15 November, 2018

 

 

Charters are city-wide commitments to tackling certain issues or achieving specific social aims by setting standards and behaviours. They are council documents that are written by a working group made up of community representatives.

Global Parliament of Mayors in Bristol for 2018 Summit, in front of Presentation Credit Local Government Chronicle
24 October, 2018

 

The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) Annual Summit, a major worldwide gathering of city representatives held once a year, has just been hosted by Bristol from 21-23 October 2018. More than 80 mayors from around the world were invited to attend by Marvin Rees, who is the Global Parliament of Mayors Treasurer as well as the Mayor of Bristol.

Arrow pointing up on staircase Credit Stephan Henning via Unsplash
9 October, 2018

 

The Charity Commission has released a new Statement of Strategic Intent, which sets out its core purpose and priorities for the five years to 2023.

It says that the new purpose will “…ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society”.

17 September, 2018

 

Charities are being warned to be vigilant for scam emails claiming to be invoices from the Funding Regulator.

Invoices claim to be for Fundraising Preference Service costs and are being sent from a fake account: levy@fundraisingregulator.org.uk.

8 August, 2018

 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is consulting on a draft code of ethics.

The code is aimed at helping organisations to review their policies and practices in order to update them in line with their purpose and values. It seeks to provide an overarching set of principles that reflect values shared across the charity sector.

8 August, 2018

 

The Arts Council is expected to focus on diversity and localism in its strategy for 2020–2030, following release of the results of its recent consultation.

According to the consultation, two thirds of those surveyed believe that diversity presents one of the greatest opportunities for the sector over the next ten years. Yet the sector does not currently reflect society well enough – in its workforce, leadership, participants and audiences.

Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published a new corporate governance code in July 2018 for companies listed on the stock exchange. Charities aren't legally required to follow the code, however it provides useful best practice guidelines that could be applied to any organisation. The guidance on board effectiveness is particularly relevant to the VCSE sector.

Blog: Why become a board member?                                                                 

Being a board member is one of the most important roles in a charity or social enterprise. Trustees or directors work on governing bodies and take ultimate responsibility for an organisation, ensuring that it is well-run and working towards its purpose – whether that is (for example) to decrease poverty, provide play opportunities for children or offer housing to people who are homeless.

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