With lots of conflicting messages in the media regarding diet and heart health – it’s no wonder that some of us are confused as to how to advise our patients – especially if they come with the latest research findings or, worse, myths picked up from friends, family and the media.  Here we dispel some of the myths that patients bring into the surgery.  You can download and keep this in a handy PDFformat.

See more here: Cholesterol Myths

HEART UK Lipid Clinics

Lipid is the medical word for blood fats. Lipid clinics provide specialist support to people with raised blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) especially those people who are considered at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

The majority of lipid clinics take place in a hospital outpatient department and are run by a specialist, sometimes called a lipidologist, cardiologist or clinical biochemist.

You might be referred to a lipid clinic if:

  • You are intolerant to statins and other cholesterol and triglyceride lowering treatments
  • You do not achieve target lipid levels with statins or other lipid-lowering treatment
  • You have, or your doctor thinks you may have inherited high cholesterol (such as familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) or familial combined hyperlipidaemia (FCH))
  • You have a relative with FH or FCH and need to be screened
  • You have children with FH
  • You doctor is uncertain whether lipid-lowering medicines are right for you
  • You may require apheresis – this is a procedure that filters out the LDL cholesterol from the blood and may be needed by a few people at very high risk

» Click here to find a lipid clinic or LDL apheresis unit near you

See more here: HEART UK Lipid Clinics

Have you ever wondered what a medical ship looks like? –  Take a closer look at Africa Mercy

Mercy Ships’ the Africa Mercy, is the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. With 75% of the world’s population living within 150km of a port city, Mercy Ships can reach people who live with little or no healthcare in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Mercy Ships don’t have to build hospitals wherever they go, because the ship is a hospital, with five state-of-the-art operating theatres and all the facilities they need to carry out life-changing treatments. It provides a safe, clean, controlled environment, ideally suited for both patients and crew.

More here: Mercy Ships Africa Mercy

Living with a Colostomy

If you received your colostomy as a result of an emergency operation and were only told the news when you woke up, you may not have understood what the medical staff were saying. Those of you who were prepared in advance for your operation and given support by your stoma care nurse and consultant may still have experienced trouble coming to terms with the idea of wearing a bag.

The Colostomy Association has over 100 volunteers who are all willing to help with the adjustment needed for accepting and living with a colostomy. You can talk with them about anything and everything (except medical problems) and from them you will gain confidence. You will know that they too have experienced what you are going through.

Please use the links below to find information on many issues that ostomates may face when learning to live with a colostomy:

Colostomy Association – Living with a Colostomy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

23 December 2015

We would like to wish all our partner charities, donors, colleagues and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From all of us at Intersecond Ltd


Festive season opening hours

21 December 2015

Please note that we will be closed from 1pm on 24 December 2015, we will reopen on 29 December 2015 until 1pm on 31 December 2015.  We will resume our normal operation hours (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) from 4 January 2016.

Thank you for the continuing support!

Intersecond Ltd team

Don’t forget: you can always book a collection online at

Book your unwanted clothes collection online any time: Once you make your booking, we will be in touch to confirm your reservation, the driver will arrive to your address at the date agreed, and will collect all your clothes donation bags (whether it’s one bag or fifty one!) – no need to leave anything outside in the rain, no risk of bags being taken by someone else or destroyed by cats or foxes.

The most convenient way to donate your unwanted clothes to charities – just choose one to support at You can support HEART UK – The Cholesterol charity, Do Not Delay! Breast Cancer Prevention Project, Mercy Ships UK, The Colostomy Association, or just choose the “No Preference” option.

Visit the website and save it your favourites!


You can donate your smartphone’s spare capacity to crunch data for medical research

12 November 2015

You can now donate your smartphone’s spare processing capacity to help support cancer research. New app DreamLab has been developed by Vodafone Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

While your smartphone is charging overnight, it has plenty of spare processing capacity. The app automatically downloads genetic sequencing profiles from the Garvan Institute, and this is processed via the smartphone. When complete it is uploaded for the Institute to use. All while you sleep.

If the app is downloaded in sufficient quantities and used, then the Institute will have access to extensive processing power, all at no cost. For example, 100,000 installations would enable researchers to process data 3,000 times faster than at present.

DreamLab is available for Android phones.

Full story by UKFundraising

Campaign to allow charities to earn income by selling National Lottery tickets

29 October 2015

All charities could generate an income from the National Lottery, according to a new campaign, if they were allowed to sell Lottery tickets.

A campaign by the The Lottery Charity Partnership aims to persuade Camelot plc to allow national and local charities to sell National Lottery tickets via their websites. This would give them a chance to earn a share of the £333 million that newsagents, supermarkets and other retailers generate each year through selling tickets.

Charities could then earn 10p sales commission for every Lottery ticket sold via their website.

How would so many charities, many of them small, implement such a service? The National Lottery Partnership say that they can provide a plugin that will achieve this.

The sums involved are certainly considerable. Since 1994 the National Lottery has paid out £5 billion in sales commissions, none of which have been earned by charities.

To achieve this, however, the National Lottery Partnership needs to convince Camelot that there is demand. They are running an online petition on to try to achieve this, and they are seeking further support.

By UKFundraising

Charities to raise funds through split-ticketing rail travel service

28 October 2015

Trainsplit, the train travel booking service that helps passengers save money by using split-ticketing, is inviting charities to receive a share of ticket sales made on their site by supporters.

Split-ticketing has been used by savvy rail travellers for some time, but Trainsplit makes the process easier with just one transaction. The site lets travellers save money by spitting their journey into separate legs.

For example, a journey from Ascot to Bristol travelling at peak time and returning later the same day might cost £124.50 on one of the major sites but by splitting the journey into two parts – Ascot to Swindon and then Swindon on to Bristol – the cost would drop to £62.70, giving a saving of £61.80.

Even if Trainsplit cannot find a split-ticket saving, customers can still find an advance saving on the site against the standard fare bought on the day and the charity will still benefit. The site does not charge credit card fees.

How much?

Trainsplit’s average order value is around £50 so a participating charity would receive just over 50p on this level of transaction. The value of the scheme therefore lies in volume and persuading enough charity supporters to use it.

Charities can consider boosting their income by charging a small booking fee, and their supporters would still be saving money.

Trainsplit will be offering charities a dedicated white-label version so that supporters can simply visit and bookmark that page in order to benefit their chosen charity.

Monthly payment

Charities taking part in the scheme will receive a cashback payment each month based on the total value of any tickets purchased by the organisation, its supporters and/or their contacts.

Full story at UKFundraising

Proposed new body to regulate all charities could be funded by levy on those spending £100k-plus on fundraising

23 September 2015

It should replace the Fundraising Standards Board and take over the Code of Fundraising Practice, says the review led by Sir Stuart Etherington. Charities that spend more than £100,000 on fundraising could pay a levy.


A new fundraising regulator could be funded by a levy on charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising from the public, according to Sir Stuart Etherington’s review of the self-regulation of fundraising.

The review, published today, says the new body, provisionally called the Fundraising Regulator, should be established to replace the Fundraising Standards Board and assume the Institute of Fundraising’s responsibility for overseeing the standards for fundraising good practice. It says the FRSB should be closed down because it has been ineffective in regulating fundraising.

The review panel – chaired by Etherington and comprising Lord Leigh of Hurley, Baroness Pitkeathley, and Lord Wallace of Saltaire – said the new body should have tougher sanctions than the FRSB and should set its own standards for fundraising practice.

The review says the regulator should be better funded than the FRSB has been, receiving a levy on the approximately 2,000 charities that engage in public fundraising. It would have strong links with the Charity Commission and theInformation Commissioner’s Office, the review says, to ensure that charities followed its rules.

The review says the regulator should have a fundraising practice committee, on which a number of professional fundraisers would sit, and a complaints committee, which would handle complaints from the public.

Charities registered with the new regulator would be entitled to use a kitemark to demonstrate to the public that they adhered to its rules, while organisations that seriously or persistently breached the rules would be named and shamed and could be forced to halt their fundraising until problems were resolved.

The Fundraising Regulator’s reach should be universal and it should be able to adjudicate on any fundraising charity, body or agency, the review recommends.

It also recommends that the new regulator should report to parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on a regular basis in order to give parliament the opportunity to scrutinise its work on the public’s behalf.

The Fundraising Standards Board said in a statement that it was very disappointed that the review had called for its closure and for a new body to be established in its place.

Full story @ThirdSector

Facebook adds ‘Donate Now’ button

25 August 2015

Charities in the UK can now ask their supporters to give directly via Facebook, after the social media giant rolled out a “Donate Now” button previously available only in the US.

The button can be installed on both adverts and pages, it was announced by Facebook yesterday.

The move follows a trial using a select number of charities in the US, including the American charity the ALS Association which made use of the button during the social media trend the #icebucketchallenge last year.

Full story @CivilSociety

Virgin Money Foundation open for applications

14 August 2015

The Virgin Money Foundation announced its first round of funding earlier this week, worth £2m in the next year, but has been criticised for not being more generous to the North East by an MP for Newcastle upon Tyne.

Virgin Money announced the launch of the foundation’s first round of funding on Wednesday and said the first round of grant making will focus on community projects in the North East.

Virgin Money took over the running of failed lender Northern Rock, which was a generous charitable funder. Its charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, has been wound up, and for a long time it was unclear whether Virgin Money would launch its own foundation.

The launch of the Virgin Money Foundation was first announced in December 2014. Virgin Money will commit £1m a year, and chancellor George Osborne said the government would also make a £4m investment in the foundation, spread over four years. The money will come from Libor fines.

The foundation registered with the Charity Commission in April 15 2015, with charitable objectives to “promote sustainable regeneration of social or economically deprived areas of the UK”.

Organisations are now being invited to apply for grants worth between £10,000 and £50,000 for one year. Applications will close on September 28.

Full story @CivilSociety

Viral campaigns fuel £21m growth in mass participation fundraising

30 July 2015

Income from the 25 biggest fundraising mass participation events grew by more than £21m in 2014, although the ice bucket challenge and no makeup selfie campaign accounted for the vast majority of the growth.
Together the top 25 mass participation fundraising events raised £154m for charity in 2014, according to data compiled by events company Massive.

The top three events were the same as last year. Cancer Research UK’s Race for life came first, raising £51.5m. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning came second, raising £25.1m and Movember came third, raising £11m.
The no makeup selfie campaign was fourth, raising £8m for CRUK, and the ice bucket challenge was sixth and twelfth, raising £6.8m for the MND Association and £3.8m for Macmillan.

The fastest growing mass participation events this year was Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day, which raised £4.3m in 2014 up from £1.3m last year and climbed from 16 to nine in the ranking.

Movember saw the sharpest drop – almost 50 per cent from £20m in 2013 to £11m in 2014.

Cancer and medical charities account for 95 per cent of the income for the top 25, with just four non-medical charities represented in the list.

Only six of the or list saw their income fall from the previous year. 16 saw their income grow and three were new events.

Full story @CivilSociety

Video game industry ‘could be a goldmine for charity fundraisers’

15 May 2015

The video game industry could be a goldmine for charity fundraisers, according to Reuben Turner, creative director of the fundraising and marketing consultancy the Good Agency.

Speaking this week at a virtual conference organised by the international non-profit network the Resource Alliance, Turner said that with the number of gamers rising and the average gamer spending more than 20 minutes a day playing, the opportunity for charities to engage with them was significant.

He said the virtual currency held in the virtual bank accounts of video gamers represented an opportunity worth about £2bn.

Full story @ThirdSector

NSPCC is official charity partner for 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon

3 May 2015

The official charity partner for next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon is children’s charity the NSPCC. The charity hopes that its team of runners will raise £2.3 million at the event in April 2016.

Cancer Research UK, this year’s London Marathon official charity, has already raised over £2.4 million from the event.

Full story @UKFundraising

Competitiveness and attractive women make men give more on fundraising sites, says study

22 April 2015

Men give more money through fundraising websites after seeing that other men have donated large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman, according to research from University College London and the University of Bristol.

The report, published in the journal Current Biology and funded by the Royal Society, was based on a study of 668 fundraising web pages from last year’s London Marathon.

Each web page included a photo of the fundraiser, whose attractiveness was rated on a scale of 0 to 10 by four independent reviewers.

The study found that people on average gave about £10 more after seeing large donations – of more than £50 – made by other people. But when large donations were made by men to attractive female fundraisers, any subsequent donations from other men were an average of £28 higher.

Nichola Raihani, co-author of the report and a Royal Society university research fellow at UCL, said in a statement that the study did not find that women reacted in a similar way when the fundraiser was an attractive man.

