Charity Governance

Every year charities claim more than £1 billion back from the HMRC as part of the Gift Aid scheme. The scheme has proved to be hugely successful as an additional income stream for non-profits and is a way to give donors a clear say on what their taxes (or at least part of them) should be spent on.

With a steady rise in small charities indicating likelihood of closure, sustainability is a growing issue. If governments fail to recognise the real value of the services delivered by small charities, if they continue the momentum to engage with larger private business to deliver wide scale contracts, they will fail to invest sufficiently in the small charity sector.

For the second year Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) have produced the Social Landscape report. The aim of their research is to gain a unique insight into the voluntary sector from the perspective of its Chief Executives – to understand any challenges faced, and to assess the impact such challenges have on the sector’s ability to meet the needs of its beneficiaries.

When you aim to solve big problems, you need to have the right tools. Even better if they are free, and absolutely amazing. 

Many nonprofit organisations in the UK struggle with migrating to online digital solutions, usually because of two reasons:

Young people are very enthusiastic about charity and want to do more to support good causes, but only 2% of charities currently have a young trustee. This is despite research showing that 85% of people aged under 35 would consider becoming a trustee.

In 2015 CAF launched this Young Trustee Guide in order to try and address this trend, and ensure that both young people and charities are able to access the information necessary so that we can create the next generation of young trustees.

In 2015, I teamed up with the Charities Aid Foundation to compile a best practice guide about young trustees.  

The publication covers a whole range of potential solutions to the 'problems' that both I and other young trustees have identified (and in many cases, personally experienced).

I spoke at two events during ‘fundraising week’ in April 2016. And at each event, I was asked about how operational staff can get trustees more involved in what they're doing without crossing the lines of governance.

The digital era has brought many challenges to both business and non-profit sector. When it comes to fighting online fraud the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and other institutions (such as the Government) have made it their mission to protect consumers and donors from ill-mined companies, organisations and people.