Key articles from around the web in August
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.
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.
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.
The Charity Commission has agreed to extend chief executive Sam Younger’s employment contract for a further year to the end of August 2014.
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.
Charities are increasingly considering selling their London properties to take advantage of rising property values.
The proportion of people who volunteer has increased by seven percentage points over the past year, according to research by the insurance company Zurich.
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.
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.