For each fundraising page, researchers calculated the average donation from up to 10 donations before a large sum was given. The responses of up to 15 donors after the large donation were then studied in 12 categories, defined by the gender and attractiveness of the fundraiser and the gender of the person who made the large donation.

For both men and women, fundraisers who were smiling in their pictures on their fundraising pages were perceived to be more attractive than those who were not, and therefore received more donations, researchers found.

Full story @ThirdSector

Charitable donations totalled £10.6bn last year, says CAF report

7 April 2015

UK Giving 2014, published by the Charities Aid Foundation, shows the figure was £200m lower than the year before but says it was calculated differently.

Charitable giving by adults in the UK was £10.6bn in 2014, according to research from the Charities Aid Foundation.

The figure in CAF’s annual UK Giving 2014 study was £200m less than the corresponding figure the previous year. But CAF says that the two figures cannot be compared because a new research methodology was adopted in 2013.

The amount given in 2013 was £10.8bn, a rise of £1bn compared with £9.8bn in 2012, but still below the high point of £11.6bn in 2010.

UK Giving says that about half of men (48 per cent) and more than a third (37 per cent) of women did not give to charity in a typical month or support them in others ways – for example, by volunteering.

Overall, 43 per cent of British people did not support good causes or get involved in social action in a typical month.

According to the study, younger people were less likely to be involved with supporting good causes, with nearly three-fifths (58 per cent) of those aged 16 to 24 not doing anything for charities in a typical month. Those aged 45 to 64 were the most likely to be involved, with 63 per cent having done something for a good cause in the previous month.

The research asked people what they had done for charity in the previous month and the past year.

The typical monthly amount given by a donor was £14 in 2014, only £1 less than the highest monthly amount recorded over 10 years. People gave an average of £10 through sponsorship in 2014.

Cash was found to remain the most common method of giving, being used by more than half of the donors surveyed (55 per cent).

Poorer people gave away a higher proportion of their income, according to UK Giving. Those earning less than £9,500 give away an estimated 4 per cent of their income last year; those earning more than £25,000 gave 1 per cent of it to good causes.

Medical research charities received the most support, with 33 per cent of donors giving to causes in this area, followed by causes relating to children and young people (30 per cent), and to hospitals and hospices (25 per cent).

Animal charities had a good year, attracting 21 per cent of donations, followed closely by overseas charities, which received 20 per cent of donations.

Full story @ThirdSector

Fundraising Week 13-17 April 2015 will take place in London

A week of ideas and inspiration

Brought to you by Third Sector, Fundraising Week will be brimming with innovative ideas and fresh thinking to inject into your fundraising strategy, helping you take it to the next level. With a choice of energising live events this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to celebrate, learn, network with your peers in fundraising. Consisting of conferences, interactive half-day sessions and practical, hands-on workshops, plus executive roundtables and evening drinks, there’s guaranteed to be something here for all of your fundraising team.

More information @ThirdSector

Payroll giving take-up ‘is high in top-20 charities, but staff participation is low’

27 February 2015

A higher-than-average proportion of the UK’s biggest fundraising charities have set up payroll-giving schemes, but a lower-than-average proportion of their staff are participating in them, according to research by Third Sector.

The research found that all but three of the UK’s 20 biggest charities by fundraising income offered payroll giving.

Workplace Giving, a professional fundraising organisation that runs payroll-giving services, says 8,500 UK companies offer it – about 24 per cent of the 37,000 companies that, according to the Office for National Statistics, employ more than 50 people.

Third Sector’s research found, however, that the average participation by staff at the 12 charities that gave figures was 1.7 per cent, lower than the 6 per cent of employees that Workplace Giving says take part across all UK employers that offer a scheme.

Full story @ThirdSector

Get involved or risk bad charity policies, fundraisers told

1 February 2015

Fundraisers need to be more involved in policy-making or risk the government “losing the plot” when it comes to issues that affect the sector, the chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s policy advisory board said on 29 January 2015.
Mike Wade, director of fundraising and communications at the National Deaf Children’s Society, told delegates at a debate on the impact of the election, hosted by the Institute of Fundraising, that if fundraisers do not engage with developing policy they run there is a danger they will end up with bad policies that will damage fundraising.
Wade also warned that: “Whoever wins at the next election fundraisers are going to be operating in the most highly legislated framework we have ever had.”
He said the election presented an “opportunity” for fundraisers, but that “it is up to us shape the environment we are going to be working in”.
“To the few policy wonks we have got in the audience: we love you to death, you do fantastic work you really help get into the corridors of power,” he said. “But unless fundraisers are part of shaping the message there is a real danger of government losing the plot.”
He explained that when he became involved with the development of gift aid in 1998 “the thing that really shocked me was that lots of things had been discussed that just weren’t going to work” and that this was because “there wasn’t a single fundraiser around the table”.

Full story

Intersecond welcomes a new partner charity – Colostomy Assosiation

19 January 2015

As from 1 March 2015 we will be operating door-to-door collections of unwanted clothes for our new partner charity – Colostomy Association. Look out for our new bags, and thanks for your ongoing support!

The Colostomy Association is a registered charity (number 1113471) and a company limited by guarantee (company number 05623273).

What is the role of the Colostomy Association?

The primary role of the Colostomy Association is to represent the interests of people with a colostomy. They are experts in living with a colostomy and that experience is available to all colostomates, via personal contact with their volunteers.

The Colostomy Association is here to provide support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who has or is about to have a colostomy. The charity strives to raise awareness of what it’s like to have a stoma and what it means to live with a colostomy and by doing this, the charity hopes to address the general lack of public knowledge.

The ultimate goal of the charity is to champion issues that affect colostomates, their families and their carers.

How the mission is carried out

The organisational structure of the Colostomy Association is made up of seven Trustees, a General Manager and other full time staff who are fully trained and responsible for the administration of the Association. The charity also has a number of highly valued volunteers who give their help and support.

The head office is based in Reading, Berkshire and our office hours are from 9am-5pm Mondays to Fridays. The Helpline is available 24/7 and we aim to have a colostomate online able to listen and discuss your concerns. The 24h free helpline is 0800 328 4257.

Covering the country are over 100 trained and experienced contact volunteers who are colostomates. Contact volunteers are dedicated individuals who bring a human touch in what can sometimes be a delicate and emotional time. Our contact volunteers are often asked to talk patients before their colostomy surgery, and afterwards in hospital, usually at the request of the stoma nurse. Home visits by contact volunteers can also be arranged at request.

The Colostomy Association has a range of advisory literature, written by colostomates and nursing professionals, readily available on request. Plus the quarterly magazine “Tidings”.

The Colostomy Association attends organised stoma care nurses’ “open days”, where anyone can come and learn more about the colostomy in a friendly atmosphere and discuss any problems, questions or just enjoy the company.

The Colostomy Association also attends manufacturers’ and suppliers’, open days and exhibitions, where you can see what stoma bags, accessories and services are available. It’s a real opportunity to meet and share experiences with other colostomates.

For more information about the work of The Colostomy Association, please visit

Too many charities treat customer service as a burden, says report

14 November 2014

“Too many charities are undermining their own efforts to address donor churn by treating customer service as a burden and assigning value only to quantitative data, according to a new paper by the donor experience and relationship company Donor Voice.

The paper, Donor Churn: How to stop it before it starts and why current approaches prevent this from happening, says that non-profits are not putting enough emphasis on providing a service to their donors, with many having phone numbers that are difficult to find – often on purpose – and having highly scripted conversations with donors when they speak by phone.

It says that charities are running themselves like assembly lines in collecting data from donors that comes in only on pre-printed forms and disregarding handwritten notes and other feedback that does not fit into this format.

“The charitable sector runs the business as an assembly line, not a human enterprise,” reads the paper. “How can a sector built on serving others be compared to an assembly line producing widgets?”

The paper advises charities to be more proactive in soliciting donor feedback – for example, by running surveys that people fill in when leaving charity websites, which can then be acted on at the individual supporter level as well as providing data for quantitative analysis.

The paper says charities can stop their donor service operations departments being a place where “relationships and donor lifetime values go to die” by making it easier for donors to complain.”

Full story @Third Sector

Tourist attractions “risk losing income” if they don’t improve accessibility

23 October 2014

Disability charity Vitalise is warning some of the UK’s top tourist attractions, many of them run by charities or not-for-profit organisations, that they could be missing out on income if they do not improve access for disabled visitors.

The charity surveyed 100 of the most-visited tourist attractions in the UK. It found that:

  • 27% did not have essential accessibility information on their websites;
  • only 17% had all their staff trained in disability awareness;
  • only 15% were equipped with hoists – an indispensable item for many disabled visitors

As a result, Vitalise suggests that  tourist venues “could risk missing out on a share of £212 billion a year value of ‘Purple Pound’ due to lack of accessibility”. It highlighted the upcoming half-term break as an opportunity for tourist attractions to make the most of.

Yet a recent Vitalise survey found that 65% of people with disabilities have decided against visiting a tourist attraction because they found their accessibility information to be insufficient, confusing or difficult to obtain.

Full story @UKFundraising

London Marathon runners raise £250m in past five years

22 September 2014

A quarter of a billion pounds has been raised by London Marathon runners in the past five years, according to event sponsor, Virgin Money.
Virgin said they had “smashed right through” their own target of raising £250m in five years with a final total of £261.4m. Around £77m was raised through Virgin Money Giving, the charity’s own site.

Individual runners of the 2014 run broke a further record, raising an average of £2,407 each – bringing in a total of £53.2m.

2014 was the eighth consecutive year that London Marathon entrants broke the Guinness World Record for the largest annual single day charity event in the world.

Full story @CivilSociety

Over £11m raised for MND Association and Macmillan from ice bucket challenge

19 September 2014

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has raised £6.8m from the viral fundraising craze the ice bucket challenge, while Macmillan raised £4.5m.

The challenge, which sees participants chuck a bucket of ice water over their heads and make a donation to charity, has hit headlines over the last month. MNDA and Macmillan were two charities who raised the most from the campaign in the UK. In America, the charity ALS Association, which also supports those with motor neurone disease, raised around $100m (£61m) from the craze.

Full story @CivilSociety

Average income of registered charities up by 4 per cent last year

21 August 2014

The average annual income of registered charities in England and Wales rose by 4 per cent over the past year to £391,000, Charity Commission data shows.

Figures on the Charity Commission’s website also show that over the past year the sector’s total income grew by £3.1bn – or 5.1 per cent – to £64.2bn.

The figures are based on annual returns provided by charities to the regulator during the year to the end of June 2014. Because charities have 10 months to file this information, the new data mostly relates to the financial years ending in 2013 or late 2012.

Further analysis of the figures by the accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson – based on its own records of previous data releases from the regulator – shows that total charitable expenditure rose by 3.1 per cent to £53.54bn over the same period. This equates to 87 per cent of income, a figure that has declined slightly from a peak of 89 per cent in September 2012, the firm’s data shows.

Full story @ThirdSector

The impact of the expanding web on charities

6 August 2014

The Internet as we know it is currently growing and changing with the release of more than 1,400+ new generic top level domains (gTLDs) including .london, .ngo, and .coke. For charities, this presents a great opportunity to increase their online presence.

Whether you’re looking to attract more donors, increase SEO or interact with similar charities from around the globe, Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, the non-profit operators of the .org domain name and soon-to-come .ngo domain, shares how charities and not-for-profit organisations can take advantage of all the opportunities this new age of the web presents.

1. Your organisation’s website still matters

Websites will continue to be the anchor of any organisation’s online presence while search, social media and mobile apps compliment and support websites. A recent study run by Public Interest Registry found that 81% of web users consider an organisation’s website to be the most reliable source of information, with 60% considering Twitter the least reliable.

This validates the need for a website, and charities need to understand how the Internet is changing in order to make sure they can effectively use their websites to expand their visibility and properly communicate their missions.

2. Connect with the community

Through three years of research across the globe, Public Interest Registry found that non-governmental organisations are looking for the ability to connect other members of the community including other NGOs, volunteers and donors. By connecting with charities that are similar in size or mission, charitable organisations are able to share best practices in order to help advance their missions. Social media sites are one way that charities can interact with volunteers and with donors.

Recognising this, Public Interest Registry has also created a portal for .ngo websites that has a searchable directory and dedicated profile pages giving charities higher visibility, and allowing them to be found by other charities and donors alike. As an added bonus donors will be able to donate to the charity straight from the profile page.

3. Highlight your differences

While common causes unite charities, each organisation has a unique mission that sets it apart. Be proud of what makes your charity distinctive and make sure your website and social media platforms stay true to your identity. An effective way of doing this is with a validated domain name that gives your brand trust and credibility, especially a domain name that accurately describes what you stand for.

