Archive for the ‘International’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 1-7, 2014)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014



Philanthropists urged to go public about gifts.” Sydney Morning Herald. September 2, 2014.


The Aga Khan’s New Islamic Treasure Trove; The Imam’s vast collection will be housed in a new Toronto museum opening Sept. 18.” By Kelly Crow. Wall Street Journal. September 5, 2014.


Melbourne sex abuse priest Mato Krizanac returns to church in Bosnian parish.” Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago. Sydney Morning Herald. September 7, 2014.


Budget Cuts Hobble The World Health Organization’s Ebola Response.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. September 4, 2014.


FIFA Member’s Arrest Prompts Questioning.” By Graham Dunbar. Huffington Post. September 7, 2014.


In Germany, Many Believers Balk at Tweak to Church Tax; As Loophole Closes, Disgruntled German Catholics and Protestants Opt to Officially Leave Churches.” By Chase Gummer. Wall Street Journal. September 3, 2014.


Tabo monastery in Himachal gets Rs 45 crore institute of Bodh darshan.” By Anand Bodh. Times of India. September 3, 2014.

CBI lens on Rs 33 crore Saradha ‘donations’.” By Dwaipayan Ghosh. Times of India. September 3, 2014.


Will corporate cash save Roman monuments or diminish them?” By Anthony Faiola. Washington Post. September 7, 2014.


Philanthropy: reclaiming the ‘P-word’ for a modern world: Do people think of vain tax dodgers when they hear the word philanthropist? Perhaps it needs rebranding; Philanthropy is dead. The voluntary sector needs commercial principles; Building better philanthropy for a better society; Why you don’t have to have wealth to be a philanthropist“. By Cheryl Chapman. Guardian. September 1, 2014.

Development: not for people from different work and ethnic backgrounds? Based on current recruitment criteria, one reader laments that even Bill Gates would not be able to get a job in a British NGO: • 12 tips for getting a job in international development”. By Nicholas Milton. Guardian. September 2, 2014.

Tony Blair named philanthropist of the year; Tony Blair’s GQ award has drawn criticism Reuters.” By Tony Bonnici. Times of London. September 3, 2014.

Eight easy ways to give your fundraising a data boost: Donor data is a priceless resource for fundraisers. Ben Carter at explains how to use it to take your fundraising from average to outstanding; How charities can understand and manage data; How data analysis can help your charity to enhance its fundraising results; Opening up the voluntary sector: using data to drive innovation.” By Ben Carter. Guardian. September 3, 2014.

Six reasons why charities should harness hyperlocal communications: While it is easy to get drowned out in mainstream channels, charities that are focusing on local outlets are seeing fantastic results; 10 things your charity needs to know about social media; Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about.” By Zoe Amar. Guardian. September 4, 2014.

Charities should stick to knitting and keep out of politics, says MP; New civil society minister Brooks Newmark accused of spouting ‘patronising rubbish’ as concerns over Lobbying Act grow.” By Rowena Mason. Guardian. September 5, 2014.

Blair faith project hit by withdrawal of Harvard school.” By David Brown. Times of London. September 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 25-31, 2014)

Monday, September 1st, 2014



Worker’s co-operatives: A stake in the businesss.” By Michael Green. Sydney Morning Herald. August 28, 2014.

Australian universities plead for deregulation.” July 28, 2014.


Defrocked diplomat may become first priest accused of sexual abuse to be tried at the Vatican.” By Michelle Boorstein. Washington Post. August 26, 2014.
Related stories:
Ex-Diplomat for the Vatican Could Be Tried.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. August 26, 2014.
Former St Mary’s Cathedral College principal charged with historical child abuse offences.” By Emma Partridge. Sydney Morning Herald. August 28, 2014.


Towards a Global Governance Information Clearing House.” [This is the third in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and UNCTAD]. By Ramesh Jaura. Interpress Service ( August 27, 2014.


Russia Goes to War With McDonald’s, Soviet Style.” Op-ed. By Masha Gessen. New York Times. August 31, 2014.


If charities want our money, they must come clean; Campaigners who enjoy tax benefits should be open about their activities.” By Stephen Pollard. Times of London. August 26, 2014.

