Common Reporting Standard

ACF has led a coalition of sector bodies in expressing serious concern that the Common Reporting Standard, which requires endowed funders to collect and report tax information on grant recipients, will have a negative impact on thousands of organisations and individuals.

26 May 2016 Read the full article

Guidance on funding non-charities will inhibit vital capacity building

A coalition of sector bodies led by the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) have expressed serious concern that draft Charity Commission guidance on the funding of non-charities risks inhibiting vital capacity building of social purpose organisations. In a joint consultation response, ACF, Charity Finance Group (CFG) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have outlined a number of issues, focusing on the Commission’s attempt to draw tight boundaries around how grants may be used to cover the running costs of organisations that are not charities.

7 April 2016 Read the full article

Future funding of the charity commission

ACF has co-signed a letter coordinated by the Charity Finance Group designed to resist potential moves to introduce charging for Charity Commission registration and services. Due to the short deadline, ACF was unable to consult members on this issue and our decision to sign the letter was based on pre-existing member views articulated in the course of Lord Hodgson’s 2012 review of the Charity Act. If at a future point the Government or Commission bring forward specific proposals for consultation, ACF will of course seek members’ views and feed them into any formal submission.

3 March 2016 Read the full article

Anti-advocacy clause in government grant agreements

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has unveiled a new clause to be used in all government grant agreements which will ban charities and other organisations from using government grants to influence government and Parliament. The clause will be included in all agreements (determination letters) from the new financial year, and no later than 1 May 2016. ACF has concerns that the clause will stifle charities’ engagement with government about issues affecting their beneficiaries and areas of expertise.

3 March 2016 Read the full article

UK Community Foundations announces New Beginnings Fund to support refugees

In response to the ongoing refugee crisis a £525,000 New Beginnings Fund was launched on 12 February to support community groups in the UK welcoming and integrating refugees and asylum seekers into local communities. This new Fund, which will be administered by UK Community Foundations through its network of community foundations, has been contributed to by a number of leading charities including Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Pears Foundation, Rayne Foundation, Lloyds Foundation and Comic Relief. ACF has played a significant role in bringing funders together and has acted as a conduit for this collaboration to come into existence.

16 February 2016 Read the full article

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