4. Attract donations

The Internet has made it easier than ever for charities to collect donations, but it’s still important that potential donors feel they are supporting an organisation they can trust. They need to be educated on what your charity does and what it stands for. A reliable, open and verified web presence will make your charity more attractive when conducting fundraising.

Full story – @UKFundraising

Payroll giving raised £21m less than last year, provisional HMRC figures show

7 July 2014

The amount of money raised through payroll giving has fallen by £21m over the past year despite about 100,000 more people donating through the scheme, according to provisional figures published by HM Revenue & Customs.

HMRC figures show that the total amount raised by means of employees giving through their payroll fell to an estimated £134m in 2013/14 from £155m the previous year.

This was despite a rise in the number of people donating in this way from 1,022,000 in 2012/13 to 1,120,000 last year. The cost to the Treasury of income tax relief has remained stable for three years now at £40m, the data shows.

Full story @ThirdSector

UK government to give £75m a year for four years to global learning

27 June 2014

The UK government has pledged to give £75 million a year for the next four years to the Global Partnership for Education, a 50% increase on its previous annual level of support.

DFID Minister Lynne Featherstone announced the contribution at a Brussels conference, adding that the funding was dependent on other wealthy countries contributing. At the same time, developing country governments have already announced their increased support for the fund.

She was speaking at the Partnership’s Second Replenishment Conference at which more than 600 education leaders from more than 70 countries were meeting to make pledges for financing education in the world’s poorest countries.

Full story @UKFundraising

PFRA working group to investigate fundraising problems in supermarkets

6 June 2014

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association fears that supermarkets will stop allowing fundraisers to solicit direct debit sign-ups in their stores because store managers are concerned their jobs might be at risk if they allow them in.

Nick Henry, head of standards and allocations at the PFRA, told Third Sector that some Asda stores had informed the agency Clear Fundraising that it would no longer be able to fundraise on its premises.

“It’s got to the point where store managers almost feel like their jobs will be threatened if they allow visits to go ahead,” Henry said. “They are not directly being threatened, but it’s a feeling they’re getting.”

He said the trend for supermarkets to close their doors to charities was likely to continue because there would be increasing demand from charities and agencies to work with the stores that still allowed fundraising to take place, which would put them under additional pressure.” – Third Sector

Full story @ThirdSector

Nearly seven million people ran for charity in the past year, survey finds

14 April 2014

The number of Britons raising money for charity through running in the past 12 months rose 36 per cent to 6.8 million, with average funds raised by each individual up by more than a quarter over the same period.

A survey of 2,039 people by the Charities Aid Foundation found each runner raised an average of £358 in the year to March, up from £280 the year before.

Medical research was the most popular cause that runners raised money for overall, supported by 48 per cent of respondents, followed by hospitals and hospices (20 per cent) and children and young people (16 per cent).

CAF also found a change in the gender make-up of charity runners: men accounted for 52 per cent of those running for charity, compared with 44 per cent the previous year. Men raised an average of £396, compared with £319 by women. The average age of charity runners was 42.

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Charities set to benefit from record-breaking donations at Sunday’s London Marathon

11 April 2014

This year’s race is expected to benefit more than 1,300 organisations.

Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity, has been chosen as the official charity partner for 2014 and is hoping to raise more than £1m with its team of runners.

A number of world record attempts will be taking place at this year’s event. The Huddersfield Marathon Band will attempt to complete the fastest marathon by a marching band by finishing the course in less than 7 hours, 22 minutes and 55 seconds. The band is hoping to raise £60,000 for the deafblind charity Sense.

About 1,200 volunteers from St John Ambulance will be on hand to assist the runners.

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No-makeup selfies raise £8m for Cancer Research UK in six days

26 March 2014

Women posting bare-faced selfies online have helped a leading cancer charity raise more than £8m in six days – despite thousands of pounds being donated to Unicef by mistake.

The craze has seen soaring numbers of women posting pictures of themselves wearing no makeup on social media sites and nominating their friends to do the same.

Cancer Research UK, which did not start the campaign, said the #nomakeupselfie trend had resulted in an unprecedented increase in donations.

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Fifty per cent of public say they would donate to medical charities, survey finds

24 February 2014

More than half of people who were given £5,000 and told to donate it to a good cause would give it to medical charities, according to new research.

The research consultancy nfpSynergy asked 1,000 adults what kind of charity they would donate to if they were given £10,000 and told to donate half of it to a good cause.

Fifty-three per cent of respondents said they would give the money to a medical charity. This was more than three times the category in second place – poverty charities – which was selected by 15 per cent of respondents.

Children’s charities and overseas charities were chosen by 3 per cent of respondents, and only 1 per cent selected military charities.

Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy said: “This research tells us how inherently appealing causes are at a personal level in theory, but not what people do in practice. This difference is important.

“For example, despite their lowly standing in this survey, overseas, children’s and military charities do raise large amounts of money. They have managed to overcome public indifference, mainly through their great communications, fundraising and marketing.”

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Big Lottery Fund awards £112m to charities helping people with multiple needs

12 February 2014

Voluntary sector organisations in 12 areas of England that support people with multiple needs have been awarded a share of £112m from the Big Lottery Fund.

Each area will receive grants totalling up to £10m over eight years to create better coordinated services and help people with multiple problems, including homelessness, mental health problems, addiction and reoffending, and who are living chaotic lives.

The BLF said the funding was aimed at ending the “revolving door of care” that is faced by many people with complex, multiple problems when they are passed between charities and services that cannot deal with their wide range of needs.

Funding will be given to a lead organisation in each of the 12 areas, which are mostly charities or housing associations.

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Average online donations in December up 14 per cent over the past three years

10 January 2014

“The average amount donated to charity online in December has increased by 14 per cent over the past three years, according to new figures from the fundraising software company Blackbaud.

The firm analysed the online fundraising pages of its charity customers and found that the average online gift was £64.10 in December 2013, compared with £56.27 in December 2010.

The figures show that total online donations were £2.6m in December 2013, compared with £914,587 in December 2010. But the number of charities using Blackbaud’s online giving platform increased over the same period from 93 to 124.

The figures indicate that people give much more in December than in January. The average amount raised by each charity using the platform was £6,428 in January 2013, but £21,052 the following December.

Blackbaud found that the proportion of each charity’s total annual online donations that were received in November and December had increased over the past three years. In 2010, these two months accounted for 31.7 per cent of total online donations, compared with 39 per cent in 2013.

Elliot Gowans, general manager of core markets at Blackbaud Europe, said that tapping into the mood of giving at Christmas was crucial for charities.

“Their fundraising campaigns should be planned and structured accordingly, to ensure they make the most of their supporters’ Christmas generosity,” he said.

The online fundraising site JustGiving said its Christmas Day statistics showed the importance of having a website optimised for use by mobile devices.

A JustGiving spokeswoman said 63 per cent of visits to the site were though mobile and tablet devices in 2013, compared with 34 per cent in 2012. Visits to JustGiving on Christmas Day using desktop computers were down to 45 per cent last month from 66 per cent the previous year.”

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Proportion of charity shop stock from house-to-house collections hits record low

21 January 2014

“The proportion of stock that charity shops receive from house-to-house collections has fallen to a record low, figures from the Charity Retail Association show.

The CRA’s latest Stock Survey shows that house-to-house collections made up only 3 per cent of the total stock donated to charity retailers in 2013, which is down from 6 per cent the previous year. It was 19 per cent in 2008.

The CRA said the fall could be attributed to the high price of textiles and the continuing effects of the financial downturn. But most of the larger charity retailers have reported a rise in overall stock levels.

The report is based on a survey of 37 charities managing a total of 2,826 shops when it was conducted between July and September last year.

According to the survey, 80 per cent of donations are given directly to shops, 11 per cent come from charities collecting goods from donors at their request, 3 per cent from house-to-house collections, 4 per cent from donation banks and 2 per cent from “other sources”.

The proportion of stock being donated in shops was up from 71 per cent in 2012.

Among the larger charities (those with between 21 and 100 shops), 63 per cent said they thought volumes of stock had increased over the past 12 months. Twenty-five per cent said stock volumes were down and the remainder said there had been no change.

Among smaller charities, only 36 per cent said the volume of stock had increased compared with 18 per cent that reported a reduction.

The CRA said stock levels were still a cause for concern, but overall there was a more positive outlook generally among charity retailers.”

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Big Lottery Fund pledges £5m in Philippines typhoon aid

19 November 2013

The Big Lottery Fund has pledged to give up to £5m to UK charities that are helping to rebuild communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The BLF said it would start an urgent consultation with UK non-governmental organisations working in the disaster area, the Disasters Emergency Committee and Bond, the membership body for UK organisations working in international development, to see how the money could be spent.

The funding will come from the BLF’s International Communities programme, which will be worth up to £80m between 2010 and 2015.

The BLF said that it did not make donations to emergency appeals and wanted to use the money for long-term rebuilding rather than disaster relief.

A BLF spokeswoman said the process for making applications would be announced in due course.

Full story @ThirdSector

TimeBank awarded £1.12m to provide English language training

13 November 2013

The volunteering charity TimeBank has been awarded £1.12m from the government to provide language training for long-term UK residents with little or no knowledge of English.

TimeBank is one of three not-for-profit organisations awarded a share of £6m from the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Talking Together programme, set up to bring English language learning into the heart of the community.

FaithAction, a network of faith-based and community organisations, has won £1.1m to run English language classes in places of worship and other venues.

The community technology social enterprise the Tinder Foundation was among the four other organisations to receive funding from the programme.

TimeBank’s project focuses on teaching everyday English on practical themes and activities such as talking to school staff or using the internet. Based in Birmingham and Leicester, it will also develop close links with local businesses through employees volunteering to work with projects.

Full story @ThirdSector

Social Investment Research Council launched today

31 October 2013

A government-backed body set up to improve the social investment market has been launched today.

The Social Investment Research Council will draw together research commissioners from key organisations within the social investment market. The body has been formed jointly by the Big Lottery Fund, Big Society Capital, Citi, the City of London Corporation and the Cabinet Office.

The partners have initially contributed a total of £100,000 to the project.

The SIRC will operate through in-kind support from the partners, which will share resources and project-managing capacity.

The council’s research programme for 2013/14 will focus on improving the understanding of social investment market products and the specific investors needed to finance them.

Over the next six months, the council will call for ideas from researchers and other industry bodies for potential projects to add to the research programme agenda.

Full story @ThirdSector

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

7 October 2013

This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Breast Cancer statistics by Cancer Research UK:

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is 1 in 8 for women in the UK. In the UK in 2010 more than 49,500 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, that’s around 136 women a day.

Around 400 men in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Female breast cancer incidence rates in Great Britain have increased by almost 70% since the mid-1970s.

In the last ten years, female breast cancer incidence rates in the UK have increased by 6%.

Around 8 in 10 breast cancers are diagnosed in women aged 50 and over.

In the UK in financial year 2009/10 the NHS breast cancer survival rates have been improving for forty years. More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.

In the 1970s around 5 out of 10 women with breast cancer survived the disease beyond five years. Now it’s more than 8 out of 10. Women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease for at least ten years than those diagnosed forty years ago. Screening programmes detected around 16,500cases of breast cancer.

In the European Union (EU-27) more than 332,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2008. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 1.38 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.”


The full document:


Being breast aware

Breast awareness is about encouraging women to become more aware of their bodies generally and to get to know their own breasts. This is an important issue for all women in their mid-twenties and onwards, as learning how their breasts look and feel at different times will help women know what is normal for them and to recognise any irregular changes.

The guidance on how to self-check can be found on the website of NHS:


Microsoft changes eligibility requirements to allow faith-based charities large discounts

13 September 2013

Faith-based charities will be able to access more than 250 Microsoft products at about 5 per cent of the listed price after the software giant changed its policy, the Charity Technology Trust has announced.

The CTT runs a programme called the CTXchange, which offers IT products from Microsoft and a number of other providers at a fraction of the normal price.

The products themselves are usually free, with a small fee payable to the CTT to keep the programme running.

The CTT said that Microsoft had changed the eligibility requirements of its donation scheme to include faith-based organisations, which were previously not included in its global donations programme.

Products on offer include the Office suite, graphic design software and servers. Over a two-year period, eligible faith-based charities can request up to 50 licences for up to 10 Microsoft products and up to five server products.

Richard Craig, chief executive of the CTT, said: “Faith-based organisations have a long tradition of community service and making important contributions to public life in the UK and internationally.

“We are pleased that Microsoft recognises this and we are now able to offer its solutions to these charities.”

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Institute of Fundraising launches pilot scheme to train students

3 September 2013

The Institute of Fundraising has launched a pilot scheme to train university students in fundraising that will allow them to get a free sector qualification alongside their regular degrees.