Charity leader: ‘The joys of multiple relationships’: Do you really know the benefits of collaborating with other charities, asks deputy chief executive of Sense, Richard Kramer; The future of the voluntary sector: partnerships case study; ‘It’s amazing what you can achieve when no one cares who gets the credit’; How to collaborate and partner with other sectors as a small charity.” By Richard Kramer. Guardian. August 26, 2014.

Closed shop at the top in deeply elitist Britain, says study; Elitism so embedded in Britain that it could be called social engineering, social mobility commission concludes.” By Andrew Sparrow. Guardian. August 28, 2014.

Top of British society is a racket for the privileged; Statistics should provoke Britain’s media into prolonged period of self-reflection. They probably won’t, since 54% of top 100 media professionals went to private schools.” By Owen Jones. Guardian. July 28, 2014.

10 tips for charity impact measurement; Struggling to measure your charities’ impact? Our Twitter followers share their advice on where a charity can begin: • How to measure your impact as a small charity; • ‘In the charity sector, impact is everything’.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 28, 2014.

Stephen Lloyd obituary: Lawyer who helped to modernise the charity sector and conceived the idea of the community interest company.” By David Brindle. Guardian. August 30, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 18-24, 2014)

Monday, August 25th, 2014



“Philanthropy comes of age in Australia.” By Lucinda Schmidt. Sydney Morning Herald. August 21, 2014.


Abuse priests are like truckers, cardinal says.” By Philip Willan. Times of London. August 23, 2014.

For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. August 24, 2014.

Melbourne Response reveals considerations when weighing up abuse payouts.” By Jane Lee and Cameron Houston. Sydney Morning Herald. August 24, 2014.


Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan’s Purse, SIM.” By Brady Dennis. Washington Post. August 21, 2014.


Churches at the Frontline of Climate Action.” By Melanie Mattauch. Interpress Service ( “Churches at the Frontline of Climate Action.”
August 23, 2014.


Waiting to die at India’s Salvation House; Mukti Bhavan, or Salvation House, is a charity-run hostel that caters to people who come to Varanasi, India, to die. The city is considered Hinduism’s holiest city and many believe that dying there and having their remains scattered in the Ganges river allows them to escape the cycle of death and rebirth and attain salvation.Washington Post/Reuters. August 21, 2014.

Ice Bucket Challenge: Indian celebrities take up the cause.” By Sidharth Malhotra. Times of India. August 22, 2014.


Irish seek truth behind babes’ unburied bones.” By Kevin Cullen. Boston Globe. August 24, 2014.


Secret government contracts stop citizens knowing if outsourcing works; Opening up information about contracts is an essential step towards an evidence-based debate about UK public services: • David Walker: ‘There’s no evidence that outsourcing works’; • Which private companies get the most government money?” By Jonathan Gray. Guardian. August 18, 2014.

Head of fundraising: ‘Why I quit my charity job’; David Milton took his charity’s income from £11,000 to £4m a year, then he left. It was, he says, an act of true leadership: • How to hire new talent for your charity; • What I learned about leadership from a hostage negotiator.” By David Milton. Guardian. August 18, 2014.

Beating Poverty: The prime minister is right to believe that job creators, teachers and parents underpin the good society.” Opinion. Times of London. August 19, 2014.

Big Society charity winds up after claims it misused up to £2.5m in funding; Lottery and public-sector grants were awarded despite lack of track record.” By Oliver Wright. Independent. August 21, 2014.

How charities can understand and manage data; Data management is essential to better understand your beneficiaries and services – yet it can be a daunting task. Peter Watson explains how to approach it; How data analysis can help your charity to enhance its fundraising results; Opening up the voluntary sector: using data to drive innovation.” By Peter Watson. Guardian. August 21, 2014.

Co-operative Bank announces losses of £75.8m; Troubled organisation’s losses narrow sharply but bank is haemorrhaging customers as tens of thousands leave.” By Shane Hickey. Guardian. August 22, 2014.

Revealed: the UK’s most generous town; Bedford is the UK’s ‘most generous town’, according to JustGiving; Residents donated over £1m to charitable causes via the fundraising website.” By Antonia Molloy. Independent. August 22, 2014.
Related story:

In praise of Bedford; Let’s hear it for the UK’s most generous town.” Editorial. Guardian. August 22, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 11-17, 2014)

Monday, August 18th, 2014



Private schooling no better than public in jobs market.” By Alexandra Smith and Amy McNeilage. Sydney Morning Herald. August 17, 2014.


