Archive for the ‘International’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (December 16-22, 2013)

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

The slaves of Magdalene.Sydney Morning Herald. December 21, 2013.

Revealed: the high cost of being charitable.” By Rachel Browne and Michaela Whitbourn. Sydney Morning Herald. December 21, 2013.

YMCA ‘not fit’ to care for children.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 21, 2013.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Royal Commission: Priest referred to Vatican with ‘no expectation’ of when church might hear back.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 16, 2013.

5 Priests Removed, 1 Placed on Leave Due to Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Misconduct.” By David Chang. MSNBC. December 16, 2013.

Royal Commission: Marist Brothers allowed child molester to teach at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 17, 2013.

Royal Commission: Priest referred to Vatican with ‘no expectation’ of when church might hear back.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 17, 2013.

Minnesota: Archbishop Denies Allegations.” New York Times/Reuters. December 17, 2013.

Royal Commission: ‘I was betrayed three times by Marist Brothers.’” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 18, 2013.

Prestige Sydney Catholic school allowed brother to continue teaching despite complaints about his sexual abuse of children.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 18, 2013.

Royal Commission hears Vatican told priest to offer a Mass every Friday for his victims.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 19, 2013.

Catholic priest Finian Egan jailed 50 years after assaults, rape.” By Paul Bibby. Sydney Morning Herald. December 21, 2013.

UK

Charity with Liam Fox as patron under investigation.” By Alexi Mostrous. Times of London. December 17, 2013.

Why charity should begin at home – and on your own terms; There are a growing number of charities, large and small, who are using home-working volunteers to maximise their impact.” By Claudia Cahalane. Guardian. December 17, 2013.

Food poverty: so, which of the hungry poor most ‘deserve’ charity help? And explosion of demand for food aid in the wealthy south-east of England is confronting hard-pressed charity workers with tricky ethical dilemmas.” Guardian. December 17, 2013.

Prep school paedophiles allowed to avoid justice.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. December 18, 2013.

Well off parents resorting to ‘ethically dubious’ practices to get their children into good school.” By Richard Garner. Guardian. December 18, 2013.

Nick Clegg’s former headmaster convicted of abusing five young boys at top prep school; Roland Wright molested the children and simulated sex with them between 1959 and 1970.Independent. December 18, 2013.

Let’s debate our need for food banks – a national disgrace; The overwhelming response to our petition has resulted in a long-overdue debate in parliament about why food banks are needed in Britain, one of the richest countries in the world.” By Jack Monroe. Guardian. December 18, 2013.
Related story:
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early; While Labour MP’s story of fights over discount food in her local Tesco is drowned out by laughter from Government benches.” Independent. December 18, 2013.
Let’s debate our need for food banks – a national disgrace; The overwhelming response to our petition has resulted in a long-overdue debate in parliament about why food banks are needed in Britain, one of the richest countries in the world.” Guardian. December 19, 2013.
IDS accused foodbank charity of political ‘scaremongering.’” Editorial. Times of London. December 22, 2013.

Why I volunteer at Christmas; Clare Foster, a volunteer at YouthNet, explains why she takes to time to volunteer at Christmas and how easy it is to do it from your own home.” By Clare Foster. Guardian. December 18, 2013.

Christmas time is ‘business’ time – how charities prepare for Christmas; Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support, explains how his charity prepares for the festive period.” By Howard Sinclair. Guardian. December 18, 2013.

Lisa Nandy: ‘Charities are the people’s megaphone’; The government’s lobbying bill will stifle a voice that it has a duty to hear, says the shadow minister for the voluntary sector.” By Anna Bawden. Guardian. December 18, 2013.

Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system; Where selection remains, it continues to be largely the preserve of the privileged.” By Owen Jones. Independent. December 18, 2013.

Power and Abuse: The Caldicott headmaster shockingly abused his pupils. They have been let down by teachers and the legal system.” Editorial. Times of London. December 19, 2013.

