An investigation into the self-regulation of fundraising, jointly commissioned by the Fundraising Standards Board, Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, has recommended fine tuning rather than “immediate significant structural change”.
UK Fundraising has more details at http://www.fundraising.co.uk/2014/07/18/self-regulation-fundraising-broadly-ok-pwc-concludes/
The Early Action Task Force has set out ways in which a future government could free itself from the stranglehold of short-term planning and save money as a result.
The Task Force’s report proposes a new investment strategy, including a ten-year government planning perspective, combined with firm five-year budgets in every spending review. It also advocates:
Neil Cleeveley has been appointed acting chief executive of NAVCA following the announcement that Joe Irvin is leaving NAVCA to take up the post of chief executive at Living Streets, the national charity that campaigns on behalf of pedestrians. Neil Cleeveley was deputy chief executive of NAVCA and will take up his new role on Monday 21 July.
Caroline Schwaller, Chair of NAVCA, said:
“I would like to thank Joe for his contribution to NAVCA and on behalf of trustees, staff and members wish him all the best for the future. I am delighted that we have someone with Neil’s experience to take up the reins. With the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure due to publish its findings at the turn of the year, these are exciting and challenging times for us. We will continue to campaign tirelessly on behalf of NAVCA members and the people they serve.”
Joe Irvin, said of NAVCA:
“It has been a real privilege to serve NAVCA members as their chief executive, and I am grateful to the trustees, staff and members for their support. I believe NAVCA members have an important role to play and look forward to the recommendations of the Commission on the future of local infrastructure later this year. I wish Neil, the trustees, staff and members of NAVCA all best wishes for the future, as I look forward to the exciting new challenge at Living Streets.”
Neil Cleeveley, Acting Chief Executive of NAVCA, said:
“We are entering really exciting – but challenging – times. Across the country infrastructure has been put under intolerable pressure by cuts but we are now seeing the first signs of a new found confidence from members as funders start to recognise the implications of losing their vital work. My role is to ensure that we have a strong national champion of local infrastructure. NAVCA must foster this new found confidence and help members to translate this into finding ways to deliver first class support for local charities and community groups.”
The Call to Action Progress Group set up by the Volunteer Rights Inquiry in 2011 has published its final report.
In a piece on NCVO’s website, the group chair highlights “two strongly held stances”: the need for a regulatory system to provide for fair treatment of volunteers and independent resolution of disputes, set against a belief by others that this would be impractical and disproportionately expensive and good management practice should be the answer instead. It also poses questions around the possibility of establishing an external appeals system.
The Human Dignity Trust has won its case against the Charity Commission at the Charity Tribunal, with the regulator instructed to add the trust to the Register of Charities. Civil Society Media report http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17812/.
Welsh umbrella body WCVA has a helpful article on “Three Government Statements made at the National Assembly for Wales, which complement each other on how public services in Wales can be improved.”
Two recent annual reports from sector regulators:
The Charity Commission (England and Wales) received 6,661 applications for registration in 2013-14 and approved almost five thousand. Other top statistics in the official news item, direct link to annual report (1.4MB pdf).
The Stanford Statistics for Good Group set out to understand whether “courtesy bias” truly exists among clients in the (USA) non-profit sector, and analysed user feedback in nearly 200,000 reviews. The research suggests that such feedback is less biased than many think.
250,000 hours of volunteering – Welsh young people challenge generational stereotypes
Young volunteers in Wales are challenging the ‘Generation Y’ stereotype having given over a quarter of a million hours of time to make Wales a better place.
This week’s government reshuffle of ministerial positions saw Nick Hurd leave and Brooks Newmark, MP for Braintree, take his place as minister for civil society. This includes responsibility for youth services as well as the voluntary sector. Civil Society Media reports Newmark as being “absolutely delighted”, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/17855/.
David Ainsworth, an editor at Civil Society Media, shares his simple five step guide to help you get your story in the news pages, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/blogs/content/17786/.
Based on a talk at a recent ‘Be Good, Be Social’ gathering in Glasgow, SCVO’s Chris Yiu gives three big themes for third sector leaders to think about: Digital, Data and Social, http://www.scvo.org.uk/blog/be-good-be-social-be-digital/.
The accountancy firm Grant Thornton has published ‘Growing communities: How charity leaders govern social media globally to thrive online’. Based on sector views and experience internationally and addressing strategy, governance, education, risk and measurement, it aims to create an environment that enables charities to thrive online.
Sector communications champions CharityComms have published ‘Working with agencies: How to be a smart client’, a best practice guide to help charities choose and manage their relationships with external suppliers, such as PR agencies or freelance designers.
A sometimes undervalued and often misunderstood role, the company secretary is intrinsic to organisational success in the charity sector. That is one conclusion from research undertaken for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.