Regulator will be more 'proactive', says new chief Paula Sussex | Scottish charities must harness 'interest in democracy' | Charity founder guilty of £100,000 Gift Aid scam

£1.4m raised for Manchester Dog's Home in four days | Charities Evaluation Services to become part of NCVO | Reform of social investment regulation 'could unlock an extra $1tn', report says

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The new chief executive of the Charity Commission has said the regulator will become more "proactive" under her watch. Paula Sussex made her first public appearance at the regulator’s annual public meeting in London, where she was praised by chair William Shawcross for having "already made a huge impact" on the organisation.

Scottish charities must harness the "reawakening of interest in democracy" witnessed throughout the independence referendum, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has said. Martin Sime, the chief executive of the umbrella body, said that Westminster must stand by its promise of further devolution; while Gillian Wilson, chief executive of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland, said that civil society had "helped ensure an active debate on the kind of Scotland we want in the future".

The founder of the now-defunct charity African Aids Action has been found guilty of a £100,000 Gift Aid scam. A jury at the Old Bailey found that Eyob Sellassie had invented more than £415,000 of bogus donations to the charity in order to claim the Gift Aid payments.

The fundraising appeal in aid of the fire damaged Manchester Dogs’ Home has raised more than £1.4m in less than four days. In this time, the JustGiving page set up by the Manchester Evening News newspaper attracted more than 140,000 donations.

Charities Evaluation Services, a charity that helps voluntary sector organisations to become more effective, is to become part of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. CES, which employs 12 staff, runs the PQASSO performance assessment tool, which has been used by more than 14,000 organisations.

A report by the Social Investment Taskforce has said that reforming the regulatory framework for charities to allow them to invest more freely in schemes to achieve social good could help unlock an extra $1tn (£615bn) of social investment funds around the world. The study says that new legal forms should be created that allow "impact-driven businesses" to lock in their social mission and remove regulatory obstacles around fiduciary duty.

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