Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Small Charitable Donations Bill should be index-linked

I wonder if it’s time for the charity sector to change tack with its lobbying on the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

The GASDS, and the Small Charitable Donations Bill that will bring it into existence, have been criticised because of the bureaucracy involved, particularly the need for a good Gift Aid record before you can take part, and the need to collect at least £1 in Gift Aid for every £2 raised under GASDS. Read more on The Small Charitable Donations Bill should be index-linked…

Social finance and winning contracts fit well together

This week, a Third Sector feature looks at how charities are creating new intermediaries to win government contracts – organisations focused on gaining business and becoming big, allowing local charities to win business while remaining relatively small, close to their beneficiaries, and focused on delivery.

One of the key issues highlighted was the need to get in place financial products which can support those organisations. Read more on Social finance and winning contracts fit well together…

Now councils have doorstep fundraising in their sights

Doorstep fundraising seems to be the quieter, less boisterous, older sister of street fundraising.

While the so-called ‘chuggers’ who collect direct debit sign-ups in high streets have been getting into trouble with the media and now face fines for breaking fundraising rules, those doing house-to-house collections have been quietly getting on with it in the background.

Read more on Now councils have doorstep fundraising in their sights…

Workfare presents a difficult PR question for the sector

The charity sector doesn’t seem to have much to say about the government’s new “workfare” scheme, announced last week, that will see 6,000 unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds required to work unpaid for 30 hours a week.

However, like it or not, it is the sector’s problem. The terms “voluntary organisation” and “charity” were being bandied about liberally by the government during the launch. They’re giving a pretty clear impression that they plan for many or most of these placements to be in the voluntary sector. Read more on Workfare presents a difficult PR question for the sector…