Why a community-driven charity shop spells success; T? Hafan explains how working with the community, developing key relationships and commercial expertise have transformed their retail model.” By Ruth Kearney. Guardian. December 19, 2013.

Charity is a fine thing, but it can’t justify the wealth of the 1%; The rich pretend the option is the status quo or outright communism. But giving is no excuse for gross inequality.” By Polly Toynbee. Guardian. December 20, 2013.

The charity sector has problems, but executive pay is hardly the worst; Some charity bosses are well paid. For all but a handful this is a non-issue compared to the market culture infiltrating the sector.” By Ally Fogg. Guardian. December 20, 2013.

Charities condemn Iain Duncan Smith for food bank snub; Requests for meetings with work and pensions secretary to discuss growing crisis have been refused.” By Toby Helm. Observer. December 22, 2013.

Withdrawal from EU justice programmes could see British charities lose millions, ministers warned; The money has been used to improve the rights of children and victims, fight domestic violence and rehabilitate offenders.” By Jane Merrick. Independent. December 22, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (December 9-15, 2013)

Monday, December 16th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Secrets of the family; Peace, love and mind control – one Sydney couple’s journey through the Twelve Tribes religious cult.” By Tim Elliott. Sydney Morning Herald. December 14, 2013.

CANADA

For Women, a Network and Nails at a Toronto Club; Verity Updates Tradition with Meetings and a Spa Under One Roof; A 160-year-old former chocolate factory is home to what would seem like an old boys’ club—except it is full of women. A Look Inside Women-Only Club Verity.” By Carolyn King. Wall Street Journal. December 11, 2013.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Priest lured children to his web, says victim.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 10, 2013.

Archbishop admits ‘spectacular bungling’ of child abuse case.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 11, 2013.

Royal Commission: ‘I shouldn’t be alive’, says victim.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 13, 2013.

Royal commission into child sex abuse: Bishop’s honesty finally opens the door to more compassionate dealing with victims of sex abuse.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. December 14, 2013.

INDIA

Congress files FIR against Gujarat-based NGO.” Times of India. December 12, 2013.

Felt confused and humiliated during early Harvard days: Ratan Tata.” Times of India. December 12, 2013.

NORWAY

The Nobel for Peace – an Expanding Scandal.” By Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). December 9, 2013.

UK

Big society policy not suited for deprived communities, says thinktank; David Cameron’s social initiative is ‘better suited to suburbs’ with strongest levels of charitable giving in wealthy areas.” By Patrick Butler. Guardian. December 9, 2013.

Big society’ is not dead – it needs to engage with the voluntary sector; The concept of the big society may have alienated many people but there is still a lot to learn from it.” By Caroline Slocock. Guardian. December 9, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Monday 9 December; We roundup the latest from the voluntary sector, from the pride in fundraising to a radical review of Big Society.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 9, 2013.

The price of charity: Save the Children exposed after seeking approval of energy firms; Save the Children accused of suppressing criticism of corporate sponsor British Gas, while internal emails reveal how fuel poverty campaign was dropped to avoid offending EDF.” By Cahal Milmo. Independent. December 10, 2013.

Charities need money. But they also need principles; Every NGO worker knows that it is a privilege to work in the sector.” By Dominic Nutt. Independent. December 10, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Tuesday 10 December; We roundup the latest news, views and comment from the voluntary sector in this bite-size bulletin including the accusations of Comic Relief’s unethical investments.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. December 10, 2013.

Are Comic Relief’s investments all in a good cause? Absolutely; Critics of charity’s investment strategies must remember trustees are obliged to invest for the best possible financial returns.” By Peter Bennett-Jones. Guardian. December 10, 2013.

The Small Charities Coalition and my leadership journey; Chief executive Alex Swallow explains his failures, successes and lessons from his first year in the role.” By Alex Swallow. Guardian. December 10, 2013.

Charities need money. But they also need principles; Every NGO worker knows that it is a privilege to work in the sector.” By Dominic Nutt. Independent. December 10, 2013.

