UK Charities

Let'sNot Get in a Knot Over Knitting

David Nussbaum | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Nussbaum

one thing charities do well is to knit together the threads of the range of issues important to us, in order to propose positive solutions to the challenges we seek to address. And having knitted together positive solutions we obviously want to show them off - hence our advocacy to politicians, businesses and others.

Time for National Charity and VCS Bodies to Lead a National Discourse

John Tizard | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

These are going to be critical months for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and charities more generally - and this is especially the case for the national sector bodies. It will also be a critical period for all of us and there needs to be an open debate about the future of society which these bodies can lead.

The Securitisation of the Charity Sector

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

When that space is claimed and tainted by perceived security interests and the engagement with certain actors has more to do with the fear of legal retribution back home than any tangible threat from individuals or groups, the sector has surrendered to the political and interests of our governments, not of universal humanitarian principles.

The Lies You Have Been Told About Africa

Martin Drewry | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Martin Drewry

$192 billion a year is being taken out of Africa by the rich world - almost six and a half times the amount of 'aid' it receives... Africa is not poor, but its people are being kept in poverty by a combination of inequitable policies, huge disparities in power, and criminal activities perpetuated and sustained by wealthy elites.

Charity Trustees Should Focus on Mission Not Their Comfort

John Tizard | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Being a charity trustee in the current political and economic environment does not always feel comfortable. There are many reasons for this. Large or small, local or national - charities are facing common problems of reduced income and, if they are charities concerned with social issues, often increased demand for their services

Facebook Likes Don't Fight Cancer, Action Does

Sal Lahoud | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sal Lahoud

Be it those ubiquitous 'cancer selfies' or the bemusing proliferation of posts saying 'If you hate cancer, like this', this is a disease that provokes us to do something, even if that something is utterly trivial.

The 'Patronising' Gene

Simon Stevens | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

One of the biggest things disabled people have to endure is patronising people. Whether it's a pat on the head or their assumptions we are stupid and/or harmless, disabled people are often the most susceptible targets for the patronising.

It Isn't Just Football Managers Who Obsess Over League Tables

Dan Corry | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

League tables may never make public services as much talked about down the pub as England's latest frustrating performance, but if they can make a contribution to better public services, we should not let them be abandoned.

NVCO Manifesto 2015 - A Bigger Difference - Charities Have to Be Bold Campaigners

John Tizard | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

NCVO could have drawn attention to the problems that contracting based on payment by results and the Work Programme style prime-subcontractor model create for charities; and in the case of the Work Programme how it has failed the unemployed and tax payer too.

Seven Free Services No Charity Can Live Without

Rob McDowall | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Rob McDowall

The internet is awash with products and services which promise to revolutionise the way charities work, collect donations, and manage information and the like. As someone who has worked in and volunteered in the charitable sector for over 11 years, I have listed a number of the best 'free to charity' offerings...

Why I'm Committed to Helping the Most Vulnerable Children

Javed Khan | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

Today as I start my new role as the chief executive of Barnardo's, the charity's purpose remains to transform the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo's dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need.

Islamic Charities Should Not Be Used as a Scapegoat

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

Underneath the big headlines, who is going to appreciate the difference between an "Islamist" organisation and an "Islamic" one? Yet for over a century legitimate Islamic charities have been the backbone of the Muslim community in the UK.

Charity Sector Leaders Must Act Today

John Tizard | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
John Tizard

As a charity trustee and committed supporter of charities and the voluntary and community sector, I am acutely aware that the sector is facing some of its biggest challenges in our lifetimes. This is ironic at the very time when the development of social capital, and the need for a vibrant civil society and social action have never been greater.

Population Shift: Why NPC established the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing

Dan Corry | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

At NPC we do all our techie work because we want to help the voluntary sector use its resources in the very best way it can. Without understanding what you are trying to do you can't really achieve it; without measuring it to some degree, you can't get better; and without shared metrics you can't learn from anyone else.

Why Suits Needs to Be Street: Turning Inner City Youth Into Tomorrow's Business Leaders

Gina Miller | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

I believe that the UK has to end its 'urban tribalism' and encourage rich and poorer, communities and business to co-exist more harmoniously and to support and champion one another. We need to embrace conscious capitalism with businesses taking a more active role in communities through smarter giving of time, skills and mentoring.

To Get Young People Employed - Be Niche and Be Compassionate

Bob Clarke | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bob Clarke

When youth unemployment is still rampant and both the government and the civil society are looking for solutions, I wanted to share my experience. Here are the five steps that I found to be critical in trying to curb youth unemployment:

Business Leaders: It's Up to Us to Help Find More Great STEM Teachers

Paul Drechsler | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Paul Drechsler

As a business leader I have been convinced for many years that the most important strategic priority for the nation is the education of its young people. I passionately believe that business has a duty, a responsibility and a great opportunity to support our schools and to help more young people to succeed.

Why Don't UK Students Want to Donate?

Megan Hughes | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

There does seem to be some force behind the general conviction that donations should be made by those with a wage, not those with a student loan. Apart from in the case of students struggling to make ends meets, this reasoning appears disturbingly analogous with simply passing the buck.

The Pros and Cons of Social Investment So Far

Dan Corry | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

I was working as a special adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry at the beginning of the 2000s when Sir Ronald Cohen began pushing for what was eventually to become, in 2011, Big Society Capital (BSC), the world's first social investment institution...

How Charities, for the Best of Motives, Add to the Stigma That Burdens Their Clients

Andy Winter | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Andy Winter

Christmas is a time that many charities make appeals for donations from their supporters. It is a lucrative time to do so, and provides much needed income that is spent throughout the year, not just at Christmas.

Charity Leaders Must Lead

John Tizard | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK
John Tizard

Many organisations in the sector are already using modern technology and social media to connect and develop new relations with funders, volunteers, beneficiaries and supporters. More will have to do so. Leaders will need to drive this development.

This Human Rights Day, Let's Remember Why Charities Care About Human Rights - They Are a Safety Net for Everyone

Emma Hutton | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Emma Hutton

There is still work to do, both to raise awareness of the benefits of strong human rights protections and to make sure they apply effectively, to everyone. The Equally Ours partners are proud to be working together to raise awareness of the everyday benefits of human rights for people from all walks of life, in every part of the country.

Why Do We Need 'Breast Awareness'?

Kris Hallenga | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kris Hallenga

Firstly, and most importantly, Elisabeth is American, and the blog is from the US. Therefore, I would hasten to ensure we all know the difference between what the US advocate when it comes to breast awareness, and what we advocate here in the UK.

VCS - A Force to Be Reckoned With

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Of course, I accept that not all VCS organisations will survive and many others will, inevitably, be badly damaged as a result of a combination of public sector austerity, falling voluntary fund raising and increasing demand for their services.

Should We Forget About Charities as We Know Them?

Andy Winter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andy Winter

There is already a problem with some charities being seen as having been co-opted by government to do its work. A legitimate question for them is whether their charitable objectives are truly being delivered, or whether decisions are being driven by the wishes of government or even the banks?