Irish charities welcome proposed tax changes

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland Law / policy The ICTRG added the proposal to replace the existing “complicated upper limit on donations” with “a straight-forward ceiling of €500,000” was to be applauded.On philanthropy, the report also recommended that income tax relief for expenditure on heritage buildings and gardens be discontinued. It said the scheme for payment of tax by means of donation of heritage property should be retained but modified so the tax relief is limited to 50 per cent of the value of the property donated.www.charitytaxreform.com  26 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 September 2009 | Newscenter_img Irish charities welcome proposed tax changes The Irish Charities Tax Reform Group, which represents Ireland’s leading charities and aid agencies, has given a “cautious” welcome to the Commission on Taxation Report’s recommendation relating to charitable donations.The ICTRG welcomed the proposed reduction in the tax relief threshold from €250 to €100. But the group, whose members include Concern, Trócaire, Goal, Amnesty International and the Society of St Vincent de Paul, expressed “significant disappointment” over the proposal to standardise the reliefs. This, the statement said, was likely to effectively cut the benefit to charities.The suggested simplification of the scheme by treating donations from PAYE and self-assessed donors in exactly the same manner will reduce administration for both charities and Revenue and should result in increased benefit to charities. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

British Red Cross van stolen in London

first_img Howard Lake | 26 January 2010 | News Tagged with: Law / policy Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis British Red Cross van stolen in London A British Red Cross van was flagged down and stolen yesterday in south-east London on its way to collect goods donated to the Red Cross.The van was stolen in St Mary’s Road, Nunhead, when a man flagged it down pretending a cat had been run over, before jumping into the vehicle and driving off.The van, registration KD06 EVY, had just dropped off donated goods at a Red Cross shop and was on its way to pick up more when the incident happened at about 11.30am yesterday morning. It was the only Red Cross van covering the London area.Mark Astarita, Director of fundraising for the British Red Cross, said: “This is a very sad thing to happen and now the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal may miss out on hundreds of pounds which would have gone to help those people struggling to cope following the devastating earthquake in Haiti”.He urged the public to clear out their closets and take their unwanted goods to their local Red Cross shop.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New Head of Advisory and Consulting Service at CAF

first_img  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 New Head of Advisory and Consulting Service at CAF Howard Lake | 23 February 2010 | News Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Management Recruitment / people Jo Ensor, Chief Executive of healthcare charity AMREF UK, has been appointed as the new Head of Advisory and Consulting at the Charities Aid Foundation. She takes up her post on 1 March.She has worked as Director of Programmes at EveryChild, Head of Programme Development and Funding at VSO, and Head of Community Investment at Linklaters.Ensor said she looked forward to joining the CAF team “at a time when companies and philanthropists are asking for more advice on their giving than ever before”.www.cafonline.org About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Oxfam offers Nectar points for donated goods

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam offers Nectar points for donated goods  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 April 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Oxfam has partnered with loyalty program Nectar to reward people who donate goods to its charity shops as part of its Tag Your Bag scheme. Donors will earn two Nectar points for every £1 that their donated goods raise when they are sold in shops or online.Donors will earn 100 points simply by signing up to the Tag Your Bag scheme, which enables Oxfam to claim Gift Aid on the value of donated items sold.Existing members of the Tag Your Bag scheme can simply link their Nectar card number to their Tag Your Bag scheme account. Advertisement Sarah Farquhar, head of retail brand at Oxfam, said that this was the only charity partnership of its kind with Nectar. She added that the charity hoped to reach a new audience of donors through the partnership.Donors can also choose to donate their Nectar points back to Oxfam by spending them on a range of Oxfam Unwrapped items such as safe drinking water or training a teacher. Five hundred Nectar points are worth £2.50 in this case.www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/donate-goods/tag-your-baglast_img read more

