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The Coalition government has stepped up its process of decentralisation and devolution of power to local authorities and their communities. Local authorities will have the liberty to make decisions about allocation of resources free from central government guidelines. An increasing role for the VCS to deliver public services is expected. VCS organisations are expected to have a key role to play in identifying needs as well as delivering services. This page deals with policies that have an impact on funding, commissioning and procurement for the VCS.

Treating Donors Fairly

Fundraisers should not accept donations from people who appear unable to make an informed decision, and should return donations if they find evidence that a person lacked capacity when making them, according to new guidance from the Institute of Fundraising.

Legacy gifts

More solicitors and will-writers are telling their clients about leaving a legacy than at any time in the last decade, research commissioned by Remember A Charity shows.

Safeguard charity fundraising

The Charity Commission is issuing an alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011, which is particularly relevant for charities which engage in public fundraising.

Friends with Money

JustGiving and social media consultancy Social Misfits Media have launched a guide to how charities and social enterprises can use social media to reach more people and raise more money.

World Giving Index 2014

The UK is the world's joint-seventh most generous country, according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index 2014, down one place from last year.

Gift aid: Understanding donor behaviour

Donors are put off claiming gift aid because they believe there will be a cost to the charity or themselves, and are unwilling to share personal information in case they are contacted with a fundraising ‘ask’, according to new research published by HM Revenue & Customs.

Views sought on Building Better Opportunities programme

The Big Lottery Fund is looking for feedback from the charity sector on a proposed new fund that would match £260million of lottery funding with £300million of European Social Fund money to help communities in need.

Donor Churn

Too many charities are undermining their own efforts to address donor churn by treating customer service as a burden and assigning value only to quantitative data, according to a new paper byDonor Voice.

Fanoogle re-launched

One East Midlands has re-launched Fanoogle, our East Midlands directory of local funding advice services, which aims to help you find funding advice for your voluntary or community organisation.

Gift aid donations from trading arms

The Charity Commission has said it will update its guidance on charity trading following advice given from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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