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WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 7-13, 2014)

Monday, April 14th, 2014



Pope Asks Forgiveness for Sex Abuse by Priests; ‘The Church Is Aware of This Damage,’ Francis Says.” By Liam Moloney. Wall Street Journal. April 11, 2014.
Related story:
Pope Takes Responsibility in Priests’ Abuse Scandal.” By Elizabeth Povoledo. New York Times. April 12, 2014.


IFC-Negotiated Privately Run Hospital Sapping Lesotho Budget.” By Carey L. Biron. Interpress Service ( April 8, 2014.


The millionaire and the island nation: Eccentric mogul Felix Dennis to buy one laptop for every child in St Vincent and the Grenadines.” By Ian Burrell. Independent (UK). April 8, 2014.


Caroline Murphy – the acceptable face of capitalism: ‘Why I wanted my £40m to go to the staff’; The Chris Blackhurst Interview: Caroline Murphy is an outspoken champion of left-wing causes. She is also one of Britain’s richest women. So does that make her a champagne socialist? No, this is someone who puts her principles first.” By Chris Blackhurst. Independent. April 7, 2014.

F*ck the poor?” By Christopher Hooton. Independent. April 7, 2014.

What should the Co-operative Group’s next steps forward involve? We asked a selection of leading co-operative figures to share their views on possible new directions for the Co-op Group.” By Sally Brammall. Guardian. April 7, 2014.
Related story:
Co-operative Group in turmoil as Myners quits board.Times of London. April 10, 2014.
Lord Myners quits Co-Op group after opposition to his reforms; The peer had previously said the group must take urgent steps to reform a ‘massive failure’ of governance or it will go bust.” Independent. April 9, 2014.
‘The departure of Lord Myners feels like another nail in the Co-op’s own coffin‘.” By Craig Dearden-Phillips: The departure of Paul Myners from the Co-operative Group comes as no surprise.” Guardian. April 10, 2014.
Co-op Bank reclaims £31,000 from Flowers as losses hit £1.3bn.Times of London. April 11, 2014.
Co-op boss in line for £4.6m as bank losses hit £1.3bn; Chief executive Niall Booker was paid £1.7m in 2013 and will be be paid another £2.9m this year, provided he can turn the troubled bank around.” Guardian. April 11, 2014.

Young people should be at the forefront of charity campaigns; Charities can learn a lot from the FGM campaign, which has been successfully fronted by a young person, says Leon Ward.” By Leon Ward. Guardian. April 7, 2014.

The women striving ahead in the social enterprise sector; The chief executive of Belu Water offers her thoughts on what inspires women to work for social businesses.” By Karen Lynch. Guardian. April 8, 2014.

Vital charity work needs to harness a source of great power – children; Volunteer and 16-year-old Emma Coleman explains the power of young people and why charities need to make the most of their influence.” By Emma Coleman. Guardian. April 8, 2014.

Police look into ‘decades of abuse’ at top school.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. April 9 2014.

Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows; Report warns that as social security safety nets become weaker, charity provision could replace state-funded schemes.” By Patrick Butler. Guardian. April 9, 2014.
Skoll World Forum: as it happens – Live: We bring you the latest news, tweets and updates from the 2014 Skoll World Forum for social entrepreneurship.” By Charlotte Seager and Sally Brammall. Guardian. April 9, 2014.

How charities can empower their service users – a case study: When gave Polly Mehta the chance to ask an expert anything she wanted about her disease, she had no idea how empowered she would be.” By Polly Mehta. Guardian. April 9, 2014.

How-to guide: embracing young volunteers; Young people get dismissed as too unskilled for volunteering, but charities should support them to safeguard their future.” By Rebecca Brookman. Guardian. April 9, 2014.

Jesus invented the Big Society, says David Cameron.” By Ruth Gledhill. Guardian. April 10, 2014.
Related story:
David Cameron: ‘Jesus invented the Big Society – I’m just continuing God’s work’; Prime Minister spoke to Christian leaders assembled in Downing Street – after listening to an unfortunately-timed rendition of ‘Ave Maria’.” By Adam Withnall. Independent. April 10, 2014.

There is too much talk and not enough action in the charity sector; Voluntary sector fundraisers must take bigger risks if they want to lead radically innovative campaigns.” Guardian. April 10, 2014.

Government contractors begin to realise public trust is an end in itself; Private firms delivering public services recognise the need to stop hiding behind commercial confidentiality.” By Jim Bligh. Guardian. April 11, 2014.

Falling at the first hurdle: marathon fundraising passes small charities by Getting onto the starting line at the London Marathon is almost impossible for small charities, says Allison Ogden-Newton.” By Allison Ogden-Newton. Guardian. April 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 31-April 6, 2014)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014



Independent Schools Victoria slams Gonski education funding model.” By Benjamin Preiss and Konrad Marshall. Sydney Morning Herald. April 4, 2014.


Vatican Opens Investigation of Scottish Cardinal Over Sex-Abuse Claims; Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigned Last Year, Later Admitting ‘Sexual Misconduct’.” By Deborah Ball. Wall Street Journal. April 5, 2014.
Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church Nearly $3 Billion According To Report By Bishops Conference.” Huffington Post. April 5, 2014.


NGO leader accuses AAP of killing internal Lokpal mechanism.Times of India. April 1, 2014.


How Europe defines religious freedom.” Economist. April 1, 2014.


Tanzania’s Farming Cooperatives Struggle to Bear Fruit.” By Adam Bemma. Interpress Service ( April 4, 2014.


