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Report calls for urgent action to help
smaller charities survive **Current**
Foundation has launched a report calling on government, funders and large
charities to take urgent action if small charities are to survive turbulent
presents a candid analysis of the ten upcoming political, economic, social and
technological changes which will dramatically affect the operating landscape
for the 65,000 small and medium charities working at the heart of communities
across England and Wales.
Download the report
Gift Aid donations – are your donors paying enough
tax to cover? **Current**
The tax landscape has changed significantly over the last few years, with
around 50% of adults in the UK no longer paying any income tax at all (up from
around 42% only a few years back) and HMRC is very keen to ensure that Gift Aid
donors are paying enough tax to make the claim valid.
The public therefore need to be better equipped to know if they can or cannot
make charitable donations with Gift Aid added. Most Gift Aid donors
will be giving very intentionally and will understand that they will need to
have paid enough income (or capital gains) tax in each tax year (6 April to 5
April following) to equal or exceed the Gift Aid tax that we reclaim on their
Gift Aided donations.
new commentary by CTG Vice-Chairman Kevin Russell explores why
some donors are not paying enough tax to cover their Gift Aid donations, and
suggests ways to improve donor education.
Commission News - Winter 2016 **Current**
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Charity Disc Welcomes Talks With New Government **Current**
Northern Communities charity DISC has welcomed an early move to discuss the
new government’s approach to drugs and alcohol issues.Lisa Parker, Executive
Director for DISC, said she welcomed planned meetings by Collective Voice
with key government officials in the Autumn.
Ms Parker said: “It is vital that the new government hear our collective
voice, which speaks to improve drug and alcohol services.”
“DISC is proud to be one of nine voluntary sector organisations in
Collective Voice which came together to ensure that the voices of the drug
and alcohol recovery sector and those who use our services are represented
As well as discussing the government’s new approach to alcohol and drugs, the
roundtable discussions will cover:
· The implementation challenges of
delivering the key role assigned to drug and alcohol treatment in the
Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy published in March.
· The timing and likely content of
the delayed 2016-refreshed Drug Strategy, and the opportunities that may flow
· The structural and financial
challenges the sector faces, and potential solutions.
· Developing and emerging trends.
DISC is a partner in a number of innovative drug and alcohol treatment
services across the north of England. For more information please visit www.disc-vol.org.uk
Funding Advice & Support - Spennymoor **Current**
As you will be aware Spennymoor AAP (among other duties) supports the efforts
of local community groups and organisations across the AAP area in a number
ways. This includes helping local groups/organisations to raise funds
and to provide generic support and advice e.g. governance etc. Taking
this into consideration, we would like to inform you that an opportunity has
arisen for local groups/organisations to access free funding support and
Jason Turnough (Principal Community Development Project Officer) has been
allocated some dedicated time with Spennymoor AAP to specifically work on
external grant funding and associated governance arrangements for local
groups/organisations. Therefore, if you have a project in mind or
you feel that Jason could provide you with some further assistance then
please feel free to get in contact at the earliest opportunity. Jason
can be contacted using the details below:
Number - 03000 262 062
Please do not hesitate to contact Jason and he will discuss potential support
which may be available.
The VCS and impact of EU Referendum
For decades, the country and the voluntary sector
have been inextricably linked to the EU, not only financially, but also in
terms of regulatory approaches to delivering essential services. Leaving the
EU present a series of new challenges, both in the transition but also in the
Assembly Development Officer, Ann Atkinson has
pulled together information from a range of sources on the likely impact of Brexit on
the Voluntary and Community Sector.
– NCVO Initial Briefing **Current**
Although the full political, economic and social consequences of the EU
referendum will take some time to fully understand, NCVO has published an
initial briefing on Brexit that covers the main political, funding,
social, regulatory points and the role of civil society: Brexit:
Implications for the voluntary sector (PDF)
NCVO will be producing further guidance in the coming weeks and
months. To help them make these as useful as possible, they’re asking
for your comments and evidence– email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may still be time for you to take part in the free webinar, ‘EU referendum: Implications for the sector’, on 7th July,
3pm-3.45pm. This free webinar will look at the potential political
and policy implications of the UK's vote to leave the EU. It will be
presented by Chris Walker, who leads NCVO’s parliamentary work and
Elizabeth Chamberlain, who leads NCVO’s policy work on charity law,
governance and fundraising.
Brexit – DSC Briefing: what
charities can do **Current**
In their own briefing on the
possible consequences to the voluntary sector of the leave vote, the
Directory of Social Change say charities and community groups will no
doubt have major concerns about how the decision to leave the EU affects
their ability to continue helping their beneficiaries.
briefing aims to shed light on the fallout of the
decision to leave the EU, and assists charities and community groups in
identifying some concrete actions to take
Brexit – Impact of the leave
vote on current European Funding programmes **Current**
The Department of Communities
and Local Government (DCLG) and Big Lottery have issued statements to
VONNE on the impact of Brexit on current European Funding
what has been said here.
VONNE has been asked by the
Cabinet Office to collate any feedback on the impact Brexit is having
on the voluntary sector, the communities they support and what risks it
may pose. If you have any comments or feedback, please email
Carrie Brookes at email@example.com
Free guide to risk management for charities **Current**
Finance Group and accountancy firm Sayer Vincent have launched
a free guide for charities dealing with risk, which says charities don't
consider risks faced by their organisation. The guide, Rethinking Risk - Beyond
the Tick Box, tells charities that risk management should be integrated with
other management processes such as planning rather than treating it as a
80% of people who volunteer have also given money
to charity **Current**
Eight out of 10 people who volunteer for a charity have also made a charitable
donation in the last year, according to a new survey. The survey
had over 1,400 respondents and was conducted by the Do-It Trust, the national
volunteering database. It found that over 80 per cent of respondents who said
they had volunteered for a charity in the last 12 months had also given at
least once to another organisation in the same time frame.
Digital donations are the future **Current**
It's no surprise that technology has had an impact on charities. But how much
has the digital revolutionalready changed fundraising? And how can
charities make sure they are not left behind?
Fundraising guidelines **Current**
Following the publication of new
fundraising guidance by the Charity Commission it is more
important than ever for Trustees to understand the fundraisers' role within
your organisation. Trustees play a valuable role in raising vital funds for the
delivery of services for the beneficiaries of their organisation.
The guidance is an opportunity not only to
reinforce the governance of the organisation's fundraising activities but also
to re-invigorate your current and future Trustees' contribution to the
fundraising effort of the organisation.