Earlier this month, National Council for Voluntary Organisations published its 2015 almanac, reviewing 2012/2013 data on the state of the voluntary sector and its 160,000 organisations.
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There’s been a recent surge in interest around how well the world of grant makers and independent foundations work with others around them to achieve really meaningful social change. Third Sector has even written an analysis piece on this subject.
After the general election last week, it’s time to regroup. What might we expect from a majority Conservative Government that is pledging to implement its manifesto in full?
The world of fundraising self-regulation has a key decision to make. How should it respond to the lack of clarity in the Code of Fundraising Practice on whether fundraisers should knock on a door with a ‘no cold calling’ sticker on it?
In February I attended the launch of the final report of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector. It was something of an epiphany: I was back in the political and intellectual climate and culture in which I grew up. I sensed once more an independent voluntary sector that knew and felt its… Read more »
As the general election campaign gathers pace over the coming weeks, it is vital that charities and other civil society organisations actively involve themselves with the campaign.
I’m often reminded of a cartoon I once saw showing two fundraisers, sitting in a bar, looking depressed. One is bemoaning to the other how unsexy the charity he works for is, while the other looks on unbelievingly. I run the charity Changing Tunes, and it really is about as unsexy as you can get…. Read more »
“We prefer not to use the word celebrity”, a fundraiser for a major NGO told me some time ago. I’d used the phrase “celebrity supporters” in a magazine I was editing for the charity. The charity made much use of high-profile celebrities. She wanted it changed. What can we use instead? Something like, “our friends… Read more »
Many UK charities will have received some unwelcome news in the opening months of 2015 from their local government pension providers. While the funding position overall appears to have deteriorated, the change is not considered material enough to alter the underlying contribution rates. However, there is a sting in the tail for smaller charities in particular.
Third Sector has reported that the Cabinet Office awarded £95,000 in grants to two pairs of charities that explored mergers and ultimately chose not to press ahead. To some this might have raised questions about why grant money was spent on mergers that appeared to be unsuccessful –but this is completely the wrong way to… Read more »