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A campaign to help boards understand the risks and opportunities of social investment, was launched yesterday by a group of sector bodies, with free guides to help trustees get started.

A new Charity Social Media Toolkit has been launched today.

The new toolkit has been launched with contributions and case studies from NCVO, Breast Cancer Care and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

It aims to “provide a grounding not just in fundamentals and tactics but also to share inspirational case studies from across the not for profit sector - without mentioning the Ice Bucket Challenge...”

The Inspiring Impact programme, a free digital impact measurement service managed by New Philanthropy Capital, has launched two new versions of its ‘Measuring Up!’ tool.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published Charities and litigation: a guide for trustees (CC38).

The world of charitable giving is always changing, but one thing that never goes away is the need for charities to maximise the value of philanthropic tax reliefs.

The most important of these reliefs is gift aid, which according to HMRC will be worth around £1.2bn to the charitable sector in 2014/15.

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If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer.

However, there are some rules that you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive.

This guidance aims to help you start volunteering by giving an overview of what you need to know and providing some answers to some of the questions you may have before you start volunteering.

Full information here

...published by CFG and Sayer Vincent

Charity Finance Group and accountancy firm Sayer Vincent have launched a free guide for charities dealing with risk, which says charities don't consider risks faced by their organisation.

The guide, Rethinking Risk – Beyond the Tick Box, tells charities that risk management should be integrated with other management processes such as planning rather than treating it as a stand-along exercise.

Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland would like to say, a really big thank you to everyone who took time out to complete our recent consultation, it is very much appreciated.
Determining the future support needs of the sector in an ever changing environment is quite a challenge.  VCAS are now in the process of restructuring to ensure the services required now and the year ahead are those most relevant, and by the most appropriate methods of delivery.