Hospice Aid UK: lack of transparency meant fundraising misled public

first_img Melanie May | 3 January 2017 | News Tagged with: Charity Commission trustees arrangements with a third party fundraiser which bear all the hallmarks of a professional fundraiser arrangement, but which are structured to avoid the legal rules; the fundraiser may be described as an adviser or consultant in the contract even though in reality they are really controlling the solicitation of funds on the charity’s behalf – these arrangements can also mean that it is not clear to the donor that the fundraising is being delivered by, or with the significant involvement of, a third party at a significant cost to the charitymedium or long term contracts that have very limited termination or adjustment provisionsarrangements in which the charity only benefits from the arrangement at the very end of the contract term, and where there is the possibility that the charity will not benefit at allarrangements where the fees received by, or payments made to third party fundraisers damage public trust and confidence in that charity.The full report is available on GOV.UK and the Commission has also drawn attention to its guidance on the subject Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Hospice Aid UK: lack of transparency meant fundraising misled public The Charity Commission has published the results of its inquiry into Hospice Aid UK, finding that fundraising by its agency lacked transparency and misled the public.The Commission launched its inquiry in 2014 following concerns raised by members of the public and other charities about Hospice Aid UK’s fundraising practices and its direct charitable expenditure.The inquiry found evidence of poor governance and poor financial management of the charity and its affairs by its trustees. An examination of the agreement that the charity entered into with a fundraising agency in 2012 for seven years established that the terms of the agreement substantially favoured the fundraising agency rather than the charity’s best interests.It also found that mailing material sent to the public did not contain a solicitation statement which explained how a donation would be used, the percentage of those funds that would be received by the charity or how much would be taken up by the costs and fees of the agreement. The direct mailing material therefore lacked transparency and did not enable the donating public to make an informed decision when donating to the charity, the inquiry found.In addition, in the three reporting years since the charity entered into the agreement (2013 – 2015), the inquiry found that the charity’s gross income was £1,448,258, while direct donations to hospices amounted to £78,925: meaning that just 5.5% of donations went to the end cause.However, the charity’s current trustees have already taken steps to rectify some of the issues identified and the charity has also published a response to the inquiry on its site. The Commission approved the form and content of a new solicitation statement and verified the financial figures referred to in the statement, which the charity has agreed will be displayed on all new fundraising material. The charity has also negotiated a reduction in the costs from the agency.The Commission has said that it will continue to monitor the charity’s compliance with these action plans. The Commission has also reported its findings regarding the fundraising agency to the Fundraising Regulator.Michelle Russell, director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement at the Charity Commission, said:“This case is a clear reminder to all charities of the importance of their legal responsibilities when fundraising. This is a case where we believe poor financial oversight and a failure to adequately control costs and overheads was an instrumental factor in the deteriorating financial position and where a fundraising arrangement was not only not in the charity’s best interests, mean that the public believed more money was going to charitable causes than was the case.“We have made clear we expect charities to comply with relevant legal rules, including those designed to make third party fundraising arrangements transparent to donors, supporters and the public. The public expect and deserve to know how their donations will be spent and to what extent the charity is benefitting.”Advice for charitiesThe Charity Commission has recently issued advice for charities on how to avoid entering into fundraising arrangements such as this one.Charities are particularly warned to look out for the following: Advertisement  147 total views,  1 views today  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Our Small but Mighty Contest Winners Prove Mighty Comes in All Sizes

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Dell hosted the Small but Mighty contest in partnership with Inc. and Fast Company to honor small businesses around Small Business Saturday. Started out of Michael Dell’s dorm room, Dell has never forgotten its small business roots and is committed to aiding the success of the small business sector.Therefore, we asked small businesses to tell us what makes their business mighty — how they turned challenges into opportunities and the role technology played along the way. Winners are awarded a suite of Dell PCs and McAfee security solutions. It is amazing how many small businesses are out there, and this was such a fun and powerful way to showcase the unique creativity, perseverance and drive behind them all.This year, we received several heartwarming and impressive entries from small businesses around the country. The stories highlighted how they reached where they are today and the addition of technology to support that growth. After reviewing numerous submissions, we’re excited to announce the incredible winners of this year’s contest!Here’s a look at this year’s Small but Mighty winners:Melissa Scott, CEO of MODEFYwearPinterest: @modefywearInstagram: @modefywearFacebook: @modefywearMelissa is the CEO of MODEFYwear, she is also a deaf woman. Melissa started her business when she was on a work assignment for the Olympic Games in the Middle East. To adhere to the respectful cultural norm of wearing a hijab, she designed a hijab that would be comfortable to wear while using a hearing aid. The hijab she created started a movement. Endurance athletes reached out asking her to make one for them, and then women in the medical field. The end result was the creation of an entire line of apparel for women who dress modestly that extends beyond religious identities. Technology played a major role because it helps Melissa with communicating to her customers, vendors, suppliers, investors and manufacturers.Jerod Couch, Owner/Partner of Jerod CouchInstagram: @WashedSeries ,@TheCreativeCouchYouTube: #WASHEDFacebook: @WashedSeried, TheCreativeCouchJerod is the owner and partner of The Creative Couch, a filmmaking business. This past year, he created an eight episode digital series called #WASHED. At the time, he had limited resources and funds, but he did have talent, ideas and drive. Technology opened a door of opportunities for him and allowed him to create a show on par with larger studio productions. A reliable and powerful computer allowed him to create the TV show. Jerod’s team produced this show independently, which means partnerships were heavily involved and essential due to their non-existent budget. In the end, their film was selected to be featured in a Film Festival in Hollywood and they have secured national digital distribution.Ronald Sato, Owner/Partner of S+L Millworks Inc.Facebook: S + L MillworksRonald is the owner and partner of S+L Millworks, a custom millwork company based in Tampa, Florida. After the collapse of a 20 member woodshop, many craftsmen were out of jobs. Ronald decided to save a couple of jobs and start a business with these talented fabricators. The Great Recession allowed Ronald and his team to collect the tools they needed from auctions and failed businesses. Their network partner includes contractors, designers, vendors and business friendlies. Ronald and his team use 3-D rendering applications such as Sketch-up, to accurately draw their clients’ ideas. Since Ronald replaced his team’s outdated computers with Dell XPS towers, they were able to enhance their renderings, shop drawings and material take offs. Ronald said, “People are the most important aspect of our business.” Ronald and his team are a group of talented people who use their vendor resources and network partners to provide quality products to their customers.Jeffery Clark, Owner/Partner of 2114 Los Feliz, LLCJeffery is the owner and partner of 2114 Los Felix, LLC, and he owns several rentals in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Based in California, technology plays a HUGE role in managing, growing and maintaining his properties and business. Jeffery’s properties are scattered all around Phoenix, Arizona. This means it’s imperative that the team carries communication devices with them wherever they go. Jeffery and his team utilize Dell laptops all the time. By carrying their PCs around, they can immediately obtain the information they need whether it’s tenant information, house history/repairs, taxes, insurance, POCs and more. Lindsay Lasseigne, Owner/Partner of Jeff Lasseigne ConstructionFacebook: @jefflasseigneconstructionInstagram: @jefflasseigneconstructionLindsay and her husband own a construction company that specializes in building using a combination of old world craftsmanship and new technology. As owners of a construction company, Lindsay multitasks as contractor, designer, business student, secretary, public relations, marketing, wife, the list goes on. After many years of sacrificing for their labor of love, their business is growing! While it remains a small family-run business, they have learned to embrace how ‘new world technology’ is key to continued growth and success. The end result, their motivation and Dell’s technology will allow their business to soar.And in case you missed it, Dell’s Cyber Monday Deals are happening now until Dec. 2! Check out these top deals such as:Dell XPS 13NEW Inspiron 13 7000NEW Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1last_img read more

