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NCVO and CES merger to proceed

Details of the merger between the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services have been finalised, it was announced today.

The merger will take effect from 1 November, with CES staff moving into NCVO’s Society Building offices from the following Monday.

CES staff will join two departments in NCVO. CES’s quality accreditation experts, who are responsible for its PQASSO quality standard, will join NCVO’s volunteering and development department. PQASSO standards are considered best-in-class for quality management and are in use by charities in the UK and overseas. Their work will complement NCVO’s other quality standards, Investing in Volunteers and Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation.

CES’s consultants, who specialise in outcome and impact, will join NCVO’s enterprise department, where they will work alongside NCVO’s consultancy team.

Eight members of staff from CES will join NCVO as staff members. A further three – CES chief executive Sam Matthews and two finance and administration staff – will provide consultancy services to NCVO following the merger. One existing CES trustee, Jenny Field, will be appointed to join NCVO’s board.

Richard Williams, director of enterprise at NCVO, said:

‘I’m very much looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues. With their knowledge and expertise we will be able to do more than ever to support our members and help them make the biggest difference.’

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Charities Evaluation Services was established in 1990 and works with thousands of voluntary organisations and funders of all sizes each year, strengthening their abilities in performance management, evaluation and quality, to support them to do what they do best. They provide training, consultancy and publications to charities to help them to improve their performance and carry out independent evaluations on behalf of charities and funders. They also publish PQASSO, the voluntary sector’s leading quality standards which is used by over 17,000 organisations.

In February 2014 CES invited a number of organisations to set out proposals for how they could secure a strong future for their work. Detailed talks between NCVO and CES began in July and the merger was announced in September.

NCVO to review Charity Commission governance structure

NCVO will review the Charity Commission’s governance structure and appointments process in order to find ways for the regulator to put questions about its political neutrality to rest for good, it was announced today.

Read more: NCVO to review Charity Commission governance structure

Changes to the annual return for charities and disclosing campaigning costs – NCVO comment

Commenting on the Charity Commission’s announcement of changes to the annual return for charities , including its decision to return next year to the question of requiring charities to publish their expenditure on ‘campaigning activities’, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

'I'm pleased the Commission have listened to our concerns about this proposal. We are in favour of transparency and we have done much to advocate greater transparency ourselves, for example on executive pay, but their proposal as it stood was unworkable.

Read more: Changes to the annual return for charities and disclosing campaigning costs – NCVO comment

Charity Commission powers and funding announcement

Responding to today’s announcement of new funding and legislation to strengthen the Charity Commission, Karl Wilding, director of public policy, said:

'It's been clear for some time that the Charity Commission's enforcement work has not been as strong as it could be. We also know that it has struggled to deal with routine queries from charities in a prompt manner. This investment and its plans to revamp its work are very welcome and we believe they have the potential to make a significant difference. It's crucial we have an effective regulator that deals quickly with any poor practice to help ensure the public can continue to trust charities.

Read more: Charity Commission powers and funding announcement

NCVO announces Tumim Prize finalists

Four charities from across the country have been shortlisted for a national quality award. The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), rewards charities which have demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of governance.

The four finalists are The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, based in Hampshire; Keech Hospice Care, Luton; Walsingham, a national disability charity; and Cumbria Action for Sustainability.

Read more: NCVO announces Tumim Prize finalists

Quality standard for volunteering marks 10th birthday

A national programme encouraging the highest standards of volunteer management is celebrating 10 years of helping charities and other organisations across the UK to enhance their work.

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) – the UK quality standard for good practice by groups involving volunteers – has been achieved by 765 organisations, including charities such as Christian Aid, Age UK and the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), as well as more than 20 NHS Trusts.

Read more: Quality standard for volunteering marks 10th birthday

NCVO statement on independence referendum

Commenting on the Scottish independence referendum result, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Despite the no vote, we can expect to see the political settlement in the UK shift at a rapid pace. As greater devolution takes shape in Scotland, the demand for devolution throughout England will inevitably pick up. This is likely to affect how any number of state services are run and governed. We have seen change in this area recently, such as the introduction of clinical commissioning groups and police and crime commissioners. Charities will need to be prepared to work with more and more different and new structures in order to represent the causes they work for.’ 

NCVO and Charities Evaluation Services working towards merger

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Charities Evaluation Services will work towards a merger later this year, the two organisations announced today.

Read more: NCVO and Charities Evaluation Services working towards merger

Tribute to Stephen Lloyd

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

‘Stephen’s unparalleled expertise combined with his innovative thinking and sheer passion for the work of charities and social enterprises made him rightly one of the most respected figures in the voluntary sector. He made a truly outstanding contribution, and our sector is so much the stronger for his lifetime of work. I will greatly miss his friendship and his wisdom. Stephen worked closely with many of us at NCVO, and our thoughts are with his family.’

Read more: Tribute to Stephen Lloyd

NCVO reminds charities of the importance of historical archives

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for charities to protect their historical records, as part of a new project to archive charity sector documents.

The five-year scheme, funded by the British Academy, will reach across the UK and seeks to digitally preserve key voluntary sector records, particularly those dating back to the creation of the modern welfare state in 1945. It aims to ensure that records relating to welfare reform, which transformed the relationship between charities and the state, are not lost.

Read more: NCVO reminds charities of the importance of historical archives

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