Update from the Office for Civil Society

Charities receive over £32 million from dormant trusts

Funding has been announced for the Revitalising Trusts programme, which takes funds lying dormant in the accounts of inactive or ineffective charities and puts them to charitable use. Since its launch in 2018 the programme has ‘revitalised’ £32 million to help good causes.

The programme is managed by the Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations and has contacted over 1,800 charities since it began in January 2018. The programme has secured funding by DCMS until March 2021 and will reach out to around 500 more inactive trusts in the year ahead, to help communities in need.

Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society, said: “We are determined to further support the sector, building on our £750 million package for charities across the country, so I am delighted to unlock significant extra funding to help vulnerable people.”

The Commission has so far removed 179 charities from the register, transferring funds to similar charities, to local Community Foundations or to UK Community Foundations, and has revitalised 26 charities. For more information follow this link.

Danny Kruger MP: proposals to sustain the community response to Covid-19

Many of you will have seen that the Prime Minister has asked Danny Kruger MP to work with the Minister for Civil Society to consult widely across Civil Society and develop proposals to sustain the huge community response to Covid-19 and contribute to the Government’s levelling up agenda.

MCS and OCS are working closely with Mr Kruger as he leads this work. Anyone wishing to input should do so by emailing Danny at danny.kruger.mp@parliament.uk. He is due to report back to the Prime Minister by 24 July.

Mastercard digital and financial inclusion campaign launched

‘Nobody in the dark’ is a new digital and financial inclusion campaign launched by Mastercard on 25 June, with their partners and supporters The Good Things Foundation, Quids In, Learn My Way, Clean Slate and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The campaign provides immediate support to digitally and financially excluded people and particularly those in poverty impacted the most by the COVID-19 pandemic in  the UK, offering practical help: personal 1-2-1 support, digital devices and bespoke online resources.

The campaign provides proactive and crucial services and resources to ensure that ‘nobody is left in the dark’ when it comes to digital and financial challenges. For more information visit nobodyinthedark.co.uk.

Chartered Institute of Fundraising publishes recruitment guidelines

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has published a series of recruitment guidelines to support the fundraising profession and the VCSE sector as a whole  to become more inclusive, equal and diverse. The guides also include an element of reflection on recruiting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guides target audiences are as follows:

  • Recruitment agencies as they get their client organisations to consider equality, diversity and inclusion in their recruitment.
  • Hiring managers for where to start on an equality, diversity and inclusion policy, creating an attractive company culture, recruiting, and progression for staff members.
  • Small charities and organisations who are recruiting their first fundraiser.
  • Job seekers who are interested in a job in fundraising, working for a charity, have taken a break, or are changing careers.

Each guide has been developed with expert advice: for more details and access to the guides click here.

Innovation in Democracy Programme toolkit

The government has published a suite of resources for local authorities and others who are interested in new forms of citizen participation and practical use of deliberative democracy.

The Innovation in Democracy Programme, which ran from November 2018 to March 2020, trialled the involvement of citizens in decision-making at local government level through innovative models of deliberative democracy. The programme was jointly delivered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government.

To find out more and access the resources click here.


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