The recent Oxfam scandal is the perfect example of a reputation hard won and easily lost, as over the weekend they were left scrambling to contain a scandal that could cost them their funding. In the wake of this, the International Development Secretary has stated that she will be cracking down on the aid sector in the relation to safeguarding all aspects of charity work.
A recent report by Reuters revealed that 300,000 charities were directly affected by the crackdown on illegal funds over the last couple of years. It is therefore in your charity’s best interests to remain vigilant, prepared and guarded against financial crime.
A new study published in the Digital Charity Survey 2018 by Tech Trust has revealed that 58% of UK charities have no digital strategy in place for the future, whilst 92% of those who did have a strategy were positive about the beneficial impact going digital would have for their charity and reach.
The general data protection regulation (GDPR) is a new law enforced by the EU that will replace the current data protection act on the 25th May 2018. It is essential that charities ensure that they are ready for the change.
In 2016, figures confirmed that the charity sector was spending more on television advertising, which was up 6% in 2015/16 compared to the previous year. The Christmas period marks a “golden” opportunity for charities, as people get into the Christmas spirit they are more likely to donate.
Charity leaders claim that The Budget has largely side-lined charities, especially in the child and social welfare sector. Charities were not completely overlooked and received a simplification of the Gift Aid Donor Benefits system and a promise that the Government would invest further in Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities, though charities say that this is superficial at best.