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Charities News

22 hours ago
My colleagues and I go above and beyond in our work, the relentless requests to donate money undervalues the work we doAfter one too many nudges, hints and barefaced requests from my colleagues to donate to our cause, I’ve had enough. Related: Charity cold caller: I'm the person who dials your num[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 day ago
Forced exit of Camila Batmanghelidjh ends an era when charity enjoyed fame but courted controversyFor the children’s charities waiting for their government funding allocations, the news came as a bolt from the blue: their grants were going to be delayed.They had filed their applications in October[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismEducationCriminal Justice
2 days ago
Departing Kids Company boss complains that Whitehall sources are talking down charity at a time when its funding situation has not been resolvedThe children’s charity boss Camila Batmanghelidjh has accused the government of briefing against her Kids Company after it emerged that she had been asked[...]
ChildrenCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
2 days ago
Reports surrounding chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh show the problems charities can have when founders are at the helm Related: Camila Batmanghelidjh to leave Kids Company, citing politicians 'ugly games' Charity founders can be charismatic and pioneering leaders. They are passionate about the[...]
CharitiesChildrenCharities and Volunteerism
2 days ago
The likes of Camila Batmanghelidjh’s organisation are in a bind: dependent on government funding but determined to speak out about effect of cuts
For years, Kids Company has scooped up and looked after thousands of vulnerable children who have been failed by the state. With heavy cuts to local [...]
ChildrenPovertyChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareMental Health
2 days ago
It was an easy decision for Girl Scouts of Western Washington to return the money but it was heartbreaking to think of the girls it would have helpedMost people who know about the American Girl Scouts know about our cookies, and the outdoor opportunities we offer, but not everyone knows about our co[...]
CharitiesMinorities and ImmigrationDisabilities
2 days ago
Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company, tells the Guardian's Patrick Butler that the charity she founded, which offers therapeutic support for severely abused and traumatised children, faces a serious financial crisis. She says it is likely to halve in size and shed hundreds of staff as it s[...]
ChildrenCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
2 days ago
Campaigner says ‘I am being silenced’ over cuts in government funding for her charity that would leave traumatised children ‘largely unprotected’One of Britain’s most high-profile children’s campaigners, Camila Batmanghelidjh, has launched a blistering attack on politicians and austerity[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
3 days ago
A campaign drawing attention to the 800,000 children in Europe whose families are torn apart by the penal system The motivation for the campaign led by Children of Prisoners Europe (Cope, a European network of charitable organisations and partners in prison or child-welfare related fields) is very s[...]
CharitiesChildrenChildren and Pare
4 days ago
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says the money will go to programmes promoting health, modernisation, intercultural understanding and empowering womenA Saudi billionaire has announced one of the biggest philanthropic gestures in history, promising to donate all his $32bn (£20bn) wealth to charity ov[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareWomens Issues
4 days ago
The team behind last summer’s charity campaign worked all hours to maintain momentum, answering hundreds of questions from donors and the pressI remember when the Ice Bucket Challenge began to impact the ALS community. It was early August 2014. We received word from our Massachusetts branch that t[...]
CareersCharitiesCharities and VolunteerismEducation
5 days ago
Sexual health charity RFSU is running a video campaign in Norway with the tagline: 'Penis can surprise you'. The clip stars 19-year-old Philip van Eck in a penis costume, surprising people with explosions of glitter. Though not everyone finds it funny, the skit is aimed at 16-25 year-olds who, accor[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
5 days ago
Environmentalist who embraced Sufism and devoted herself to charitable workMy friend Zero Quensel, who has died of cancer aged 63, led a colourful life characterised by her commitment to environmental causes, her charitable works and her Sufi faith.She was born Thyra Quensel in Stockholm to Torsten,[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingEducation
5 days ago
Booking a stand or holding a fringe event will only satisfy politics-mad colleagues, it’s not good value for donors or beneficiariesWhat’s your most vivid memory of a party conference? Are you old enough to remember Neil Kinnock falling into the sea in 1983? Or Michael Portillo trilling the SAS [...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Switching sectors was more difficult than I expected, but now I bring the best bits of my old job to a more friendly working environmentI graduated from university a decade ago, picturing an ethical career with a worthy employer. I had loved volunteering as a family support worker for a children’s[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and Care
1 week ago
Staff regularly dealing with traumatic situations are at risk of mental health issues, employers must ensure they are well supported“Is it catching?” asked a member of staff at music therapy charity Key Changes after several months of working with people diagnosed with psychosis.“Of course psy[...]
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1 week ago
Head of Breast Cancer Now explains how merging two charities will boost vital researchBecause of the research progress that’s been made on breast cancer in the last 25 years, the disease is now far better understood and the ongoing challenge to overcome it has become much more clearly defined.That[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
‘It’s not all about numbers’. Steve Williams describes his role at children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the wide range of skills the job entails
Tell us a bit about your jobOften people think that being a finance director is just about numbers. While that’s obviously part of it,[...]
CareersCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Research paid for by the Charity Commission reveals divide between public and charities’ attitude to funding the regulatorCharity leaders are bracing themselves for the introduction of charges for regulation by the Charity Commission, after it claimed a clear mandate from the public for doing so i[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Social media is important, but organisations need to analyse their data to succeed in the long-termAs last year’s ice bucket challenge and #nomakeupselfie proved, social media has transformed the charity fundraising landscape forever.People who currently give £10 a week might be happy to giv[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Only 14% of voluntary sector professionals feel that the two departments work towards shared goalsCharity communications and fundraising departments have not always seen eye to eye. A 2011 survey of 115 professionals in both fields by CharityComms and Forster found that only 14% of respondents felt [...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
As the former head of the NSPCC steps down from the Clore leadership programme, she talks to Jane Dudman about a career dedicated to public good“I’ve been fortunate because where I’ve worked, I have been able to make a difference – certainly in the longer term if not immediately.” Dame Mar[...]
CharitiesChildrenHealth and Care
1 week ago
Shaun Webster, who has learning disabilities, campaigns for learning disabled people to be much more visible in our communities at home and abroadShaun Webster endured frequent ridicule from colleagues when he worked in a warehouse, sweeping the floor. In the 12 years since quitting the job, Webster[...]
Charities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Energetic chief executive of voluntary and public sector organisations including the London Lighthouse and the Commission for Racial EqualitySusie Parsons, who has died aged 65 following a stroke, was a feminist, a socialist and a campaigner, dedicated to challenging and innovatory projects in the v[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental HealthWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Director of the Dartington Social Research Unit whose work helped disturbed young people and children taken into foster careThe research of Spencer Millham, who has died aged 82, had a major impact on social policy for children and young people. The closure of residential schools for offenders, the [...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and Care
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