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- June 2011: What do James Caan, Salomon Kalou, and former President Pervez Musharraf have in common?
What do entrepreneur James Caan of the Dragons’ Den, Chelsea FC footballer Salomon Kalou, and former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf have in common? They’ve all recently registered charitable trusts and foundations that feature in a new guide from DSC.
- May 2011: Little sign of Government action to boost charitable giving from companies
The Government’s recently published Giving white paper devotes scant attention to improving charitable giving from Britain’s companies. The average value of donations from the most generous companies to charity, expressed as a percentage of their pre-tax profits, is only 0.4%* over the past decade.
- April 2011: Charity demands that the Government return money borrowed to pay for the Olympics
DSC has launched a campaign to secure the refund of money ‘diverted’ by the last Government from Lottery good causes to finance the 2012 Olympic Games. The principal aim of the campaign is to secure a full refund of the £425 million taken from the BIG Lottery Fund’s share of revenues between 2008/09 and 2012/13 to support the Olympics.
- DSC responds to urgent fundraising skills gap in the arts
Fundraising training courses will be discounted by 25% for arts organisations after a report highlighted an urgent need for fundraising skills in the sector. The report by Arts Quarter highlighted that two-thirds of the 587 arts organisations surveyed believe they do not have the fundraising skills to meet their income targets.
- April 2011: New research reveals trend towards companies giving in kind support
Research carried out for the 8th edition of The Guide to UK Company Giving shows that the top 600 companies gave around £762 million in community support in 2009/10 (including £512 million in cash donations). The average given by the top 600 as a percentage of pre-tax profits was just 0.43%, and much of this ‘in-kind’ support rather than cash.
- March 2011: Requiring charitable trusts to pay out 5% of assets would be ‘bonkers’ says DSC
DSC has argued that introducing a requirement that trusts distribute 5% of the value of their assets annually would be unworkable and undesirable.
- December 2010: Public vote decides Social Change Awards Winners
The winners of the Social Change Awards were revealed at the fourth annual ceremony which took place in London, to celebrate the work of passionate individuals and organisations committed to making a positive impact on society.
- October 2010: Spending Review leaves Big Society some even bigger questions
Policy decisions announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review have left a host of unanswered questions for charities, according to the Directory of Social Change. Charities today are no nearer to knowing how resources might be distributed. A figure of £470m has been announced to support capacity building in the voluntary and community sector, but could be split any number of ways between a range of priorities.
- September 2010: Does your fundraising application go straight in the bin?
Between 50% and 60% of fundraising applications received are turned down, due to organisations not adhering to simple guidelines - according to a newly published guide. The updated edition of Writing Better Fundraising Applications delves into the changing climate of fundraising to reveal what funders of today require.
- August 2010: Lottery changes threaten local charities
Lottery changes must not disadvantage local charities and community groups, according to two national organisations which support the local voluntary sector.