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Philamplify: Inspiring Greater Foundation Transparency

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[T]he National Committee of Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) has also responded to the need for transparency by launching Philamplify, a website to gather feedback on foundation transparency from nonprofit professionals and those involved in philanthropy. Not only is this a place for feedback, it’s also a place for foundations to learn from each other based on recommendations from their peers and NCRP.

#Transparency   #Charities  

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Public trust in charities fell sharply in the past year

The number of people saying they trust charities has fallen from 66 per cent to 56 per cent in 2014, according to a research poll of 1,000 people done by nfpSynergy, a  not-for-profit consultancy. 
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Seventy per cent said ‘every new charity being scrutinised by the Charity Commission before approval’ was quite or very reassuring. 

#Transparency   #Charities   #UK  

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How charities can forecast effectively

Citation: "With the economic and funding climate increasingly uncertain, forecasting is more important than ever," says Tully, head of policy and public affairs at the Charity Finance Group.  / #AnticipateChange   #Charities  
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CCE director professor Paul Palmer emphasises the importance of cash flow as a useful basic tool in forecasting. "An Excel forecasting package tool [means that] voluntary organisations don't have to spend a lot of money doing forecasting." / #SelfService   #SaveMoney  
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Meaningful and effective forecasting, adds Tully, involves recognising that forecasting "is a process that is actively managed and that it's not just a box ticking exercise once a year to keep trustees happy". This means carrying out regular reviews to assess if income and costs match up to what is expected and ensuring you reforecast as appropriate. / #BuildResilience  

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Are #Charities harnessing the power of communication segmentation?

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In conjunction with Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we at Bloomerang recently surveyed a group of small-to-medium-sized nonprofits ($5 million in revenue or below) in the United States and Canada to see if and how they are segmenting their emails, newsletters, and gift acknowledgements.

Survey Highlights
- Most nonprofits are familiar with communication segmenting.
- Little middle-ground exists; segmenting is either prolific or non-existent.
- Past donor interactions, not demographics, are the most common segments.
- Data uncertainty prevents nonprofits from segmenting.
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Segment types among adopters are as varied as they are numerous:
- Donation amount: 36.47%
- Action history (donated, or completed some other call-to-action): 30.12%
- Communication preference: 28.24%
- Donation type: 26.12%
- Duration of support to the organization: 24.00%
- Email activity (opened or clicked on links in a previous email): 10.35%
- Age: 7.53%
- Income or net worth: 5.65%
-Gender: 3.06%

#Demographics   #Analytics   #Sales   #USA   #Canada  

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Top five data protection tips for #Charities

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Here are [the ICO's] top five of data protection tips for small and medium sized charities and third sector organisations:

Tell people what you are doing with their data
People should know what you are doing with their information and who it will be shared with. This is a legal requirement (as well as established best practice) so it is important you are open and honest with people about how their data will be used. 

Make sure your staff are adequately trained
New employees must receive data protection training to explain how they should store and handle personal information. Refresher training should be provided at regular intervals for existing staff.

Use strong passwords
There is no point protecting the personal information you hold with a password if that password is easy to guess. All passwords should contain upper and lower case letters, a number and ideally a symbol. This will help to keep your information secure from would-be thieves.

Encrypt all portable devices
Make sure all portable devices – such as memory sticks and laptops – used to store personal information are encrypted.

Only keep people’s information for as long as necessary
Make sure your organisation has established retention periods in place and set up a process for deleting personal information once it is no longer required.

#Security  

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Social enterprises could be a solution to government procurement failures

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As it stands, government procurement practice is not working. Money is wasted and the government, public service users and taxpayers are not getting the best deals for the billions invested. The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) on Friday [19 July 2013] published the Government Procurement report, which raises these concerns, and looks forward to what can be done to solve these problems. / #CentralGovernment   #Purchasing  

The government, with its enormous spending power, is a market maker. This position means procurement practices and contracts can be shaped in a way that benefits both the economy and society – but too frequently this is not the case. Social Enterprise UK has repeatedly highlighted the dangers of emerging oligopolies in public service markets – where a small number of large companies dominate, creating dependency and holding an enormous amount of power over buyers. / #MarketIntelligence  

Drawing on the likes of G4S and Serco, Friday's report highlights the continued procurement and contract management failures in this area. Companies are delivering failed services and still being paid – and they often go on to provide more services because of the unhelpful structure of contracts. / #ReduceRisk  

Smaller providers like social enterprises – organisations that reinvest profits and are answerable to communities – are squeezed out of contracts. The report says more can be done to help these types of providers access government contracts – and we agree. / #TodaysChallenges  

The barriers they face are a result of many factors, but can be largely credited to a commissioning culture that remains risk averse. The way the government has developed contracts means they are often so large and complex that smaller organisations like charities and social enterprises simply either aren't large enough to deliver a contract, or can't compete with monolithic firms wielding whole teams devoted to winning contracts. / #Charities   #PositiveLocalImpact  

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The Access Pledge : Positive Local Impact in #Procurement
Looks like a smart initiative in the #UK

