Press releases

Review of fundraising self-regulation

NCVO's chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington is leading a review into the self-regulation of charity fundraising. The review will take evidence from stakeholders in order to identify what changes are required to rebuild public trust in fundraising by charities.

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No economic recovery for charities – new report

Charities have not seen the recovery experienced by the economy overall, a new report today shows (PDF, 830kb).

While the rest of the economy has grown, the charity sector's income has flat-lined since 2009.

On current projections, charities will be faced with a £4.6bn shortfall in income by 2018/19 - the result of cuts to government contract and grant income, tepid growth in donations from the public, and inflation.

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Sector bodies come together to create fundraising guidance

Monday 29 June

New guidance on managing and governing fundraising is to be produced in the light of recent public concern about some charity fundraising tactics.

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NCVO: NAO report echoes charities' concerns on payment by results

Commenting on the National Audit Office report on the government's use of payment-by-results schemes, Karl Wilding, policy director at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

'Our own research found charities thought payment-by-results contracts were often being used because they were political 'flavour of the month' rather than because they were appropriate for the service being delivered.

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Anthony Nolan and Contact the Elderly scoop top photography prizes

Anthony Nolan and Contact the Elderly are among winners of a national photography competition, NCVO announced today.

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Charity sector 'running to stand still' as overall financial position remains static

Charity sector income and expenditure continued to flatline in 2012/13, new data published today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations showed (1). The figures represent a continuation of the recent trend in the charity sector economy, which has plateaued at a level slightly below the peak it reached in 2007/8 after several years of rapid growth.

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Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June 2015: Proud to volunteer

Volunteers across the UK are being thanked for their efforts as part of a range of events to mark Volunteers’ Week 2015 which runs from 1 to 7 June.

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NCVO comment on general election result

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, said:

‘In the run up to today’s election result, NCVO has consistently argued that charities and voluntary groups can make a bigger difference in dealing with the issues we face as a society, and in creating opportunities for all. There are substantial challenges ahead: public service reform, a fragile recovery, and calls for democratic renewal. Charities and voluntary groups are part of the solution to these problems, and we look forward to working with the new government to realise the sector’s potential.

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NCVO: Give parliament powers in Charity Commission chair appointment

The appointment of the chair of the Charity Commission should be subject to greater parliamentary scrutiny, a new paper from NCVO recommends.

The paper (PDF, 200KB) follows concerns that successive chairs of the Commission have been subject to accusations of political bias in their work, following the 2006 reforms which revamped the Commission's governance.

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Liberal Democrat party manifesto – NCVO comment

Ruth Driscoll, head of policy and public services at NCVO, said:

'A welcome theme of support for social action and community rights runs throughout this manifesto. Their focus on early intervention, as we have long called for, would better support vulnerable people and would lead to long-term cost savings.

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