Catholic Church recommends new redress scheme for child sex abuse victims.” By Rachel Browne. Sydney Morning Herald. August 12, 2014.


An Academy for the Elite Stirs a Culture Clash.” By Andrew Jacobs. New York Times. August 11, 2014.

Innovation societies gain popularity in China’s vocational colleges.” August 11, 2014.

1st Hope Primary School inaugurated in quake-hit area.” August 12, 2014.

“Volunteers teach children of migrant workers for free in Hebei.” August 12, 2014.

13 things you need to know before starting an NGO in China; Restrictions on charities are easing, but before you leap read our panel ‘s insights into the state of Chinese civil society.” By Anna Leach. Guardian. August 12, 2014.


NGOs losing the war against poverty and climate change, says Civicus head; Charities are no longer drivers of social change; for many saving the world has become big business. How did we lose our way?” By Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah. Guardian. August 12, 2014.


Grading of NGOs likely to be a game changer.” By Lubna Kably. Times of India. August 11, 2014.


Pope’s Trip to Highlight Vibrant South Korean Church; Rising Number of Catholics Offers Hopes for Asian Growth.” By Deborah Ball, Jonathan Cheng, and Jeyup S. Kwaak. Wall Street Journal. August 11, 2014.
Related story:
The Pope’s Asia Challenge; Pope to Visit South Korea as Catholic Church Tries to Make Inroads in Region With Few Members.” Wall Street Journal. August 13, 2014.
In Pope’s Trip to South Korea, Church Envisions Growth.” New York Times. August 13, 2014.
Pope Francis focuses on charity during ceremony in South Korea.” By Steven Borowiec. Los Angeles Times. August 17, 2014.


‘I wish my son had cancer’: how shock tactics raised my charity’s profile; The founder of a small charity explains why he has no regrets over launching a controversial advertising campaign: • Charity shock tactics – do they work? • Should charities use shock tactics?” By Alex Smith. Guardian. August 11, 2014.

Beveridge revisited: the 21st century evils; The Beveridge report revisited: where now for the welfare state? After unprecedented public spending cuts, we revisit Sir William Beveridge’s welfare state 70 years on and explore the modern evils that society professionals must battle and defeat; Sir William Beveridge created a blueprint the welfare state in the ashes of the second world war.” By David Brindle, Liam Kelly and Sam O’Neill. Guardian. July 7, 2014.
Related story:
Beveridge’s Bequest; Welfare reform is painfully slow, but it is vitally important.” Editorial. Times of London. August 12, 2014.

‘Financial triage’ to be offered at food banks; Trussell Trust hopes debt and money advice will help clients who are struggling to manage rising food and energy prices.” By Hilary Osborne. Guardian. August 12, 2014.

“‘We have a very stressful job anyway’: welfare reform hits voluntary services; A new report shows social care staff in Scotland are facing a bigger workload and higher levels of anxiety.” By Gregory White. Guardian. August 12, 2014.

Dispatches: is your charity’s telephone fundraising off the hook? A Channel 4 investigation has accused telephone fundraisers of using questionable practises. Vote in our poll and tell us your concerns: • How to raise money effectively through telephone fundraising; • ‘Telephone fundraising is crucial’.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. August 12, 2014.

How to become a charity trustee; Looking to become a trustee but not sure where to begin? Leon Ward explains the process in a handful of simple steps: • Young charity trustees: what you need to know; • How to recruit top trustee talent.” By Leon Ward. Guardian. August 13, 2014.

Unilever: In search of the good business; For the second time in its 120-year history, Unilever is trying to redefine what it means to be a virtuous company.” Economist. August 13, 2014.

Vintage volunteers: can charities keep attracting an ageing population? A new survey offers some key insights into how charities can attract older volunteers in a changing society.” By Russell Hargrave. Guardian. August 15, 2014.

New survey shows FTSE 100 companies have increased charitable giving; Despite the effects of the recession, corporate giving has risen by £1.2bn since 2007. But people remain sceptical.” By Klara Kozlov. Guardian. August 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 4-10. 2014)

Monday, August 11th, 2014



Child abuse recommendations ignored.” By Henrietta Cook and Jane Lee. Sydney Morning Herald. August 6, 2014.


