Charities fundraising through appeals to the public should be familiar with the role of the Fundraising Regulator and the Code of Fundraising Practice, which applies to charitable institutions, third party fundraisers, and online fundraising platforms.
The popularity of online fundraising platforms amplifies the risks associated with failed fundraising appeals; charity leaders should be familiar with the legal requirements relating to failed appeals.
Fraud is a serious crime, and unfortunately charities can be targets. Recently, a former finance officer at the British Society of Echocardiography was imprisoned after embezzling more than £200,000 from the charity to fund his online gambling habit.
The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator are advising the public to give safely to registered charities and to be wary of the responsibility that arises when setting up informal fundraising appeals.
The number of mergers in the Charity sector is at its highest for six years, even though overall numbers remain low at 77 mergers involving 166 organisations. This increase is driven by growth in takeovers amongst smaller voluntary organisations.
An employer should have applied the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures in a sham redundancy procedure. Having failed to do so, the employee's compensation was uplifted by 25%.