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This page contains material of practical benefit to the development of VCS organisations. Content includes information on training, resources, quality standards, governance and fundraising.

Understanding the UK third sector

The Third Sector Research Centre has published its final report, entitled Understanding the UK third sector, which summarises its research activities and the impact they have made between 2008 and 2013.

Audio podcasts for Trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published two new audio podcasts, aimed at helping charity trustees understand their duties under charity law.

Clore Social Leadership Programme 2015

The Clore Social Leadership Programme, which develops people working in charities, social enterprises, housing associations and social businesses is recruiting for its sixth cohort of aspiring social leaders.

Charity Commission to update guidance on lobbying

The Charity Commission will update its guidance on charities, elections and referendums, which supplements its guidance on campaigning and political activity, to explain the changes introduced by the The Lobbying Act

CES PQASSO Quality Mark

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has endorsed the latest version of Charities Evaluation Services' PQASSO Quality Mark.

Independence undervalued: the voluntary sector 2014

The independence of the voluntary sector is undervalued and under serious threat, according to the report Independence Undervalued: the Voluntary Sector in 2014, published by the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector.

Developing management skills for the third sector

Anglia Ruskin University has developed a two-year, part-time certificate of higher education in developing management skills for the third sector following an in-depth consultation with the sector.

Small Business: GREAT Ambition

The Government has launched Small Business: GREAT Ambition, which sets out an action plan to support small businesses. The report addresses issues where small charities face similar barriers to businesses.

Autumn Statement 2013 in regard to the VCS

The government has pledged to set up a new working group to revise the model gift aid declaration and develop new marketing collateral to try to increase take-up of the tax relief by donors, as part of its Autumn Statement.

Investing charity permanent endowments

The Charity Commission has published new regulations and guidance for trustees on adopting a total return approach to the investment of their charity's permanent endowment.

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