Virgin Money Giving launches mobile optimised site

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Online giving service Virgin Money Giving has launched a mobile website to enable fundraisers to invite their contacts to support them with a donation via a mobile device.The newly optimised site has been created by mobile and multichannel specialists Usablenet. It goes live a few days before the Virgin London Marathon, the biggest single fundraising event in the UK calendar. The site can of course be used for other charity fundraising events as well.Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising arm of Virgin Money and has been handling online donations since 2009. Advertisement Howard Lake | 16 April 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Virgin Money Giving launches mobile optimised site The company said that, according to recent research that it had commissioned, 80% of charities surveyed said that digital technology was the key to increasing income, yet 76% of charities did not have their own mobile-friendly website.Holly Branson, patron of Virgin Money Giving, who ran the London Marathon in 2010, said: “I know from running my own charity, Big Change Charitable Trust, how important it is for people to be able to donate quickly, easily and efficiently. Often people donate ‘in the moment’ and via a mobile is the quickest and easiest way when you’re on the go.” http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Fundraising Camp came to Wales

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Last Friday over 40 fundraisers took part in Fundraising Camp in Cardiff, the first time the one-day event has taken place in Wales. Here are some highlights and reactions from the day at the striking venue of the Wales Millennium Centre.The event was kindly supported by Blackbaud Europe, Institute of Fundraising Cymru/Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and the Wales Millennium Centre.Fundraising Camp will take place on 1 March 2016 in Edinburgh. Fundraising Camp came to Wales Howard Lake | 28 September 2015 | News Advertisement [View the story “Fundraising Camp Cardiff” on Storify]  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Fundraising Camp Training Wales / Cymrulast_img read more

Guide to New Trusts 2016/17 published

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  80 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Advertisement The 2016/17 edition of the DSC’s Guide to New Trusts has been published.The annual guide gives access to 100 new funders registered with the Charity Commission or the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2015/16. It provides details of each new grant-maker, their aims and objectives, the kinds of project they fund and their application process, including contact details and application deadlines.The guide is authored by Rachel Cain and Jodie Huyton, and is available from the DSC site for £50.00, or for £45.00 as a PDF.  79 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 27 June 2016 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Finance Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Guide to New Trusts 2016/17 publishedlast_img read more

Mr Fawkes adopts 17th century Gunpowder Plot book at Durham Cathedral

first_img Tagged with: faith sponsorship About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Both images copyright: Durham Cathedral Mr Fawkes adopts 17th century Gunpowder Plot book at Durham Cathedral Howard Lake | 4 November 2016 | News  77 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 “We are extremely grateful for Mr Fawkes’ generous donation, and for those who have already chosen to adopt a book.“The Adopt a Book scheme helps to conserve the Cathedral’s historic book collection for future generations, but as so many items have aged over the years, they require restoration and repair work.“The Cathedral’s volume of The Gunpowder Plot was originally bound in full leather. Its boards have become loose and worn and it now requires rebacking in leather, and repair of the boards. Mr Fawkes’ donation will enable us to complete this vital conservation work.”Durham Cathedral houses over 30,000 early printed books.  Its Adopt a Book initiative has been set up to help fund repairs on over 60 books. These include:five volumes of Jan Jansson’s Novus Atlas dating back to 1646John Nichols’ Collection of the wills of the Kings and Queens of England from 1780the 1743 work by ‘the father of British ornithology’ George Edwards, A natural history of uncommon birds.Anyone who adopts a book from the Cathedral collection will have a personalised bookplate inserted into their adopted copy.  With perfect timing, a Mr Fawkes has supported Durham Cathedral’s Adopt a Book campaign by adopting a 17th century book about the Gunpowder Plot.The Gunpowder Treason (1679), by Thomas Barlow, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, is one of 68 books in Durham Cathedral’s Adopt a Book catalogue. This features early printed books and manuscripts in need of urgent conservation work. People are invited to adopt a book to help pay for its conservation and that of others.Mr Fawkes was browsing the Cathedral’s Adopt a Book catalogue when he noticed the book was still available for adoption. With the 5th November approaching he decided it was too good an opportunity to miss.Remember, remember, to adopt a book. Image: Durham CathedralGaye Kirby, Head of Development, said: Advertisement  78 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5last_img read more