Comic Relief accused of investing in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms; Co-founder of charity counters that investment rules mean money must be put into schemes likely to yield best returns.” By Ben Quinn. Guardian. December 10, 2013.
Related story:
Comic Relief investigation: managing charity investments ethically is not easy; In light of BBC Panorama’s revelations, Joe Saxton explains the ethical dilemmas charities face.Guardian. December 11, 2013.

Social media: a message for not-for-profit organisations; Social media can be a powerful tool for any not-for-profit organisation looking to mobilise supporters, but there are pitfalls too. How can they put it to best use?” By David Benady. Guardian. December 11, 2013.

Recognising Scientology as a religion does not make its doctrines respectable.” Editorial. Times of London. December 12, 2013.

Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling; The Supreme Court judgment has profound consequences, meaning it could gain charitable status – and opens the floodgates to claims by other organisations.” By Ian Johnston. Independent. December 11, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Wednesday 11 December; We roundup the latest from the voluntary sector, including a reaction to BBC Panorama’s investigation into Comic Relief and advice to ensure your charity is investing ethically.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 11, 2013.

Freedom charity – Aneeta Prem on why her small charity has such an impact; After Freedom charity’s fundamental role in rescuing three women from a ‘decade of slavery’ in Lambeth, its founder explains why small charities can have huge impacts.” By Aneeta Prem. Guardian. December 12, 2013.

Should libraries rely on volunteers? With councils facing cuts, should libraries be run by trained staff or enthusiastic volunteers.” By Sarah Marsh. Guardian. December 12, 2013.

Social enterprise today: Thursday 12 December; We roundup the latest social enterprise news, including whether impact bonds are the first step towards a Star Trek economy.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 12, 2013.

Best bits: charities and social investment – the how what and why? Sponsored content: A roundup of advice from our expert panel on how ethical investing can work for your charity.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 13, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Thursday 12 December; We roundup the latest from the voluntary sector, including children’s charities lobbying to protect kids from online porn.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 12, 2013.

Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism – by giving an airing to their horror stories; Laura Bates describes how a project she launched two years ago has struck a chord with women around the world.” By Laura Bates. Independent. December 13, 2013.

A £15m bequest from the collector who brought contemporary Chinese art home to Britain; Michael Sullivan left one of the world’s greatest archives of Oriental art to an Oxford museum.” By Nick Clark. Independent. December 14, 2013.
Related story:
Ashmolean acquires major Chinese art collection.” BBC News. December 13, 2013.

More than half of new free schools opened with spare places, figures show; Nearly one in four opened with only 60% of the number of pupils they hoped to attract.” By Warwick Mansell. Guardian. December 14, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Friday 13 December; We roundup the latest from the voluntary sector, including our new Charity Christmas present gift guide.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 14, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (December 2-8, 2013)

Monday, December 9th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AFRICA

African social enterprises pave the way for solar power while stimulating the local economy; Social enterprises are eradicating the kerosene problem and encourage the private sector to compete with them.” By Rich McEachran. Guardian. December 3, 2013.

AUSTRALIA

There’s little Christmas cheer for charities as appeals fall well short of targets.” By Rachel Browne and Charmaine Wong. Sydney Morning Herald. December 7, 2013.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Pope to Set Up Commission on Child Abuse Scandal; Panel Will Advise Pope on How to Handle Issue that Has Shaken Catholic Church.” By Liam Moloney and Deborah Ball. Wall Street Journal. December 5, 2013.
Related story:
Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests.” New York Times. December 6, 2013.
Pope Francis sets up Vatican child sex abuse committee.” BBC News. December 6, 2013.
Minn. archdiocese releases list of 34 accused priests.” Guardian/Associated Press. Boston Globe. December 6, 2013.
A Pope’s New Path on Child Abuse.” Editorial. New York Times. December 7, 2013.
Catholic parishioners try to reconcile faith with child sex abuse.” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). December 8, 2013.

