Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, has said he will meet the chief executives of the three self-regulatory bodies for fundraising next week to discuss what action they are taking in the wake of the death of the 92-year-old poppy seller Olive Cooke.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has begun work on a review of the costs and benefits to the voluntary sector of Britain’s membership of the EU. Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said in a blog post that he hoped the voluntary sector could play an important role in the debate about the EU membership referendum promised by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Charities will raise £12.5bn in legacy income over the next five years, according to Meg Abdy, director of the charity legacy consortium Legacy Foresight. Speaking at the Institute of Legacy Management’s annual conference in London, Abdy said the overall outlook for the next five years of legacy fundraising was very strong.
The social inclusion charity Toc H and the digital education charity JISC are among the charities with the worst-ever names, whereas WaterAid, Oxfam and Save the Children are among the best, according to a new report from the charity research consultancy nfpSynergy. The paper, What’s in a Name?, says that the worst name of all was the National Canine Defence League, which was changed to the Dogs Trust in 2003.
The bakery firm Greggs won the coveted prize of Business of the Year at Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards. The company won the award for its support of the Greggs Foundation, its own charitable trust, and for its fundraising efforts for other charitable initiatives, including BBC Children in Need and the Ebola Crisis Appeal. Other winners on the night included the Lloyds Banking Group, the Home Retail Group and Société Générale.
Almost half of people say they find it "very annoying" to be asked to give charitable donations on the doorstep or over the telephone, but that proportion has fallen slightly over the past year, according to new research. According to a survey of 1,000 adults by the research consultancy nfpSynergy, carried out in January, 48 per cent said doorstep fundraising was "very annoying". The same proportion chose the same response when asked about telephone fundraising.