Charities must improve their productivity, research among managers suggests

To improve productivity, charities need to ensure they have a 'committed leadership and an organisational culture that is centred around the organisation's charitable objectives', a new report says

Sale of .org internet domain sparks fears of rising costs for charities

The Public Interest Registry, which runs the .org domain, has been sold to a private equity firm

Value of UK social investment market increases by a third to £3.5bn

There were more than 1,000 new social investment transactions in the UK in 2018, figures show

Could social investment be the answer to your funding crisis?

Only 4,000 or so charities and social enterprises have accessed social investment, but the experts claim there is much more money to be had. Andy Ricketts reports

Foundation is first organisation to get dormant account money directly from a building society

The Newcastle Building Society has passed £1m of dormant account money to the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Sun launches £1m grant fund as part of 50th birthday celebration

Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 will be made available to charities nominated by readers

Hospice charity probed for a second time amid fundraising concerns

But the chief executive of Hospice Aid UK says the new inquiry is based on inaccurate accounts supplied to the regulator and it will be making a complaint

Charity Tax Group to collect figures on VAT relief claimed by charities

It says this will put the sector in a better position to defend the tax reliefs it currently has

Seb Elsworth: Lessons from the first four years of Access - part two

Access is approaching the halfway point in its 10-year lifespan. In this second of a two-part series, its chief executive reflects on some of the lessons the foundation is learning

Former charity head admits stealing £250k from pension scheme

Patrick McLarry, 71, from Devon, took the money while he was chair and chief executive of Yateley Industries and used it to buy homes in France and Hampshire

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NCVO calls on the next government to do more to engage with civil society

The Directory of Social Change and the charity leaders body Acevo have also published their pre-election wishlists

NCVO membership up by 7 per cent last year

This means the number of members at the umbrella body has more than doubled in the past 10 years

MSPs urge reform of charity funding by Scottish government

A report from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee says an increase in funding would reverse a trend towards job insecurity and shrinkage of essential services delivered by the sector

Fourteen charity funders pledge to combat climate change

The organisations have signed the Funder Commitment, which ensures they distribute money in a way that seeks to combat climate change

Will Thomson: Let's make a social investment in a post-Brexit future

Whichever party wins the forthcoming election, they must make a concerted effort to kickstart a renewed social economy

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