charity Commission’s criticism of Oxfam’s handling of the sexual exploitation scandal. Among its recommendations, the report says boards need to regularly evaluate their risks and set time aside to properly consider the threats to the charity’s prosperity and security. Charity Today PEOPLE New CEO for National Autistic Society Caroline Stevens has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society. She will join the charity in November after six years as Chief Executive of KIDS. Dr Carol Homden CBE, Chair of the National Autistic Society said: “[Caroline's] exceptional experience as a leader in the charity and health sectors, combined with her own direct experience supporting her autistic son and as a member of our charity for 20 years, means she brings both new insight and grounded understanding of the day-to-day experiences of autistic people and their families to lead our charity for the future." Charity Today Charity founder step downs Ailsa Bosworth MBE, the Founder and CEO of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) has stepped down and taken on a new role as National Patient Champion. NRAS is the only patient-led UK organisation with a specific focus on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Prime Minister Theresa May, the charity’s patron, said:"[I] would like to take this opportunity to praise Ailsa for her commitment and dedication over the years. I wish Ailsa all the best for her future work as National Patient Champion.” Clare Jacklin, who has worked with Bosworth for the last 12 years, will be taking over as CEO. Charity Today GOVERNANCE RAF mess charity fraud inquiry The RAF has been criticised for "serious management failures" after a former clerk stole more than £72,000 from two mess charities. Zowie Davis admitted stealing the money over a two-year period while working at RAF Honington in Suffolk and was jailed for 18 months in 2016. A Charity Commission report said the "significant" fraud left the charities in "a precarious financial position." Mess charities provide facilities and activities for RAF personnel. An RAF spokesman said: "We welcome the Charity Commission's report into RAF mess charities, and we have already taken action to address any issues in the report . . . We are committed to ensuring a robust system of policies, procedures and assurances is in place to mitigate against risk." BBC News CAMPAIGNS Online abuse victims must have the legal right to sue tech giants Social media abuse victims must have the legal right to sue technology companies, children's charities have said. The Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CCCIS) called for the forthcoming online harms laws to give victims of grooming and child abuse images a clear path to take class action suits against the social media platforms where the crimes took place. Meanwhile, the world's biggest tech companies have attacked the UK's push to impose a legal "duty of care" on them. The Washington-based Internet Association, whose members include Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter, said the UK regulations are disproportionately broad, undermine privacy, and will "produce a chilling effect on freedom of speech". The tech firms’ views were echoed by the UK newspaper industry, which warned that plans to regulate social media posed a danger to press freedom. The Daily Telegraph The Guardian The Times Financial Times Scottish politicians back MND campaign Leaders from all major political parties in Scotland have pledged their support to a new campaign from MND Scotland. A reception was held by the charity at the Scottish Parliament last week, hosted by Bob Doris with ministerial speaker Christina McKelvie. Craig Stockton, chief executive of MND Scotland, said: “We greatly appreciate the party leaders taking the time to reaffirm their support and join our campaign." Third Force News OTHER Brexit could trigger staffing crisis in care and nursing homes Charity Care England has warned that nursing home and care home residents could be put at risk by a post-Brexit staffing crisis, with more than 20% of staff in some areas of the UK from elsewhere in the EU. Professor Martin Green from Care England said: “We are already suffering a serious shortage of carers. Brexit will raise that to a critical level.” The charity is calling on the Government to make care workers exempt from plans to restrict migration for those earning under £30,000. The Sun ​Back to Charity Times archive >>​​