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How good are websites at helping charities to be transparent?

Charities are better at talking about transparency than actually being transparent, according to a new report from the nfpSynergy, which examines how easy it is to find information on the websites of 50 charities.

Fundraising at train stations

Only charities that are members of the Fundraising Standards Board and file their annual returns on time with the Charity Commission will be able to fundraise at more than 1,000 train stations in England and Wales under a new initiative to promote safer giving on the rail network.

Making the most of digital donations

The Institute of Fundraising and Charity Finance Group have launched a free guide to selecting and using online giving platforms, entitled Making the most of digital donations.

20 percent tax on direct mail

Charities which have single sourcing contracts for production and postage of their direct mail will have to pay 20 percent VAT on those contracts from 1 October, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed.

Blue, Red and Yellow Books of the Voluntary Sector

At the recent Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats party conferences ACEVO and the Charities Aid Foundation launched Blue, Red and Yellow Books of the Voluntary Sector featuring essays showcasing the parties thoughts on the sector.


Registering of merged charities

The Charity Commission has updated its information on when merging charities should inform the commission of their merger.

2014 State of the Not-for-Profit Industry report

The proportion of UK charities reporting no income from gift aid increased eight percentage points to 50 per cent this year, according to the 2014 State of the Not-for-Profit Industry report.

Give A Day scheme

Cybercrime experts are offering to volunteer at charities for a day to give them a better understanding of data protection and information security and ways to combat cybercrime as part of the Give A Day scheme.

New minister for civil society

Rob Wilson MP has been installed as the new minister for civil society following Saturday's resignation of Brooks Newmark in response to a Sunday Mirror scandal.


Review of Social Value Act

The Cabinet Office has announced a review of the Social Value Act, which will look into the potential for it to be extended more widely.


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