INDIA

Fraud campus broke rules in both Mauritius and India.” By Akshaya Mukul. Times of India. December 2, 2013.

UK

What difference do volunteers make in hospitals? Acute trusts in England are mobilising 13m hours of voluntary effort annually but more can be done to encourage volunteers.” By Philip Corrigan. Guardian. December 2, 2013.

Voluntary Sector today: Monday 2 December; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including why governments should make it easier for charities to step in and deliver public services.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 2, 2013.

Haircuts to human rights: the charity helping women in war-torn countries; Women for Women International is celebrating 20 years of offering practical support and training to women in some of the world’s most troubled areas.” Guardian. December 3, 2013.

Social enterprise today: Tuesday 3 December; We round up the latest social enterprise news, from African solar power initiatives to new recipients of social investment in Toronto.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 3, 2013.

Charities do not need innovation teams to be innovative; Innovation director Lucy Gower explains that innovation is about the people not the process.” By Lucy Gower. Guardian. December 3, 2013.

Voluntary Sector today: Tuesday 3 December; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including why charities do not need innovation teams to be innovative.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 3, 2013.

Charity Commission ‘not fit for purpose’, says Margaret Hodge; Highly critical report warns commission’s failure to investigate fraud and abuse was undermining public faith in good causes.” By Rajeev Syal. Guardian. December 4, 2013.

Voluntary sector reactions to the 2013 autumn statement; Following George Osborne’s autumn statement, we have rounded up the voluntary sector reactions.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. December 5, 2013.

Why don’t all charities bank ethically? Gareth Jones argues that more charities should invest ethically.” By Gareth Jones. Guardian. December 5, 2013.

Reactions to the National Audit Office’s report into the Charity Commission; We roundup what speakers from the voluntary sector had to say about the report, along with your Twitter reactions.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 4, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Wednesday 4 December; We roundup the latest news in the voluntary sector, including the National Audit Office’s report on the Charity Commission.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 4, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Thursday 5 December; We roundup the latest from the voluntary sector, including news that Nick Hurd has launched a consultation on strengthening the powers of the Charity Commission.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 5, 2013.

“‘Facebook for volunteering’: the rise of online community action; Collaborative online platforms are enabling a bottom-up rather than top-down approach to city development.” By Tim Smedley. Guardian. December 6, 2013.

Social enterprise today: Friday 6 December; We roundup the latest social enterprise news, including the impact of the Autumn Statement for the social sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 6, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Friday 6 December; We roundup the latest from the voluntary sector, including the impact of yesterday’s Autumn statment on the third sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. December 6, 2013.

Co-operative Group slashes funding for charities; Scandal-hit group pays former Tory aides for advice but cuts cash for ethical causes.” By Daniel Boffey. Observer. December 7, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (November 25-December 1, 2013)

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

Anglican Church register of sex abuse complaints out of date, royal commission hears.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. November 28, 2013.

Wilderness Society plans legal fight over fossil fuels in shift to tackling global warming.” By Jill Stark. Sydney Morning Herald. November 30, 2013.

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Wisconsin: Appeal Made to Vatican on Trust Fund.” New York Times/Associated Press. November 27, 2013.

UK

Something to Tweet About: how to make social media work for your charity; Charities are no longer asking if they should be using social media, instead they want to know how to make it work for them. Find out how with this free guide.” By Carlos Miranda. Guardian. November 25, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Monday 25 November. We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including a new guide on how to make social media work for your charity.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 25, 2013.

Elite universities ‘as socially exclusive as ever’; Outgoing higher education policy director claims UK universities have made little progress in a decade.” By Richard Garner. Independent. November 26, 2013.

Live blog: the Festival of Fundraising Innovation 2013; LiveLive updates from the Institute of Fundraising’s annual event including speeches from the NSPCC and the director of Google UK.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. November 27, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Tuesday 26 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including the importance of a strong relationship between the government and the third sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 26, 2013.