221 mln yuan donated for SW China quake: Ministry.” August 6, 2014.


Gary Lineker: Fifa corruption allegations are ‘nauseating’; Ex-England striker Gary Lineker says corruption allegations around Fifa are “nauseating”, and has also criticised the role of its president Sepp Blatter. Fifa is investigating claims of wrongdoing relating to the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.” BBC News. August 4, 2014.


India ranked No. 8 on global list of multimillionaires; The latest wealth index by New World Wealth has ranked India 8th in the global rich list, below countries such as the US, China, Germany and the UK.” By Kounteya Sinha. Times of India. August 6, 2014.

2013 record for cadaver organ donation equalled.” Times of India. August 7, 2014.


Charity jobs: five things to consider before applying; Recently graduated or looking to move into the charity world? From starting points to selling your skill-set our inside experts share their top tips: • Moving to a charity was the best decision I ever made; • ‘Charities need to take risks with recruitment’; • Live Q&A: moving your career into the voluntary sector.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. August 5, 2014.

13 ways to protect your NGO from hacking and surveillance; Internet security easily slips down the to-do list, but following our panel’s tips could protect you from a cyber catastrophe.” By Anna Leach. Guardian. August 5, 2014.

How Amnesty International took over dating app Tinder; As part of their women’s rights campaign, Amnesty International took a risk and left the power in the hands of the people – regardless of whether they swiped left or right: • How charities can use Snapchat; • 10 things your charity needs to know about social media; • Five things about Gen Y that charities need to know.” By Caroline Easter. Guardian. August 6, 2014.

The good causes of the famous ‘benefit themselves more than the charities’;
Research says star names do little to raise public awareness of campaigns
.” By
Emily Dugan. Independent. August 8, 2014.

Co-operative Group sets outs radical reform plans; Proposals broadly follow Lord Myners’ recommendations, apart from plans to allow three Co-op members on the board.” By Julia Kollewe and Jill Treanor. Guardian. August 8, 2014.

How much power should a charity patron like Tony Blair have? The former PM is accused of having an ‘inescapable’ presence at his foundation. But is that a good thing or bad? • Blair lambasted by former employee over role in charity; • ‘Employers need to get their talented staff on charity boards’; • ‘Charities need to do more to track governance performance‘.” By Asheem Singh. Guardian. August 8, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 28-August 2, 2014)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014



Charity fights for the rights of street children in Brazil; Claudia Cabral, founder of Terra dos Homens, on the social workers and psychologists trying to help 24,000 children in appalling conditions.” By Natricia Duncan. Guardian. July 30, 2014.

As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. August 1, 2014.


Archbishop, Under Fire Over Abuse, Apologizes but Says He Won’t Resign.” By Michael Paulson. New York Times. July 31, 2014.


Live Q&A: can civil society thrive in China? Despite restrictions loosening, Chinese civil society has limited freedoms and funding streams. Join our discussion on 7 August.” By Anna Leach. Guardian. August 1, 2014.


Masterworks vs. the Masses.” By Rachel Donadio. New York Times. July 29, 2014.


Local volunteers could get £200 off their council tax.” By Jill Sherman. Times of London. July 29, 2014.

Money-making schemes coming soon to a park near you – in pictures; From bee farms to digital maps: a new £1m project called Rethinking Parks is helping councils and communities find new ways to cash in on UK public spaces.” Guardian. July 29, 2014.

Ramadan philanthropy shows new sources of funding for charities; Today’s fundraisers need to look to different communities and cultures to maximise their donations, says Tony Elischer: • How to build a successful fundraising strategy from scratch; • Five things about Gen Y that charities need to know; • Five ways charities can engage long-term donors.” By Tony Elischer. Guardian. July 29, 2014.

The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all; As the justifications for gross inequality collapse, only the Green party is brave enough to take on the billionaires’ boot boys.” By George Monbiot. Guardian. July 30, 2014.

Oxfam posts £24m surplus for last year; Increase in donations and other income, tighter controls on costs and lower spending on humanitarian disasters bolster finances.” By Jill Treanor. Guardian. July 30, 2014.