Without the Independent Living Fund, it’s a bad time to be disabled; The ILF was a beacon of good practice that allowed us to live as active members of society. Its passing will leave us in the shadows.” By Jane Campbell. Guardian. March 31, 2014.

Public sector cuts: an opportunity to start a public sector spin-out? Public sector spin-outs are rapidly making a name for themselves as a reaction to public sector cuts.” By Craig Dearden-Phillips. Guardian. March 31, 2014.

From Prince William to Scarlett Johansson: how charities can recruit, retain and distance celebrity supporters; Celebrity ambassadors can increase awareness of your charity’s cause and message, but they can also bring reputational risk.” By Alex Goldup. Guardian. March 31, 2014.

Take politics out of food bank debate, says Tory MP as inquiry is launched; We cannot rely on anecdotes, hearsay and unsubstantiated statistics, says John Glen at launch of inquiry into food poverty.” By Nicholas Watt. Guardian. April 2, 2014.

Charity Commission: what’s next? After a year of controversy, spats and soul searching, Hannah Fearn investigates the next move for the Charity Commission.” By Hannah Fearn. Guardian. April 2, 2014.

Charles Fraser: ‘I’d rather be here now than in 1980 when no one gave a damn’; Despite his anger at public sector cuts, the outgoing head of St Mungo’s homelessness charity feels funding is better than 30 years ago.” By Hannah Fearn. Guardian. April 2, 2014.

Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty; Once a preserve of Christian charities, Muslim-run food banks are now catering for diverse communities in need.” By Adam Forrest. Guardian. April 2, 2014.

How-to guide: public relations for charities on a shoestring budget; David Hamilton explains that even small charities with limited funds can manage their PR successfully.” By David Hamilton. Guardian. April 2, 2014.

Five social media charity campaigns you need to know about; From Movember to #nomakeupselfie, Zoe Amar compiles the top five campaigns and explains how they were achieved.” By Zoe Amar. Guardian. April 3, 2014.

Three are arrested amid claims of fraud at one of the Government’s flagship academy schools.” By Jonathan Brown. Independent. April 4, 2014.

“‘I believe the future of business is social’; The founder of Pure Social Enterprise speaks to us about why he decided to start up a social enterprise.” By Kevin Cheeseman. Guardian. April 4, 2014.

Top tips: how charities can communicate effectively with the media; Press coverage can have a huge impact on both funding and the work of charities, but it isn’t easy to impress the media. Becky Slack explores the characteristics of effective media relations.” By Becky Slack. Guardian. April 4, 2014.

MPs condemn charities watchdog as ‘not fit for purpose’; Charity Commission failed to act robustly to deal with abuse, public accounts committee finds.” Guardian/Press Association. April 5, 2014.

Ofsted to visit 12 schools over claims of extremism.” Times of London. April 6, 2014.

Michael Gove’s bid to limit fallout from failing free schools – revealed; Secret document for academies minister Lord Nash outlines strategy to ‘step in fast to cut political damage’.” By Daniel Boffey and Warwick Mansell. Observer. April 6, 2014.

How to encourage graduates to join the charity sector – live debate; Join us on Thursday 10 April from 12pm to 1.30pm to debate how to encourage graduates to join the voluntary sector.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. April 6, 2014.


Aging Church Passes Digital Collection Plate.” By Jim Yardley. New York Times. April 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 24-30, 2014)

Monday, March 31st, 2014



Sydney’s Catholic Archdiocese has assets over $1 billion, royal commission told.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2014.

Salvation Army officer promoted despite history of child sex abuse, royal commission hears.” By Louise Hall. Sydney Morning Herald. March 27, 2014.


George Pell: Vatican said enemies of the church made abuse allegations.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. March 24, 2014.
Related stories:
Cardinal George Pell likely to face tough questioning at royal commission.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 24, 2014.
25 years into fight against clergy sex abuse, SNAP soldiers on.” By Dan Adams. Boston Globe. March 24, 2014.
Royal Commission: George Pell admits failure, wants major change.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2014.
Cardinal George Pell Says Sex Abuse Was Downplayed By Vatican In 1990s.” Huffington Post. March 25, 2014.
Cardinal George Pell faces angry protesters at abuse commission.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2014.
Cardinal George Pell: Man at the forefront of collision between church and state.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2014.
Pell wants state to decide damages.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2014.

“George Pell: Vatican said enemies of the church made abuse allegations.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2014.
George Pell was set on limiting compensation, royal commission hears.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 26, 2014.
George Pell admits deliberately discouraging victims from suing.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 26, 2014.
George Pell apologises to John Ellis but is unable to look him in the eye.Sydney Morning Herald. March 27, 2014.
Church fought abuse claimants tooth and nail.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 29, 2014.


How the ‘Bishop of Bling’ spent $43 million renovating this house.” By Terrence McCoy. Washington Post. March 28, 2014.
Related story:
“‘Bishop of bling’ resigns after spending £26m in Church funds to renovate his home; Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst stepped down on the same day that a report was published detailing his extravagances
.” Independent (UK). March 28, 2014.


NGOs get Rs 11,500 crore in foreign funds, but only 2% file returns.” Times of India. March 24, 2014.


In Italy, gay Catholics feel the ‘Francis Effect’.” By Anthony Faiola. Washington Post. March 28, 3014.


How-to guide: social enterprises and managing motivation; David deSouza, founder of Matching Donations, explains how to manage and maintain motivation as a social entrepreneur.” By David deSouza. Guardian. March 24, 2014.

Why British charities need to take a more international perspective; The boss of the Small Charities Coalition explains why the sector needs to widen its horizons by establishing global links.” By Alex Swallow. Guardian. March 24, 2014.

