Charities

Taking Care in Governance Decisions: The Charity Commission's Warning to the RSPCA

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The Charity Commission issued an Official Warning to the RSPCA on 22 August 2018, which criticised the organisation's recent decision to agree a substantial financial settlement with its former Acting Chief Executive upon his resignation in May this year. More …

Safeguarding and the Protection of Others: What Should Charities Do?

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Safeguarding hit the headlines again last week, as the International Development Committee published a report focusing on exploitation and abuse in the aid sector. In the report, MPs accused charities of "complacency verging on complicity" in relation to these issues, saying that "self-delusion" and a "collective failure of leadership" had prevented charities across the sector from tackling problems before they came to light. More …

The Bible Society's Data Breach: What Can We Learn?

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Following a cyber-attack on the British and Foreign Bible Society which led to a data breach by the charity in 2016, the ICO has recently fined the Society £100,000 for failing to take "appropriate technical and organisational steps" to protect its supporters’ personal data. More …

New Disqualification Rules for Charity Trustees and Other Managers

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From 1 August 2018, new rules will extend the criteria disqualifying certain individuals from acting as trustees or holding senior management positions in charities. The Charity Commission has recently published guidance on this which can be read in full here, but the essentials are summarised below. More …

Lessons Learned from the Presidents Club: Guidance for trustees on returning funds

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The recent events surrounding the Presidents Club Charity Dinner have brought to light a difficult situation that trustees of any charity may find themselves in (albeit on, hopefully, rare occasions) – i.e. where they are offered or receive funds from a source which has the potential to damage the reputation of their charity. More …

What 2017's Autumn Budget Does and Doesn't Do for Charities

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This week's budget made few mentions of the voluntary sector, and you might be forgiven for thinking the Chancellor had forgotten all about it. Scratch beneath the surface, however, and some changes can be found that will impact on charities which we explore below. More …

ICO fines charities for fundraising data breaches

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On 6 December the ICO announced that it had issued monetary penalties of £25,000 and £18,000 to two of the UK's best known charities, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Heart Foundation. More …

Transparency in supply chains statements will have a big impact

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The Modern Slavery Act has come under a lot of criticism from campaign groups, NGOs and human rights lawyers. Mostly rightly so. More …

If a charity fundraiser knocks on your door is it cold calling?

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This was just one of the questions the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) considered following a complaint it received about Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. More …

Good governance of universities

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A new voluntary governance code for UK universities has been published by The Committee of University Chairs (CUC). More …