Paying up: a closer look at the living wage and pay equality in the charity sector; Fewer than 1% of charities have registered as living wage employers, but those that do say it’s essential to ‘walk the talk’: • Should charities be as responsible as businesses for paying the living wage? • A guide to setting salary and wage levels for charity employees.” By Tim Smedley Guardian. August 1, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

Monday, July 28th, 2014



Temple in Brazil Appeals to a Surge in Evangelicals.” By Simon Romero. New York Times. July 25, 2014.


Number of ultra rich to rise to 3.43 lakh in 3 years: Report.” Times of India. July 24, 2014.

Centre rushes to SC to allow 80 private medical colleges admit students.” Times of India. July 25, 2014.


Tapping entrepreneurialism: MIT spinout Sanergy targeting clean sanitation for all of Kenya (and beyond).” By Kareva Saleh. Boston Globe. July 21, 2014.


10 things your charity needs to know about social media; From uncovering secret formulas and engaging ageing audiences, to trend-setting and sleep-tweeting, here are our experts’ tips on social media for charities: • 10 years on: what role will social media play? • Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about; • How social media can change the face of fundraising.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 21, 2014.

Anti-West rants of Trojan Horse teachers” By Dnncan Gardham and Greg Hurst. Times of London. July 22, 2014.
Related story:
Birmingham schools ‘feel like the Balkans’, says Labour; Liam Byrne says city needs to move on after ‘Trojan horse’ affair and tells Nicky Morgan to not repeat ‘divisive rhetoric’ of Gove.” Guardian. July 22, 2014.
Schools face new curbs on extremism after Birmingham Trojan horse affair; Education secretary Nicky Morgan announces reforms after Peter Clarke’s damning report on Muslim extremist infiltration.” By Patrick Wintour. Guardian. July 22, 2014.
Report Cites ‘Aggressive’ Islamic Push in British City’s Schools.” By Katrin Bennhold. New York Times. July 23, 2014.
How to tame a Trojan horse; Extremism in Birmingham schools poses a conundrum for reformers.” Economist. July 26, 2014.

How to build a successful fundraising strategy from scratch; Make sure your message is clear, target your donors and encourage them to stay with you – Angela Cluff explains how to set up a fundraising strategy: • Ebay and online retail for charities – top tips; • Five things about Gen Y that charities need to know; • 5 tricks to make a big impact with your small charity.” By Angela Cluff. Guardian. July 23, 2014.

Children’s cancer charity under investigation; Charity commission freezes bank accounts of Families Against Neuroblastoma, which raised money for treatment abroad.” By Sarah Boseley. Guardian. July 23, 2014.

“Fighting the battle: charities working in conflict zones – in pictures; As war plagues the world, we highlight how charities are helping victims, whether it be through martial arts, providing sanitation or teaching new skills.” By Aimee Meade, Callum Majek Ohara, and Charlotte Seager. Guardian. July 25, 2014.

Tony Blair Faith Foundation is anything but ‘mysterious’.” Guardian. July 25, 2014.

Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog investigates ‘cronyism’ ; Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse; The organisation was given at least £2.5 million of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants despite having no record of charitable activity.” By Oliver Wright. Independent. July 26, 2014.
Related story:
Big Society Network under investigation over ‘funding misuse’; Watchdog examining whether charity set up to lead David Cameron’s initiative used funds to pay debts of linked company.” Guardian. July 27, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

Monday, July 21st, 2014



Non-profit Chinese library keeps migrants in Australia connected with cultural roots.” By Wu Xiaoxiao. July 15, 2014.


A fighting chance: the social enterprise leaving a legacy of hope to Rio’s youth; Born in the favelas of Brazil, Luta is a global enterprise donating 50% of profits from its sportswear company to sports programmes for disadvantaged young people.” Guardian. July 15, 2014.


Australians donate to school linked to sex abuse claims.” By Lindsay Murdoch. Sydney Morning Herald. July 14, 2014.


Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandals.” By Laurie Goodstein. New York Times. July 16, 2014.
Related story:
Jennifer Haselberger, Church Lawyer, Alleges Sex Abuse Cover-Up In Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.” Huffington Post. July 16, 2014.
Holding Church Shepherds Accountable; Pope Francis and the Bishops Who Hid Pedophile Priests.” Editorial. New York Times. July 18, 2014.