Volunteer at a community kitchen; Lending a hand at an open kitchen is a great way to help your community, learn about sustainable food – and meet new people.” By Amy Fleming. Guardian. March 24, 2014.

Teachers ‘abused boys at Osborne’s old school’.” Times of London. March 25, 2014.

Donations to cyclist Christian Smith who died while raising money for Mind pass £50,000 in a day.” By Kunal Dutta. Independent. March 25, 2014.

Co-operative Group chiefs urged to hand back ‘unearned executive bonuses’; Head of pro-mutual thinktank calls for retention deals to be repaid to repair ties between management and 7m members.” By Jill Treanor. Guardian. March 25, 2014.

No-makeup selfies raise £8m for Cancer Research UK in six days; Charity says #nomakeupselfie trend will let it carry out 10 more clinical trials despite mixup that sent some donations to Unicef.” Guardian/Press Association.March 25, 2014.

Academy and free school trust criticised over poor performance; Ofsted inspectors place five schools run by E-Act into special measures, saying 11 out of 16 fail to provide a good education.” By Richard Adams. Guardian. March 25, 2014.

Charities can ease the burden on healthcare; Organisations close to their communities can often respond to needs in a more targeted way, find solutions and co-ordinate services.” By Lisa Weaks. Guardian. March 25, 2014.

CSR or social enterprise: which has more social impact? We round up the best advice from our live discussion on CSR vs sociaenterprise for delivering social impact.” By Sally Brammall. Guardian. March 25, 2014.

#nomakeupselfie – why it worked; While Cancer Research UK has enjoyed a £2m windfall from the social media campaign, it wasn’t the charity’s idea – but that, and the fact it worked on mobile, helped it to succeed so brilliantly.” By Luke Lewis. Guardian. March 25, 2014.

Damning Ofsted reports into academy chain schools heap pressure on Michael Gove; Inspectors observed poor quality teaching, weak monitoring of performance data and a lack of urgency in closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others.” By Richard Garner. Independent. March 26, 2014.

How young people, technology and co-op values are creating a better future; Co-ops are transforming people’s lives across the world and offer massive potential for students here in the UK.” By Rhiannon Colvin. Guardian. March 26, 2014.

How to prepare volunteers and charity workers for international aid work; By providing support, cultural knowledge and online advice, charities can prepare their volunteers for overseas efforts.” By Eleanor Paton. Guardian. March 26, 2014.

What is the role of social enterprise in society? – live debate. Join us on Thursday 3 April from noon to 1.30pm to discuss the purpose of social business.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. March 27, 2014.

What vintage shops can teach charities – in pictures.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. March 27, 2014.

Boys got detention for telling of teacher abuse.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. March 28 2014.

Charities need to recognise their worth and start thinking like businesses; Ethan Ohs argues that the sector needs to stop looking at themselves like charities and start to operate with commercial principles.” By Ethan Ohs. Guardian. March 28, 2014.

Shifting sands: the changing landscape for international NGOs; Funding is reducing and offices are travelling south. Is the future of international NGOs a completely restructured network?” By Tim Smedley. Guardian. March 28, 2014.

Secular values, not religion, make us a tolerant society; Religion is frequently a source of confusion rather than light.” By Oliver Kamm. Times of London. March 29, 2014.

Retired baby boomers ‘can be the charity workers of the future’; Lynne Berry of commission on ageing says generation of workers should be targeted as they approach retirement.” By Daniel Boffey. Observer. March 30, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

Monday, March 24th, 2014



Charities beg to save their regulator from the chop.” By Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 18, 2014.

Australian child poverty up, generosity takes a beating.” By Dan Harrison. Sydney Morning Herald. March 19, 2014.


FGM, Clitoraid and The Pleasure Hospital: US sect the Raëlians’ quest to ‘restore’ women scarred by female genital mutilation in Burkina Faso; A clinic built with money from Western supporters of the Raëlians lies empty as Burkina Faso’s victims of female genital mutilation queue desperately for reconstructive surgery.” By Sue Lloyd-Roberts. Independent. March 17, 2014.


Canadian Govt Targets Environment NGOs.” By Paul Weinberg. Interpress Service ( March 18, 2014.


Royal Commission: Monsignor admits swearing ‘deceptive’ affidavit.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. March 17, 2014.
Related story:
“Royal Commission: George Pell was calling all the shots.
Sydney Morning Herald. March 18, 2014.
Royal commission: Email had tried to pin blame on John Ellis.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 21, 2014.
Royal commission: Pell instructed lawyers to fight Ellis claim ‘tooth and nail’.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 22, 2014.
Pope Names Members of Anti-Abuse Group.“. New York Times. March 23, 2014.
Pope Names Former Victim To Sex Abuse Panel.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. March 23, 2014.


Religion and Conservation Do Mix; Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, believes wildlife conservation is a goal that religions must take on.” By Bradnee Chambers. Interpress Service ( March 17, 2014.


NGO Helps Illuminate Opaque World Of Global Finance.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. March 19, 2014.


Wealth Over Work.” Op-ed. By Paul Krugman. New York Times. March 23, 2014.


Reform or be disbanded, Co-op board is warned.” By Andrew Clark. Times of London. March 17, 2014.

Wave of Sexual Abuse Allegations for Private Boys’ Schools in Britain.” By Stephen Castle. New York Times. March 17, 2014.

