Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cold climate and a government charm offensive at Voice11

At the start of
Voice11, the biggest event in the social enterprise calendar, the chief
executive of the organisers, the Social Enterprise Coalition stood up and said this
was completely different from any event that had gone before.

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The 2011 Budget looks like a tale of two sectors

It’s good news to see the charity sector feature more
prominently in a budget speech, as well as a raft of new tax reliefs.

It looks like a tale of two sectors, however. Those which
rely on donations will profit from new tax reliefs estimated to be worth over
£500m a year. But those who get their income from government grants and
contracts – arguably the hardest hit group in the current climate – are not
sitting so pretty.

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McLean’s departure is a blow for the IoF

Amanda McLean’s resignation after only four
months as chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising is a huge talking
point in the sector. It’s the second most read story of the year on Third
Sector
‘s website, with a dozen comments left by readers and letters still
coming in to the magazine.

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Is celebrity involvement in charity campaigns always the right thing?

The #twitrelief campaign by Comic Relief
received a surprising amount of criticism on the social networking site Twitter
last week.

The campaign featured an online auction
that enabled members of the public to bid money for a celebrity to ‘follow’
their tweets, as well as for other extras.

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How can we get society to become more generous?

Earlier this month, lots of varied and purposeful responses to the
government’s Giving Green Paper were published.

It was funny to see them. I’ve known that meticulous work
has been done on them by various sector bodies I have been in regular touch with for a few months now, and it was really interesting to finally be able to see
their thoughts.

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