Monthly Archives: November 2015

Observations (and a health warning) on the role of chairs in charities

Recent failures of governance at high profile charities such as Kids Company have been subject to many articles, much comment and some analysis.  I do not intend to add to this but have been reflecting on the role of trustees – and specifically charity board chairs and their responsibilities.

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Are we heading for a new Legacy Management Code of Conduct?

There’s been no escaping the recent review of the self-regulating Code of Conduct for Fundraising by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.

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A new principle in direct mail for fundraisers: Lean DM

Mark Dobson, The Software Bureau

It is certainly not an exaggeration to say that over the last few months charity fundraising has gone through the wringer.

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The Charity Commission should up its game on mergers – here’s how

Richard Litchfield EP

This week we published the second Good Merger Index, providing an unprecedented overview of not-for-profit merger activity in 2014/5.

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I challenge The Mail and The Sun to run a charity with volunteers

There is no question it has been a depressing year for all of us who feel passionate about our roles as fundraisers. For years we kidded ourselves that net income was the priority (and who can blame us for that when we could see how desperately beneficiaries needed the services that income provided) and that we just had to accept that some people would never like the techniques we used. Quite rightly we are now seeing a strengthening of the Codes of Practice and a major structural change in regulation.

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