Police probe Fifa over $100m scam; Tens of thousands of World Cup tournament tickets were sold on the black market.” By Andrew Jennings, Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Manuela Andreoni. Times of London. July 14, 2014.


Helsinki Divided on Plan for a Guggenheim Satellite.” By Doreen Carvajal. New York Times. July 15, 2014.


Germany: An Unusually Large Exodus From the Roman Catholic Church.” New York Times/Associated Press. July 19, 2014.


NGOs received Rs 11,838 cr in 2012-13, many under scanner.” Times of India. July 17, 2014.


Corporate Medicis to the Rescue; To Some Dismay, Italy Enlists Donors to Repair Monuments.” By Gaia Pianigiani and Jim Yardley. New York Times. July 16, 2014.


NGO members in Sri Lanka protest to demand rights of press, media.” July 18, 2014.


Church child abuse scandal: Archbishop of Canterbury Welby warns of more revelations; Convicted sex attackers still using ‘reverend’ title, claims victims’ group, as Archbishop of Canterbury says he deals with sex abuse issues ‘on a daily basis’.” By Paul Peachey. Independent. July 14, 2014.

Nick Hurd resigns: what do charities want from next civil society minister? Brooks Newmark has been appointed as Hurd’s successor. We ask the charity sector what they want to see from the new minister for civil society: • General Election 2015: what charity leaders want; • The charity sector – in 10 years time.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 15, 2014.

Surviving a scandal: can charities like Greenpeace pull through? Charities have a lot to lose – reputations, public trust and much needed donations. In light of Greenpeace’s and Comic Relief’s scandals we look at how charities react and bounce back: • Managing charity investments ethically is not easy; • Charity shock tactics – do they work? • Greenpeace’s £3m gamble could yet reap dividends.” By Rosie Niven. Guardian. July 15, 2014.

Private school head awarded himself pay rise of £134,000.” By Greg Hurst. Times of London. July 17, 2014.

Parks look for new ways to meet costs – with trees, bees and subscription fees; With warnings that many of Britain’s parks are on a financial precipice, some are looking at novel ways to meet running costs.” By James Meikle. Guardian. July 17, 2014.

The Coalition loves welfare, as long as it’s for the charity sector; The federal government’s welfare review, once you get past its tender Dickensian sentiments, is a return to a Howard-era question: who gets to profit from caring for the deserving poor?” By Van Badham. Guardian. July 17, 2014.

“Leaked report reveals ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ in Birmingham schools; Exclusive: Draft report from ‘Trojan horse’ inquiry uncovers evidence of coordinated plan to impose hardline Sunni Islam: • Trojan horse inquiry: ‘A coordinated agenda to impose hardline Sunni Islam’.” By Patrick Wintour. Guardian. July 18, 2014.
Related stories:
Learning Lessons: Birmingham schools need to be overseen more rigorously to prevent Islamisation.” Opinion. Times of London. July 19, 2014.
Council helped Islamists to bully heads out of schools.” Times of London. July 19, 2014.
Birmingham council a ‘disastrous failure’ over Islamism in schools; Independent investigation sparked by ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds officials failed to act for fear of being accused of Islamophobia.” Guardian. July 19, 2014.

How would you change the world with half a million pounds? As the shortlist for the Google Impact Challenge is announced, we ask the finalists – and you – what would you do with £500,000? Tell us below: • Volunteering and fundraising – time to innovate; • How charities can balance innovation and financial risk; • Charities must innovate and take risks to create change.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

Monday, July 14th, 2014



Police probe Fifa over $100m scam.” By Andrew Jennings, Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Manuela Andreoni. Times of London. July 13, 2014.


Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness of Sex Abuse Victims; Catholic Leader Calls for Bishops to Be Held Accountable for Protection of Minors.” By Liam Moloney. Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2014.
Related stories:
Pope Asks Forgiveness From Victims of Sex Abuse.” New York Times. July 7, 2014.
Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 7, 2014.
Pope Francis apologises to clerical sex abuse victims and asks for forgiveness.” Independent (UK). July 8, 2014.

Missouri: Abuse Case Is Settled.” New York Times/Associated Press. July 8, 2014.