Leinster and Connacht all set for Champions Cup kick-off

first_imgFormer Leinster captain Brian O’Driscoll says it’s a big opportunity for the young out-half.Kick-off at the RDS is at quarter-past three.Meanwhile, there’s a half-past five start this evening at the Sportsground where Pro12 champions Connacht will begin their Pool 2 campaign when they face French giants Toulouse in Galway. Leinster will be the first in action as they prepare to host Castres in their Pool 4 opener at the RDS.The Blues are without the influential Johnny Sexton for this afternoon’s game after the Ireland out-half complained of a tight hamstring in training this week.Twenty year-old Joey Carbery will start at no.10 today.last_img read more

Niger 2015 : Old Guns book places

first_imgZambia is the only debutant in the roll call of qualified teams for the African U-17 Championship Niger 2015. The Young Chipolopolo was the surprise packets from the qualifying series confirming their places alongside perennial representatives; Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as Congo and Guinea. The seven teams will join hosts Niger for next year’s final tournament that will give birth to the continent’s representatives for the global championship. Zambia completed a double over Uganda to book their place, beating the latter 2-1 in Kampala on Saturday. Leading marksman Patson Daka scored a first half brace before Alex Komakech reduced the deficit for the Cubs. The Southern Africans advanced 4-1 on aggregate. The Amajimbos of South Africa held Egypt to a 2-2 draw in Cairo to progress 4-3 on aggregate. Molefi Ntseki’s boys led 2-0 at half time thanks to a brace from Khanyiso Mayo before Ahmed Hafez and Mokhtar Soliman leveled for the Young Pharaohs in the second half. Cote d’Ivoire outclassed Angola 3-0 in Abidjan to go through 4-1 on aggregate. Baba Lamine Traore scored in either half whilst Nguessan Jonas scored the third in the closing stages.   Reigning world champions, the Golden Eaglets overturned a 2-1 defeat against Gabon in the first leg, romping to a 5-0 in Calabar. Kehinde Ayinde and Christian Obere Osinachi scored a brace each with Kelechi Nwakali the other scorer as the Eaglets booked their place 6-2 on aggregate. On Sunday, Ghana’s Black Starlets edged the Indomitable Cubs of Cameroon 4-3 in Accra, which was enough to see them through 6-4 on aggregate. The Ghanaians led by three goals by 36 minutes with Abass Issah, Henry Medarious and Jonah Osabutey hitting target on the fifth, 17th and 36th minutes respectively. But the Cameroonians roared back through Armel Nguene II and Christian Bayemi before Medarious took the game beyond them with his second of the day on 79 minutes. Achille Fokem grabbed a consolation in the dying embers of the game.  Mali bounced back to beat Tunisia 3-1 in Tunis to complete a double and 5-1 on aggregate. Wael Oueslati broke the deadlock at the death of the first half before Sidiki Maiga netted a brace and Boubacar Traore the other to wrap up victory. The tournament will take place from 15 February – 1 March, where the semi-finalists at the continental championship will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 World Cup fixed for 17 October – 8 November in Chile. Results  Saturday, 27 September 2014Nigeria 5-0 Gabon (1-2)                16H00 CalabarCote d’Ivoire 3-0 Angola (1-1)        15H00 AbidjanUganda 1-2 Zambia (0-2)              16H00 Kampala Egypt 2-2 South Africa (1-2)          19H00 Cairo Sunday, 28 September 2014Togo 0-3 Guinea (0-1)                  15H30 LomeGhana 4-3 Cameroon (2-1)            15H00 Accra Tunisia 1-3 Mali (0-2)                             16H00 Tunis Qualified teams: Niger (Hosts), Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambialast_img read more