Send a Cow, the Children’s Society and Meningitis UK have signed up to be charity sponsors. They will provide a total of 22 students with support and advice about how they can be effective fundraisers.

The students will study for the institute’s Certificate in Fundraising alongside their chosen degrees and receive a year’s associate membership of the IoF.

The scheme is aimed at students who have already taken part in fundraising activities at university, such as rag weeks. The IoF said it was keen to expand the scheme and hear from other charities that want to be involved.

Full story @ThirdSector

Not-for-profit investment service launched for smaller charities

2 September 2013

A new not-for-profit investment service has been launched for charities with small amounts of money to invest.

The service is run by Sturgeon Ventures, a company that provides regulatory back-office services to professional investors, and will serve charities that have between £250,000 and £20m to invest. It will provide cash management and invest in fixed income products, such as government bonds.

Seonaid Mackenzie, managing partner at Sturgeon, said that she decided to start the service because she saw that many smaller charities with small endowments, such as schools and churches, struggled to get effective investment advice.

“We found that charities with less than £20m to invest were struggling to get advice,” she said. “Banks and investment companies don’t want lots of little clients. No one is interested in helping these smaller organisations. As a result they are sitting with the money in a deposit account at the bank, not earning enough interest to cover inflation.”

The company will charge fees of “up to 1 per cent”, and will aim only to cover the costs of managing the portfolio, she said. Any profits it generates will be donated to the Wellness Fund Foundation, a foundation for children who self-harm, which is run through the Charities Aid Foundation.

The story by ThirdSector

Anonymous donor gives Jane Austen charity £100k to buy author’s ring

13 August 2013

A charity has received an anonymous £100,000 donation to help it purchase a ring once owned by Jane Austen.

Jane Austen’s House Museum, an independent Hampshire-based museum run by the Jane Austen Memorial Trust, launched a campaign last Friday to raise the £152,450 required to purchase the ring.

The gold and turquoise ring is owned by American pop singer Kelly Clarkson, who bought it for around £150,000 at an auction last year. It was previously owned by members of the Austen family.

Earlier this month, Ed Vaizey, the culture minister, placed a temporary export ban on the ring because of its historical importance.

Vaizey said in a statement: “Jane Austen’s modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a UK buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation.”

Potential buyers have been given until 30 September to raise £152,400 to purchase the ring. This period can be extended to December 2013 “if serious intention to raise funds to purchase the ring is made”, the DCMS statement said.

A spokeswoman for the museum said it had received an anonymous £100,000 donation towards the purchase of the ring and had raised an additional £3,200 from other sources so far.

If the museum is successful in purchasing the ring, the spokeswoman said, it will be displayed alongside the only other pieces of jewellery known to have been owned by Austen – a turquoise beaded bracelet and a topaz cross given to her by her brother Charles.

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One in five over-60s volunteers for multiple charities

13 August 2013

One in five over-60s in Britain volunteers for two or more charities, research commissioned by the older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service has found.

A survey of 689 adults aged 60 and over, carried out by ICM Research in July, found that 22 per cent of respondents volunteered for two or more charities.

The charity estimates that of the 10.4 million adults in Britain aged 60 or over, 2.2 million volunteer for two or more charities.

The survey also found that 39 per cent of retirees volunteer for one or more charities, 11 per cent volunteer for three or more and 6 per cent volunteer for four or more charities.

The charity said that the findings show that millions of older people are “portfolio volunteers”, juggling many different volunteering roles with a variety of organisations.

Respondents were also asked the reason why they volunteered, and were able to give more than one response.

Eighty-three per cent said they volunteered because they believed the work of the charity was very important and 39 per cent said they did so because a family member had also done so.

Forty-six per cent of respondents said that they volunteered because they needed to feel they had a purpose, and 3 per cent did so because they were fed up with their spouse or partner.

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Charities and voluntary bodies invited to bid for £4.2m Innovation Fund

6 August 2013

Charities and voluntary organisations with “innovative” projects aimed at getting more people on the electoral register have been invited to bid for a share of a government fund worth £4.2m.

The Cabinet Office said the Innovation Fund, which opened today, was aimed at specific groups that are under-represented on the register, including 16 and 17-year-olds who should register to vote ahead of their first elections, 18 to 24-year-olds and people in social housing.

There are two projects being supported by the fund, he said. One invites charities and small businesses to come forward with innovative ideas to improve engagement in the democratic process among under-represented groups to get more people on the electoral register.

Third-sector organisations can also apply to provide the Rock Enrol lesson framework in schools within areas of high under-representation among 16 and 17-year-olds. A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said there was no set amount for which charities should apply.

Full story @ThirdSector

PwC wins tender to review fundraising self-regulation

2 August 2013

The professional services firm PwC has won the tender to carry out a review of fundraising regulation on behalf on the Fundraising Standards Board, the Institute of Fundraising and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

The three fundraising regulatory bodies put out an invitation to tender in June for the review, which is about creating a sustainable self-regulatory system for fundraising.

It is being funded by a £20,000 grant from the Office for Civil Society, with a further £40,000 for implementing its recommendations.

A joint statement from the three bodies, released yesterday, announced that PwC had been chosen from a “strong field” of organisations and would be starting work in September. A spokesman for the IoF said four organisations responded to the invitation to tender, but he declined to name them.

The review is being launched in response to recommendations made in Lord Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006, published last year, and the report by the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee on regulation of the charity sector. Both recommended that the sector should be given five years to improve self-regulation.

Full story @ThirdSector

Charity Commission warning on money laundering

28 June 2013

The Charity Commission has warned charities not to accept suspicious donations after not-for-profit organisations unwittingly became involved in a money laundering scam.

The regulator said it had been informed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency about the donations scam, which uses fraudulently obtained credit cards, and that a number of charities had unknowingly been involved with it.

Affected charities are told they will receive large donations – about £100,000 in one example – but on the condition that half the amount is sent to another charity in another country.

What the charities do not realise is that the other charity is in fact the fraudster’s personal bank account, according to the commission. The payment is made using a compromised or stolen credit card. When the card issuer identifies that the card is compromised, it recalls the full amount from the charity, which has thus unwittingly been involved in money laundering.

The commission said charities could spot fake or suspicious donations by looking out for unusual or substantial on-off payments, a series of smaller donations or interest-free loans from sources that could not be identified or checked.

Full Story @ThirdSector

Fundraising bodies commission joint review of self-regulation

18 June 2013

The Institute of Fundraising, the Fundraising Standards Board and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association are jointly commissioning a consultancy to review the operational and governance structures of self-regulation.

The independent review on creating a sustainable self-regulatory system for fundraising is being funded by a £20,000 grant from the Office for Civil Society, with a further £40,000 for implementing its recommendations.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said the aim of the review was to make recommendations that would ensure the institute, the PFRA and the FRSB were “fit for purpose and sustainable on an ongoing basis”.

It will look at how self-regulation is financed and what efficiencies can be achieved across the three bodies, including sharing back offices or looking at the way each body develops its membership, training, best practice, advisory, enforcement, licensing and space allocations functions.

Full story @ThirdSector

Study shows income fall over five years for small charities but big rise for large charities

17 June 2013

Small charities experienced a 11 per cent decline in annual income over the five years to 2011/12, while large charities experienced a 31 per cent increase, according to data published today by Charity Choice, an online giving platform.

The figures, which are adjusted for inflation, are based on all charities with five years’ comparative data. Data was taken from Charity Financials, a website containing UK charities’ financial information, which is based on income and expenditure data from the Charity Commission.

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We welcome and value your opinion!

7 June 2013

Intersecond Ltd is now 7 years in business.  We are a fundraising company for charities through door-to-door collections of unwanted/used clothes. Every garment donated by you is turned into vital funding for charities.

We are committed to the best practice in fundraising as our company is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board, we operate collections on many areas in the UK, and we can also book a collection for you for a day and time that suits you – we are only a call or a click away!

We are also a proud employer, and we have a great bunch of people aboard: Collectors, Drivers, Administration, Management and Directors.

We are proud to be an authorised fundraiser for Do Not Delay! Breast Cancer Prevention Project (since 2006), for Mercy Ships UK (since 2010) and for HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity (from 2012).

So far, we raised £398,620 for charities, and we keep raising funds for great causes.

We are grateful to each and every one of you, our donors!  We thank you for your continuing support, for all your clothing donations, and for your trust – year after year!

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Self-regulation of fundraising ‘should get five years to improve’

6 June 2013

Self-regulation of fundraising by the charity sector has so far failed to generate the necessary level of public confidence, but should be given another five years to improve, according to a report by a House of Commons committee.

The Role of the Charity Commission and ‘Public Benefit’: Post-legislative Scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006, a report from the Public Administration Select Committee, says that “very significant levels of public concern about face-to-face fundraising, or ‘chugging’” currently exist.

“Many members of the public report that they feel pressured by chuggers, and businesses warn of the nuisance caused to their customers and obstruction on the streets,” the report says. “It is clear that self-regulation has failed so far to generate the level of public confidence which is essential to the success of the system and the reputation of the charitable sector.”

The report says there is a “compelling” case for statutory regulation of fundraising , but that this must be balanced against “significant cost, whether to the public purse, or to charities themselves”.

“We recommend to the Cabinet Office that the self-regulation system remains in place but is placed on notice, as recommended by Lord Hodgson, with progress reviewed in five years’ time,” the report says. “The self-regulatory bodies must act with urgency to increase membership of the Fundraising Standards Board, improve compliance with its code and strengthen public awareness of the complaints system.

Full story: @ThirdSector

London church raises £140k+ in four years renting out car park space

16 May 2013

All Saints Church in Islington has raised nearly £150,000 over four years by renting out its parking spaces.  The church, located close to St Pancras Station, has used the money to fund community projects that benefit the homeless, local residents and parents.

The parking space rental has been handled by ParkatmyHouse, which offers an online marketplace for drivers and those with parking space available. The site has handled over 5,000 bookings for the church in the last four years. About a quarter of users are people using the station, with the rest working in the local area.

Other churches are trying to emulate their success. ParkatmyHouse says that the number of churches signing up on their website has more than doubled. While many are in London, there are others now taking part based in Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol.

Full story @UKFundraising

Charities should replace impact reports with tweets, says consultant

9 May 2013

Charities should tweet about the difference they are making rather than publishing long impact reports, according to Joe Saxton, co-founder of the consultancy nfpSynergy.

Speaking at a session on accountability at the Charity Finance Group’s annual conference in London, Saxton said most charities were “deeply turgid, boring and dull” when they talked about what they had done.

“Impact reports are not generally designed with the audience in mind,” he said. “In today’s mass media world of text messages and tweets, if you want to have impact with a lot of people you probably need to do it in 140 characters or less.”

Saxton said he would encourage charities not to publish impact reports, because they inoculated board members into thinking that they had cracked accountability.

“Turn the impact report into something with ‘word bites’ and sound bites you can use on the radio, or when you are talking to staff,” he said.

Full story @ThirdSector

Volunteering for charities ‘makes private-sector employees more engaged’

19 April 2013

Companies are keen to work with charities that offer volunteering opportunities for employees because it improves their own business, an audience of charity professionals heard this week.

Pam Webb, head of the Zurich Community Trust and chair of the steering group of the London Benchmarking Group, a membership body for companies interested in community investment, said that volunteering improves the skills of employees and strengthens their commitment to their employers.

Full story @ThirdSector

Migrants who send money home are more likely to give than UK households, says report

18 April 2013

Migrants who send money overseas are more likely than other UK households to give to British charities, according to new research by Cass Business School’s Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy.

Researchers at the CCGP examined patterns of sending money abroad, such as to family members, and charitable giving among UK migrant and minority communities.

They found that 42 per cent of households that send money overseas also give to British charities, compared with 29 per cent of the general UK population.

Full story @ThirdSector

Cabinet Office overturns decision to refuse permits to doorstep collectors

12 April 2013

Cardiff Council had refused licences for two textile collection companies that had previously donated less than 10 per cent of the proceeds to good causes

The Cabinet Office has defended its decision to allow two companies in Wales to continue making doorstep charity collections despite them giving less than 10 per cent of the proceeds to good causes.

Support Pen-Y-Bont and Support Hollies School, which are both textile collection companies, appealed to the Cabinet Office after Cardiff Council refused to give them house-to-house collection permits. The council said it did so because the proportion of the proceeds donated to charity from previous collections was so low – 6.4 per cent and 8.9 per cent respectively.

But at the council’s public protection committee meeting on Tuesday it was revealed that the Cabinet Office had ruled that there were no grounds for the refusal and permits should be issued to both companies.

