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Charity Commission governance framework

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has published a revised and updated governance framework following an independent review. Setting out a procedural framework for the effective and efficient conduct of the board, the chair, the chief executive officer and the executive, the review follows a recommendation from the National Audit Office. The review makes a number of recommendations for improvements all of which have been accepted by the Commission.

15 December 2015 Read the full article

New ACF Website Launches

ACF is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. We have worked hard to ensure the new site enhances our membership offer and provides a single, user-friendly and reliable source of news, information, policy updates, jobs, events and network listings. Over the coming weeks, members will be contacted about how to make the most of the new site, and you can also find tips on getting started on the site.

8 December 2015 Read the full article

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 Following lengthy discussion the judicial review was withdrawn after all parties agreed to a statement clarifying that the Charity Commission: “has no power to require trustees to fetter the future exercise of their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

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