News Archive
November 2015

Family Foundation Giving 2015

ACF have published the 2015 edition of Family Foundation Giving Trends, the latest in a series of annual research reports led by Professor Cathy Pharoah of the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School, ACF, and substantially supported by the Pears Foundation. This year’s findings reveal the extent of family involvement in foundation giving and the continued popularity of the foundation model. The report shows that in 2013/14, out of total family foundation giving of £1.38bn, £678m was overseen by boards containing family trustees. Similarly out of total family foundation assets of £41.5bn, almost half was under management by a board including family members or living settlors.

19 November 2015 Read the full article

Judicial Review outcome

A High Court case regarding the funding of advocacy group Cage took place last month. Following lengthy discussion the judicial review was withdrawn after all parties agreed to a statement clarifying that the Charity Commission: “has no power to require trustees to fetter the future exercise of their fiduciary duties under its general power to give advice and guidance”. ACF will continue to work with the Commission on guidance around grant-making to organisations that are not registered charities.

19 November 2015 Read the full article

Charity Commission consults on digital accounts

The Charity Commission for England and Wales is consulting on a proposal to allow charities to submit their accounts digitally. If enacted, the proposal is to align the process with the iXBRL submission system used by HM Revenue & Customs and Companies House. It is hoped that the change would make filing accounts more efficient and make subsequent analysis of them more streamlined.

19 November 2015 Read the full article

Civil Exchange Independence Panel continues

Civil Exchange will continue its series of reports focusing on the relationship between the third sector and the state. The final report in the initial series was published in February, but the decision has been taken to publish annually following continued concern about the restriction of civil society’s independent voice. Supported by the Baring Foundation and the Lankelly Chase Foundation, the next report will be available in early 2016.

19 November 2015 Read the full article

Catalyst Evaluation Report

An evaluation of the Catalyst Programme, a £100 million culture sector-wide private giving investment scheme aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access more private funding, has been published. Headline findings from the report include; at least £49 million in raised funds; the additionality effects of the scheme in building capacity, confidence and skills; and the prevalence of match funding as a contributing factor in attracting donations.

19 November 2015 Read the full article

Social Investment in Europe

A new report examining the future of social investment in Europe has been published. Making Impact Real: Encouraging investment into social infrastructure and public good to stimulate the European economy examines a number of factors driving social investment and how they might be fostered for the long-term.

19 November 2015 Read the full article

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