A Cabinet Office spokesman told Third Sector: “Having considered evidence from the commercial collectors, the charity and the local licensing authority, we did not regard the costs involved in carrying out these collections as unreasonable.

“Without these collections we would see thousands more tonnes of textiles going to landfill rather than being reused or recycled, and charities throughout England and Wales would be deprived of much-needed income.

Full story @ThirdSector

Nearly half of population ‘gives to charity at least once a month’

4 April 2013

Poll by the microfinance provider Oikocredit says one in ten gives once a week, but 17 per cent do so less than once a year.


One in 10 people say they give to charity once a week and 47 per cent say they give at least once a month, according to a survey by microfinance provider Oikocredit.

But 17 per cent of people say they give to charity less than once a year.

The survey, which examines the importance of transparent investment to donors, is based on a poll of 2,016 people across the UK.

Donating items to charity shops and buying items from them, as well as gifts of money, have been counted as charitable giving.

Older donors give more frequently, with 13 per cent of over-55s giving weekly and 59 per cent giving at least once a month, compared with 7 per cent and 32 per cent respectively among 18 to 34-year-olds.

Women are more generous than men – 50 per cent give monthly, compared with 43 per cent of men. Only 12 per cent of women give less than once a year, compared with 20 per cent of men.

Donors in London are the most likely to give weekly, at 15 per cent; those in Yorkshire and Humber are the least likely to do so, at 8 per cent.

North-west England is home to the least generous individuals, with 21 per cent giving to charity less than once a year and 10 per cent never giving.

Full story @ThirdSector

How charities can win corporate backers

29 March 2013

In 2011, as the coalition’s public spending cuts began to bite, the charity UK Youth was candid about how it would cope – it would turn to business for support. “Our services are too important to let them disappear,” its chief executive, Charlotte Hill, said at the time. “We have actively sought out businesses that share our values and are prepared to back the work we do financially.”

Many voluntary organisations are facing similar dilemmas and making similar choices. But business support can take many forms, from traditional fundraising partnerships to the receipt of pro-bono business expertise or the selling of charity services to corporations. Those who seek help from the private sector will find similarities with the traditional avenues of public sector or foundation funding – but there are also contrasts. Here are 10 tips for how best to clinch that deal: ThirdSector

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Fundraising Standards Board reports 63 per cent increase in profit

28 March 2013

Chairman Colin Lloyd warns FRSB ‘still has a long way to go’ in terms of building membership, and calls for more charities to join

The Fundraising Standards Board made a profit of almost £60,000 in the year to 30 June 2012, according to its latest annual accounts.

The self-regulatory body’s membership grew to 1,412 from 1,247 over the course of the year, which meant its income from subscriptions increased by £26,967 to £438,698.

Its overall income rose from £449,056 in 2010/11 to £467,213. This left a surplus after tax of £59,994, a 63 per cent increase on the previous year’s figure.

The FRSB, which is a community interest company, filed its latest accounts with Companies House on 21 March.

“The sector has been given the opportunity by government to make self-regulation work and good progress continues to be made,” Lloyd said. “I would encourage those many charities that remain undecided about the FRSB to join with their colleagues and demonstrate to the giving public their commitment to the highest possible standards in fundraising.”

Full story @ThirdSector

30% of charity supporters inspired by social media to give, says Give as you Live

8 March 2013

A survey of nearly 8,000 UK charity donors confirms that Facebook and Twitter conversations do generate charity donations. Give as you Live’s Donor Survey found that  30% of UK charity supporters say that social media campaigns have inspired them to give.

Give as you Live is the online platform which generates income for charities when their supporters shop online.  The funds come from the retailers’ marketing budget, at no extra cost to the shopper.

Full story @UKFundraising

Global charitable giving could reach £146bn by 2030, says Charities Aid Foundation report

26 February 2013

Global charitable giving from middle class people could rise to £146bn by 2030 if they donate as much to charity as those in the UK, says new research from the Charities Aid Foundation.

Future World Giving: unlocking the potential of global philanthropy, launched today at the House of Commons, says the increase could be achieved if governments and the voluntary sector are able to tap into the giving potential of the world’s emerging economies.

The number of middle-class people globally – categorised as those whose daily expenditure is between $10 and $100 – is predicted to grow by 165 per cent by 2030, from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 4.9 billion, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Their spending power is set to increase by 161 per cent over the same period, the report says.

The majority of this growth, 70 per cent, is forecast to happen outside the traditional philanthropic centres of Europe and North America.

Full story @ThirdSector

HM Revenue & Customs to introduce online Gift Aid filing system on 22 April

11 February 2013

The new online Gift Aid filing system will be introduced on 22 April, HM Revenue & Customs has announced.

The new system, called Charities Online, will enable charities make repayment claims electronically.

New HMRC guidance, published today, includes details of the transitional arrangements, which say that HMRC will continue to accept the current paper forms until 30 September.

HMRC said the guidance would explain what Charities Online means for charities and how they can prepare for it.

The new system will require some changes to the information that must be submitted to HMRC. Charities will need to provide donors’ addresses in addition to their name, date of donation and the amount given.

Full story @ThirdSector

European network receives more than £100,000 in grants to help charities share ideas£2m grants to charities from HMRC yielded £26m in additional tax

1 February 2013

The European Network of National Civil Society Associations will enable British charities to build relationships with foreign counterparts, says NCVO’s Oliver Henman

The European Network of National Civil Society Associations, the pan-European network of more than 20 national voluntary sector umbrella bodies, has received grants worth more than £100,000, which will help UK charities share ideas and build relationships with their counterparts.

Enna, which was set up by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in 2009, has been awarded more than £85,000 from the European Union and £25,000 from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Flint, Michigan.

Enna will use the money to organise conferences and other training and development opportunities for member organisations and their subsidiaries. It will use part of the funding for lobbying in Brussels, with the aim of widening access to EU funding streams for European charities.

Full story @ThirdSector

£2m grants to charities from HMRC yielded £26m in additional tax

23 January 2013

Grants of £2 million from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to voluntary and community organisations to help people with taxes, benefits and tax credits have led to an additional £26 million in additional tax being declared to last year. This represents an increase of 55% on the previous year.

The organisations used the funding to train around 4,500 volunteers to answer people’s questions on tax credits, benefits and tax issues. As a result, an additional 225,000 people each year will get help and advice on HMRC-related issues.

Full story @UKFundraising

Iof National Awards 2013 open for nominations

10 January 2013

The Institute of Fundraising is now seeking nominations for its 2013 National Awards. These are designed to celebrate the best fundraising campaigns, teams, individuals and organisations in the UK.

The winners of the 20 categories will be announced at the IoF National Awards Ceremony and celebratory dinner on 1 July 2013 at the Hilton London Metropole, as part of the Institute’s National Convention. Award categories include Fundraising Team of the Year, Best Use of Legacy Fundraising, Child Fundraiser of the Year, and Best Donor Development Campaign.

Nominations are open to all fundraisers, their support agencies and supplier partners. Applicants can make as many nominations as they wish and may enter the same campaign for more than one category where applicable. There is no charge to make a nomination.

Nominations close on 1 March 2013 at 5pm.

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UK slips to eighth in league table of the most charitable countries

19 December 2012

The World Giving Index 2012, published by the Charities Aid Foundation, reveals that 72 per cent of Britons gave money to good causes and 26 per cent volunteered

The UK has dropped from fifth to eighth place in a league table of the world’s most generous countries, according to new figures from the Charities Aid Foundation.

The World Giving Index 2012  ranks 146 countries based on the proportion of people that make charitable donations, volunteer their time and would help a stranger.

Researchers at the polling company Gallup surveyed more than 155,000 people during 2011 for the third annual report.

Full story @ThirdSector

EasyJet passengers donate £1m to Unicef in five months

13 December 2012

Passengers on easyJet flights have donated £1 million to Unicef through spare change and unused foreign currency in just five months. The milestone is being celebrated today with more than 50 Santa Clauses helping to unveil a branded ‘Change for Good’ easyJet aircraft.

The partnership was launched in July 2012 and follows previous foreign currency collection campaigns by the airline. It runs across easyJet’s pan-European network of over 600 routes across more than 30 countries. It is part of UNICEF’s global ‘Change for Good’ programme in partnership with leading airlines around the world, which so far has raised £53 million.

Full story: @UKFundraising

Self-made money drives most of 32 new millionaire-backed trusts

11 December 2012

Prospect research specialists Factary have produced a report on the new grantmaking trusts created by people in the UK with wealth of £10 million or more this year.

The Foundations of Wealth 2012 reveals that 84% of the 32 multi-millionaires behind these new trusts have generated their fortunes themselves, rather than inheriting them. The 65-page report shows that these philanthropists come from a wide range of sectors, from financial services, retail and property sectors, to fashion design, brewing and acting.

Factary has used its Factary Phi database of donations to UK causes to identify the charities and causes that these people supported before they set up the trusts. It has found that many of these philanthropists have an international outlook. Three of them are from the USA, now residing in the UK, and as a group they have charitable giving links to 14 countries.

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350 charities take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012

4 December 2012

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012 gets underway tomorrow at 10am, with the aim of doubling online donations to hundreds of charities to match pledges from the charities’ major donors.

Individual donors will be able to ‘Double Their Donation’ up to £5,000 per charity. As many charities will remember from previous Big Give challenges, donations are matched on a first come, first served basis, and funds available for matching often run out very quickly.

Since the Big Give was founded in 2007, its four Christmas Challenges have helped to raise over £30 million for charity projects all around the world, with £3 million being claimed in Gift Aid.

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National Lottery has raised £29bn since its launch

21 November 2012

The National Lottery has raised £29bn for UK good causes since its launch 18 years ago today, according to official figures from the National Lottery Promotions Unit.

More than 390,000 separate grants have been awarded to arts, charity, education, health, sports, heritage and environmental projects since the first draw on 19 November 1994.

More than 70 per cent of all lottery grants are for £10,000 or less and go to helping small projects in local communities.

Funding has restored or rejuvenated 5,800 village halls around the country. The lottery has bought land nearly three times the size of the Isle of Wight to protect rare species.

Full story @ThirdSector

Road safety charities call for lower speed limits

19 November 2012

Road safety charities are calling on the government to make a 20mph speed limit the norm in built-up areas, and asking motorists to pledge to slow down around shops and schools. Campaigners say the change would curb casualties and encourage walking and cycling.

Full story @The Guardian

Social Finance fund will allow private investors to put money into social enterprises

14 November 2012

A fund that will allow private investors to put money into social impact bonds and other social investments has been launched by Social Finance, the organisation that created the concept.

Social Finance and the FSE Group, a not-for-profit fund manager, have launched Social Impact VCT, which is intended to raise up to £20m to invest in social enterprises and businesses with a social purpose.

The fund will be a venture capital trust, a vehicle intended to provide tax breaks to individuals investing in small, growing firms.

It is open to ‘retail investors’ – ordinary individuals who are not considered sophisticated investors – and will generate 30 per cent income tax relief on a typical investment of £2,000. In addition, dividends and capital gains are tax-free.

It has been set up because the vehicles created to enable charities to invest in social impact bonds are not suitable for individual investors.

Full story @ThirdSector

Charities should copy commercial franchises such as McDonald’s, says research

7 November 2012

Charities should take lessons from the fast food giant McDonald’s, according to a new report on social franchising.

The research by Dan Berelowitz, a fellow from the 2011 Clore Social Leadership Programme, looks at what the sector can learn from franchising in the commercial sector. It concludes that social organisations should consider replication as a way of increasing their social impact and growing sustainably.

Berelowitz acknowledges that some social organisations will be uncomfortable with fast food companies being held up as examples, but says he hopes to encourage sector organisations to learn lessons “wherever they are coming from”.

“What is undeniable is that McDonald’s has been phenomenally successful in applying the franchise model when it comes to scale, growth and profitability,” says Berelowitz, co-founder of the International Centre for Social Franchising, which helps successful social projects to replicate.

Full story @ThirdSector

National Trust raises £1.2m in 19 weeks to buy part of white cliffs of Dover

7 November 2012

The National Trust has raised the £1.2m it needed to buy a stretch of the white cliffs of Dover coastline in just 19 weeks.

More than 16,000 organisations and people supported the appeal, which reached its target in 133 days, two months earlier than expected, bringing in an average of £9,000 a day.

The trust launched the appeal in June to buy the stretch of nearly a mile from a local landowner, adding the “missing link” to the five miles of the famous coastline it already owns.

The purchase means that walkers will be able to enjoy an unbroken ramble between the trust’s visitor centre and South Foreland Lighthouse. It will also allow the trust to expand its conservation work in the area, which is home to rare coastal plants such as oxtongue broomrape and sea carrot, and the only pair of breeding ravens in Kent.

