UK Charities

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?

Funding Impact

Dan Corry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

Funders in the charitable sector give their money to good causes, so it can seem churlish to say that they need to think more about the impact of their giving. But surely this is true. The way in which funders support their chosen cause can mean they have a lesser or greater impact.

One Night's Sleep a Small Sacrifice to Make for UK's Homeless Young People

Seyi Obakin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Every year in the UK 80,000 young people experience homelessness, a fact known to too few but one that should trouble all of us. Tonight members of the public in eight cities will make their feelings known by giving up their beds and spending a night on the street in the largest national Sleep Out of its kind.

New Commission to Put Ageing on the Agenda of the Voluntary Sector

Dan Corry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

The Commission will draw together existing research, engage and consult the sector through a series of events, and work with voluntary organisations to develop answers as to how the sector can lead the way in adapting to an ageing population.

Time for a Real 'Civil Society' - Not Just Contracted Public Services

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

I know that a few public sector bodies are developing collaborative alliances with the voluntary and community sector rather than simply contracting with it. However, in reality, the latter are in a small minority and the trend, sadly, is in the opposite direction.

Boris: 'Stop Lusting For Colossal Houses'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has urged Britons to drop their cultural "lust" to buy mansions in the Home Counties or those with "colossal grouse moors" and instead g...

Councils and Councils for Voluntary Service Can Find Common Cause

John Tizard | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Local authority support and in particular financial support for local Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS) is ebbing away in too many places. This is tragic. They serve the same communities. There should be common cause to promote community well-being and much more. Well-being and outcomes in challenging times require strong public - social/sector partnership.

'A Chilling Effect On Freedom Of Expression'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Charities have blasted the government's 'damaging' new lobbying bill, saying it could have a "chilling effect on freedom of expression." Talks with...

The Penitent Have Taken Over The Asylum.

Nick Abbot | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

Archbishop Welby, the chap that, in his work costume, looks like a luminous yellow chess piece from space, has said that the church should apologise to gay people because of the way it has treated them. I expect he won't have to speak very loudly, or go very far to do so.

Charities Should Not Be Gagged - Government Should Withdraw Its Gagging Bill

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

It is clear to me that charities and other campaign organisations will be muzzled by the current draft of the Government's 'Transparency of Lobbying, non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill'.

New Lobbying Bill Will Affect Charities' Ability To Campaign On Political Issues

The Guardian | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Electoral Commission, Britain's elections watchdog, has concluded that government plans to curb political campaigning by charities before a genera...

All Charities Must Prepare for Ageing

Dan Corry | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK
Dan Corry

Our aim is to give the sector a gentle kick up the pants. We all know the population will look different in 20 years time and we need to start thinking what that means for charities and their funders now.

Charity Sector Must Address Criticisms Following Six Figure Salary Revelations

Mischa Wilmers | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Mischa Wilmers

How charitable is the charity sector? It depends who you ask. If you are the executive of one of Britain's leading foreign aid charities you are likely to give a positive answer, but then you would be a beneficiary of this generosity of spirit. If, however, you are one of thousands of unpaid interns currently working for free for charities across the UK, you might be inclined to disagree.

Charity Donations Paid For Chief's Lords Bash Invites

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK

Sir Stephen Bubb, head of Britain's charity chiefs, has come under fire amid accusations he printed Parliamentary invitations to his House of Lords 60...

Charity Helps Fund Boss's Birthday Bash, Despite His £100k Salary

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK

The head of Britain’s voluntary sector, Sir Stephen Bubb, has been condemned for having his 60th birthday party in the House of Lords partly paid by...

Are High Paid CEOs a Bad Thing? Surely We Just Need to Communicate It Openly

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

People assume that CEOs in the charitable sector work for minimal pay. However, they fail to take into consideration the fact that these leaders are running multi-million pound organisations and that large charities require highly qualified individuals with management expertise.

Are Charity Bosses Being Paid Too Much?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK

Disproportionate salaries for charity executives risk bringing the wider charitable world into disrepute, the Charity Commission's chairman has warned...