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Volunteers’ Week is the annual celebration of millions of people across the UK who give their time and skills to help their communities by volunteering. It’s just one of the ways in which we can recognise and celebrate the contribution that volunteers make. Normally marked with events up and down the country, celebrations for Volunteers’ […]

As we enter the third month of lockdown, our work – both in terms of influencing government decision-making and supporting our members – continues to be entirely focused on the issues that the covid-19 crisis is causing. This is evident in this month’s policy round-up, which once again is almost entirely about covid-19 policy developments. […]

Welcome to this month’s round-up. Volunteers and volunteering organisations continue to meet the challenges of coronavirus, adapting to the recent adjustments regarding lockdown rules, while observing social distancing to keep communities and service users safe. We have updated our guidance on involving volunteers following the government’s guidance released 11 May. Easing restrictions There is an […]

We’ve been asking our members what challenges resuming their activities over the next few months will bring. As part of this we asked members about: what practical issues they expect to deal with as a result of lockdown restrictions being eased how restarting their services might be affected if social distancing measures remain in place […]

Corporate insolvency and governance bill 2020 The government has published the corporate insolvency and governance bill 2020. When it becomes law, this will provide organisations with flexibility on holding member meetings and breathing space to continue trading and potentially avoid insolvency due to the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The law firm Bates […]

During the coronavirus crisis, we have seen public bodies, and councils in particular, offering an unprecedented level of flexibility and support to voluntary organisations who deliver contracts. This flexibility allows them to respond to what communities and citizens want and need. Charities have deep connections in communities and are driven to achieve their mission. But […]

When the going gets tough, people roll their sleeves up to help. But how can we make sure the right people are in the right place at the right time? Here are two ways the voluntary sector is tackling that issue. Volunteers have responded in their hundreds of thousands Mutual aid groups continue to grow, […]

Our latest update on what’s going on in Westminster that might impact charities, including more parliamentary focus on the impact of covid-19 on charities, some frontbench and committee changes, and the likely ending of virtual proceedings in the House of Commons. Parliament DCMS Committee report on the impact of covid-19 on charities The DCMS Committee […]

At a time of national crisis the role of government is critical: it needs to do whatever it takes to support the nation, as the chancellor put it. And in general, I’m pleased the government has recognised that demands on charities have increased significantly as the crisis has hit communities everywhere.  The £750m that the […]

Each month at NCVO Charities Evaluation Services we summarise the latest news in impact and uation and share useful guides, resources and data collection tools. This month we are focusing on tools and techniques for adapting uation in response to covid-19. Adapting uation – using data to make decisions In some ways, uation has never […]

Following the prime minister’s speech on Sunday evening, the government has published Our plan to rebuild: the UK government’s covid-19 recovery strategy. The document is intended to provide further details about the government’s proposed plan to ease the lockdown and rebuild the economy and society as we get through the worst of the pandemic. There […]

Newbury, Berkshire, 24th March 2020 – Local charity Greenham Trust will match any donations made by the public and local businesses via its online appeal up to a huge sum of £100,000! This will generate a fund of £200,000 to be distributed through local charitable and voluntary organisations that are offering support to the elderly and vulnerable people. The emergency fund will go to help those charities and volunteer organisations supporting those most urgently in… Source: RealWire

Donated RPCs, employee volunteers and charitable contributions help those in need, make the world a better place Munich, Germany, December 19, 2019: IFCO, the world’s leading provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food, delivered on its social responsibility and engagement commitment in 2019, with 30,000 RPCs donated to food banks, hundreds of employee volunteer service hours in local communities and financial contributions to charitable organizations. “IFCO and its employees are fortunate to be… Source: RealWire

Newbury, 1st October 2019 – Not-for-profit, charity-owned charitable giving platform, The Good Exchange has today announced that it will be transforming the way that money is given to good causes using its platform by making the service completely free for every organisational funder and individual donor from today. During the three years that The Good Exchange has been in operation, there have been huge changes in the way that technology is being used across the… Source: RealWire

Local youth charities and good causes encouraged to apply for grants totaling £150,000 from a North East charitable trust in latest funding roundNewbury, 10th September 2019 – Not-for-profit cloud platform The Good Exchange has today announced that £150,000 of funding is available to support young people in the North East of England.County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) is launching its youth social action programme by bringing together the Government and National Lottery Community Fund-backed #iwill programme… Source: RealWire

LONDON – 26 February 2019 – The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, a non-profit organisation formed by learning and human capital management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), today announced that Team Rubicon UK is using Cornerstone’s Learning Management System to train, engage and deploy volunteers quickly and efficiently. Team Rubicon is a Talent Management Grantee of the Foundation.Team Rubicon UK is an international disaster response charity whose predominantly ex-military volunteers provide relief to disaster survivors across… Source: RealWire

