Charity

Many charity professionals, including a former board member of the Charity Commission, have hit out at the sector’s regulator after it mooted a possible inquiry into the purpose of the National Trust. The Telegraph newspaper reported over the weekend that current chair, Baroness Stowell, appeared to suggest the charity could face an inquiry into the
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Charitable foundations are being urged to be “more ambitious than ever” in using their resources to help communities through the coronavirus pandemic.  A report from the umbrella body the Association of Charitable Foundations says the outbreak and the climate crisis are having an “unprecedented short- and long-term impact on society”.  The report, Ten Pillars of
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Charities and social enterprises are being offered a free tool to help them assess whether they are ready for when the Brexit transition period ends at the turn of the year. The law firm Stone King has developed a Brexit Self-Audit Tool to help charities and social enterprises assess their readiness for the end of
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The animal welfare charity Battersea has welcomed Kelly Brown as its next director of finance and corporate services.  Brown, who joined this week from the position of director of corporate resources at Rethink Mental Illness, succeeds George Ruiz, who is retiring at the end of the month after seven years at Battersea.  Before joining Rethink,
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Charities are being invited to apply for up to £100,000 in grants from a £20m fund aimed at organisations that support people hardest hit by Covid-19. The Resilience Fund, being managed by the Charities Aid Foundation, will distribute funding of between £10,000 and £100,000 to both registered and unregistered charities in England, including community interest companies and
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An arts organisation that helped property owners avoid at least half a million pounds in tax by organising exhibitions in vacant buildings has been labelled a “sham” at the High Court. Preservation and Promotion of the Arts, a private limited company that describes itself as a charity, enabled owners of office blocks and business parks
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The suicide prevention charity Samaritans has appointed Julie Bentley as its next chief executive.  Bentley, who stepped down from the top job at Action for Children in February for personal reasons after 18 months in the role, will succeed Ruth Sutherland in November.  Samaritans originally selected Jeremy Hughes as Sutherland’s successor but abandoned the appointment
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Third Sector has launched a free digital fundraising event aimed at charity decision-makers. Taking place on 15 and 16 December, the digital fundraising forum combines business networking with expert speaker sessions on fundraising in a landscape that has been dramatically disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.  Each half-day event will combine short pre-arranged meetings between delegates and partner
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The Charity Commission has issued an official warning to a charity that was linked to the disappearance of clothing banks owned by other voluntary sector organisations.  The regulator said in 2018 that it had serious concerns about the management of the charity Helping Our Future and its relationship with third parties, including commercial fundraising companies. 
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