One in 10 UK adults involved in an environmental group, figures show; Report on UK’s green groups also finds far more is spent on biodiversity and conservation than on climate change.” By John Vidal. Guardian. November 27, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Wednesday 27 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including Martin Sime’s thoughts on the Scottish government’s white paper.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 27, 2013.

Voluntary Sector today: Friday 29 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including a new guide by the Charity Commission on how trustees can run their charity effectively.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 29, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (November 11-17, 2013)

Monday, November 18th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

PHILLIPINES

Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. November 12, 2013.

UK

Mencap chief executive: why I deserve my salary; Jan Tregelles, the chief executive of Mencap explains the reality of being a charity boss and why they deserve their controversial paychecks.” By Jan Tregelles. Guardian. November 11, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Monday 11 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, from new charity chief executives to how they justify their salary.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 11, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Tuesday 12 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, from a UK wide charity aid appeal to RAF cuts.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 12, 2013.

Are charities doing enough for those in poverty? As poverty rises in the UK, it is crucial for charities to put pressure on the government to improve conditions.” By Becky Slack. Guardian. November 12, 2013.

Social justice: Oxfam plans 20% cut in funds for UK poverty programme; Some small UK poverty charities could go bust as aid charity proposes withdrawal from grass roots projects, from welfare advice to women’s groups and refugees.” Guardian. November 12, 2013.

Social enterprise today: Monday 11 November; We round up the latest social enterprise news, including social enterprise solutions to the A&E crisis and Brand’s revolution.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 12, 2013.

Live Q&A: charities and social investment – the how, what and why? Sponsored content: Join us on Thursday 21 November from 1-3pm to find out more about how social investment can support your charity.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 13, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Wednesday 13 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including new research which highlights the biggest challenge for charities today.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 13, 2013.

Why charities need to embrace young volunteers; Young people get dismissed as too unskilled for volunteering, but charities should support them to safeguard their future.” By Rebecca Brookman. Guardian. November 13, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Thursday 14 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, from research which finds funders are missing chances to improve their effectiveness to updates on Typhoon Haiyan’s relief effort.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 14, 2013.

Children in Need raises record breaking £31m; Doctor Who, JLS and Ellie Goudling were among stars who participated in 2013 Children in Need show.” By Heather Saul. Independent. November 16, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Friday 15 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, including Martin Sime’s open letter to Lord Wallace.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 15, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (November 4-10, 2013)

Monday, November 11th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

CATHOLIC SEX ABUSE SCANDAL

Prosecutor of the Faith; Melbourne lawyer Vivian Waller has spent nearly two decades chasing justice for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. And it’s nowhere near over.” By Lucinda Schmidt. Sydney Morning Herald. November 6, 2013.

INDIA

Teachers seek alms to fund education of the disabled.” By Hemali Chhapia. Times of India. November 9, 2013.

UK

Voluntary sector today: Monday 4 November; The latest daily news, analysis and advice from the sector.” Guardian. November 4, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Tuesday 5 November; The latest daily news, analysis and advice from the sector.” By Charlotte Seager Guardian. November 5, 2013.

How to get ahead … as a charity trustee; Project management, team building and how to motivate others are among the new skills charity trustees can gain.” By Debbie Andalo. Guardian. November 5, 2013.

Peers seek to delay lobbying bill for three months; Crossbench peer Lord Ramsbotham wants to refer part of bill on regulating charities and thinktanks to special committee.” By Patrick Wintour. Guardian. November 5, 2013.

Aiming for ‘independence, a strong voice and the freedom to innovate’; The new shadow charities minister, Lisa Nandy, tells us her priorities for the sector – and why she’s heading to the frontline.” By Lisa Nandy. Guardian. November 5, 2013.

“Fears for London’s voluntary sector in wake of welfare cuts and reforms; There is real concern that the capital’s voluntary sector will not be able to pick up the pieces.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. November 6, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Wednesday 6 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, from the impact of welfare cuts to trustee week debates.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 6, 2013.