IFCO SYSTEMS supports food banks worldwide by provisioning free RPCs and co-financing refrigerated vans PULLACH, GERMANY, 11. December 2018: Since the beginning of its initiative for the support of food banks in 2009, IFCO SYSTEMS, the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions, has donated more than 280,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) to food banks. In addition, the company supports food banks with voluntary work and by co-financing refrigerated vans.“A better supply chain serves us… Source: RealWire

LONDON – 25 October, 2018 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software (HCM), has today announced that the NSPCC is extending its partnership to offer Cornerstone Learning and Extended Enterprise to its volunteers.The child protection charity is largely made up of volunteers and employees who need access to high quality modern learning and development opportunities, to ensure they have the skills to properly support young people. With… Source: RealWire

The online matching platform for the charitable sector has now dispersed a total of £8.5m to good causesNewbury, 18 September 2018 – Not-for-profit, charity-owned online charitable giving platform The Good Exchange has today announced significant growth figures as it celebrates its second anniversary. In the second year of operations, the platform has experienced 76 percent year-on-year growth in grants and a 26 percent rise in donations made via its platform. New applicants are also up… Source: RealWire

Newbury, 11th September 2018 – Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), funded through the #iwill Fund, is working in partnership with The Good Exchange’s not-for-profit, online matching cloud platform.The #iwill Fund was created through £40 million of seed funding from Government, and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. It supports the aims of the #iwill campaign, to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and… Source: RealWire

Oxford City Council has made a further £10,000 of small grants available for local charities and community groups through the innovative online matching platform The Good Exchange.Following a successful pilot earlier this year, the City Council will offer further grants of up to £1,000 through the second round of its 2018 Small Grants Scheme on the platform.Grants will be available to organisations based in Oxford that promote equality, community cohesion, healthy living, or that tackle… Source: RealWire

75% agree that corporate fundraising is becoming more important to the local community, yet nearly 60% supported between just one and five good causes in the last year, largely due to administrative overheadNewbury, 18th April 2018 – Not-for-profit, The Good Exchange, has today released the results of new research into the key drivers and challenges involved in charitable giving within UK organisations. Conducted by Censuswide Surveys, the research polled 201 corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers… Source: RealWire

From what I am seeing, some charities seem to think that, right now, the charity’s services to its beneficiaries are paramount. If that means furloughing a fundraiser to maintain services, and maintain adequate reserves, then so be it. I suggest exactly the opposite. If there is a simple choice between furloughing a fundraiser and stopping a service, then, for me, […]

Last week Third Sector announced that fundraising income at the top 100 charities was down by £92m in real terms, which is why to help fill the deficit, many charities have launched an emergency appeal. The pandemic has taken everyone by surprise. Campaigns that would typically take months to develop have been turned around in a few weeks. As the […]

HMRC has agreed to relax a few Gift Aid rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these have been negotiated by the Charity Tax Group.   Cancelled events When a charity has to cancel an event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC accepts the charity may claim Gift Aid on ticket refunds if individuals choose to donate their refund […]

The Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be an epoch-making catastrophe. In addition to the tragic loss of so many lives and the ordeal of those who are recovering from the effects of the disease, the social and economic consequences are already staggering. The IMF predicted in April that the world’s GDP will contract by 3%, the worst slump since the […]

The impact of coronavirus means that public appeals and fundraising are now being undertaken for causes well beyond traditional charity or not-for-profit community groups. This is both a challenge and a healthy sign for charity fundraisers. The rapid and all-encompassing affect of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown means not only that all charities are affected at the same time, but […]

Fundraising at the moment is hard but has never been more essential. Your fundraising team might be feeling anxious, discouraged or isolated. You can help them stay engaged and motivated by taking these five steps.   1. Be available   Establish regular check-in calls to ensure your team members don’t feel isolated. Use video calls and virtual meetings, not emails, […]

On 23 March the UK government locked down households in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Fundraising professionals, like so many others have had to adapt rapidly and find new ways to work. Fifty days on what does fundraising look like and what does the future hold? Is this a sunrise or a sunset for fundraisers? As ever, the answer is […]

Twitter is packed with advice and support for fundraisers at any time, but especially so now during the coronavirus lockdown. We’ve been spoilt for choice for our occasional round-up of five tweets plucked from the stream of useful fundraising content and ideas.   1. Simple is good Sometimes the familiar daily routine can be calming for all of us, even […]

In any crisis people move through various phases of response. Initially the focus is all on short term measures. There then comes a point when the focus needs to shift from the short term urgency onto the strategic priorities. The question for fundraising leaders, and especially those looking at corporate, trust and philanthropy income is: how do I balance the […]

Here is some background information for charities. How many of your supporters are now use video conferencing tools like Zoom each day? Why not give them some Zoom backgrounds to let them show their support for your charity or for its upcoming virtual events? The extensive and rapid switch to video conferencing by many people now working from home under […]

Emergency and disaster appeals often elicit similar calls for certain groups to give, or for providers to charge less. The appeals on behalf of NHS staff and all charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic are no different. The first stock section of society that attracted public attention was professional footballers, specifically Premier League footballers. Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested that […]

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