ACEVO, the charity leaders network, and Charities Aid Foundation have announced a joint project to put charities and social enterprises at the top of the political agenda in the run up to the 2015 election. This will see the production of collections of essays by leading thinkers and politicians from the three major parties, to be published at the respective party conferences in the autumn.
nfpSynergy have an article illustrating how the anti-slavery campaign from two centuries ago has the hallmarks of great campaigns that we can still learn from today.
‘Abolishing the slave trade; the first global campaign’ at http://nfpsynergy.net/blog/abolishing-slave-trade-first-global-campaign
NCVO has published ‘Stepping Stones: The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes’, which calls for a major overhaul of how welfare to work schemes are designed and paid for. The government is urged to work more closely with charities and service users when designing contracts.
CollaborationNI has developed guidance to help voluntary and community organisations understand what is meant by the term “due diligence”. It has been devised to assist organisations considering merger or joint tendering to understand what is involved in the process of appropriate risk assessment when considering working collaboratively.
The Welsh Government has launched a review of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, which was the first such role in the UK. http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/childrenandyoungpeople/2014/140723-childrens-commissioner/?status=open&lang=en
The review will focus on six key areas:
A new website has been created for people who are interested in social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Social Value Hub, http://socialvaluehub.org.uk, aims to help councils, public sector commissioners and providers take advantage of the new legislation to deliver improved public services and cost-savings.
As reported by Social Enterprise UK, which reckons it will become biggest social crowdfunding platform in the country, http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/news/trillion-fund-and-buzzbnk-announce-merger-create-uka-biggest-social-crowdfunding-platform
The Canada Revenue Agency has ruled that preventing poverty is not a charitable aim, as it might benefit people who are not already poor. As reported by the Toronto Star in connection with Oxfam Canada, http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/07/24/tax_agency_says_preventing_poverty_not_allowed_as_goal_for_charity.html
Australia is hosting the G20 leaders meeting in November, and a “platform for dialogue” between them and representatives of civil society organisations has been created. A C20 summit took place in June in Melbourne, and has its own website at http://www.c20.org.au.
A new article on Stanford Social Innovation Review is ‘Boosting Nonprofit Board Performance Where It Counts’ which gives “Five recommendations for onboarding a new executive director”. Despite that horrible word, this is not a bad piece on the key early days of bringing in a new senior executive to an organisation.
Brought to our attention by a recent tweet via Acre, the ‘Marketing toolkit for community groups’ from Rural Action Yorkshire isn’t that new but is worth a mention.
The Rural Voice project worked with Insight Best Practice to create a marketing toolkit for community groups and village halls, which can be found at http://www.ruralyorkshire.org.uk/node/6709. Material available in pdf and PowerPoint formats.
While the Social investment tax relief system has only just been brought into operation (see http://voluntarynews.org.uk/news/2014/07/social-investment-tax-relief-full-guidance/), the government has already started a consultation on “design and implementation” to enlarge it scope. Responses by 19th September, https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/social-investment-tax-relief-enlarging-the-scheme
A new briefing paper from New Philanthropy Capital aims to help charities, trustees, and funders think through the implications of a federated structure. A federated charity consists of one central and two or more local organisations that operate under a single identity.
Wales Council for Voluntary Action has published its ‘Third sector statistical resource’ for 2014. The 33,000-plus voluntary groups across Wales had an income of around £1.6billion in 2012 – the same as in 2009. There was an increase in the number of volunteers and a trend towards organisations becoming less dependent on single sources of income.
Warwickshire County Council is creating a digital mailroom and is tendering for the image capture software to process the scans of the post that has been received. It should intelligently process them to recognise what sort of document it is, attach relevant metadata and then pass it to the message bus for transfer to the relevant system. It should work with images that have been scanned on a range of scanners
The approach will complement our existing architecture and integrate with it using open standards.
The contract is for an initial term of 2 years with options to extend it for a further 24 months.
The deadline for tender submissions is 12 noon on 26th August 2014
Warwickshire County Council will be using its e-tendering system (In-Tend) for the administration of this procurement process. Providers must register with the system to be able to express an interest. The web address for In-Tend is www.csw-jets.co.uk
Registration and use of In-Tend is free.
All correspondence or clarifications relating to this procurement process must be via the In-tend correspondence function. Providers must register on In-Tend in order to download tender documents and any other supporting information.
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Transparency campaigners the Open Rights Group has found that at least 54 registered charities in Scotland have websites which are blocked by one or more of the main UK Internet Service Providers.
Trainers and consultants sounddelivery have written a social media guide for the Association of Independent Museums. AIM has published it in the Success Guides series for those working in the museum and heritage sector, but it may well be of wider interest.
Another batch of reports from the Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services run by National Coalition for Independent Action has ‘The Rise and Influence of Social Enterprise, Social Investment and Public Service Mutuals’, plus two papers titled ‘Does Size Matter’, which take a look at emerging differences, and fortunes, of small and large voluntary services groups.