Boards we can trust have seats for everyone; For boards of trustees to work effectively their members should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve with more women, young people and people with disabilities.” By Rushanara Ali. Guardian. November 7, 2013.

Being charitable about it: the complex rules for community co-ops; The difficulty of converting a community co-op into a charity.” By Andrew Bibby. Guardian. November 7, 2013.

MPs may live to regret this rash bid to neuter charities; The lobbying bill’s attack on the right to campaign at a time of public disaffection could cause the biggest upset since 1651.” By Zoe Williams. Guardian. November 7, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Friday 8 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, from new mobile donation practice to news 40% of charities are recieving no Gift Aid.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 8, 2013.

‘Charities need to do more to track governance performance’; In light of new research, the chief executive of Trustee’s Unlimited explains the importance of investing in new trustees.” By Ian Joseph. Guardian. November 8, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Thursday 7 November; We round up the latest news in the voluntary sector, from top tips on political communications to commentaries on the lobbying bill.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 8, 2013.

Trustees’ week – the round up; As trustees’ week draws to a close, we round up the online coverage.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. November 9, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (October 28-November 3, 2013)

Monday, November 4th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

EUROPE

A mixed month for Scientology; The contours of freedom.” No by-line. Economist. October 28, 2013,

UK

Cash to the poor; Pennies from heaven; Giving money directly to poor people works surprisingly well. But it cannot deal with the deeper causes of poverty.” No by-line. Economist. October 26, 2013.

Justifying the value of your chief executive; How much is a charity chief executive worth? Charities need to promote a coherent picture and how and why they operate.” By Becky Slack. Guardian. October 28, 2013.

Why we shouldn’t take innovation for granted? Grant funding plays an essential role in enabling innovation in the sector.” By Helen Goulden. Guardian. October 28, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Tuesday 29 October; The daily news, analysis and advice from the sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 29, 2013.

Best bits: how can ethical investing work for your charity? A round-up of advice from our expert panel on how ethical investing can work for your charity.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 30, 2013.

Small hospitals face closure.” By Chris Smyth. Times of London. October 29 2013.

Live Q&A: how to recruit a diverse group of charity trustees? Join us on Tuesday 5th November from 12-1pm to discuss how to encourage diversity to your charity board.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 30, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Wednesday 30 October; The latest daily news, analysis and advice from the sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 30, 2013.

Movember: from grassroots to global growth; ‘In the first couple of years Movember had huge success but we never envisioned we would create this global movement’.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. November 1, 2013.

Live Q&A: how to minimise risk at fundraising events; Join us on Thursday 7 November to discuss what steps fundraisers can take to minimise event risk.” By
Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 1, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Thursday 31 October; The latest daily news, analysis and advice from the sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 31, 2013.

Trusts and financial transparency; The weak link.” No by-line. Economist. October 31, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Friday 1 November; The latest daily news, analysis and advice from the sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. November 1, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (October 21-27, 2013)

Monday, October 28th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

YMCA should have suspected carer before abuse started, commission hears.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. October 21, 2013.

CATHOLIC PRIEST ABUSE SCANDAL

Poland archbishop slammed over sex abuse comments.” By Monika Scislowska, USA Today/Associated Press. October 23, 2013.

Abuse Allegations Leave Twin Cities Archdiocese In Turmoil.” By Madeleine Baran. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. October 24, 2013.

UK

Professor A C Grayling: Whatever happened to the most hated man in academia? Having survived eggs and even smoke bombs, AC Grayling is as passionate as ever about his university. He tells Richard Garner about donors, scholarships and getting what you pay for in an education.” By Richard Garner. Independent. October 22, 2013

Al-Madinah school’s headteacher admits he was whistleblower; Andrew Cutts-McKay says he was one who went to Ofsted after trying to get governors and trust to hear his concerns.” By Helen Pidd. Guardian. October 22, 2013.

Daily digest – social enterprise today; Today’s key, bite-sized social enterprise news.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 22, 2013.

Daily digest – voluntary sector today; Today’s key, bite-sized voluntary sector news.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 22, 2013.