Religious Freedom in Peril.” Opinion. By Nicholas Kristof. New York Times. July 10, 2014.


To be more diverse charities need to look beyond race, religion, sex or age; Diversity is about embracing the slow learner, the fast learner, the introvert and extrovert, liberal and conservative: • There is not enough action in the charity sector; • Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns; • How to recruit a diverse group of charity trustees; • Innovation and diversity are essential for the future success.” By Geraldine Kilbride. Guardian. July 7, 2014.

In praise of… the warm glow; Chuggers, please note – the secret to charitable giving lies less in the cause, and more in the person asking.” Editorial. Guardian. July 7, 2014.

Five things about Gen Y that charities need to know; Gen Y gives the least money to charity. New research offers charities clues about how to crack the millennial mind–frame: • Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns; • We must do more to get young people on charity boards; • Best Bits: Getting young people involved in charitable giving; • Generation Y: why young job seekers want more than money.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 8, 2014.

Ebay and online retail for charities – top tips; Chief executive of Ebay’s partner charity shares his expertise on what makes online customers shop, click and donate: • Charity shops: what’s in store? • How-to guide: retail and small charities; • Charities could transform Britain’s high streets; • ‘Greedy’ charity shops under fire.” By Nick Aldridge. Guardian. July 8, 2014.

Charity chief executive pay: how much is too much? – open thread; Landmine charity Halo Trust has suspended its chief executive, who is reported to have been earning £220,000 a year. Is that too much? Should there be a cap and, if so, what should it be? • Are charity chiefs paid too much? – sector responds; • How to set your charity chief executive’s pay; • Charities told to publish CEO pay to earn public trust; • The reality of a charity chief executive’s role.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. July 9, 2014.

Privatising children’s services: the U-turn has not addressed concerns; There will not be enough regulation of private companies taking on outsourced children’s services functions.” By Brigid Featherstone and Kate Morris. Guardian. July 10, 2014.

Safety net: how charities are reaching the digitally excluded; Those offline are often the people who need help the most – three charities say how they’re getting important services out: • Tackling digital exclusion: five to follow on Twitter; • Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish; • Beveridge revisited: where now for the welfare state? • Social care meets social media – what’s holding the sector back?” By Caroline Roberts. Guardian. July 10, 2014.

Former head of top school held on child sex offences.” By Sean O’Neill. Times of London. July 11, 2014.

Why you don’t have to have wealth to be a philanthropist; Cheryl Chapman, director of City Philanthropy, explains on City Giving Day why you shouldn’t just chase the super rich: • Why entrepreneurs like Bill Gates become philanthropists; • Five ways charities can engage long-term donors; • Philanthropy is dead, we needs commercial principles.” By Cheryl Chapman. Guardian. July 11, 2014.

Parks look for new ways to meet costs – with trees, bees and subscription fees; With warnings that many of Britain’s parks are on a financial precipice, some are looking at novel ways to meet running costs.” By James Meikle. Guardian. July 11, 2014.

Inquiry judge hid claims of bishop’s sex abuse.” By Sean O’Neill. Times of London. July 12, 2014.

Trojan Horse scandal: Birmingham accuses Ofsted head of smear campaign; Schools inspector trying to hide his department’s failings, say city leaders.” By Oliver Wright. Independent. July 13, 2014.


Pope Francis Names New Leadership for Vatican Bank.” By Jim Yardley. New York Times. July 10, 2014.
Related story:
The Vatican bank; Managing Mammon: A shake-up of Catholic finances.” Economist. July 11, 2014,

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

Monday, July 7th, 2014



Africa News: Children Enlist in African Religious Battles; As Civil Wars Abate Around Continent, Teenagers Step Into Different, Brutal Combat Roles; a Boy Scout Becomes a Killer.” By Drew Hinshaw. Wall Street Journal. July 1, 2014.


New primate Phillip Freier signals women priests push.” By John Elder. Sydney Morning Herald. June 30, 2014.


Australian Catholic bishop accused of abusing boy.” Washington Post/Associated Press. June 30, 2014.
Related story:
Catholic bishop charged with a child sex offence.” Sydney Morning Herald. June 30, 2014.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to Pay for Failure to Report Abuse.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.

