Good governance is good management. in order to manage an organisation well you need to follow good governance, this does not need to be daunting. CAVO Development Team can offer support to new or established organizations in Ceredigion to make sure that your initiative is a success by:
– Conducting a governance health check
– Provide model policies
– Make the connections with other people or organisations and learn from their experiences
– Put you in touch with other support agencies who may be able to provide additional support.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an infographic with top data protection tips for charities Continue reading
The Statisticians for Society project can provide free analytical support for third sector organisations
Data collection and analysis can feel a little daunting! Statisticians for Society is a pilot project funded by Big lottery to offer statistical support to third sector organisations. The project matches organisations with experts from the Royal Statistical Society at no cost.
The support that can be provided includes:
- Data collection advice (what key data to collect and how to measure the outcomes of your service)
- Data analysis (evaluate the impact of your service and interventions)
- Data visualisation (how to present and report your findings)
To find out more and how to access the service, download the leaflet: how can third sector organisations access analytical support
The Charity Commission wants your views on its safeguarding guidance Continue reading
Trustees of small, entirely voluntary charities told us that although they agree with the Charity Governance Code’s principles, they find them difficult to put into practice. Continue reading
The Charity Commission has issued an alert for charities about cyber crime and how to report it
The government Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 revealed that over two thirds of high income charities had recorded a cyber breach or attack in 2018. Of those charities affected, the vast majority (over 80%) had experienced a phishing attack, which are fraudulent emails.
With the cost of a breach ranging from £300 to £100,000, charity managers cannot afford to ignore the growing threat posed by cyber crime, in all its forms.
The good news is that advice and guidance is widely available to help you take the right steps to protect your charity.
Please see the Charity Commission alert for more information and advice on protecting your charity from cyber crime.
New online process for incorporating Community Interest Companies (CICs)
Are you setting up a new Community Interest Company? You can now use an online incorporation process. This new digital registration option will offer:
- significantly reduce incorporation times,
- online convenience; and
- 24-hour availability to the CIC sector
As well as including CIC and Company House registration this three-way digital service includes HMRC, enabling CICs to register for corporation tax as they incorporate their business.
According to the regulator, the new system will let applicants know that their application has been received and confirm incorporation as soon as it is completed, usually within two working days. It will also allow Companies House to process and place community interest companies on the public record far more efficiently than paper documents. The online process will provide benefits such as security, speed and environmental savings.
Digital incorporation will:
- Reduce incorporation costs for prospective CICs to £27
- Allow payment by card or PayPal; and
- Confirm incorporation – within 2 working days, in the majority of cases.
For further information on the new online process, take a look at this webinar which provides an overview of the online system https://bit.ly/2WabXoe
The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charities that are connected to non-charitable organisations
Does your charity have links to a non-charitable organisation? New guidance from the Charity Commission aims help charities to reap the benefits of such relationships while managing risks carefully.
The Commission says its casework has identified examples where charities have not managed their links to non-charitable organisations with care, in some cases allowing charities to be misused to further non-charitable interests, including commercial or private interests.
The regulator recognises that many charities work successfully in close partnership with a wide variety of non-charitable organisations, such as trading subsidiaries. These relationships can be crucial in helping a charity deliver on its mission for the public benefit.
The new guidance does not set out new rules or regulations, but draws together relevant law and practice in setting out six principles to help trustees ensure their arrangements for working with a linked body secure the charity’s interests and independence.]
- Recognise the risks
- Do not further non-charitable purposes
- Operate independently
- Avoid unauthorised personal benefit and address conflicts of interest
- Maintain your charity’s separate identity
- Protect your charity
You can read the full guidance on the Charity Commission website: Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity
Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens and Welsh Government is working hard to protect the interests of Wales. Take a look at the Welsh Government’s website – Preparing Wales – which has information for people living in Wales covering business and the economy, health and social services, education and skills, environment and agriculture, community cohesion, local services and the third sector.