Charity

Membership bodies have criticised “confusing” and “inconsistent” local authority grant funding after new research found that fewer than half of all councils are willing or able to identify charities when awarding discretionary grants. Research by Third Sector found thousands of small charities in England have accessed more than £17m in local authority grant funding since
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Scores of voluntary sector organisations have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died this morning aged 99. The royal family has asked people who want to mark his death to make gifts to “charities close to their hearts”. Prince Philip served as a patron or president of more than 750 organisations and carried
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The homelessness charity St Mungo’s had denied it has a “bullying and anti-union culture” after maintenance staff voted to begin indefinite strike action later this month. The walkout by employees in the charity’s property services department follows a claim in March by the union Unite of an anti-union bias by senior management at St Mungo’s.
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The charity Changing Faces, which supports people who have a scar, mark or condition that makes them visibly different, has appointed Heather Blake as its new chief executive. Blake, director of support and influencing at Prostate Cancer UK, will succeed Becky Hewitt, who announced in November that she planned to step down. Hewitt will remain
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Marie Curie has made two appointments to its senior leadership team. The end-of-life charity has brought in Tiffany Willcox in the new role of chief technology officer and appointed Amanda Oakley Smith as chief financial officer. Willcox, who joined last week from the optical retailer Specsavers, where she was head of technology, will lead the
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Anna Dixon, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, is to step down in June. Dixon has led the charitable foundation, which aims to help people enjoy later life, since 2015. She was previously director of strategy and quality at the Department of Health and a visiting fellow at The London School of Economics.
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This week, senior features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney and editor Emily Burt discuss what a return to the office might look like for charities when coronavirus restrictions are lifted later on this year. Many organisations will be contemplating how to return to the office, or indeed if to return to the office, if the
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The Prime Minister’s special adviser for civil society and communities is to leave his post in May, the day after an official report downplayed the problem of structural racism in the UK.  Samuel Kasumu, who is also co-founder of Inclusive Boards, an executive search firm specialising in creating more diverse business leadership, has been in
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The Charity Commission has opened inquiries into two connected conservation charities amid concerns about their governance and financial management. The regulator said it had opened separate statutory inquiries into the Aspinall Foundation and the Howletts Wild Animal Trust, which share two trustees: Damian Aspinall and his daughter Tansy. The commission said its inquiry into the
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A major educational charity has been the victim of an ongoing ransomware cyber attack that has paralysed its email, devices and telephone system. The Harris Federation, which runs 50 primary and secondary academies in London and Essex, said the attack was discovered on Saturday and had left about 37,000 pupils unable to access emails or
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Charities are unlikely to receive much of the funding earmarked through the government’s “levelling up”agenda because there are fewer charities in areas where the fund is targeted, new research indicates. The not-for-profit think tank NPC found there were 28 per cent fewer local charities per 1,000 people in areas prioritised for the government’s £4.8bn Levelling
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Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK for the past two decades, has announced plans to retire later this year.  She had intended to step down last year, but decided to stay on to help the organisation maintain stability during the pandemic, according to an Amnesty statement. Allen has been director of the organisation since
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Volunteering committees should help spearhead and permanently embed volunteering management and practice in the health and social care system in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. New research published today argues that the volunteer resources made available during the pandemic must become ingrained in the NHS and social care to help deliver on proposed healthcare
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Content warning: This episode contains discussion of sexual harassment and assault. In this month’s bumper special episode, features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney and editor Emily Burt look at sexual harassment and assault in fundraising. A week ago, allegations were made that the Chartered Institute of Fundraising had ignored allegations of sexual assault occuring at one of
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The Official Receiver will not appeal the High Court’s decision to dismiss the disqualification proceedings brought against former senior leaders of the collapsed charity Kids Company. The charges brought against the charity’s founder and former chief executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh, and a group of former trustees of the defunct charity were rejected at the High Court
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A veterans charity that lost almost £700,000 through mismanagement or unauthorised payments to trustees has been wound up by the Charity Commission. The regulator has published the findings of its long-running inquiry into Afghan Heroes, which found former trustees failed to take reasonable care in managing its finances and gained significant unauthorised private benefit from
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Barclays, Marks & Spencer and Deliveroo are among the companies shortlisted for this year’s Business Charity Awards. The awards, run by Third Sector, recognise the outstanding support given by businesses to UK charities and voluntary organisations. More than 80 companies have made this year’s list across 25 categories. Barclays has been shortlisted in the Long-term
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