Small Charity Coalition Helpdesk
NCVO and the FSI are collaborating to take forward the services of the Small Charity Coalition, which will close its doors this month. 92% of our members are considered to be small charities, and so we’re excited to be able to offer an even greater level of support to both organisations and trustees.
This week we released full details of the NCVO and FSI partnership.
Charity Commission chair
The government has announced Orlando Fraser as the preferred candidate for the next chair of the Charity Commission. This is a vital role for our sector, and we know how important open and transparent recruitment processes are for charities and trustees. We’re therefore disappointed that the process was not re-run in full and have concerns about Orlando Fraser’s party-political links. However, we look forward to a final appointment into this vital role.
We released a full press statement with ACEVO on the announcement.
Alternative cancer therapies organisation to wind up
In 2018 the Charity Commission undertook consultation on the charity status of alternative therapy providers, concluding in a change to the information requested by the Commission to make sure that these providers fully meet the two tests for charitable status. It is a requirement that charities can prove their public benefit and limit any potential for harm. This month the Gerson Support Group trustees have initiated the process of winding up the organisation, after the regulator raised concerns about the organisation’s alternative therapy claims.
You can read more on the Charity Commission press release.
NCVO chief exec
This month we were pleased to announce that Sarah Vibert has been appointed as our CEO. The appointment process was led by NCVO’s chair of trustees, Dr Priya Singh, with support from other trustees, independent sector leaders, and representatives from NCVO’s staff and 17,000+ strong charity membership.