Full story @ThirdSector

“Generally, the most optimistic charities are those that draw income from individual and corporate donations, fees and earned income.”

31 October 2012

Martin Campbell of Blackbaud says the fundraising software firm’s report on the non-profit industry shows the least optimistic charities are those relying on government

Charities in the UK and mainland Europe are feeling significantly less optimistic about funding next year than those in North America and New Zealand, a survey has found.

The 2012 State of the Nonprofit Industry report, published by the fundraising software company Blackbaud today, surveyed 1,516 charities, including 301 in the UK.

The report says 77 per cent of charities in the UK are optimistic about having enough money to fund their work next year, compared with 89 per cent in Canada. In both New Zealand and the US, 87 per cent of charities feel positive about next year.

In his presentation of the survey results at last week’s International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands, Martin Campbell, Blackbaud Europe’s director of strategy and innovation, said this year’s results showed a slightly gloomier picture than last year.

The report says that 83 per cent of charities expected last year to see an increase in funding. The same question was not asked this year, but 81 per cent overall are optimistic about being able to deliver their services within their expected budget.

Campbell told the conference: “Generally, the most optimistic charities are those that draw income from individual and corporate donations, fees and earned income. Those who are more pessimistic relied more on government and foundations.”

The report says that optimism about an organisation’s ability to find donors increases in relation to the number of fundraising strategies they use.

In the UK, 38 per cent of organisations using fewer than three strategies feel optimistic about finding new donors. This increases to 59 per cent for those using more than three.

Special events are the most widely used method to fundraise and recruit donors in the UK, the report says. Eighty-four per cent of respondents are either using social media for fundraising already, or planning to do so in the next 12 months.

Full story @ThirdSector

Charity Commission reports 82 per cent rise in serious incidents involving vulnerable beneficiaries

26 October 2012

The number of serious incidents relating to safeguarding of vulnerable beneficiaries rose by almost 82 per cent in 2011/12, according to the Charity Commission’s latest annual compliance report.

Charities Back on Track 2011/12: themes and lessons from the Charity Commission’s investigations and regulatory casework, published today, shows that the number of such incidents rose from 217 in 2010/11 to 394 last year.

It says that they represented more than a third of the 1,027 serious incidents reported to the regulator and accounted for 11 of the 85 investigations concluded during the year.

The report says that 73 of the 85 concluded investigations related to issues stemming from poor governance and lack of awareness among trustees.

Seventeen of the 85 investigations involved breaches of governing documents or a charity acting outside its objects, 16 involved unmanaged conflicts of interest and nine related to fundraising concerns. Some of the investigations involved concerns in more than one area.

Fraud accounted for 18 of the 85 investigations concluded during the year and 56 out of 121 whistleblowing reports were concerned with fraud.

Full story: @ThirdSector

Payment of Charity Trustees debate

19 October 2012

Would Trustee payment help lagre charities “get the right people” or would it “damage public confidence”? A quarter of chief executives “could envisage paying trustees within five years”, but two-thirds of charity staff are against, survey finds.

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Can you imagine being 3,450th in any queue to see your GP? – Mercy Ships crew in Guinea

11 October 2012

Before sunrise, Mercy Ships crew members filed off of the blue and white ship and into the first caravan of 15 Land Rovers bound for the biggest event of the Guinea Field Service – patient screening day.

The People’s Palace is a grey three-story public auditorium with a large front lot and open interior, which made it the perfect venue for Mercy Ships to screen more than 3,454 potential patients. When the Mercy Ships caravan arrived, more than 1,200 people, many of whom had been there all night, already lined the perimeter.

“As we suspected, there is a lot of need,” Managing Director Donavan Palmer said at the site Monday afternoon. “There are 3,000 to 4,000 people in this line. It confirms the need for us to be here.”

Since the Africa Mercy’s arrival on August 22nd, anticipation in the city had escalated.  Local radio and TV stations ran spots featuring available health services offered by Mercy Ships; crew members passed out flyers with information about screening day; and on the streets of Conakry, word of mouth quickly spread the news of the event. The response was overwhelming. By the end of the first day, an estimated 4,500 potential patients and caregivers had entered the gates.

Unfortunately, the backed-up lines during screening are only a microcosm of the substantial need for health care resources in West Africa, and most especially in Guinea.

With 1.3 health care workers for every 10,000 people, Guinea has the lowest ratio of health care workers to population of any countries that Mercy Ships has ever served. In the United Kingdom, there are more than 100 health care workers per 10,000 people.

Because Guinea’s needs sprawl far beyond Conakry’s peninsula, Mercy Ships teams will go upcountry for more screenings in November. “Our plan is to have half of our patients come from the greater Conakry area and the remainder from the remote interior regions of Guinea.

Full story @MercyShipsUK

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

3 October 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

As well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection.

Breast Cancer Awareness Monthwas founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

Fundraising statistics for eBay for Charity UK

28 September 2012

According to the Charity Retail Association, nine out of ten charities that sell online use eBay, with the eBay for Charity UK service. They do rather well too, earning several times more from these sales than they do from their own online sales (76% from eBay compared to 17% from their own websites).

So, the chances are your charity already uses the service. That said, there are still some charities coming on board for the first time: BBC Children in Need and the Royal British Legion brought their shops onto in 2011.

So I thought it would be useful to share a snapshot of statistics published by eBay for Charity UK.

• Since 2005, buyers and sellers on eBay have raised £31 million for good causes. Over £6.2 million was raised by UK charity shops and fundraising auctions on eBay in 2011.

• The most successful charity seller – MillRace IT, owned by InterAct charity – reached £580,000 in annual sales

• More than £1.77m was donated by eBay users through donations at checkout in 2011, with 130,000 buyers donating in November alone

• 2,600 eBay users have donated more than £100 to their favourite charities through eBay, with the most generous donor giving over £25,000

• now has more than 6,000 charities selling on its site

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Analysis: Charities Aid Foundation report details the decline in giving by the young

24 September 2012

Younger people are not donating as much as older people born between the wars, according to research published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). If the trend continues, UK charities will face a “donation deficit” as the older, more generous generation dies and is replaced by those born after 1965 (‘Generations X and Y’).

Findings of ‘Mind the Gap’

The study, ‘Mind the Gap: The growing generational divide in charitable giving: a research paper, by Professor Sarah Smith, of Bristol University, has found that:

• more than half of all donations now come from the over-60s, compared to just over one third of donations 30 years ago

• the over-60s are now more than twice as likely to give to charity as the under-30s.

The report draws few conclusions about what these changes will mean for charities. But CAF says that data showing low levels of giving by the under-30s demonstrates the need for urgent action. In his foreword to the report, CAF chief executive John Low says radical changes are needed to increase engagement with young people and tackle what he calls a long-term “donation deficit” facing charities.

Full story @ThirdSector and @UKFundraising

CSV scheme to place 9,000 volunteers gains £700,000 from Cabinet Office

18 September 2012

The Cabinet Office has provided about £700,000 of funding to the volunteering charity CSV to run a scheme that aims to match 9,000 volunteers with 400 small charities.

The Professionals scheme, funded through the government’s £20m Social Action Fund, encourages people with professional skills to provide specific help to more than 400 community groups in activities including recruitment, IT support, fundraising or marketing.

CSV has already been using the funding, given in April, to match 1,750 people with 180 organisations.

It has a team of 12 staff across England encouraging people with the appropriate skills to get involved in the scheme. It will run until September 2013.

CSV has also released the findings of research among 50 organisations of all sizes into the skills that they needed. It found that nearly half of those surveyed needed skilled volunteers. Two-thirds of them needed help with fundraising, 61 per cent with marketing and 44 per cent with accountancy and finance.

Full story @ThirdSector

Anonymous donation of £50,000 gives Wiltshire Mind a second chance

18 September 2012

The mental health charity Wiltshire Mind has been given a reprieve, thanks to an anonymous donation of £50,000.

The charity, which provides care and support for people affected by mental health problems by means of group sessions, a counselling service and a telephone information and support line, announced in August that it would close in December because of shortfalls in funding.

The problems stemmed from the loss of local authority funding in 2010, and the charity has been running off its reserves for the past two years.

But Carolyn Long, general manager at Wiltshire Mind, said the donation, received this week, meant that the charity would be able to keep going, albeit in a smaller, restructured form.

Full story @ThirdSector

Government urged to retain national exemption orders

14 September 2012

The Charity Retail Association and the Institute of Fundraising have called on the government to reject Lord Hodgson’s proposal to abolish national exemption orders.

In their responses to the Cabinet Office consultation on reducing bureaucracy for charities – the Red Tape Challenge on Civil Society, which closed today – both the CRA and the IoF criticise the proposal in Lord Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006.

Hodgson said that the orders, which allow large charities to make frequent house-to-house collections without seeking licences repeatedly, should be abolished on the grounds of fairness to smaller charities.

But the CRA’s consultation response says that removing NEOs would make it harder for larger, national charities to operate house-to-house collections for clothing and would not alleviate the bureaucratic burden on smaller charities that apply for licences.

It calls on the Office for Civil Society to reject the proposal and focus on how to simplify the system for smaller organisations.

Wendy Mitchell, head of policy and public affairs at the CRA, told Third Sector: “The abolition of NEOs, coupled with the lack of concrete proposals to make life easier for charities applying for licences, goes against the spirit of the Red Tape Challenge. We hope the review of the act will result in the government taking forward concerted action to reduce unnecessary red tape in house-to-house clothing collections.”

Both the CRA and the IoF point out in their responses that private companies collecting clothing to sell abroad for profit are not covered by any regulatory regime.


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Self-regulation should be simplified, says Institute of Fundraising chief executive

6 September 2012

Peter Lewis says it makes sense for there to be one, public-facing complaints body for fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising is pressing for changes that would simplify self-regulation and create a single, public-facing complaints body.

Full story @ThirdSector

2012 Charity Funding Roadshow visits three cities this month

5 September 2012

The 2012 Charity Funding Roadshow, a one-day conference featuring statutory, lottery and trust funders, takes place this month in London, Birmingham, and Leeds.

Presented by Action Planning with ACEVO, CAF and Blackbaud, this annual event features speakers from key funders, and guidance on increasing your income from grantmakers.

Full story @UKFundraising

Alzheimer’s Society to close its last charity shop

30 August 2012

The Alzheimer’s Society will close the last of its three charity shops because it is not financially viable, the charity has confirmed.

The charity said its remaining high-street charity shop, which is in Carlisle and has been open for about 11 years, will shut its doors for the last time on Friday. Its two other shops, in Brighton and Maidenhead, closed last year.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said in a statement that it was no longer feasible to keep the shops running.

“It is with much regret that we had to close our three shops,” he said. “Unfortunately, they were not deemed to be financially viable and the Alzheimer’s Society does not have the infrastructure to support a chain of shops.

“If they were to remain open, the Alzheimer’s Society would have to divert money away from vital services for local people with dementia and their carers. We must ensure our funds are spent responsibly and with their interests at heart.”

Full Story @ThirdSector

Institute of Fundraising criticises ‘restrictive’ doorstep collection polices of councils

28 August 2012

Local authorities are introducing increasingly restrictive policies on charity doorstep collections, according to the Institute of Fundraising.

Ed Wyatt, policy officer at the institute, said: “It seems to be a bit of a trend. More and more councils are looking at putting these restrictive policies in place.”

Wyatt said the institute had been recently approached by four local authorities that wanted to bring in policies that would  control doorstep fundraising more tightly.

“Those are just the ones that looked to interact with us; others might have gone under the radar,” said Wyatt.

Full story @ThirdSector

New rules and fines introduced for face-to-face fundraising

21 August 2012

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) has this week introduced a new best practice regime for street fundraisers. The new rules are accompanied by penalty points and fines for fundraising organisations that break the rules.

The rules have been introduced following a year-long field trial and review process, after the Institute of Fundraising had asked the PFRA to provide extra guidance to the Institute’s code of practice on face-to-face fundraising. They are published in the PFRA Rule Book (Street F2F).

The new rules provide more detailed guidance. For instance, while the code of practice says only that fundraisers must never “deliberately confuse or obstruct the public”, the Rule Book defines obstruction as: “Any deliberate action that causes a person to involuntarily stop or suddenly change direction in order to get past the fundraiser and continue their journey.”

Full story @UKFundraising

Two-thirds of charity staff against trustee payment, survey finds

15 August 2012

More than two-thirds of charity and voluntary sector staff disagree with Lord Hodgson’s recommendation that large charities should be allowed to pay their trustees without Charity Commission approval, according to an online poll.

Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006 last month recommended that charities with an annual income of more than £1m should be able to pay their trustees without seeking permission from the Charity Commission, as is currently required.

