What's in the pipeline?

The academy summarises a recent speech made by the Chair of the Charity Commission.

Governance Academy banner William Shawcross spoke at a Rathbones event on the 10 June 2015 about Charity Commission priorities in the years ahead.The issues he highlighted were:
  1. He supports the wholesale review of the Code of Fundraising Practice. Indeed, he believes that fundraising is a crisis for the charity sector. Sir Stephen Bubb who is the head of the charity chief executives body ACEVO does not share this view. "This is very disappointing. I would expect the charity regulator to rise above the noise of the tabloids and make the public case for charities' work."
  2. William Shawcross welcomed the stronger legal powers as set out in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment ) Bill. However, it should be pointed out that there are reservations in some quarters about the extent of powers that the Charity Commission will hold and the weakness of the appeal system.
  3. The Charity Commission aims to improve its risk assessment and thus focus limited resources where they make the biggest difference.
  4. Continued emphasis on online guidance for trustees.
  5. Planned use of social media
  6. Trial of professional checking of online applications pre-charity registration.
  7. Finally, the Charity Commission will be looking into new sources of funding "including funding in whole or in part by charities themselves".
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