Is your charity making the most of youth obsession with technology? Technology is often presented as a barrier to getting young people to volunteer. But the opposite could be true.” By Robert Ince. Guardian. October 24, 2013.

Engaging your community to build social capital; The relationship between councils and voluntary groups who receive grant funding may have distorted the sector’s aims.” By Hannah Fearn. Guardian. October 24, 2013.

As a power in the land, the voluntary sector has been defeated; Though there’s still a slim chance of it failing, Cameron’s lobbying bill has exposed the naivety of charities and their leaders.” By David Walker. Guardian. October 24, 2013.

“‘Fifa is not the Sheriff of Nottingham. We are more like Robin Hood’: The most powerful man in world football, Sepp Blatter, addresses the Oxford Union; Mr Blatter has been subjected to fierce criticism by the British media and he used his lecture to quash the ‘falsehood’ that Fifa have something against the UK and its people.” By Ian Burrell. Independent. October 25, 2013.

Free school failings a ‘blow for Cameron.‘” By David Rankin. Times of London. October 26 2013.
Related story;
Michael Gove accused of free school ‘fraud’ cover up; Department for Education ‘sat for months’ on report alleging financial irregularities worth more than £80,000 at flagship academy in Bradford.” By Nigel Morris and Jonathan Brown. Independent. October 26, 2013.
Labour criticises government’s ‘false’ data on free schools; Shadow education minister says Lord Nash misled parliament with claim free schools outperform others in state sector.” By Toby Helm. Observer/Guardian. October 27, 2013.

Voluntary sector today: Friday 25 October; Today’s top news, analysis and advice in the sector.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. October 25, 2013.

New £6m fund will help the young to volunteer; Scheme aims to get half the nation’s teenagers lending society a hand.” By Jane Merrick. Independent. October 27, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (October 14-20, 2013)

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

GPS heads rift over basketball ‘arms race’.” By Peter Munro. Sydney Morning Herald. October 15, 2013.

Twiggy’s $65m gift highlights philanthropy’s role.” By Julie Power. Sydney Morning Herald. October 17, 2013.

UK

We need a clear distinction between volunteering and Help to Work scheme; Any kind of forced relationship that is labelled as volunteering undermines the very essence of what volunteering means.” No by-line. Guardian. October 15, 2013.

‘George Osborne needs to understand that volunteering isn’t free’; The voluntary sector is a key part of tackling unemployment but charities need support.” By Stephen Bubb. Guardian. October 15, 2013.

Hungrier than ever: Britain’s use of food banks triples; The Trussell Trust reveals 350,000 people have received emergency handouts since April, while government poverty tsar, Frank Field, condemns figures as ‘shocking’.” By Nigel Morris. Independent. October 16, 2013.
Related stories:
Food banks are testimony to the Tories’ massacre of hope and dignity; The need for food banks has increased dramatically as a result of this government’s policies, and will no longer shock as they become more normal.” Guardian. October 16, 2013.
Oxfam chief: charity begins at home; Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s chief executive, on why the international aid agency is investing in food banks in the UK.” Guardian. October 16, 2013.
Food banks are testimony to the Tories’ massacre of hope and dignity; The need for food banks has increased dramatically as a result of this government’s policies, and will no longer shock as they become more normal.” Guardian. October 17, 2013.

A-levels at the same time will ‘wreck’ education, says Oxford University’s head of admissions; Mike Nicholson told a conference of exam board representatives of ‘tragic consequences’ of exam reform.” By Richard Garner. Independent. October 15, 2013.

Al-Madinah free school to be labelled as ‘dysfunctional’ by Ofsted report; Leaked report said Al-Madinah faith school in Derby is ‘in chaos’ and has ‘not been adequately monitored or supported’.” By Heather Saul. Independent. October 17, 2013.
Related story:
“‘Al-Madinah free school to be damned by Ofsted inspectors as dysfunctional; Report leaked to the Guardian says teachers at the controversial free school in Derby are inexperienced and not properly trained.‘” Guardian. October 17, 2013.
Muslim school head has troubled record.” Times of London. October 19, 2013.

