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Even if, technically, we can take money – should we?

Many donations to charities have come from the profits of the immoral, unethical, or even criminal behaviour, raising the question of whether the source matters more than the destination.

Read the full article by Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of Directory of Social Change.


Covid-19 exemption that allowed any charity to hold remote meetings set to end

Covid-19 exemption that allowed any charity to hold remote meetings set to end, regulator says in a recent report. The Charity Commission has said that charities need their governing documents to permit them to hold official meetings online.

If you need support reviewing your constitution then please get in touch with SCVO on 0121 5251127 or by email at support@scvo.info

Click here to read the full report.


How to Plan Your Email Marketing Strategy

Campaign Monitor talks you through an email marketing strategy which requires significant planning and forethought. They believe by spending adequate time planning your email marketing strategy, you can meet your goals more effectively and create the best campaigns possible.

Their guide will explain everything you should consider when planning a campaign. It will also provide you with a detailed example of an email marketing campaign strategy in action, as well as a questions and answers to help you get the most of your marketing efforts.

So how can you create a useful email strategy? You need to start with more planning upfront. Ask the following questions:

  • What’s the purpose of investing in email? What business results do you want to see?
  • Who are the people who will read it?
  • What is that audience expecting to receive?
  • What will define “success” for this project?

Before you start designing emails or thinking about how to optimize your subject lines, you need to answer these questions. You don’t want to end up with a beautifully designed email that only gets seen by email filtering software.

To read the full article click here.


Are Your Values Valued?

In Directory of Social Changes latest article they discuss charity values and how an organisation ensures everyone in their organisation also understands them?

Are you clear on what your charity’s values are?

If you’re stuck you might try looking on the ‘About us’ section on your website, or the opening few pages in your annual report. You may know them by heart, but I wonder whether everyone in your organisation knows, understands, or shares those definitive principles.

To read the Directory of Social Changes full article click here.


Act Now and Find Out More About Charity Pension Changes!

Charities should act now to avoid being overwhelmed by pension costs. The CFG are urging charities to be proactive on pensions as new regulation edges close. If they want to avoid the potential pitfalls of new pensions rules.

The new regulations, which are expected to come into force in 2022, will significantly change how charities and other employers fund their defined benefit pension schemes.

Read the full CFG article by clicking here.


Race and Ethnicity Terminology Survey now live!

The community inclusion team and research and innovation department at Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are eager to hear your views on terminology of race and equality.

The consultation so far has held seminars to gather responses from both staff and members of the local Black Country community. The sessions have been well received with over 100 attendees providing insightful discussion and response. One of the main responses received from these sessions was that replacing one label with another is not the solution.  However, the right terminology will foster a sense of belonging with an inclusive approach where people of all backgrounds in the organisation and communities feel comfortable and included.

The Trust’s next phase of consultation is to reach out to people who were not able to attend the engagement seminars. The survey will remain open until Friday 29 October after which the Trust will communicate the outcome and the preferred term for our Race and Ethnicity terminology.

You can complete the survey by clicking this link.  Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would encourage you to take part in the survey.  Your responses will help to shape this work and will define the Trust’s future as an anti-racist organisation supporting its commitment to the Race Code.

For further information please contact Yassar Mohammed, EDI Partner on Yassar.mohammed@nhs.net or 07970 372 473.

 


Have Your Say on Disability Benefits

People with disabilities are urged to have their say in shaping the future of the benefits system by responding to the Health and Disability Green Paper consultation.

This 12-week online survey closes in two months and Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson has issued a “rallying call” to the public to help inform changes that will improve lives.

The Health and Disability Green Paper consultation includes changes, which could, according to the Government:

  • Enable independent living and test the role of advocacy so people who need extra help to navigate the benefits system get the right level of support and information first time.
  • Review how assessments are carried out including exploring the potential for longer-term use of telephone and video assessments and looking at how reassessments work, including testing a new Severe Disability Group (SDG) for people with conditions that will not improve. This could see those who meet the criteria experiencing a more simplified application process, without the need for an assessment to receive financial support.
  • Improve support for disabled people to help them start, stay and succeed in work through the Work and Health Programme, Access to Work.

The online survey is running alongside a series of consultation events with disabled people and those with health conditions and their representatives. This includes virtual and face-to-face events covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Following the consultation, detailed proposals will be brought forward in a White Paper next year, setting out how people can be enabled to take up work and live more independently, and outline the changes Government want to make to the benefits system.

The survey, accessed by clicking here will close on October 11, 2021.

 


Electronic Signature on Charity Accounts

The Charity Commission have recently updated the accounting and reporting guidance regarding e-signatures.

Unless your governing document has specific requirements on the matter, e-signatures can now be used on both accounts and reports kept by the charity and those filed with us.

To read the full guidance requirements click here.


Charity Reserves One of the Most Often Misunderstood Terms

In the Directory of Social Changes latest post they explain why charity reserves are one of the most misunderstood financial terms in our sector by people from our sector with points to consider.

The issue of reserves is complex and morally ambiguous – to have them is considered both good and bad depending on your perspective. We should not expect such a nuanced issue to have simple answers. Similarly, we should not be so quick to judge.

To read the full post and points to consider click here.


Key Changes to the Charity Bill

On 11 May 2021 as part of the Queen’s Speech, it was announced that The Charities Bill proposes to make several technical, but important, changes to charity law.

The key proposals include:

  • charities and trustees will be able to amend their governing documents more easily – remaining subject to the Charity Commission for approval in certain circumstances;
  • charities will have access to a much wider pool of professional advisors on land disposal, and to more straightforward rules on what advice they must receive, which could save them time and money when selling land;
  • charities will have more flexibility to make use of a ‘permanent endowment’;
  • trustees will be able to be paid for goods provided to a charity in certain circumstances, even if not expressly stated in the charity’s governing document (currently trustees can only be paid for supply of services).
  • charities will be able to take advantage of simpler and more proportionate rules on failed appeals.

Find out more about these changes by clicking here.


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