But a poll conducted by the volunteering social networking site among 1,100 visitors to its site found that 67 per cent of respondents were against the proposal. The remaining 33 per cent were in favour.

Full story @ThirdSector

Number of paid employees in the voluntary sector has ‘risen by 20,000’

13 August 2012

The number of paid employees in the voluntary sector increased by 20,000 in the first three months of 2012 compared with the previous quarter, according to an analysis of the government’s latest Labour Force Survey.

The findings, produced by Skills – Third Sector, the Third Sector Research Centre and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, show that 779,000 people worked in the voluntary sector, compared with about 759,000 in the final quarter of 2011.

Full story @ThirdSector

Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities – Review of the Charities Act 2006

10 August 2012

Lord Hodgson has now published the report of his Review, and it has been laid before Parliament. He has also published the research on public perceptions of charity, commissioned from Ipsos Mori, that has underpinned the Review.

The Review of the Charities Act 2006

Charity investments down in value by 1.8 per cent in the past year

5 July 2012

The total value of charity investments fell by 1.8 per cent over the past 12 months, according to new figures from the market analysis firm the WM Company.

The figures show that UK equities owned by charities – 37 per cent of all the assets owned by charities – fell in value by 3.1 per cent. Overseas equities held by charities, which make up another 26 per cent of the total, fell in value by 7.3 per cent. The value of UK bonds held by charities, which make up 9 per cent of their total assets, rose by 15.9 per cent over the same period.

The figures show that UK equities held by charities rose in value by 3.3 per cent in the past six months, overseas equities by 4.6 per cent and UK bonds by 1.9 per cent.

Full story @ThirdSector

Government announces £40m programme to support social action

27 June 2012

The Cabinet Office has announced a £40m programme aimed at supporting social action as part of its response to the Giving Summit.

The programme, which does not have a name, is intended to build on similar themes to the government’s Social Action Fund, which is allocating about £21m over two years to projects that encourage people to give time or resources to good causes.

Full story @UKFundraising

Community Matters launches free business planning tool

22 June 2012

A new free tool to help charities with business planning has been launched by Community Matters, the national federation for community organisations.

Can You Plan It? is intended to make business planning more approachable, participatory and enjoyable, Community Matters said in a statement to accompany the launch.

The tool is designed to function like a game and is intended to be accessible to all trustees, staff and service users, including young people, according to Community Matters.

Full story @ThirdSector

Street fundraising sign-ups increase by 40 per cent, PFRA figures show

19 June 2012

The number of people who signed up to give to charity through street fundraisers rose by almost 40 per cent in 2011/12, according to figures from the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

Released to tie in with the PFRA’s annual general meeting today, the figures show that street fundraisers working for the association’s 140 member organisations recruited 238,273 direct-debit donors in 2010/11, compared with 170,610 in the previous year.

The figures include data from eight more organisations than in 2010/11.

The overall number of people who signed up through either door-to-door or face-to-face fundraising rose from 730,268 in 2010/11 to 863,407 – a rise of 18 per cent.

The number of people signed up by door-to-door fundraisers increased by 11.7 per cent, from 559,658 last year to 625,134 in 2011/12. This represented 72 per cent of the total number of sign-ups.

Full story @ThirdSector

Donations possible from today through Royal Bank of Scotland ATMs

13 June 2012

People can donate to one of eight charities at the group’s 8,000 cash machines

Donations to charity will be possible through the 8,000 cash machines owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group from this week.

The group will be the first to enable charitable donations since the government announced the initiative on giving through ATMs in its Giving White Paper, published last year.

The RBS cashpoints will allow users to donate to one of eight charities and give between £1 and £150.

Donations can be made from all RBS cashpoints from today and from those of NatWest and Coutts, which are part of the RBS Group, from tomorrow.

The charities involved to are Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, Oxfam, the RNIB, Age UK, Children in Need and the Disasters Emergency Committee, although this seventh option will be activated only when there is a live DEC appeal.

The eighth slot will be filled by the RSPCA on NatWest ATMs and the STV Appeal on RBS machines.

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Voluntary sector workforce in England ‘larger than previous estimates’

12 June 2012

Research by the Third Sector Research Centre suggests that there are more employees in the English voluntary sector than previously thought. Using data from the 2008 National Survey of Third Sector Organisations (NSTSO), it estimates that there were more than 1.1 million full time equivalent employees in England in 2008, or just over 5% of the workforce. Other estimates, calculated using data from the Labour Force Survey, have put the figure much lower, at 759,000 employees in the last quarter of 2011.

Full story@ UKFundraising

Fundraising codes of practice to be condensed into one title

6 June 2012

The Institute of Fundraising has decided to condense all its Codes of Fundraising Practice into a single Code, supported by a range of additional guidance. The new Code will be previewed to delegates at the Institute’s National Convention in July.

The move to a single Code of Fundraising Practice was taken following a consultation of members and stakeholders.

The Codes of Fundraising Practice are designed to integrate legal and best practice standards so that fundraisers are aware of what is required of them and to give them guidance on how to achieve it. The standards provide the basis of self-regulation for fundraising.

There are currently 28 Codes, with most Codes covering a particular fundraising discipline and a small number that span disciplines.


Tax relief limit on charity to be axed in fresh U-turn

1 June 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has dropped plans to limit tax relief on charitable giving, after protests from charities.

He announced in the Budget a limit of £50,000 or 25% of income, whichever was higher, on the amount a person could donate instead of paying it in tax.

It is the latest in a series of changes to Budget policies this week, including the pasty and caravan taxes.

Charities welcomed the news of the change, but Labour called it another U-turn by a “shambolic” government.

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BT Community Connections offers a year’s free broadband to groups

29 May 2012

BT Community Connections is open again, offering 12 months free broadband from BT for community and charitable organisations across the UK.

The scheme is open to community organisations, charities, social enterprises and community interest companies which help, or wants to help, people access the internet and improve their ICT skills. Previous recipients have included after family support groups, school clubs, music groups, youth clubs, ‘IT for the Terrified’ groups, and ‘Silver surfer’ groups.

BT Community Connections is part of BT’s Get IT Together campaign.

The closing date for applications is 7 September at 17.30.

From UKFundraising

Proposed cash boost for small charities may not work

25 May 2012

Fundraisers fear government plans to boost small charities’ coffers will fail unless it listens to their concerns.

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of The Institute of Fundraising, said: “The Government must be commended for trying to help small charities with GASDS but unfortunately their best intentions may be undermined by the detail of these proposals.

“The plans are far too complex and bureaucratic and are likely to turn off small charities from participating in the scheme and boosting their income.”

As part of its plans to support charitable giving,  the Government introduced the idea of the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme.

The Government proposes each charity will be allowed to claim a top-up equivalent to Gift Aid on up to £5000 of small donations under £20. It means £1250 could be claimed without having Gift Aid declarations.

But the Government’s proposals insist charities must have a good compliance record of at least three years of making Gift Aid before becoming eligible for GASDS.

Peter said: “I can fully understand the Government is concerned about fraud but there are other measures that could be used to check legitimacy and financial probity

“And the rule that small charities must show they have claimed Gift Aid for three years is frankly ridiculous.”

Full story @Institute of Fundraising

Legacy Trust UK gives £1m to seven organisations

23 May 2012

Set up in 2007, the Trust aims to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from London 2012 in communities across the UK. It was funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, Department for Culture Media and Sport and Arts Council England.

A principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, it has already funded over 100 projects across the country.

Major awards will be given to:

•      Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival in the North West region

•      imove in Yorkshire and Humberside

•      Accentuate in the South East

•      RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sports) in the South West

•      CREATE in East London

Full story @UKFundraising

Big corporates to niche companies: Business Charity Awards are announced

15 May 2012


Newsreader Huw Edwards hosts black-tie ceremony for winners, including Employee of the Year, Kate Neville of Capital Group Companies; Barclays wins three categories.

For the full list of winners please visit:

Sainsbury’s stores seek local charity nominations

14 May 2012

Supermarket Sainsbury’s is inviting customers and colleagues to nominate their favourite local charity at their local store. The selected charities will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness raising support from that store.

This is the fourth year that Sainsbury’s has been running its local charity scheme. It operates across the country at Sainsbury stores, depots and support centres. Thousands of charities have benefited so far from over £4 million raised by staff and customers.

How to nominate a local charity

Nominations are open from 9 to 23 May 2012. A nomination box and forms should be available at the front of every main and convenience Sainsbury’s store, as well as in their depots and support centres. Complete the form and post it in the box.

Local staff at each store will then shortlist three charities that they think best meet the needs of the local community. These three then get the opportunity to talk to Sainsbury’s staff in the store about the charity and its work. One charity from the three will then be chosen.

You can find your local Sainsbury’s store at:

From FundraisingUK

Second public meeting on Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

11 May 2012

Following demand for the first meeting, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is organising a second meeting on the issue of The Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme, which was confirmed in the Queen’s Speech this week.

The meeting is for people to raise questions or issues with the HMRC Policy team about the scheme which offers eligible charities the opportunity to claim Gift Aid-type payments on small donations up to £5,000 a year without requiring individual donors’ paperwork.

The meeting takes place on 17 May 2012 from 10.00 to 11.30 at 100 Parliament Street, London. Booking is required.

The Small Donations Scheme is currently being consulted on, and responses are required by 25 May 2012.


Donations to charity will be possible soon at more than 20 per cent of cash machines

9 May 2012

More than 20 per cent of the UK’s cash machines will allow users to make donations to charity from this summer, the government announced today.

The 8,000 machines owned by Royal Bank of Scotland and the 4,000 owned by the cash machine operator Bank Machine will permit donations, said Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

Other cash machine operators will join the scheme later this year and in 2013. The Link network, which includes almost every cash machine in the UK including those owned by RBS and the Bank Machine, has 64,500 ATMs.

Bank Machine is selecting the charities that will benefit from donations given through its network of ATMs. RBS will select about eight charities in June, when the scheme will go live.

Full Story @ThirdSector:

9 May – Victory Day

9 May 2012

Russia Marks Victory Day With Military Parade @RadioLiberty

Russia and other former Soviet countries have been marking the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II with parades and celebrations. In Russia, the anniversary of victory over German Nazi forces was marked on May 9 with a massive military parade on Moscow’s Red Square.

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Victory Day (9 May) @Wikipedia

Victory Day or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union and most post-Soviet states). It was first inaugurated in the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May, by Moscow Time). The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin.Though the official inauguration happened in 1945 (which means it has been celebrated since 1946), the holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965 and only in some of the countries.

Now, regardless of faith, political affiliation or nationality in the former Soviet Union, this festival is celebrated to commemorate the 28 000 000 (according to various estimates) children, parents, spouses and friends killed in Soviet Union during II World War for independence from Nazi Germany.

Full Story @Wikipedia:

Government will publish more plans to make giving easier, says Hurd

8 May 2012

The government will publish another document later this month outlining its plans to make it easier to give money to charity, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Hurd said the new document would outline some of the conclusions that emerge from the Giving Summit, which is being held today and will look into ways to remove barriers to philanthropy.

“This will introduce where we will make it easier and more compelling to give,” he said. “We want more people working together for community good and we want to make it easier for people who want to get more involved.”

Full story @ThirdSector:

Debate: Nick Hurd and Gareth Thomas

4 May 2012

ThirdSector: “Steady progress – or lack of leadership? The Minister for Civil Society and his shadow go head-to-head on two years of coalition government.”


“The government has made good progress with the big society agenda and its programme for the voluntary sector, despite recent embarrassment over the proposed cap on tax relief on charitable donations.

This is the view of Nick Hurd in an interview with Third Sector to mark his two years as Minister for Civil Society.  Commentators have underestimated the government’s achievements in devolving power and opening up public services, he argues.

But he is acccused by Gareth Thomas, his Labour shadow, of lack of leadership and influence across Whitehall. Thomas tells Third Sector that Hurd and his fellow ministers are interested in the voluntary sector only as a means of cutting back the role of the state.

Thomas argues that the failure of the Treasury to consult the Office for Civil Society before proposing the cap on tax relief on charitable donations, announced in the Budget, confirms his charge of a lack of leadership and influence. Labour, he says, would seek strong partnerships in strengthening local communities.

These first head-to-head interviews with Hurd and Thomas will appear in full next Tuesday along with an analysis of the government’s polices and spending on the voluntary sector in its first two years. They will also be published in the next edition of Third Sector magazine.”


Dial a celebrity chat service to raise funds for UK charities

30 April 2012

A service launched in the US that lets fans call celebrities and raise funds for charity is set to launch in the UK next month.

Set up by telecoms sector serial enterpreneur Marc Jarrett, the site will enable UK celebrities to talk to their fans and raise funds for their favourite charity.

