Improving Impact Practice – where to start?

Do you want to consider, develop and improve your impact practice? – most often the answer is ‘ yes!, but how?’ … the hardest step is the first one. Measuring Up!, originally designed for voluntary sector organisations, has been a popular tool and there is evidence that this has helped improve the way in which applicants articulate their project, their intended impact and demonstrate how learning has informed their work. The latest version has been designed specifically for trusts, foundations, lotteries, commissioners and investors who fund organisations or projects in the voluntary sector. It will help you consider your impact practice through looking at, and learning from, the difference your organisation makes.

15 September 2016 Read the full article

Brexit: A view from the Wales Funders Forum

Watch any documentary about the EU referendum and you’ll see the obligatory picture from Wales. Usually someone from a town like Ebbw Vale, explaining their decision to vote ‘LEAVE’, standing outside a sparkling community building emblazoned with a starry logo denoting that it was funded by the EU. So when the Wales Funders Forum met last week after the summer break, the first topic on the agenda was the “Impact of Brexit on Wales”.

13 September 2016 Read the full article

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) – is your foundation affected?

HMRC have recently published new guidance on how UK charities may be affected by Automatic Exchange of Information agreements between the UK and other countries aimed at combatting offshore tax-evasion. Grant-making charitable trusts that rely on investments to fund their activity should pay particular attention, as trustees could well have due diligence and reporting obligations under the regime which has been live since 1 January 2016.

25 August 2016 Read the full article

New Litigation Guidance

The Charity Commission has published new litigation guidance for trustees. The guidance, CC38, provides a 16-point checklist designed to enable trustees to consider whether or not to take legal action. The Commission argues that the guidance will help trustees to ensure that their decision-making is justified and sits in-line with proportionate risk management. However, concern has been voiced from across the sector about lack of consultation and the tone of the guidance.

22 August 2016 Read the full article

HOL call for evidence

ACF will be responding to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities’ call for evidence, which will form part of the Committee’s inquiry into the current state of the charity sector. The inquiry, focusing on England and Wales but also considering evidence from other nations, aims to assess the pressures and challenges facing charities today by gathering examples of best practice and new ideas to facilitate unity in the sector. Those wishing to submit evidence themselves must do so in writing by 5 September 2016. Further information can be found here:

22 August 2016 Read the full article

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