Britain’s five richest families worth as much as poorest 20 per cent, says Oxfam.” By Kunal Dutta. Independent. March 17, 2014

Inequality ‘costs Britain £39bn a year’; Thinktank puts a figure on the annual cost of the gap between rich and poor and calls for politicians to act.” By Tracy McVeigh. Observer. March 17, 2014.

I long for the day when every business is a social enterprise; We urgently need robust firms that prove you can make a positive contribution to society, says .” By Margaret Heffernan. Guardian. March 17, 2014.

“Charities need to make use of their experts – their service users; Sense’s deputy chief executive explains why beneficiaries must be involved in every step of development and innovation.” By Richard Kramer. Guardian. March 17, 2014.

Can co-ops compete … in capital? In the final instalment of our can co-ops compete series, Andrew Bibby discusses the difficult relationship between co-operative businesses and investors including those involved in the recent Co-operative Group upheaval.” By Andrew Bibby. Guardian. March 18, 2014.

Food banks are filling gaps left by jobcentres and the DWP; While the government insists the voluntary sector forms no part of the welfare system, the chief executive of Trussell Trust argues food banks fill the gaps caused by welfare reforms.” By Chris Mould. Guardian. March 18, 2014.

Why social enterprises should be celebrating on budget day; Matt Mead explains that although much needs to be done, the government’s steps to help social entrepreneurs need to be celebrated.” By Matt Mead. Guardian. March 19, 2014.

How-to guide: involving your charity’s service users; By involving service users in your work, you can feel more secure that you are responding accurately to their needs.” By Freddie Yauner and Cassandra White. Guardian. March 19, 2014.

The NHS is being put up for sale to private healthcare companies; The health service as we know it is being transformed before the eyes of patients and staff.” By Rachael Maskell. Guardian. March 20, 2014.

“What charities can learn from Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation; Amid accusations that Lady Gaga’s charity spent more than a million dollars on legal fees, consulting and publicity, Joe Saxton explains how to avoid falling into the same PR trap.” By Joe Saxton. Guardian. March 20, 2014.

“‘Chuggers’ are bonafide employees, not the charity sector’s dirty little secret; Public perception has changed and the sector itself now needs to accept street fundraisers as fully-fledged professionals.” By Rory White. Guardian. March 21, 2014.

Etonians stand up for their old school.” By Greg Hurst. Times of London. March 22 2014.

Charity shops: what’s in store? In our recent Q&A, our expert panel discussed the future of charity retail including the role of online shopping and how to maximise what you have.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. March 22, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

Monday, March 17th, 2014



Royal commission: Cardinal George Pell says child abuse victims should be able to sue Catholic Church.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. March 10, 2014.
Related stories:
Sexual abuse victim John Ellis resumes battle with Cardinal George Pell.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 10, 2014.
Royal commission: George Pell out of the loop on decision to sue, says John Ellis.” Sydney Morning Herald. March 11, 2014.

Go public to improve equity in all schools, parents urged.” By Amy McNeilage. Sydney Morning Herald. March 11, 2014.

“George Brandis urges penalty for arts organisations rejecting corporate sponsorship.” By Lisa Cox, Andrew Taylor, and Lucy Carroll. Sydney Morning Herald. March 15, 2014.


Minnesota: Archbishop Will Not Face Charges.” New York Times/Reuters. March 12, 2014.

Royal Commission: George Pell participated in ‘absence’ of justice’ for John Ellis.” By Catherine Armitage. Sydney Morning Herald. March 12, 2014.

Catholic Church won’t budge on litigation defence, laywer says.” By Jane Lee. Sydney Morning Herald. March 12, 2014.


Bollywood museum set to become main attraction.” By Robin Pagnamenta Mumbai. Times of India. March 11, 2014.


Economy: A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth.” By Eduardo Porter. New York Times. March 12, 2014.

The Rich Complain That we do not Love Them.” By Roberto Savio. Interpress Service ( March 12, 2014.

Our crony-capitalism index: Planet Plutocrat: The countries where politically connected businessmen are most likely to prosper.” Economist. March 15, 2014.


Ban on Doctors’ Group Imperils Myanmar Sect.” By Jane Perlez. New York Times. arch 14, 2014.


Live Q&A: what does the future hold for charity shops? When Victoria and David Beckham donated goods to the British Red Cross they sparked a debate around the purpose of charity shops. Join us on 14 March to discuss charity retail’s future.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. March 10, 2014.

Charity shops are meeting needs, not being greedy or outpricing the poor; The Charity Retail Association deputy CEO discusses issues from maximising income to helping low-income earners; Live Q&A: what does the future hold for charity shops?” By Wendy Mitchell. Guardian. March 10, 2014.

Chief offers resignation from ‘ungovernable’ Co-op.” By Andrew Clark and Susan Thompson. Times of London. March 11, 2014.
Related stories:
Co-operative Group chief executive Euan Sutherland tenders resignation; Sutherland said not to have turned up to work on Monday after letter saying mutually owned group is too difficult to govern.” Guardian. March 11, 2014.
Euan Sutherland resignation: Co-op chief executive offers to quit ‘ungovernable’ mutual group.” Independent. March 11, 2014.
‘Co-operatives are an inherently more sustainable form of business’; In the fifth in our series Andrew Bibby considers whether the co-operative business model is a more sustainable one.” Guardian. March 11, 2014.
Mutually Assured Disaster: Lord Myners has exposed the dreadful management of the Co-operative Group.” Times of London. March 15, 2014.
Co-op will go broke without radical reform, Lord Myners says.” By Andrew Clark. Times of London. March 15, 2014.
Extent of Co-op shambles laid bare by Lord Myners; Co-op’s independent director says the group has been undermined by ‘reckless’ dealmaking and ‘shocking’ debt; Lord Myners interview: ‘I don’t pull punches’.” Guardian. March 15, 2014.
Best bits: can co-operatives compete with big business? We round up the best expert advice from our live discussion on co-operatives v big business.” Guardian. March 15, 2014.

