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A Business-Like Approach Is Key to Good Governance

Mark Flannagan | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
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Mark Flannagan

As a charity chief executive, I've been asked a lot recently about the demise of the Kids Company charity. It has generally led to a wider conversation about charity fundraising, what "business-like" means in relation to running a charity and what the role of a charity chief executive is. So, I thought I would give my overview.

Kids Company and G4S - What They Say About Modern Britain

Mark Rusling | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Rusling

It all seems so cut and dried. Hundreds of families and Kids Company staff protest outside Downing Street, blessed briefly by the presence of the charity's founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh. Charity good; government bad. Kids Company failed because the government wouldn't bail it out. Damn those heartless bastards. The reality is so much more complicated.

This Radio 4 Interview With Kids Company's Founder Has Been Branded 'Shameful'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK

The founder of Kids Company has mounted a passionate defence against claims of financial mismanagement at the troubled charity, resulting in a bizarre...

The Voluntary and Community Sector Can Light a Beacon to Hope and Change

John Tizard | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
John Tizard

Given the current political and economic agenda, it is all too tempting for the voluntary and community sector to retreat into a shell of despondency,...

How Charities Are Using Data to Make Big Changes

Carlos Miranda | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Carlos Miranda

Blindly investing time and money into adopting these new technologies can be just as risky as not investing in them at all. There's no one-size-fits-all model, and charities should not be making these difficult decisions in the dark. So how can charities know which changes to make to ensure digital fundraising success for their organisations?

A Challenge for Modern Charities

Mark Flannagan | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Mark Flannagan

I hope that a year from now we will look back on this period as a turning point. As a time when our sector met the challenge raised by some bad practices by rooting them out. I hope that future polling will show that the public appreciates our response and that trust and confidence is on the rise.

Why the Third Sector Must Be Political

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

Most of us could get more money and have more resources at our disposal in the private sector or even in the public sector. We do what we do because we identify with those for whom we advocate and are disgusted at the injustices they face. Surely we are doing a profound disservice to them if we choose to remain silent rather than joining with them in calling for changes that will improve their lives.

Young Creatives Have No Idea Who'll Help Them Now

The Huffington Post UK | Jessie Thompson | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK

Hundreds of creatives are now facing an uncertain future as they say an emotional goodbye to 'life-changing' arts charity IdeasTap, which closes its d...

Charity Partnerships, Empowered Patients and the Future of the NHS

Chris Spencer | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

"The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". It's a statement clear in its message and blunt in its truth.

Lucy Sherriff

Seven Under 30s Who Volunteer - And Absolutely Love It

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

At HuffPost, we like to shout about people doing good things. That's why, when Volunteers' Week came around, we thought there was no better time to pr...

The Voluntary and Community Sector Must Respond to the 2015 Election With Both Sophistication and Voice Anchored in Its Values

John Tizard | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
John Tizard

The outcome of the General Election has significant implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS). At both a local and national level, it must now respond - in a constructive but principled manner.

Rethinking Careers Support for Young People

Anand Shukla | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anand Shukla

At first glance, the importance placed by all of the main parties on supporting apprenticeships, vocational training, careers advice and widening participation build on the commitments in the 2010 manifestos and are to be welcomed. We must though learn the lessons of the last five years, where the actual record is more mixed.

The Next Government Should Commit to a Public Services Pledge

John Tizard | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In less than two weeks' time, the general election ballot boxes will be back in storage (though few would dare predict for how long). And then, sometime after 7th May, the UK will have a new government.

Signs of the Times

Dan Corry | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

Our mission here at NPC is to try and increase the impact that the not-for-profit sector achieves. And one of the most important things we have done i...

General Election - Charities Must 'Get In There' and Engage

John Tizard | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Every charity will have its own policy agenda that it will wish to pursue, and many will (I fervently hope) have been promoting these agendas, locally and nationally, over the last few years, prior to the forthcoming general election campaign.

Lucy Sherriff

'I've Been Given A Second Chance': Meet The Charity Helping Young People Excluded From School

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

One in six young people who have been excluded from school will die before they reach 25. Two thirds of the current prison population were exclude...

£8k Could Buy You An Apple Watch Edition. Or It Could Pay For All This Amazing Charity Work...

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Comedy

If you think £299 is extravagant for a timepiece, then how about £8,000? Yes, the starting price for the new Apple Watch Edition is a cool £8,0...

The Journey Is the Reward

Alexander Kodisch | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Kodisch

I love traveling, leaving home in a small car and driving somewhere. You do not know what happens the next day and what people you meet on your way, what type of landscape you will see when you wake up.

The Curious Case of 'Bad Behaviour' in Charities

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

The reaction from the Charity Commission on these cases was in my eyes exemplary. Not only did it act swiftly to remove a charity that should have never been on their register in the first place but it also was quick to reassure the public on social media and elsewhere that the programme did 'not reflect the vast majority of charities that are properly run by honest trustees'.

The Charity Sector Should Not Be Afraid of Being Transparent and Open

John Tizard | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Rather than wait for a future government to impose new requirements the sector should develop its own transparency standards and promote their adoption by all charities.The principle should be that charities believe in transparency and will adopt exemplar practice.

Why One Man Wishes His Terminally Ill Son Was A Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

People would rather give money to help a dog than a dying child, an innovative advertising experiment has suggested. Charity Harrison's Fund had of...

Charity Regulation: Time to Debate the Fundamentals, Not Just the Charity Commission and Its Chair

John Tizard | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The re-appointment of William Shawcross as Chair of the Charity Commission has understandably and rightly sparked much media and charity sector interest in his views and political allegiance as well as the role of the Commission itself. The latter is old news...

Voluntary and Community Sector Must Engage in General Election Now!

John Tizard | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The UK General Election is only four months away. This will be a very significant general election with potentially major implications for the future of the state, the economy, society and consequently for the charity and voluntary and community sector.

Charity Behind Viral Phenomenon Kony 2012 Is Shutting Down

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

The charity behind one of the biggest viral campaigns in history is to close its headquarters and transfer most of its operations to African partners,...

A Message for 2015 to Charity Sector Leaders: Step Up - or Step Aside

John Tizard | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The charity and wider voluntary and community sector faces many challenges, most of which originate externally. However, I do fear that an unfortunate proportion (hopefully not too large a proportion)of these challenges are self-generated, and of these, it seems to me that far too many stem from within these organisations' executive and trustee leadership teams.