Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children, discusses the strong traditions of civil society and how organisations big and small can work together for a better future.
Tax breaks for doing good?
Charities receive unique tax breaks, leading to advantages which are above and beyond any other kind of doing good: is that right? What about social enterprises, mutual and coops, or companies that commit to doing social good? Is the balance right?
From charity scandals to university strikes – what does it take to be a good organisation?
What exactly are the characteristics which make a good organisation in the aftermath of the Oxfam and Save the Children scandal? I think we know such bodies when we come across them, and they are often grassroots initiatives with a strong sense of place and locale, and of mission and founding leadership.
The power of little: 6 things you need to know about… small and micro community organisations
Large and medium-sized organisations often dominate what we hear about the charity sector. But the world looks very different for small and micro-organisations – so different, in fact, that frequently it doesn’t even make sense to talk about them in the same breath.
Reasons to be cheerful
THE NEW POLITICAL CLIMATE MEANS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE All times are tough for the social sector; and so they should be. Charities don’t have a right to exist and we thrive on the tension that comes from living on the edge (I can say this now I’m no longer in daily charge of a charity). …
Is it the beginning of the end for the charity sector?
For people of my generation, working for a charity was a noble and realistic goal. With employment in the voluntary sector rising by a third over the last decade (to nearly 3 per cent of all UK workers), charities have offered a variety of fulfilling – and sometimes well-paid – roles. Yet, the 17th century …
It’s time for charities to make executive pay public (and other highlights from the new Charity Governance Code)
From transparency to board diversity, the new Charity Governance Code is designed to rebuild trust. Civil Society Futures asked me to blog about the new Charity Governance Code. Although, as chair of the Code’s Steering Group, I’ve written lots of articles about it, this request immediately put me into a spin as I wondered what …
“Philanthropy should not be colonised by the rich” – Civil Society Futures evidence from Andrew Purkis
We are calling on members of the public from all backgrounds to submit evidence to our Civil Society Futures via our call for contributions. Today, we publish Andrew Purkis’ submission, with his permission. Introduction I have spent most of my working life in the organised part of civil society, having been Chair of 4 UK …
Podcast: Josie Long’s guide to setting up your own charity
In 2011, the comedian and broadcaster Josie Long was worried that austerity would exclude working class young people from the arts. And so, with a friend, she founded the group Arts Emergency. After loads of boring meetings, it’s now a thriving charity with a cornucopia of projects, helping creative young people across the country. Civil …
Don’t f**k with the formula!
Not made for these times In 1966, while Brian Wilson was radically innovating, and creating new works of musical genius, other members of the Beach Boys remained sceptical. Fellow band member Mike Love’s famously bad advice to him at the time (at least apocryphally) was “Don’t fuck with the formula”. Don’t move away from what …