Chief executives warn 18% of charities are struggling to survive

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The UK’s largest survey of charity chief executives reports that 18% of them fear that their organisation is struggling to survive. The concern is greatest amongst smaller charities, with CEOs at 28% of charities with an annual income of below £1m fearing for their survival.Charities Aid Foundation’s Social Landscape 2017, published today in association with ACEVO, confirms the result of trends that have been in evidence for some years. Many charities face rising demand for their services in an increasingly tough financial environment. Last year 82% of charities reported such an increased in demand.Of those surveyed, 35% had had to dip into their reserves last year to cover income shortfalls.Top concernsThe biggest challenges for charity leaders cited in the research were:generating more income and achieving financial sustainability (57%)meeting demand for services (36%)a reduction in public and government funding (34%)The rise in demand of charities service is expected to increase over the next 12 months by 86% of CEOs surveyed. Advertisement  209 total views,  1 views today  210 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 How have charities responded so far?Common responses to the challenges from charities have included restructuring, downsizing and joining forces with other organisations.61% say they either have restructured in the past 12 months or will be doing so in the next 12 months.33% have reduced or are set to reduce staff numbers and downsize the organisation over the same period.28% say they have or will be reducing front-line services. This compares to 19% who said this was a case when the same research was carried out in 2015.Mergers and partnerships are another response. 10% of leaders surveyed have plans to merge with another organisation over the next 12 months.76% say they have or will be partnering with another not-for-profit49% say they have or will be collaborating with a private sector organisation.  Charities are making efforts to turn things around.85% have recent or upcoming plans to increase their social media presence79% are investing in new IT and online solutions59% are introducing new methods of giving Most CEO’s don’t believe the UK public realises how important charities are to the UK.The surveyThe survey involved questions that CAF asked charities as part of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) Pay and Equalities Survey 2016, which collected information from chief executive officers of organisations in the voluntary sector. The CAF questions were asked of 472 respondents completing the ACEVO survey.Those surveyed included cover “a good breadth of organisations” from across the different parts of the charity world in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including smaller organisations.“Ever-growing pressure on already-stretched resources”John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said that “all of us have a stake in how the voluntary sector is faring”.He added:“In 2017 charities are facing ever-growing pressure on already-stretched resources. They are less confident than they were a year ago that they’ll be able to meet this demand. In some cases they are being stretched to breaking point. Faced with tough times, charities are restructuring, reducing staff and in some cases adapting their mission…“At this pivotal time as we prepare to leave the EU, charities have a big role to play shaping British society. It is essential that MPs and policymakers work with the voluntary sector and acknowledge the pressures charities are facing if we are to get the full benefit of charities’ experience and expertise in the uncertain times ahead.”Vicky Browning, Chief Executive of ACEVO, concurred, saying:“The Social Landscape Report provides evidence that charities are facing a perfect storm of rising demand and decreasing funds in a time of challenging economic conditions and volatile public trust. It is essential that local and national government work to protect the longer term capacity of the voluntary sector and  the irreplaceable role that these organisations play in our communities.”You can download The Social Landscape 2017 report in PDF. Tagged with: ACEVO Charities Aid Foundation Finance Management Research / statistics CAF have also published a 2019 edition of this report at The Social Landscape 2019. Howard Lake | 28 February 2017 | News Chief executives warn 18% of charities are struggling to survive AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 Breaking point?There is a sense that the current position for some is not sustainable. Overall, the charity leaders surveyed are less confident of their ability to meet these challenges than they were a year ago.only 14% said they were completely confident they could cope with growing demand26% had little or no confidence their organisation could meet with growing demandlast_img read more

Lloyds community engagement manager wins Points of Light Award

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Advertisement A Lloyds Banking Group community engagement manager has received this year’s Points of Light Award for his work with a charity that he founded.Matthew Norton is community engagement manager at Lloyds Banking Group in Halifax, where he manages the Group’s Volunteering Programme. He received the award from the Prime Minister in recognition of his voluntary work with the Memusi Foundation in Kenya, which he founded to provide school equipment to a community there following a visit 12 years ago. Norton has so far raised £1 million for the charity and Save the Children.The Memusi Foundation supports 1000 children across four schools in Kenya, and runs a volunteering programme that sees 120 volunteers from the UK visit the country each year. Half of the volunteers are Lloyds Banking Group colleagues with three colleagues acting as trustees and thousands getting involved in fundraising events.Norton said:“I am honoured to receive the Award from the Prime Minister for my work with the Memusi Foundation. Volunteering, as part of Lloyds Banking Group’s commitment to help Britain prosper, is so important and it has opened my eyes to problems that the world faces and the fact that everyone has the ability to make a difference.” Melanie May | 5 April 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Awards Volunteers Lloyds community engagement manager wins Points of Light Award  150 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  149 total views,  3 views todaylast_img read more