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.
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’, http://voluntarynews.org.uk/news/2014/06/assessing-the-state-of-the-sectors-finances/ The review is led by NCVO, along with Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, NAVCA, and the Small Charities Coalition.
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”.
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”.
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.
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’.
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.
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.