Minnesota: Archbishop Orders Inquiry Into Claims Against Him.” New York Times/Associated Press. July 2, 2014.

“Priests told to reveal sex abuse confessions.” Times of London. July 4, 2014.

Vatican rebuffs Justice Peter McClellan on sex abuse files.” By Heath Gilmore. Sydney Morning Herald. July 6, 2014.

Pope Francis To Meet With Victims Of Clerical Sex Abuse.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. July 6, 2014.


Delhi NGOs get most foreign donations.” By Lubna Kably. Times of India. July 1, 2014.

Greenpeace India fears charity crackdown under Narendra Modi; Foreign-funded charities accuse PM of scare tactics as national intelligence agency submits anti-NGO report to government.” By Maseeh Rahman. Guardian (UK). July 2, 2014.


Pakistan ‘charity head’ lambasts US sanctions move; Hafiz Saeed tells the BBC that Washington is unfairly targeting him.” BBC News. June 30, 2014.


Liberal push to strip environmental groups of charitable tax status; Federal Liberal council unanimously agrees to proposal from Tasmanian MP Andrew Nikolic that environmental groups should not receive tax-deductible donations.” By Oliver Milman. Guardian (UK). June 30, 2014.


Candy Crush for change: could your charity create the next big app? Charities are starting to be creative with apps. But, there’s lots more to explore and a plethora of eager supporters and funders out there: • Five ways charities use gamification; • The top charities finding innovative ways of fundraising • How mobile apps can help charities engage with supporters.” By Kirsty Marrins. Guardian. July 1, 2014.

How to hire new talent for your charity; Recruiting new staff can be costly – Margareth Ainley shares her five top tips for hiring success without breaking the bank: • How charities can manage the talent of their workforce; • Top tips: how charities can attract graduates into the sector; • Should charities be paying the living wage?” By Margareth Ainley. Guardian. July 2, 2014.

2014: A Landmark Year for Disability and Development?” By Dom Haslam. Interpress Service ( July 2, 2014.

NHS cancer care could switch to private contracts in £700m plans; Private health firms ready to bid for £1.2bn worth of outsourced services at Staffordshire clinical commissioning group areas.” By Denis Campbell. Guardian. July 3, 2014.

We must fight government plans to privatise the NHS; The Tories truly believe that the market does things better, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.” By Anne Perkins. Guardian. July 3, 2014.

Privatisation doesn’t work. For real innovation look to communities; We won’t find the people best placed to transform public services in the corridors of Whitehall nor the boardrooms of Serco.” By James Angel. Guardian. July 3, 2014.

How charities can use Snapchat; Will Barker shares his top tips on how charities can make the most out of new social media platforms like Snapchat: • Candy Crush for change; • Five ways charities use gamification; • Innovative ways of fundraising.” By Will Barker. Guardian. July 3, 2014.

“Rebuilding care services: could social co-operatives be the answer; A democratic ownership model could help improve public trust in social care: • More from our adult social care hub.” By Pat Conaty. Guardian. July 4, 2014.

What happened to those lofty Tory ideals of the big society? It’s not enough to just devolve authority from Whitehall to town halls. Politicians must seek power to give it back to the people.” By Ian Birrell. Guardian. July 4, 2014.

The social care sector must pull together to address the funding crisis; We can’t reduce budgets and expect care to be unaffected – we need to be clear about what is and isn’t good enough support: • Adult social care ‘unsustainable’: responses from the sector.” By Jane Harris. Guardian. July 4, 2014.

How to guarantee social media success for your charity – live Q&A; Join us on Friday 11 July between 12:00 and 1:30pm to discuss the dos and don’ts of social media, how charities can get ahead and how to choose a channel that is right for you: • 10 years on: what role will social media play? • Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about • #BringBackOurGirls: the power of a social media campaign; • Five ways to turn a social media campaign into a movement.” By Michael Allen. Guardian. July 4, 2014.

Food bank Britain: can MPs agree on the causes of poverty in the UK? Reliance on emergency food banks for people in extreme need has exploded in the past four years. A group of MPs want to find a solution – if only they can agree on the cause. Meanwhile, the people who actually run food banks are much less divided.” By Amelia Gentleman. Guardian. July 5, 2014.