#LocalCharitiesDay, new funding rules, guidance on consortia

Latest news from the Office of the Civil Society

#LocalCharitiesDay – 16 December 2016

The Office of the Civil Society has kicked off the countdown to #LocalCharitiesDay and is encouraging small, local charities and everyone who supports them to get behind the campaign. You can find out more in the Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson’s blog marking 1 month to go.

You can find out how to get involved in our #LocalCharitiesDay toolkit, download the Accessible Toolkit and sign up to our #LocalCharitiesDay Thunderclap now.

Small, local charities can sign up for fundraising training opportunities on and around Local Charities Day, and take part in Localgiving’s #GiveMe5 campaign.

Charities Act 2016 – New Fundraising Rules

New rules for charity fundraising start on 1 November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public, as well as the contents of the agreements that must be in place when professional fundraisers or other businesses (‘commercial participators’) raise money for charities.

Big Society Capital – Get Informed – Social Investment for Boards

Has your Board considered whether social investment could help deliver your mission?  Get Informed offers practical support, guidance and information to help board members of charities and social enterprises understand the opportunities and risks of social investment.

NCVO guidance on consortia and competition law

NCVO has recently published some guidance for the VCS on consortia, including a complete step-by-step guide to setting up a contract-ready consortium, with downloadable examples and template documents.  In response to requests from NCVO members, they have clarified competition law as it affects charities forming partnerships, consortia, making joint bids.

Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund – learning reports published

Nesta have released four reports that capture the learning from their work on the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund set up in partnership with the Government’s Social Action Team in 2013.

  • Lessons learnt: This report details findings from 52 social action innovations, showing that social action transforms lives and, when embedded in public services, has a transformative effect on institutions.
  • What does it take to go BIG? This report shares lessons and practical insights on what it takes to scale a social innovation.
  • Power of Peer Support: This report reflects on the value of peer support and shares practical insights.
  • Cities of Service UK: This report details the impact and insights of the Cities of Service UK programme working with seven local authorities to mobilise nearly 10,000 volunteers.

End of Life Social Action Fund – evaluation published

This report provides an independent evaluation of the End of Life Social Action Fund.  It reports on the impact of social action in the community for people at the end of life.  This document looks at key findings and lessons learned from the evaluation of the End of Life Social Action Fund.

November 28, 2016


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