Charities can’t just expect the public’s trust; they must earn it; People have become more positive about charities over the past three years, but there’s no room for complacency.” By Ruth Sutherland. Guardian. March 11, 2014.

Stop university fat cats lining their pockets.” By Alice Thomson. Times of London.
March 12, 2014.

DWP advising jobcentres on sending claimants to food banks – documents; Government insists charities form no part of welfare system and this is merely a ‘signpost’, but ‘high level process’ in place.” By Rowena Mason and Patrick Butler. Guardian. March 12, 2014.

“‘Everything Channel 4 does is driven by a social and cultural purpose’.” As Channel 4′s broadcast licence is renewed, its chief executive, David Abraham, explains why he thinks the television station is a social enterprise.” Guardian. March 12, 2014.

How-to guide: retail and small charities; Finance is not the only thing to consider when setting up shop. British Heart Foundation’s Mike Taylor outlines how a small charity can enter the retail market.” By Mike Taylor. Guardian. March 12, 2014.

“‘Modern charity is a diverse space but our leadership remains unequal’; As the gender pay gap rises in the charity sector, Asheem Singh argues it is time we led the way on equality and social justice.” By Asheem Singh. Guardian. March 13, 2014.

Why my charity CoppaFeel! partnered with the Sun newspaper’s Page 3; Despite the tabloid’s reputation, the founder of CoppaFeel! explains why it was the best partner for the campaign.” By Kristin Hallenga. Guardian. March 14, 2014.

Michael Gove attacks David Cameron’s ‘ridiculous’ inner circle of Etonians;
Education Secretary went to a fee-paying school in Scotland
.” By Daniel Macadam. Independent. March 15, 2014.
Related story:
Gove takes aim at ‘ridiculous’ Old Etonian circle at No 10’.” Times of London. March 15 2014.


Pope Francis Shakes Up the Vatican; Behind the headlines, he’s begun cleaning up the Roman Curia’s sprawling bureaucracy.” By Raymond Arroyo. Wall Street Journal. March 14, 2014.
Related story:
The Pope’s big test: cleansing the Vatican.” By Peter Franklin. Times of London. March 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 24-March 2, 2014)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014



Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact.” By Albert Oppong-Ansah. Interpress Service ( February 28, 2014.


David Yonggi Cho, Founder Of World’s Largest Megachurch, Convicted Of Embezzling $12 Million.” Huffington Post. February 27, 2014.


Arab NGOs Warn IMF Against Sharp Cuts to Subsidies.” By Jim Lobe. Interpress Service ( March 1, 2014.


In the charity sector, impact is everything; It’s too easy to think we’re doing well enough because our intentions are good. We must focus on maximising impact.” By Dan Corry. Guardian. February 24, 2014.

Do I have a chance of getting into fundraising? I’m a retail manager in my late 30s, but I have voluntary experience as a fundraiser and would like to go into it full-time.” Guardian. February 24, 2014.

Can co-ops compete … in law? As new legislation removes many of the problems faced by those setting up co-operatives, we ask whether they will remain disadvantaged compared with their commercial counterparts.” By Andrew Bibby. Guardian. February 25, 2014.

Impact measurement clinic: question our expert agony aunts; Our clinic is open for business and our agony aunts are here to answer your questions and offer advice on impact measurement.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. February 25, 2014.

Why Jamie Hartzell’s taste for social business adds up to Divine Chocolate; To introduce Fair Trade fortnight, Divine Chocolate’s new chairman talks about taking the confectionary maker into more ethical communities.” By Sally Brammall. Guardian. February 27, 2014.

Why financial reserves need to be taken seriously; Reserves need to be incorporated into a charity’s financial plan as much as budgets, income, expenditures and cashflows.” By Helena Wilkinson. Guardian. February 27, 2014.

New IRC chief David Miliband repays a family debt; The Briton, a former member of Parliament, takes on a new role as CEO of the International Rescue Committee.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. February 28, 2014.

Help the Hospices: the changing face of volunteering; Volunteers are vital for hospices and the free time and work they contribute to supporting patients has been valued at £112m. We showcase some of the fantastic things they have done throughout the UK.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 28, 2014.

Ten digital social innovators to watch: Many innovations tackling societal problems have developed online.” Jon Kingsbury and Peter Baeck highlight rising stars.” Guardian. February 28, 2014.

Measuring impact: how charities and the private sector can share experiences; Tim Livesley and Vicky Browning discuss the challenges and benefits of working in a cross-sectoral partnership.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 28, 2014.

Academies claimed £1m to fund courses for ‘ghost’ pupils.” By Greg Hurst. Times of London. March 1, 2014.

Best bits: moving your career into the voluntary sector; In last weeks Q&A our expert panel discussed how to move your career into a potentially world-changing role.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. March 1, 2014.

Glasgow’s homeless hostel scandal trumps the Scottish independence debate; The appalling conditions in the Bellgrove hotel are a horrifying reminder of how we treat our poorest and most defeated citizens.” By Kevin McKenna. Observer. March 2, 2014.


In key reform, Pope Francis centralizes Vatican finances.” Los Angeles Times. February 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 17-23, 2014)

Monday, February 24th, 2014



Salvation Army draws ire over award to accused child abuser.” By Paul Bibby. Sydney Morning Herald. February 17, 2014.


