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Major overhaul needed in Charity Audits

8th October, 2019 | By Naomi Chapman

Cause4 analyses two worrying trends in Charity Account auditing: the simultaneous lessening of quality and increase in prices.

The Female Leadership Gap in Fundraising: What can we do?

28th April, 2020 | By Frances Campbell

The Institute of Fundraising’s latest report ‘Missing Out: Understanding the female leadership gap in fundraising’ provides detail on how gender is affecting the ability of women to reach the top jobs.

The Third Sector needs First-Class People

6th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Never in the history of modern Britain has the charitable sector been so important. We hear more and more about the emergence of social enterprises and new charities by the day (alongside the 168,000 charities that are already registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales). As Government talks about partnership with the charitable and voluntary sector, you can be certain that the pace with which new organisations materialise will not slow down.

What do we mean by social enterprise?

6th June, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

In the past 10 years we have seen an explosion of new organisations branding themselves as social enterprises. Government figures estimate that there are 62,000 (social enterprises) in the UK, contributing over £24bn to the economy and employing approximately 800,000 people. With their importance growing, a crucial question to ask is what do we exactly mean by the term ‘social enterprise’?

Why can’t we get tax breaks for philanthropy right?

24th May, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

It’s been an extraordinary week as the new bed-fellows within a new coalition Government plump up their political duvets.

Pertinently we have heard Jeremy Hunt, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport make his first speech at Camden’s Roundhouse, Camden on 19 May about the future of Arts and Culture. Cuts are inevitable but we should not expect culture to be singled out as a soft target.

Will we now see the Big Society unfold?

18th May, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Now that we have the Conservative/Liberal coalition in situ we wait to see how the concept of The Big Society emerges.

The parlous state of the economy and public finances clearly creates opportunities to unleash a new entrepreneurial spirit and to give charities and social enterprises a lead in providing services across areas such as health and welfare. The possibilities are exciting and if the prize is a dramatic reduction in bureaucracy and increased accountability and efficiency, there is plenty to play for.

Is the Rich List 2010 a sign that philanthropy might be on the up?

26th April, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Philip Beresford, compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List published on Sunday 25th April, would have us assume that economically we are ‘rising from the rubble'. Britain’s super-rich have added some £77bn to their wealth in the last year - an increase of almost a third.

Should executives be philanthropically accountable too?

11th April, 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Most recently, Bart Becht's - Reckitt Benckiser's Chief Executive - the brand behind Mr Sheen and Cillit Bang has donated £110m to charity.

Similarly within financial services, as anger over bankers' bonuses has engulfed the City, some of the highest-paid executives have publicly mollified an angry public by personally donating bonuses to worthy causes.