Charity

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into an education charity due to “serious financial concerns”. The regulator said it was looking into the Abu Bakr Trust because of concerns about the charity’s governance, debt levels, financial reporting and mismanagement. The Walsall-based charity, which runs four independent schools and a mosque, is more than 240
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A 175-year-old charity for the vegetarian and vegan movement has rebranded with a fresh logo, website and newly named membership magazine. The Vegetarian Society has revamped its logo and website as part of a rebrand that cost just under £50,000. The rebrand is intended to reflect the charity’s “refreshed vision and mission and our desire
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The government’s withdrawal of funds from an interfaith charity sets a “terrible precedent” that should concern the whole voluntary sector, charity leaders have warned.  Sector leaders have warned of risks to charity governance after the government confirmed that it would not follow through on its funding offer to the Inter Faith Network for the UK
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Charities must engage with generative artificial intelligence in “safe and targeted ways” to fully understand its role in the voluntary sector, charity leaders have urged.  Speaking at the online launch of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ latest Road Ahead report, charity leaders stressed the importance of banding together as a sector to harness new developments
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The multiple sclerosis charity the MS Trust has promoted Lucy Taylor to chief executive. Taylor, who has spent the past three years as the charity’s director of fundraising and marketing, will succeed David Martin, who is retiring after six years in the role. Before joining the MS Trust, Taylor held roles at charities including the
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The rural support charity Action with Communities in Rural England has appointed Corinne Pluchino as its next chief executive.  Pluchino, who is director of fundraising, marketing and communications at the wetlands and wildlife charity WWT, succeeds Richard Quallington, who stepped down last year after eight years in the role.  Before joining WWT, Pluchino was chief
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The youth homelessness charity Depaul UK has appointed Alexia Murphy as its chief executive with immediate effect. Murphy has spent the past eight years working as executive director of operations at the charity, before moving into the post of deputy chief executive and then interim chief executive. Before joining Depaul UK she spent 10 years
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A major social care trust has merged with a smaller charity, in a bid to strengthen the organisation and improve capacity for social care provision. The Orders of St John Care Trust, a charitable trust that provides social care services to older people in England, is merging with The Fremantle Trust, a smaller social care
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Craft Central will close at the end of the month because of financial pressures, the charity has announced.  The charity, which operates a building used by about 70 contemporary craftspeople in the Isle of Dogs, east London, said that four staff would lose their jobs, plus one regular freelancer.  Craft Central, which said it already
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A museum collection charity has been criticised for removing a ‘best practice’ link to a glossary of inclusive terminology, after media reports highlighted the guidance for its section on Palestine. The Collections Trust, which works with museums to improve the management of and access to collections, has been criticised for removing the link to the
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The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into an Islamic faith charity following serious concerns that were raised regarding a third-party event held at its premises. The regulator launched a compliance case into the Al-Tawheed Charitable Trust in August last year, after it was reported that anti-semitic chants were made during a third-party event
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The arts and culture grantmaker Arts Council England has been forced to clarify its position on freedom of expression after sector backlash to updates to its guidelines for funded organisations. ACE, which currently funds 985 organisations through its 2023-26 Investment Programme, faced criticism from across the arts and culture voluntary sector after updating its funding
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Cockpit Arts, a charity and social enterprise that supports a community of contemporary designers and craft-makers, has announced Jonathan Burton has been appointed as chief executive.  Burton replaces Annie Warburton, who stepped down from the charity in December 2023 to take up the role of clerk and chief executive at the Goldsmiths’ Company.  He joins
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The Scottish government has said it is considering making its review of charity regulation independent, in response to calls from the voluntary sector. The government pledged in late 2022 that it would undertake a review of charity regulation in Scotland after the Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Act passed, which received royal assent last summer.
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Time is running out to submit entries for Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards 2024, which celebrate the significant contribution made by companies to UK charities and social enterprises. The deadline for entries in this year’s awards has been extended to 11:59pm on Thursday 15 February 2024.  There are 27 categories available to enter covering innovation,
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Barclays has said it will stop directly financing energy firms’ new oil and gas projects, after pressure from organisations including charities.  Oxfam GB last week said it would stop using the lender’s services, while other charities including Christian Aid and the Christian festival Greenbelt have also cut ties with the bank because of its financing
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Sector leaders have welcomed the appointment of David Holdsworth as the next chief executive of the Charity Commission, describing him as a “damned good regulator” who “really knows the guts of the commission”.  The Charity Commission announced yesterday that David Holdsworth, who was previously the regulator’s deputy chief executive and most recently held the top
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