California: Church to Pay $13 Million in Abuse Cases.” New York Times/ Associated Press. February 19, 2014.
Related story:
L.A. archdiocese settles final priest abuse case; $740 million spent.” By Victoria Kim. Los Angeles Times. February 19, 2014


Name game: India has 234 engineering degree, 399 diploma courses.” By Hemali Chhapia. Times of India. February 17, 2014.

India’s spiritual and religious market is estimated to be over $30 billion.” By Shilpa Phadnis. Times of India. February 23, 2014.


Co-op calls on public to get it back in shape.” Times of London. February 17, 2014.

Social enterprises must not prioritise social aims over viability; It is only by emphasising the business achieved. By side of social enterprise that the social mission can be achieved.” By Dan Zastawny. Guardian. February 17, 2014.

Moving to the voluntary sector was the best decision I ever made; The chief financial officer at Mencap explains why she gave up her large salary and luxurious lifestyle to work in the voluntary sector and why it is such a huge improvement.” By Kate McLeod. Guardian. February 17, 2014.

Can co-ops compete … in management? The second in our series asks if co-operative businesses suffer from weaker leadership and governance than their plc competitors.” By Andrew Bibby. Guardian. February 18, 2014.

‘When it comes to recruitment charities need to break the mould and take risks’; Charities should not be afraid to recruit from outside the sector and take chances on fresh ideas, says Andy Dey.” Live Q&A: moving your career into the voluntary sector; Moving to the voluntary sector was the best decision I ever made.” By Andy Dey. Guardian. February 18, 2014.

Full extent of Glendene Academy problems become clear, as the chair of governors is revealed to have resigned, with the principal who appointed him on sick leave – and the whistleblower now chair.” By Richard Garner. Independent. February 19, 2014.

“Ian Joseph discusses how smaller charities can approach recruiting trustees from a corporate background and the issues they may face
.” By Ian Joseph. Guardian. February 19, 2014.

How to … make the most of a hackathon; Hackathons are increasingly popular ways of finding new solutions to old problems but can be daunting for NGOs. Here’s advice on what expect and how best to prepare for them.” By Wendy Yuen. Guardian. February 19, 2014.

Charities can help Labour to fulfil its new mission; The voluntary sector is critical to enabling citizens to design and deliver their own services, writes shadow charities’ minister.” By Lisa Nandy. Guardian. February 19, 2014.

Demand for food banks ‘fuelled by poverty and benefit delays’; Review for Defra was passed to ministers in June but not published, creating speculation findings had been ‘suppressed’.” By Patrick Butler. Guardian. February 20, 2014.
Related story:
Bishops blame David Cameron for food bank crisis; Benefit system failings under fire from Church leaders who claim PM’s policies are ‘responsible for half of food aid cases’.” Guardian. February 20, 2014.

Christian conservatism takes radical position against welfare cuts; Anglican bishops who denounced coalition welfare cuts are part of a growing Christian movement.” By Andrew Brown. Guardian. February 21, 2014.

Weekly roundup: Voluntary Sector Network 21 February 2014; Welcome to this week’s wrap-up of sector news, reader reactions, social media snippets and popular articles.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 21, 2014.

Weekly roundup: Social Enterprise Network: 21 February 2014; The latest weekly news, analysis and advice from the sector, including the launch of a new Fair Tax Mark.” By Charlotte Seager and Guardian readers. Guardian. February 21, 2014.

Private school fees scheme allows wealthy parents to save thousands of pounds in tax.” By Richard Garner. Independent. February 22, 2014.

Food banks or dignity: is that the choice we offer the hungry? The rise of food banks in Britain has been met with shock, and denial. But they cannot cope with a national crisis.” By Jonathan Freedland. Guardian. February 22, 2014.
Yes, the church is bloody angry about these attacks on the poor, and rightly so; There is nothing ‘moral’ about the government’s portrayal of the vulnerable as scroungers. It is a national disgrace.” By Giles Fraser. Guardian. February 22, 2014.

Why is the coalition making a public spectacle of picking on the poor? We’re living in truly Orwellian times when the British state removes all avenues for the individual to hold it to account.” By Lola Okolosie. Guardian. February 22, 2014.

How charities can attract more graduates to the voluntary sector; Charities do not need to change to attract graduates, they just need to make a bigger deal out of what they have to offer.” By Rachel Whale. Guardian. February 22, 2014.

Church of England launches credit union network in payday loans fight; Sir Hector Sants deploys UK’s ‘best branch network’ in archbishop of Canterbury’s fight against payday lenders.” By Jamie Doward. Guardian. February 23, 2014.

Live Q&A: when and how can your charity invest in the future? Join us on Thursday 27 February between 12-1.30pm to discuss when to invest in the By future.” Charlotte Seager. Guardian. February 23, 2014.


Monday, February 17th, 2014



Opinion: The U.N. Assault on the Catholic Church; A high-profile sex-abuse report is an attempt to bully the church into bowing before the altar of Turtle Bay.” By Claudia Rosett. Wall Street Journal. February 10, 2014.

Wisconsin: Archdiocese Offers $4 Million to Abuse Victims.” New York Times/ Associated Press. February 13, 2014.

Pope Pressed on Bishop Who Supervised Pedophile.” By Laurie Goostein. New York Times. February 15, 2014.

Legionaries are Pope Francis’ problem now.” By John L. Allen Jr. Boston Globe. February 16, 2014.


NGO moves NHRC over Hooda slapper’s whereabouts.” Times of India. February 10, 2014.


