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August 2013

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Key articles from around the web in August

Culture inspires young people to volunteer

Exposure to culture inspires young people to volunteer, research by the Third Sector Research Centre reveals. The think-tank found that young people aged between 10 and 15, who regularly go to the theatre, attend concerts or sporting events, and visit museums or art galleries, are more likely to volunteer compared to their ‘less-cultured’ peers.

Zero-hours contracts more common in voluntary sector

Voluntary sector organisations are twice as likely to employ people on so-called zero-hours contracts than the private sector, research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development suggests.

NCVO and Charity Commission to draw up guidelines on executive pay

The NCVO and the Charity Commission have agreed to draw up joint guidelines to help charity trustees to decide on pay levels for senior staff. The proposal follows media criticism of senior pay in big aid charities.

Commission chief to stay in post for an extra year

The Charity Commission has agreed to extend chief executive Sam Younger’s employment contract for a further year to the end of August 2014.

Millions of over-60s volunteers for multiple charities

One in five over-60s in Britain volunteers for two or more charities, research commissioned by the older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service has found.

More charities thinking of selling London properties

Charities are increasingly considering selling their London properties to take advantage of rising property values.

Proportion of people who volunteer rises seven percentage points this year

The proportion of people who volunteer has increased by seven percentage points over the past year, according to research by the insurance company Zurich.

Charities could be ‘collateral damage’ in lobbying bill

A coalition of 24 charities, led by NCVO, have written to Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith, warning that proposals in the lobbying and transparency bill will curtail charities from speaking out on issues affecting the people and causes they support.

Filing accounts late can scupper grant hopes

Charities that file their accounts late endanger their chances of securing funding from grant-makers, according to new research. The report by the Directory of Social Change claims more than half of grant-making trusts check the filing history of applicants with the Charity Commission.

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