If Britain’s charities are gagged, who will stop this lobbying bill? Often charities’ job is to be a thorn in the side of government. But now they’re being co-opted and coerced into silence.” By Polly Toynbee. Guardian. October 18, 2013.

Faith schools may lose right to teach own faith; Currently, faith schools are allowed to teach a denominational syllabus agreed by their diocese.” By Greg Hurst. Times of London. October 19, 2013.

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“Charities and terror.” By William Shawcross. Guardian. October 19, 2013.

Special report: Coalition in crisis over free schools and academies; Lib Dem leader attacks Conservative policy on educational institutions that don’t have to meet core standards.” By Jane Merrick. Independent. October 20, 2013.
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Clegg set to turn on “ideology” of Gove’s free schools.” By Sonia Elks. Times of London. October 20, 2013.
Nick Clegg turns on Michael Gove over his ‘ideological’ school reforms; Liberal Democrat leader says that all state teachers should be qualified, in rebuff to Tory education policy.” Observer/Guardian. October 20, 2013.

Charity chief’s £653,000 pay reignites row; Boss of mental healthcare organisation in the spotlight as inquiry launched into high pay.” By Chris Stevenson and Natasha Preskey. Independent. October 20, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (October 7-13, 2013)

Monday, October 14th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL

AFRICA

The fleet of bikers changing health care in Africa; A former motorcycle racer – and now Woman of the Year – is revolutionising medical provision across the continent.” By Sarah Morrison. Independent (UK). October 13, 2013.

AUSTRALIA

Oxfam refuses Summit donations over child labour.” By Sarah Whyte and Ben Doherty. Sydney Morning Herald. October 8, 2013.

UK

For the Benefit of All; Charities are not addressing the big welfare spending questions facing Britain.” Editorial. Times of London. October 8 2013.

UK aid match: the NGO perspective; A small Manchester-based charity secured unrestricted match funding under the pilot scheme aid match. As it is rolled out, Retrak shares the lessons it has.” By John Wallace. Guardian. October 8, 2013.

UK aid match: the donor perspective; The DfID is offering £120m over three years in the next stage of its match funding scheme. Cathy Welch offers some tips for NGOs hoping to secure a grant.” By Cathy Welch. Guardian. October 8, 2013.

Fundraising programmes – direct mail to digital; Charities must understand and react to supporter behaviour, and integrate their fundraising staff across different teams.” By Gareth Jones. Guardian. October 8, 2013.

We need tuition fees of up to £16,000, says Oxford vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton; Elite universities should be allowed to charge far more, Oxford chief argues.” By Richard Garner. Independent. October 9, 2013.

“How to make your charity a lottery winner; As a form of incentivised giving, lotteries stand out from other fundraising methods, and can be quick and easy to set up.” By Lorraine Bilton. Guardian. October 9, 2013.

Retired, enthusiastic and available: volunteering at 75; The number of elderly volunteers is rising, but are NGOs and charities investing enough time and resources to make the most of their experience and skills?” By Becky Slack. Guardian. October 10, 2013.

Charities can campaign as they always have, says Andrew Lansley; The changes the government is proposing to its lobbying bill should allay charities’ concerns.” By Andrew Lansley. Guardian. October 10, 2013.

Top tips for making the most of charity auctions; In the runup to end-of-year events it is important for charities to do all they can to maximise their fundraising potential.” By Paul Beck. Guardian. October 11, 2013.

Letters: is development dominated by posh white blokes? Readers respond to Ben Phillips’s article where he argued for a more equal representation of staff from developing countries.” Guardian. October 11, 2013.

VATICAN

Pope signals start of new war on Vatican corruption; Special audience with whistleblower seen as signalling bold crackdown on cronyism and graft in the Holy See.” By Michael Day. Independent. October 12, 2013.