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Welcome to Voluntary Sector News

Welcome to CMY's new Voluntary Sector Newsletter. We hope this is helping to fill the gap left by the closure of the long running "Voluntary News" (which we used to subscribe to). While Voluntary News was produced weekly, we decided after careful consideration that to maintain a regular schedule with current resources, we would aim for newsletter production Monthly (on or near  30th of the month).  We are pleased to be continuing a valued service and hope you find it useful too!

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Sector News

Charity loses nearly £1m after ‘sophisticated cyber fraud’ 
Red Kite Housing, a charitable community benefit society, posted a statement on its website revealing that it has been conned out of £932,000. Read the full story here
Baroness Barran to continue as charities minister
She is keeping her role after last week’s government’s reshuffle, which saw a number of senior ministers losing their positions and chancellor Sajid Javid resigning.Read the full story here.
The SORP is a vital tool and with bold thinking it can do more for charities
Max Rutherford from the Association of Charitable Foundations recently joined the SORP committee to represent charitable funders. He describes his ‘SORP awakening’, why the SORP is a fundamental tool of the charity sector, and how he intends to represent the views of charitable foundations.Read the full story here
Muslim Aid’s auditor raised concerns about ‘significant deficit on unrestricted funds’
Muslim Aid’s auditor warned last year that the charity may not be able to meet its financial obligations, with the charity reporting a £2.3m deficit in free reserves. Read the full story here.

Digital Developments

Passers by urged to donate by tapping office window
Marketing agency Onbrand has created a contactless payment device where passers by can donate by tapping their bankcard against a shop or office window on the High Street. read more here.

Social Media 4G are a digital marketing agency based in the North of England who specialise in supporting small charities and social enterprises to develop their social media and digital marketing via coaching, training, consultancy and assistance with content production.

For further details please visit

Funding News

Queen approves order granting Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising
In a message published on the IoF’s website, chief executive Peter Lewis wrote: “I am delighted to announce that at a meeting of the Privy Council held on Wednesday evening at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty The Queen approved an Order granting a Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising.”
Read the full article here.
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