The Guardian Charity Awards 2014 are now open for small and medium-sized charities (up to 1.5 million pounds turnover) to enter. Closes midnight, 25th July.
Nominations for next year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service should be made by 30th September. This is “the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities”, see https://qavs.direct.gov.uk. This year’s recipients were recently announced.
Third Sector Research Centre (http://www.tsrc.ac.uk) is going through various changes due to funding reductions. For instance, its Knowledge Portal at http://www.knowledgeportal.org.uk will continue to exist, but will no longer be updated after the end of the month.
Following the recent report by the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Review Group, five organisations have joined forces to urge early and decisive action on land reform in Scotland. The organisations are Scottish Community Alliance, Community Woodlands Association, Development Trusts Association Scotland, Community Land Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
We’ve recently featured a number of articles from Stanford Social Innovation Review. There is now a complete archive from the magazine, from 2003 to present, at http://www.ssireview.org/issue.
Charities Aid Foundation has published the report from the all-party parliamentary inquiry Growing Giving, which was set up to examine giving trends and to make recommendations.
There are 18 recommendations to increase the giving of time or money by people throughout their lives, ranging from setting up a post-careers advice service for older people, business schools to include courses in philanthropy as part of MBA programmes, to Student Unions increasing their promotion of volunteering.
New from Third Sector Research Centre ‘Reviewing the literature on pay and non-standard employment, taking a cross sector perspective’. It looks at what we know about “bad” or “poor” quality jobs in the third sector, trends and how the sector compares to the public and private.
A European research project, running until February 2017, is exploring the impact of the third sector and civic engagement on society as a whole, focusing on the role of social innovation.
The Digital Social Innovation project has been funded by the European Commission to build a living map of organisations that use digital technologies for social innovation. They will use the information supplied to build a community of digital social innovators across Europe and to understand emerging technology trends and the potential opportunities for supporting them better.
New Philanthropy Capital believes in impact measurement as a way for charities and funders to increase their effectiveness. They have published their four pillar approach which provides clear and practical guidance on developing an impact measurement framework.