UK Charities

Why The Charity Sector Needs To Innovate - And Fast

Ollie Boesen | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

You'd have to have been hiding in a fairly deep hole to have missed everything that's gone on this year. 2016 has seen significant tension surface in a number of western countries, and the political drama that has unfolded has been of the sort usually reserved for history books and Hollywood.

Our Nation's Older People Are Being Abused. Here's What You Can Do To Stop It

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

There's a minority in this country that is often targeted by criminals simply because of who they are. They are targeted by scammers who seek to swi...

Charities Matter And Their Chairs Are Important - Never Make The Wrong Appointment Or Hold On To The Wrong Person

John Tizard | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Charities play a vital role across society and the economy. They must be well led by their chairs as well as their chief executives. How a charity ...

Community Social Action Can Build A Great Movement For The Better

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Last week, I completed six years as a trustee and board member of navca - the National Association for Voluntary Community Action. During this time ...

Providing Funded Training For Small Charities

Vicki Dawson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Vicki Dawson

Funding is a real issue at the moment for charities. It has always been a challenge to raise money in order to support charitable aims and objectives,...

Values Matter But To Be Real They Must Be Lived

John Tizard | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Values matter. They can drive behaviours and performance in businesses, co-operatives, social enterprises, charities, community groups, the public sector and indeed individuals. They differentiate between and tell us much about both organisations and individuals.

People Are Doing Something Wonderful With The New £5 Note

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK

The new plastic £5 note has gained a lot of attention. Piers Morgan and John Humphrys have chewed on it, and keen scientists have been testing whethe...

How Much Do You Really Know About Charities?

Sarah Atkinson | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Atkinson

The key message is that people shouldn't be put off donating to charity because of the actions of a few. However, everyone has a key role to play if we are to keep the role of charities at the heart of society and maintain (or increase!) the high levels of volunteering and donations made by the generous British public.

Anti-Muslim Abuse Countered Brilliantly With This Fact About Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK

A fact about British Muslims’ charitable donations during Ramadan is being shared online after the furore around a Sun column arguing that Muslim jo...

Local Social Action Is More Vital Than Ever - And So Are Its Champions

John Tizard | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

If ever there was a time for bold, brave focussed leadership in the voluntary and community sector, at both national and local level, surely it is now? And this must particularly be case in respect of the local community and small charity sector, which are the backbone of strong communities and the catalyst for local social action.

Brexit: Time for Charities to Show Leadership

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

We have opened Pandora's box: whatever happens next our relationship with the EU has fundamentally changed so we are at a reset moment for our country. That moment is crying out for a movement for positive change and the voluntary sector should be leading it.

Will the Lack of Trust in Charities Make Them Too Afraid to Innovate

Cliff Prior | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

I'm not for a moment saying we shouldn't think and plan and act at our absolute best. But there is little point in our existence unless we can achieve change for people we are here for. The biggest risk of all is failing the people who need us. Let's urge charities on, let's give them the room to breathe, and our support to take courage.

The Climate for Corporate-Charity Partnerships Is Hotting up

Beth Burgess | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Beth Burgess

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a watchword for a few decades, but only recently has it come to matter more than ever before. Consumers...

The EU and the Referendum Matter to Charities and VCS - They Need to Engage Positively

John Tizard | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The outcome of the UK wide referendum on 23rd June will have significant long term implications for the country's governance, politics, economy, environment, public services, employment rights, social mobility, migration, refugees, asylum status ... and so much more.

Anti-Corruption Summit Should Go Beyond Lip Service and Provide Room for Civil Society to Function in the Most Affected Countries

Donald Mogeni | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Donald Mogeni

David Cameron will today be smarting from the faux pas of making an acutely embarrassing indiscretion under the glance of cameras. Just days before the 2016 anti-corruption summit, the UK Prime Minister will be hosting, he was caught on camera in discussion with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury, describing two of the countries sending delegates to London as "fantastically corrupt countries".

Contemporary Charities: The Big Lottery Should Support a Big Debate

John Tizard | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The Big Lottery Fund's report and initiative on "The Future of Doing Good" is both timely and challenging. As the Government and others seek to redef...

Charities Cannot Ignore Political Events and Should Be Ready to Pounce

John Tizard | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Charities have rightly been arguing against specific benefit cuts on behalf of their members and their beneficiaries; drawing evidence from disabled people, carers and also from their own professional staff; and making the case for excluding some of the most vulnerable and poorest members of society from further cuts to their limited income.

So the Cancer Drugs Fund 'Reform' Is Happening

Mark Flannagan | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Mark Flannagan

The Cancer Drugs Fund "reform" is happening. We have a new approach that puts NICE back in the driving seat. The hoped for result is no more surprises, no unexpected calls on a fund for a new drug that will change someone's outcome.

Young Voices Are Worth Paying Attention To - Age Is Just a Number

Charlie Doherty | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Doherty

As I sit here reflecting on all the privileges I have experienced as a teenager, I wonder if it had not been for the life changing moment that I saw the news coverage on TV of the terrible and devastating 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, would my life have taken a different path?

A Charity Worker's Perspective on Trading Activities

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

As you can imagine, in my role as Charity Director at Age UK I have been following the current media debate about Age UK's trading arm's activities - and about charity trading arms more generally - very closely.

Big Charities Are Spoiling Things for Small Ones

Jo Ivens | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Jo Ivens

Of course I know that 'Charity Does A Good Job' and 'No Governance Concerns At Charity' are not juicy headlines, but what I take from all of this is that it seems that most people writing (and reading?) about charities don't actually know much about charities, about the reality of running a charity, working in a charity, or receiving services or support from a charity.

Government Should Encourage Charities to Challenge and Campaign for and Against Policy - Not Seek to Stifle Them

John Tizard | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last year, charities were threatened with the Lobbying Act's "gagging clauses", and now we learn that the Government wants to prevent charities using public money to participate in contemporary debates on public policy.

What We Can Learn From Kids Company and Why There's Still Lots to Be Proud Of

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Either way, the work we need to do as a sector to learn lessons from what went wrong with Kids Company should be harnessed as a force for the good and not as a way of undermining work which makes a massive difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.

The Three Problems Facing the Charity Sector

Robbie Crow | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Robbie Crow

One of the most common questions that charitable organisations are asking future employees at interview is "what do you think are the biggest challenges facing the sector at the moment?". Yes, there are the answers that everyone gives, such as "we're just coming out of a recession. There is no money", but I like to think out of the box. Here are the answers I like to give.

The Five Worst Charity Names

Stuart Laws | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

A disclaimer here, which is, I hope obvious, but should be clarified. I'm not criticising the work of these charities, or the people that work for them, they're doing good work (I assume) and they're good people (I assume).