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Charities that are connected with non-charitable organisations: maintaining your charity’s separation and independence

Charity Commission is seeking feedback on draft guidance for charities that have close relationships with connected non-charitable entities or organisations.
This consultation closes at 5pm on 15 May 2018
The Commission is consulting on draft guidance for charities on their relationships with connected non-charitable organisations.

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Glasgow’s Helping Heroes celebrate new location

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes held an Open Day to celebrate its new offices at The Pearce Institute on Tuesday 13 February. Following the successful event, attendee MSP Annie Wells, who lodged a Parliamentary Motion about the service.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a partnership between SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and Glasgow City Council, to support the serving community, veterans and their families. ‘The team offer holistic help and advice on issues such as housing, employment and training, dealing with debt or financial issues as well as assistance relating to health problems.

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NAVCA: a bitesize brief on the Fundraising Regulator for smaller charities

If you qualify as a ‘smaller charity’ you can register directly with the Fundraising Regulator for a fee of £50, rather than being subject to the levy applied to those who spend over £100k pa.

After a recent round-table event the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) put together a bite-sized briefing note.

The main point to be aware of is that whilst registration with the Regulator is voluntary, compliance with the Code and the Regulations it embodies is not, no matter how small a charity’s annual spend on fundraising OR their annual income overall.

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PTSD Resolution Joins Cobseo

Armed Forces’ Veterans mental health charity PTSD Resolution has joined Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, which provides a single point of contact for communication by Forces’ charities with Government and other organisations.

Colonel Tony Gauvain (Retired), Chairman of PTSD Resolution says:
“We are delighted to be accepted to join Cobseo, which represents the serving and Veterans community of some six million people and their dependants. Membership enables us to promote and further the mental welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces community.

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Forces in Mind Trust appoints Amazon PR

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), which works to ensure all ex-Service personnel and their families successfully transition to civilian life, has appointed Amazon PR to provide strategic communications and influencing services following a competitive tender.

Established in 2012 with a £35 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, FiMT awards grants, commissions research and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the Armed Forces Community.

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Third Sector reveals SSAFA as highest climbing military charity in Charity Brand Index

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been unveiled as the third highest overall climber in the latest Charity Brand Index report, published by Third Sector.

The annual report determines which charities the general public are most aware of, which they intend to support and also measures trust levels. More than 4,000 UK adults were polled between June and August in 2017 to pull the data together.

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Commission receives annual £5m interim funding boost

The Charity Commission publishes update on current and future funding model

The Charity Commission has been awarded funding from the Government of £5 million per year to help it respond to significant increases in demand on its core regulatory functions, including registration and compliance.

This funding has been awarded as a interim solution, while the Commission considers longer term, more sustainable funding models.

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Detailed guide: Automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees and charity senior positions

This guidance is for individuals who want to find out if, and how the automatic disqualification rules apply to them. We have produced separate guidance for charities to help them prepare for the new rules.

The rules, which currently only apply to trustees, protect charities from being run by people who meet certain criteria or who have specific unspent convictions.

From 1 August 2018, changes to the rules mean there will be more restrictions on who can run a charity.

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