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Implications of a federated charity structure

Sector News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 08:31

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.

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Updating Welsh sector stats

Sector News - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 08:27

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.

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Intelligent Image Capture for Digital Mailroom – ref. 1309

Warwickshire County Council Tenders - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 10:07

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

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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NATIONAL YOUTH ADVOCACY SERVICE: Senior Advocate Worcestershire: Part time: 20 hours per week.

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 08:00
£13,000 plus: NATIONAL YOUTH ADVOCACY SERVICE: You will be responsible for the delivery of specific services to the Local Authority and will carry a caseload of young people requiring advocacy support. Worcestershire

Problems accessing sector websites

Sector News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 07:16

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.

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Museums social media guide

Sector News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 07:15

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.

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The influence of organisation size and social economy

Sector News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 07:13

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.

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Learning from a failed campaign

Sector News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 07:09

A short article on The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network asks “Losing happens on the way to winning, but what steps should charities take after an unsuccessful campaign?”. What to do after losing a campaign.

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PITCH CONSULTANTS: Communications Officer

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 17:21
£17000 - £21000 per annum: PITCH CONSULTANTS: Fantastic opportunity for a talented Communications Officer to join a leading Birmingham based charity. Stourbridge

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT: Learning & Development Manager x 2

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 15:45
£18,500 per annum + Benefits: MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT: This is an opportunity for a highly skilled and experienced learning and development professional to join our team in Central & South West England on an initial 12-month fixed term contract to provide additional capacity. West Midlands

Reviewing sector financial sustainability

Sector News - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:57

A call for evidence on the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector has been issued, as part of a major review into the sector’s finances. For the review launch in June, see previous news item ‘Assessing the state of the sector’s finances’, The review is led by NCVO, along with Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, NAVCA, and the Small Charities Coalition.

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Bid to publish Scottish charity accounts

Sector News - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:41

The Scottish charity regulator OSCR has issued its annual report and accounts for 2013/14. In the annual report, OSCR has called on Scottish Ministers to consider a change in the law to allow publication of charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Register, “increasing transparency and accountability of charities and reinforcing public confidence”.

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Parliament looks at charity lotteries

Sector News - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:34

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into “society lotteries”, including the possibility of relaxing restrictions. Society lotteries (also known as raffles) are, according to the Gambling Commission, “promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society”.

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CHM: Fundraising Applications Assistant – Children’s Charity

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 00:00
£8.50 per hour: CHM: This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of our client's fundraising team, if you have previous experience in fundraising and a knowledge of marketing, you could help make a difference to special/disabled children and their families. Apply now! Cannock, Staffordshire

CRI: Managers - Substance Misuse Services (Job Ref: NM1247)

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 08:00
unspecified: CRI: Due to significant growth, CRI are looking for exceptional managers to fill a range of leadership positions across the Midlands. Midlands

Charity accounting framework from 2015

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:37

The two new Statements of Recommended Practice (accounting standards) for charities to use, for financial years beginning on or after 1st January 2015, have now been published by the joint SORP making body, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

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Improving management accounts for trustees

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:36

Hilary Seaward was awarded the Adrian Randall Prize in spring 2013 for her project to make management accounts more accessible for trustees without a finance background. She has produced her thoughts and progress so far in creating a better management account layout in ‘More of the wood, less of the trees’.

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Social enterprise as Scottish charity

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:35

The Scottish charity regulator OSCR and Senscot Legal have looked at some of the regulatory challenges that can arise for social enterprises applying for charitable status, in Scotland. They have produced a list of issues that anyone setting up a social enterprise should think about before applying for charitable status.

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Overseas operation details on charity register

Sector News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:33

Solicitors Bates Well Braithwaite has had assurances from the Charity Commission that the latter will be providing guidance on resolving security concerns about charities providing details about which countries they operate in, and related expenditure. Since January 2013 these have been mandatory questions in the Annual Return, and would otherwise appear on the revamped online charity register, which could be live soon.

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NATIONAL TRUST: Marketing & Communications Consultant

Guardian Charity Jobs - West Midlands - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 00:00
£27,916 per annum plus benefits: NATIONAL TRUST: Through providing colleagues with a creative marketing and communications consultancy service, you will help us to raise awareness of our visitor attractions and our conservation cause. Attingham Consultancy Hub
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