Funding Charity Regulation

Research carried out by the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent on behalf of the Charity Finance Group has found strong support for a well-resourced, independent charity regulator, but could not identify a consensus as to who should pay for this regulation. The report, What regulation, who pays? Public opinion and charity regulation, presents the findings of four focus groups with a representative sample of regular and non-regular donors (including non-donors).

4 February 2016 Read the full article

Neither True Nor Fair

Following media focus on charity cost ratios prompted by the much-publicised Hornet’s Nest report, Pesh Framjee, Head of the Not for Profit unit at financial advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, has published a detailed response. Neither true nor fair: A critique of the True and Fair Foundation’s Review of Charitable Spending by UK Charities in December, identifies a number of factual and methodological errors which include comparing the income of a foundation with a large trading group and not understanding charity law in relation to large endowments.

4 February 2016 Read the full article

Grants and Influencing

ACF has joined a number of other sector bodies, including the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, in writing to government concerning recent reports that ministers had discussed restricting the influencing ability of organisations in receipt of government grants. While recognising Ministers’ desire to strengthen accountability in grant making, the letter cautions against losing the positive effect that engagement can have in informing policy making.

4 February 2016 Read the full article

Foundations support of destitute migrants

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and ACF have recently commissioned a counsel’s opinion on legal issues associated with supporting migrants with no recourse to public funds. The legal opinion, obtained from Bates Wells Braithwaite llp, Adrian Berry of Garden Court Chambers and Devonshires solicitors, clarifies that criminal law does not prevent assistance being given to undocumented people to alleviate destitution or meet basic human needs. It also specifies that individuals with no recourse to public funds who lack housing and employment and/or are destitute can be supported by charitable foundations.

2 February 2016 Read the full article

New Year’s Honours

ACF would like to extend congratulations to all who were recognised for their hard work, dedication and achievements in the New Year’s Honours. From our membership we would like to congratulate: - Sir Jack Petchey CBE, founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, awarded a CBE for services to Young People in East London and Essex. - Sir Harvey McGrath, Chair of Big Society Capital, who was awarded a knighthood for services to economic growth and public life. - Paul Farmer CBE, Chief executive of Mind and Trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, who was recognised for his services to mental health. - Sally Peck OBE, Trustee & former Chair of The Harpur Trust, who received her award for services to the community through Education and Sport in Bedford and the Eastern Region. - Peter Williams OBE, former Chair of Trust for London, for his services to Poverty Reduction.

7 January 2016 Read the full article

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