Jewish Hospital a Fixture in Tehran.” By Thomas Erdbrink. New York Times. February 10, 2014.


Israeli Museum Receives $10 Million in Gifts for New Extension.” By Patricia Cohen. New York Times. February 15, 2014.


Government-to-government trade: Unbundling the nation state; Countries have started to outsource public services to each other.” Economist. February 8, 2014.


Our social enterprise community: how to get involved; Join an international network of social enterprise professionals.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. February 11, 2014.

How to collaborate and partner with other sectors as a small charity; A successful collaboration requires understanding what you want to achieve, finding the right partner and communicating.” By Becky Slack. Guardian. February 11, 2014.

Is The Freedom Bakery the new face of social enterprise? Rather than marketing its social impact, a bakery employing ex-prisoners aims to remain competitive in the food industry.” By Hannah Fearn. Guardian. February 12, 2014.

Philanthropy is dead. The voluntary sector needs commercial principles; For Iqbal Wahhab, founder of London’s Roast, funding is not a given so charities need to concentrate on survival.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 13, 2014.

Series: Philanthropy in transition: It’s important to make best use of resources in austere times; Even a little philanthropic fund can pull a lot of benefits, if targeted wisely.” By David Carrington. Guardian. February 13, 2014.

Social enterprise Valentine’s messages; Has your crush been picked? We announce the winners of our Social Enterprise Network Valentine’s competition.” By Charlotte Seager and Guardian readers. Guardian. February 14, 2014.

Weekly roundup: Voluntary Sector Network 14 February 2014; Welcome to this week’s wrap-up of sector news, reader reactions, social media snippets and popular articles.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 14, 2014.

Top tweets: fundraising for the future; A roundtable debate, hosted by the Guardian and the Institute of Fundraising, stimulated plenty of heated debate on Twitter. To keep you in the loop, we’ve rounded up the highlights; Best bits: what will fundraising look like in 10 years’ time?” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 14, 2014.

Forget Tinder – find your valentine by volunteering for charity; Four couples who met through volunteering share their stories of how giving up their free time for others led them to love.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 14, 2014.

Voluntary Sector valentines: how charities are spreading the love; Whether it be through concerts, choirs or declarations charities and societies are making the most of this Valentine’s Day by spreading romance as well as their cause.” Guardian. February 14, 2014.

Wonder what happens to your Oxfam donations? Sorted Thanks partly to a huge recycling plant, Oxfam can spend 84p in £1 on helping others. Rebecca Smithers went to see for herself.” By Rebecca Smithers. Guardian. February 15, 2014.

Live Q&A: moving your career into the voluntary sector; On Friday 21 February between 12.00 -1.30pm, our expert panel will be open for your questions on how to move into the voluntary sector.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 3-9, 2014)

Monday, February 10th, 2014



Paedophile ring allegedly preyed on boys in church care.” By Paul Bibby. Sydney Morning Herald. February 4, 2014.


UN accuses Vatican of policies that allowed sex abuse of children.” Los Angeles Times. February 5, 2014.
Related story:
Vatican ‘must immediately remove’ child abusers – UN; Vatican officials were questioned in December over why the Holy See would not open its files on priests known to be child abusers.” BBC News. February 5, 2014.
U.N. Panel Criticizes Vatican Over Child Abuse Scandals; Committee ‘Gravely Concerned’ That Extent of Crimes Committed Still Unacknowledged.” By Liam Moloney and Deborah Ball. Wall Street Journal. February 6, 2014.
Catholic Church ‘systematically’ protected abusive priests, U.N. says.” Los Angeles Times. February 6, 2014.
“Legionaries of Christ Denounce Founder, Marcial Maciel Degollado.” New York Times/Reuters. February 7, 2014.


Exclusive: Core A-level courses scrapped after Michael Gove cuts £100m from sixth-form colleges; Anger that funds are being diverted from sixth-form colleges to free schools that help far fewer pupils.” By Richard Garner. Independent. February 3, 2014.

Fundraisers – ‘Stop firefighting and see the fire’; Charities need space to innovate and collaborate, and must use technology and local platforms when it comes to fundraising, says Claire Houghton.” By Claire Houghton. Guardian. February 4, 2014.

How technology and the feelgood factor will transform charity fundraising; Over the next decade, charities will strive to make giving more pleasurable and big data will help them find donors, says Macmillan Cancer Care’s director of fundraising.” By Lynda Thomas. Guardian. February 4, 2014.

MPs condemn charities watchdog as ‘not fit for purpose’; Charity Commission failed to act robustly to deal with abuse, public accounts committee finds.” Guardian. February 5, 2014.

The new social entrepreneurs: young, tech-savvy – and improving the world; Solving social problems rather than getting rich is the priority for tomorrow’s ambitious entrepreneurs.” By Annika Small. Guardian. February 5, 2014.

Should charities embrace risk to get more bang for your buck? With inflation outstripping interest rates, charities, like any other business, need to find higher-return investments to make their funds go further. But who defines how risky they should be?” By Charlotte Simmonds. Guardian. February 5, 2014.

10 years time: what will charity finance look like? Although much will stay the same in the charity finance world, earned income is one aspect that will change, says Jane Tully.” By Jane Tully. Guardian. February 5, 2014.

Graduate careers: why I chose social enterprise over the corporate world; The increasing risks of the conventional job market mean there’s even more reason for graduates to take their own risks, argues Sanum Jain.” By Sanum Jain. Guardian. February 6, 2014.