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The Access Pledge is an attempt by the BITC (Business in the Community) to get its member organisations to “make their business fair, transparent and open” to the extent that small and medium suppliers are able to compete on a level playing field with larger suppliers. It’s a relatively simple pledge, with little fuss – the only caveat being that it must be signed by the chief executive or equivalent. / #Charities   #Transparency   #PositiveLocalImpact   #Executives  
 
So far a number of organisations have signed up – including the likes of IBM, Veolia, Deloitte, Network Rail, HP, Goldman Sachs and BP, among others. And you can read some of the initiatives underway on the BITC website. [http://www.bitc.org.uk/our-network/members-directory]
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One of the attendees has developed a cloud system allowing companies to register interest and post any problems they have experienced working with procurement. Additionally, it’s working on a system that will allow its internal customers to search for relevant solutions and products within its SME supply base. By the end of Q1, it hopes to have more than 700 suppliers on the system. / #Cloud   #Purchasing   #Collaboration   #Benchmarking  
Source: www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--david-rae/unlock-innovation---take-the-access-pledge
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Also see this report: The case for working with small and medium enterprises

[The report] provides an evidence base and business case for large businesses supporting SMEs, including social enterprises, in addition to the ethical, social and economic case more widely reported.

[R]esearch identified six business benefits to companies:

Strengthened supply chain / #SupplyChain  
Engaged employees / #HumanResources  
Enhanced reputation / #PositiveLocalImpact  
Greater innovation and creativity / #DriveInnovation  
Increased financial returns / #GrowIncome  

Source: www.bitc.org.uk/our-resources/report/access-growth-and-innovation-case-working-small-and-medium-enterprises

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Campaigners welcome budget measures to encourage social investment

"The Social Economy Alliance has welcomed the new 30% tax relief-rate for social investment, announced in today's Budget. The group - made up of more than one hundred organisations, including the UK's Social Investment Forum, says the measures have the potential to unlock billions and fuel the UK's growing 'social economy' - made up of social enterprises, cooperatives and trading charities.

"The UK is home to a growing social investment market and a growing wave of social ventures and social innovations. Together they are creating a wave of bottom-up, sustainable economic growth. But a spokesperson warned that an historic opportunity will be wasted if the Government fails to promote it among UK investors."

#UK   #CentralGovernment   #GrowIncome   #Charities   #Finance  

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5 principles of employee ownership and the future of public services

Francis Maude delivered the 2014 Robert Oakeshott Memorial Lecture on employee ownership and the future of public services. When he served as Treasury Minister in the early 1990s, he explains, "I was charged with developing the Citizen’s Charter, an early programme concerned with the systematic improvement of public services." He found  a defeatist consensus that has held back public services from achieving the same level of productivity with less money. Paradoxically, when the NHS budget more than doubled, its productivity "deteriorated". He noticed that "the apparent age of plenty seemed to have relieved the public sector of the need to be creative." And then money was no longer available: “We’ve run out of money. Now we must think” (quoting sir Ernest Rutherford for what he is allegedly once said).

"Our thinking led us to propose public service reform which has followed 5 principles.

1) "The first of those principles is openness, because transparency sharpens accountability, improves choice for the public, and it raises standards. So first, openness." / #Transparency  

2) "Second, digital by default. If a service can be delivered online, then it should only be delivered online because as well as being an order of magnitude cheaper - 30 times less than by post and 50 times less expensive than face to face - services delivered online can be faster, simpler and more convenient for the public to use. So second principle is digital by default." / #OnDemand  

3) "Third, a properly innovative culture, so public servants have permission to try sensible new ideas, moving away from the risk aversion that has tended to hold back progress. / #DriveInnovation     

4) "Fourth, tight control from the centre over common activities – like property, IT and procurement – because it reduces costs and encourages collaborative working. These tight central controls account for two thirds of the £10 billion we saved for the taxpayer just last year in central government spending alone." / #Purchasing   #InformationTechnology   #SaveMoney   #Collaboration  

5) "The fifth principle is loose control over operations, which is where employee ownership steps in. The people who know best how to deliver public services best aren’t the politicians in Westminster or the bureaucrats in Whitehall and in town halls, but the professionals working on the frontline. Tight control over the centre must be matched by much looser control over operations." / #BuildResilience  

Maude then delves into the benefits of public service mutualisation and the benefits of employee ownership in stirring up entrepreneurial activity in the sector. Worth a full read.

#Charities   #CentralGovernment   #UK  cc #Executives  

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White House launches climate data project, calls on data innovators

"The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the Climate Data Initiative, a program that will utilize climate change-related data to unleash new tools for city planners and local governments to prepare for and fight against climate change. The initiative will bring together open government data — from groups like USGS, DOD, NOAA and NASA — and pair it with data, technology and new programs from companies like Google, Intel and ESRI."
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"Data visualization and mapping startup CartoDB is launching a grant program to support nonprofits in creating data-driven tools."

#DataVisualisation   #Mapping   #ConserveEnergy   #OpenData   #USA   #LocalGovernment #Charities     #DriveInnovation  

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