The service, launched in America as, is powered by a Voice over IP (VoIP) platform which deploys a ‘double blind’ system whereby the caller can never see the celebrity’s real phone number, or vice versa. Participating celebrities are free to charge what they like per minute, and then retain 70% of the call revenue. Jarrett commented: “if the celebrity in question is a UK tax payer, they can make the donation using Gift Aid, making the value of their donation increase by over 25% at no extra cost to them.”

He explained that using VoIP means that “there are no phone companies involved in the billing, which is why we can afford to pay operators that use the service a relatively high percentage.”

According to Jarrett, one of the celebrities using the service in the USA is regularly generating more than $1000 on a single call.

Full story @UKFundraising:

Claire Squires Samaritans fundraising page raises more than £1m

27 April 2012

Just Giving site of hairdresser who died while running London marathon receives thousands of donations and tributes – with tens of thousands of people logging on from all over the world to leave donations.

“Squires, 30, a hairdresser, had raised £500 for her chosen charity, The Samaritans, when she began the marathon. But as news of her death spread around the world that figure swelled rapidly.”

Full Story @TheGuardian:

Deduct Gift Aid from charities that fail to submit accounts on time, says Charity Commission

24 April 2012

“Suspension from the register of charities and loss of Gift Aid are the sanctions preferred by the Charity Commission against charities that fail to file their accounts and annual reports on time.

In its response to the review of the Charities Act 2006, being conducted by the Conservative peer Lord Hodgson, the regulator says about possible sanctions that “we favour most strongly the withdrawal of Gift Aid, possibly in conjunction with suspension from the register”.

It says it would “welcome an opportunity” to develop the withdrawal of Gift Aid as a sanction.

Other points in the regulator’s submission say:

  • Charities should not be charged for registration and regulatory services
  • The public charitable collections regime in the Charities Act 2006, which would include licensing of street and door-to-door fundraising, would cost the commission millions to implement
  • A code of practice for fundraising collections outside supermarkets should be developed, because the regulator receives “frequent” complaints
  • More should be done to encourage membership of the Fundraising Standards Board
  • The jurisdiction of the charity tribunal should not be widened to cover any of the commission’s regulatory decisions.”


The Institute of Fundraising publishes free guide to managing fundraisers

23 April 2012

The Institute of Fundraising has published a free guide to managing fundraisers, covering recruiting, developing and retaining talented fundraisers.

Funded by the Office for Civil Society, the guide is designed to provide advice, tools, techniques and templates to enable charity managers to implement best practice within their organisation.

It offers a tool both for individual fundraisers to help their organisations develop best practice in fundraising management, and for organisations to ensure that they attract and retain their fundraising staff better.…

JustGiving shares its Virgin London Marathon 2012 statistics

20 April 2012

Average donations
  • The average donation for this year’s event is £32.28 (not including Gift Aid)
  • Over 274,000 people have donated to 2012 marathon runners so far.
  • The most popular month for making pages was January 2012 with 23% of pages created that month.
  • The five most generous supporters of JustGiving marathon runners amongst London’s 27 boroughs (Wandsworth, Lambeth, Westminster, Hackey and Barnet) account for more than 40% of all donations made.
Who runs and raises the most
  • In 2012 60% of runners using JustGiving are male and 40% of runners are female; whereas in 2011 58% were male and 42% female
  • Male runners raise about £24 more on average than female runners
  • 66% of runners are 40 years old or younger
  • The most successful fundraising runners are aged 51-55 and raise £114 more than the average runner
Lessons for fundraisers
  • Based on 2011 figures, the best day to start fundraising was 12 December: those who started fundraising on that date in 2010 raised an average of £1,800.
  • Up to 20% of donations come in after the event – so runners should expect to keep reminding their friends and supporters.
  • JustGiving staff “always see a spike in donations the week before a big event”, so runners should mention their fundraising page to their contacts again in the last few days before the event.

Full story @UKFundraising:

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales secures same funding as 2011

18 April 2012

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales will receive the same income for 2012 as 2011. It will receive £25.2m from Lloyds Banking Group, with which it has a nine year funding agreement, with guaranteed funding of over £50 million for the next two years.

The Foundation supports registered charities that help disadvantaged people play a fuller role in the community, with 50% of its funding weighted towards the top twenty most deprived areas.

The Foundation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has helped many charities with core costs: over the last three years, it has distributed £56.8 million through its flagship Community Programme, primarily in core costs.

Full story @UKFundraising:

FRSB says most fundraising organisations should be obliged to become members

17 April 2012

All fundraising charities and organisations with annual voluntary incomes above a certain level should be obliged to become members of the Fundraising Standards Board, according to the fundraising regulator.

In its response to Lord Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006, the FRSB suggests a system it calls “self-regulation plus”, to strengthen the system of regulation. It says this would involve some form of obligation on all fundraising charities and organisations with annual voluntary incomes above a certain level to become members of the FRSB. This level should be similar to the level prevailing at the time with the Charity Commission, the response says.

The review is considering all areas of charity law, including the rules governing fundraising.

Full story @ThirdSector:

Charity tax row: Oxbridge joins revolt

13 April 2012

Oxford, Cambridge and other universities have joined the growing disquiet over government plans to curb tax breaks on charitable donations.

The Oxford and Cambridge vice-chancellors wrote privately to Chancellor George Osborne saying his plans risked undermining the culture of university philanthropy.

UK universities, which raised some £560m from charitable gifts last year, want him to rethink.

Ministers want to stop tax avoidance.

Full story @BBC News:

Voluntary sector job satisfaction beats public and private sectors, says poll

13 April 2012

Voluntary sector workers are more satisfied with their jobs than those working in the public and private sectors, according to new research. But it also shows job satisfaction in the sector has fallen in the last 15 years.

Analysis by the Third Sector Research Centre of data collected over the past 17 years for the British Household Panel Survey, which asks individuals how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with their jobs, found that voluntary sector workers scored a higher level of satisfaction across a range of questions, including the hours they work, the nature of the work and job security.

Full story @ThirdSector:

Attention!  We do not collect in the Republic of Ireland!

It has come to our attention that collections for Do Not Delay Project are taking place in the Republic of Ireland.  Dear donors, we do not collect in ROI and nobody is authorised to collect in ROI for Do Not Delay.  Those collections are illegal and leaflets that you receive though your letter boxes in the Republic of Ireland are fake!  Please contact your local Garda station immediately if you receive those leaflets. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigations on 00-353-1-6663706/09 quoting the file reference number FB.11.94.11.  Please contact the above authorities immediately as you receive this leaflet!

Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Charities’ tax relief fear for donations

12 April 2012

Charities say there is “widespread alarm and despair” at plans to cap tax relief on charitable donations – as some Tory MPs call for a rethink.

The Charities Aid Foundation said more than 2,200 charities and people had joined its campaign against the plans.

Full story @BBCNews:

Almost 90 per cent of public plan to donate despite downturn

10 April 2012

The vast majority of people still plan to give money to charity in 2012 despite the ongoing economic downturn, a survey has found.

The poll of 2,000 UK adults shows that 89 per cent plan to donate this year; 90 per cent of those who were polled also said they gave in 2011.

By age group, the most generous respondents were those aged over 65, who gave an average of £121 in 2011, followed by people aged 51-65 (£108), 31-40 (£67) and 41-50 (£66). The lowest total was given by the 21-30 age group (£47).

Medical charities were the most popular cause, chosen by 59 per cent of those surveyed, followed by children’s charities (44 per cent), those dealing with local community issues (38 per cent) and animal charities (37 per cent).

Full story:

Shoplifters target designer clothes from charity shops

2 April 2012

Charity shops are experiencing an alarming rise in thefts because they are seen as a “soft target”. Expensive donated designer clothes are prime targets for shoplifters. @The Independent

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Nesta gives out a further £1.07m from £10m Giving Fund

30 March 2012

Nesta has announced a further 16 awards totalling £1.07m from the £10m Innovation in Giving Fund, which aims to find and back innovative ideas for increasing volunteering and charitable giving.

The organisers of #riotcleanup, which used social networks to arrange clean-ups following last summer’s riots, is among the latest projects to benefit from the Fund, which is managed by Nesta on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

JustGiving raises £1 billion

28 March 2012

Online fundraising service JustGiving has now helped individuals raise over £1 billion for charity since it was established in 2001. Over 21 million people have donated on the site, raising funds for 13,543 charities.

Thousands run in Sport Relief fundraising events

25 March 2012

HMRC will meet charities to discuss tax relief caps

22 March 2012

Charities Act 2011 is now in force

14 March 2012


CRUK invites new fundraising ideas in student competition

13 March 2012

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is inviting students and young people aged 18 and over to come up with and implement an innovative fundraising idea. The Go.Give.Gain competition is aimed at those who “want to use their passion and entrepreneurship to make a real difference to the work of Cancer Research UK”.

The winner will receive “an exclusive three week placement at Cancer Research UK or another major UK company”.

The closing date for entries is 31 May 2012.



Lord Hodgson calls for views on regulation of fundraising and complaints about charities

8 March 2012

The Conservative peer Lord Hodgson has asked the voluntary sector and members of the public to share their views and evidence about the regulation of fundraising and the handling of complaints about charities, as part of his wide-ranging review of charity law.

Hodgson is in charge of reviewing the Charities Act 2006, and is due to produce recommendations for reform of the law by June.

He has issued new calls for evidence in five areas: self-regulation of fundraising; public charitable collections; complaints, appeals and redress; reporting and accounting requirements; and registration thresholds.



Intersecond Ltd is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board

02 February 2012

We adhere to the best practice in fundraising and we are committed to the high standards.

October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(2011 10 04)

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is held every October to raise awareness of the disease and raise money for research. One of the major goals of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to encourage women to self-check for early detection of breast cancer.

Book your collection online at

(2011 08 30)

You can now book your unwanted clothing collection online!

If you missed a clothing collection day or if you are clearing up your wardrobe and would like your unwanted clothing and footwear to be collected from your house or from your workplace, go online and book your collection at

Maybe you simply don’t like leaving your clothing collection bag outside, you would not have to! Our driver will ring your doorbell as he arrives at a day and time convenient to you.

Do Not Delay! project will receive £5 from each 10kg of clothing collected through

British Heart Foundation “Recycle for life” Donation bin is now at our premises in Tilbury. Got yours?

(2011 08 15)

We now support BHF through the recycling of books, bric-a-brac, CDs/DVDs and other items.

The “Recycle for life” Donation bin can generate as much as £20 or more per bag of good quality items for BHF and helps reduce the amount of recyclable products being thrown on landfills that could be used by others.

More information about British Heart Foundation:

Attention charities, funds and associations! We now have availability for a new charitable project for fundraising through the door-to-door collections of unwanted clothing.

(2011 08 05)

If your charitable organisation is a well established, trusted and reputable body, if it needs some additional funds without any hassle and any investment, we can organise the door-to-door collections of unwanted clothing and footwear nationwide.

Compared with Europeans, British women are more likely to get cancer

(2011 10 04)

Alcohol and obesity blamed for higher cancer rates in British women compared with their European counterparts

British women are nearly a fifth more likely to develop cancer at some point during their lives than their European counterparts, with lifestyle factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption likely to be partly responsible, a cancer charity has said.

Join “A Whole Heap of Mercy”!

(2011 07 27)

Would you like to organise a fundraising event for Mercy Ships UK in your school, college, office, club, pub, church or just in your local community through the collection of bags of unwanted clothes and shoes? We are here to help!

Benefits of textiles reuse

(2011 07 19)

Textiles and clothing have been identified as having significant environmental impact across their lifecycle. In the UK we consume approximately 2,000,000 tonnes of clothing, and although about 500,000 tonnes are recycled or reused, we still dispose of about 1,000,000 tonnes.

Creative Fundraising Ideas for Breast Cancer Charities

(2011 10 04)

Breast cancer survivors, their families and charity supporters can all help raise money to fight breast cancer.

Institute of Fundraising published the House to House Clothing Collections Guidance

(2011 06 01)

The guidance outlines the three main ways in which legitimate charitable door to door clothing collections take place. It also provides the information on why people should support charitable door to door clothing collections.

Bogus collections in the REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

(2011 04 18)

It has come to our attention that there are collections operated for Do Not Delay! Breast Cancer Prevention Programme in DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

Security Foiling chooses Mercy Ships as charity of the year

(2011 04 07)

Independent experts in foil and hologram security, Security Foiling Ltd, has chosen Mercy Ships as its charity of choice for this year.

Debate: are people getting fed up with door-to-door clothing collections?

(2011 03 10)

An Association of Charity Shops report suggested a public backlash is imminent. Three experts offer their views

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