Charity

A post-pandemic ‘feelgood factor’ could result in people being more open to charitable giving because they are feeling more benevolent, fundraisers have been told. Speaking today at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s annual convention, which is being held online, Sue Pedley, head of research at the charity legacy consortium Legacy Foresight, speculated what impact a
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Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has appointed Paul Farthing as its chief executive.  Farthing, previously director of income generation and communications at The Children’s Trust, has today succeeded Nigel Harding, who retired earlier this month after three years in the role.  Before joining The Children’s Trust in 2018, Farthing held top fundraising roles at Age UK,
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The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a Christian charity that provided unsecured loans totalling more than £900,000 to one person.  The regulator said its probe into Citygate Christian Outreach Centre, which runs a church in Beckenham, south London, would also examine the charity’s awarding of payments and other financial benefits to trustees
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More than 110,000 vacancies in the care sector are leaving it facing the “most acute recruitment and retention crisis” in its history, not-for-profit organisations have warned.  The National Care Forum, which represents not-for-profit care providers, and four major care-providing organisations have warned the situation could leave tens of thousands of older people without access to
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An unregistered “corporate charity” received between £5m and £10m in furlough cash in May despite little public evidence the organisation has any staff, it has been claimed. An investigation by the Financial Times newspaper found the arrangements of a group of companies that received as much as £40m in furlough support in a single month
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The government is “not going to get anywhere” with its ‘levelling up’ or equality agenda without an overarching strategy, a former minister has warned. Justine Greening, a former minister for women and equalities and who served as the Conservative MP for Putney between 2005 and 2019, made the comments during the House of Commons Women
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A failure to establish successful partnerships between charities and private companies could result in corporates deciding to go it alone to meet sustainable development goals, a new report warns. The paper, which has been published by the leadership advisory and search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, says meeting the aims of the United Nations’ sustainable development
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The government is inviting charitable foundations to apply for up to £1.7m in match-funding to deliver a scheme that aims to tackle barriers to volunteering. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said the new Volunteering Futures Fund aimed to support high-quality volunteering opportunities for young people and those who experience barriers to volunteering
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Charities are being invited to apply for up to £10,000 in match-funding through a new £1.2m pot from the National Emergencies Trust. The charity has today launched its Local Action Fund to support community and voluntary organisations whose finances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The NET said it would match donations up to
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The Vegetarian Society has welcomed Richard McIlwain as its chief executive.  McIlwain joins from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, where he spent 11 years, including the past six as deputy chief executive.  He succeeds Lynne Elliot, who stepped down after eight years earlier this month to take a break before confirming a new role.  Before
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Tearfund has been accused of endangering an employee by covertly contacting immigration authorities about him in the midst of political unrest in the African country where he was working. Ben Nicholson, a former employee at the Christian development charity, was dismissed after Tearfund ruled his work permit was no longer valid in the country where
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Baroness Barran, the Minister for Civil Society, has been moved to the Department for Education as part of the government’s latest reshuffle.  Barran, who has been appointed academies minister, had been charities minister for just over two years. Her time at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic
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The youth development charity Tall Ships Youth Trust has appointed Alastair Floyd as its next chief executive. Floyd, who is head of philanthropy and partnerships at Guide Dogs, succeeds Richard Leaman, who stepped down last month after four years in the role. The trust provides sailing training to disadvantaged or disabled young people through its
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The support charity Family Action has won Charity of the Year at the Third Sector Awards. The winners were announced at a lunchtime reception in central London, hosted by the comedian Zoe Lyons. Family Action, which was named Charity of the Year in the over £5m income bracket, impressed judges with its response to the
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A change in the law in Northern Ireland means charities will be able to promote and sell lottery tickets online for the first time.  The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland has made an amendment to The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 to allow for the sale of lottery tickets through
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The new culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, plans to “hit the ground running” after Oliver Dowden was made Conservative Party chairman in yesterday’s reshuffle. Membership bodies have given a cautious welcome to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s revamped ministerial team as his latest reshuffle continued today. As the Office for Civil Society is part of the Department
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Maria Novell, fundraising and commercial director at Guide Dogs, has been appointed to the top fundraising job at Marie Curie.  Novell is the long-term successor to Meredith Niles, who stepped down in June after almost eight years at the charity.  A Marie Curie spokesperson said: “After achieving incredible success and following much reflection, Meredith wanted
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Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister, has thrown his support behind a new charity that aims to boost the financial literacy of young people, women and disadvantaged communities. The charity is being launched by the Financial Times and will replace the newspaper’s seasonal appeal, which has raised more than £19.5m over the past 15 years. 
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Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, has been accused of politicising the Charity Commission’s appointment process after he warned that some charities need to stop “hunting for divisions”. In an article published in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper yesterday, Dowden railed against what he described as “a worrying trend in some charities that appear to have been
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