There shouldn’t be any charities in 10 years’ time; If a charity is to achieve its goals – to solve a societal problem – then it should be extinct by 2024.” By Will Horwitz. Guardian. February 6, 2014.

Lord Hastings on the future of civil society – video.” Guardian. February 6, 2014.

10 years time: social media and the future of fundraising; By distinguishing a clear need, clear ask and a clear explanation of how a donation will make a difference charities can raise money through social media in the next 10 years.” By Lucy Caldicott. Guardian. February 6, 2014.

Caldicott school head jailed for eight years for abusing boys.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. February 7, 2014.

Founder of pancreatic cancer charity defends controversial ‘I wish I had breast cancer’ awareness-raising adverts after outcry; The ‘envy’ campaign, which was commissioned by Pancreatic Cancer Action, is aimed at highlighting the disease’s poor survival rates when compared to more common types of cancer.” By Rob Williams. Independent. February 7, 2014.

Weekly roundup: Social Enterprise Network: 7 February 2014; The latest weekly news, analysis and advice from the sector, including the role of women in social enterprise.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. February 7, 2014.

“‘Charities need to change – or risk perishing’; Collaboration with other sectors when it comes to recruitment, organisational values and employee retention is key to the voluntary sector’s survival.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. February 7, 2014.

The developments of the next decade may mean there is trouble ahead for the voluntary sector; Judith Davey says the future for the workforce looks bleak, but explains what can be done to help people face up to the challenges of work over the coming decade.” By Judith Davey. Guardian. February 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 20-26, 2014)

Monday, January 27th, 2014



Priest Sex Abuse Files From Archdiocese Of Chicago Go Public.” By Tammy Webber. Huffington Post. January 21, 2014.
Related stories:
Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. January 21, 2014.
Sex abuse files on 30 Chicago priests going public.San Francisco Chronicle/ Associated Press. January 21, 2014.
Documents Show Chicago Archdiocese Shielded Priests; Memos, Letters and Reports Released as Part of $100 Million, Eight-Year Mediation Process.” Wall Street Journal. January 22, 2014.
In Files, a History of Sexual Abuse by Priests in Chicago Archdiocese.New York Times. January 22, 2014.
Chicago Archdiocese Releases Internal Documents.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. January 22, 2014.


Oxfam report highlights widening income gap between rich, poor; The 85 richest people on Earth now have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the global population, the Oxfam report says.” By Jim Puzzanghera. Los Angeles Times. January 21, 2014.

World Elites Will ‘Consider Inequality’.” By Ray Smith. Interpress Service ( January 22, 2014.


130 private schools in child abuse scandal.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. January 20, 2014.
Related stories:
Prep school paedophiles allowed to avoid justice.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. December 18, 2014.
Model English prep school that hid a dark heart of depravity.” Times of London. January 18, 2014.
Closed worlds where abusers groomed boys with impunity.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. January 20, 2014.
Ex-teacher tells of his shame over ‘evil acts’.” By Andrew Norfolk. Times of London. January 20, 2014.
Schools for Scandal: That many independent schools have had teachers abusing pupils means it may be time to change the law.” Times of London. January 21, 2014.

Leaders leave your ego at the door; Things will get worse before they get better. That’s why it’s important voluntary sector leaders pull together and are up to the task.” By Stephen Bubb. Guardian. January 20, 2014.

Co-op Bank crisis: what next for the co-operative sector? Andrew Bibby reports on the Ways Forward Co-operative movement conference.” By Andrew Bibby. Guardian. January 21, 2014.

Leaders of the pack can make a real difference to charities; One can be born with strong and effective leadership, but it’s a skill that has to be nurtured. More charities should invest in developing their leaders, says Neelam Makhijani.” By Becky Slack. Guardian. January 21, 2014.

Red tape choking charities could harm public confidence and stifle donations; State-fuelled suspicion of not-for-profit organisations could stem charitable giving among global middle class, report says.” By Mark Tran. Guardian. January 21, 2014.

How to: become a leader of a small charity; To be a leader of a small charity you have to keep it real, think big and draw on your network, says Allison Ogden-Newton.” By Allison Ogden-Newton. Guardian. January 22, 2014.

Oomph! Wellness: why we chose social investment; As Nesta launch their first social investment, Ben Allen, founder of Oomph! Wellness, describes the positives of social investment.” By Ben Allen. Guardian. January 22, 2014.

“How independent is your charity’s voice? Sir Roger Singleton explains why the voluntary sector needs to remain independent and ensure its voice is heard.” By Sir Roger Singleton. Guardian. January 22, 2014.

Top tips: how to make a blog work for your charity; With over 1m views under her belt, the digital officer at Mind shares her advice on maximising the power of blogging.” By Seaneen Molloy-Vaughan. Guardian. January 23, 2014.

Weekly roundup: Voluntary Sector Network 24 January 2014; Welcome to this weeks wrap-up of sector news, reader reactions, social media snippets and popular articles.” By Aimee Meade. Guardian. January 24, 2014.

Social Enterprise Network: 24 January 2014; The latest weekly news, analysis and advice from the sector, including the role of women in social enterprise.” By Charlotte Seager. Guardian. January 24, 2014.

Top Merseyside private school St Mary’s College signs up to state sector; The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers.” By Richard Garner. Independent. January 26, 2014.


Italian Police Arrest Vatican Cleric in New Money Laundering Probe; Monsignor Scarano Faces Separate Money Smuggling Case.” By Liam Moloney. Wall Street Journal. January 22, 2014.
Related story:
Vatican Monsignor Suspected of Money Laundering.” New York Times. January 22, 2014.