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UK Giving 2014 provides an update for CAF annual survey, which presents the latest research on individuals' giving to charity -- what social actions people do, how much is given, who donors give to and how they give.In addition, the document also looks at - the penetration and usage of technology to give, as well as views on barriers to giving, and why people don't give on a planned basis.
This is the first year that CAF and ACEVO have produced the Social Landscape report. Its aim is to gain a unique insight into the voluntary sector from the perspective of its Chief Executives; to understand the challenges faced and to assess the impact such challenges have on the sector's ability to meet the needs of its beneficiaries.
This is the sixth annual edition of Family Foundation Giving Trends. It provides an uptade on annual charitable spending by the top 100 family foundations - a key indicator of the contribution of UK philanthropists, past and present. The report has been revised as part of a new series of foundation briefings published by ACF and CGAP with support from Pears Foundation. Foundations may be funded through families, individuals, family businesses, companies, government, or fundraising, and this report specifically focuses on family foundations.
In communities across the UK, organisations develop new ideas to improve the lives of those around them. And yet despite growing demand for charity services, concerted attempts to take proven approaches to scale are few and far between, and successful examples are rarer still. This paper aims to bring about a change in tack by proposing a way of assessing the viability of scaling in different contexts.
Philanthropy Education in the UK and Continental Europe: Current Provision, Perceptions and OpportunitiesSeptember 1, 2014
This research aims to capture the current state of teaching about philanthropy at European universities. It sets out to identify the countries, institutions and disciplines in which philanthropy education currently takes place, and the levels at which the subject is taught. In addition to mapping and surveying the teaching terrain, the research seeks to capture the perspectives of informed stakeholders, and to discuss some implications for the development of philanthropy education in Europe. The paper addresses the following questions: What is the scale and scope of teaching about philanthropy at European universities today?What are some of the perceptions of the rationale for philanthropy education and the barriers and opportunities for its growth and development?What are some of the implications of the data for a) the future development of philanthropy education in Europe b) further research in this area
This report aims to establish the state of corporate giving amongst some of the UK's biggest companies, both in terms of the public's perceptions of their corporate giving and wider corporate responsibility activities, and the reality of what they themselves report.
In this paper, we explore how the cultural identity of donors in the UK, who have their roots in other countries around the world, is combining with philanthropic innovation to create an exciting blend. More specifically, we compare the approach of those who identify their origins in the Indian subcontinent or the Asia Pacific region, with those who identify more strongly with a British heritage. What we find is that diaspora donors are highly engaged and are exploring the potential of new approaches to giving, in order to drive change here and in their countries of origin.These findings are based on a sample of 1,000 UK-based wealthy donors, who took part in research on their philanthropic activity at the end of 2013 for Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Of the total, roughly one-quarter identified as being of Indian subcontinent or Asia Pacific origin.
In 2012 HEFCE published a review of philanthropy in UK higher education that showed what tremendous success there has been in growing philanthropic support to universities in the last 10 years. The report concluded that if the current rate of acceleration in philanthropic income continues, UK universities will attract gifts worth £2 billion a year from some 640,000 donors by 2022.The report showed that investment in fundraising brings results whatever the size or type of university. If this success is to continue we must have a strong and growing group of educational fundraisers who are skilled in leading development teams and working with academics and institutional leaders. At the moment the pool of professional fundraisers working in UK higher education is too small. In this review of the fundraising workforce many of those interviewed expressed anxieties about the vulnerabilities that come from the growing, sometimes fierce, competition between universities to attract the best from this restricted supply. As a newly appointed vice-chancellor in 2006, wanting to invest in a fundraising programme, I became acutely aware of the difficulties of recruiting a well-qualified team. There seemed to be an unnecessary vulnerability to us all in the competition that we engaged in to attract the best fundraisers. The limited pool was leading to escalation in salaries and over-rapid career progression for fundraising staff across the UK.In order to attract more people to become educational fundraisers, there needs to be an attractive career structure and a shared understanding of the skills and knowledge-base required to be effective at different stages of that career. This is the issue that guided this second report. What should a career path in educational fundraising look like and how can we retain the best people?
How Do Companies Act? Annual reports, Strategic reports, Director's reports and Sustainability reportsJanuary 1, 2014
Existing legislation on inclusion of information on social and environmental issues in Company reporting does notprovide an adequate guarantee that the information reported is material or complete. This legislation is presentin the Companies Act 2006, and was recently updated in the Companies Act (Strategic Report and Directors ReportRegulations) 2013.This means that investors will find it difficult to use existing data to inform decisions, even as the demand for this typeof information is increasing. The solution is to amend the Companies Act to incorporate a necessary requirement forassurance of non financial impact information. Directors are currently required to provide a statement asserting that shareholders have the information necessary to assess company performance, business and strategy. The scope of the financial audit is to report on whether these statements are inconsistent with the information that theauditors have acquired in the course of performing the audit. This scope should be extended to requiring assuranceon the materiality and completeness of the information regarding the wider impact of the company's operations.Shareholders and other stakeholders would then be able to use this information in their investment decisions. In themeantime, examples of discrepancies in Company reporting can be raised with the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).The first section explores issues arising from current approaches to reporting on social and environmentalissues. The second focuses on related current legislation in the Companies Act and how limitations create challengesfor reporting useful information. The third section sets out the increasing demand for information on social andenvironmental issues as evidence of how important this social and environmental information really is. The fourthsection highlights the importance of audit in standardising information and ensuring it is useful, and examines thecurrent provision for auditing the social and environmental information. It concludes that there is a critical gap incurrent legislation which will restrict the use of information despite its growing importance. The options for addressing this gap are limited but we believe that the statutory audit requirements should be extended to cover materiality decisions relating to social and environmental information.
There is currently a high level of interest in the UK and Ireland around the potential of philanthropy by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) to promote greater strategic investment in society. Philanthropic giving is the structured, planned and strategic giving of resources (money, time, expertise or goods) to positively impact on society. In Northern Ireland there is a well-established culture of public support for charitable causes which compares favourably with that in the UK as a whole. However, nationally, it is generally accepted that there is scope to increase the number of donors and levels of donations from HNWIs. Comparing giving in the UK and USA, research by the Charities Aid Foundation highlights that the wealthiest 10% of people in society account for around 50% of all individual giving in the USA compared with just over 20% in the UK.
Assessing the Impact of European Governments' Austerity Plans on the Rights of People with DisabilitiesOctober 1, 2012
Since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008, concerns have been raised by all interested parties on the negative impacts for people with disabilities. This study, which was commissioned by the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability, examines evidence at both European and national level of the effect of the economic crisis, in terms of austerity measures, on the rights and status of people with disabilities. A core team of European researchers, complemented by national experts in six EU Member States, conducted an independent survey of documentary sources and carried out interviews with funders, providers and organisations of people with disabilities. The countries included in the study were Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.The findings are linked back to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the objectives of the EU Disability Strategy.
This report has been compiled in the light of the importance attached by government to the role of increased giving and philanthropy in achieving stronger communities and active citizenship. Working within the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP), a centre dedicated to the study of giving and philanthropy, CGAP's researchers felt it was important to highlight research findings that would cast light on the nature of philanthropy in our society today, how it relates to the needs and ideals of Big Society, and the emerging implications for policy and practice. Individual authors focus on the particular issues tackled within their various research programmes; in spite of the diversity of perspectives, however, a common conclusion emerges that expectations of the contribution that philanthropy can make to meeting social needs exceed the reality of what it currently delivers.
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