Have you ever tried out a system for horse racing betting? Many of us have and most of us have tried and failed. But many have succeeded – particularly since the advent of the exchanges which have, to a certain extent anyway, levelled the playing field for gamblers. One way of taking whatever system you...
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued.
When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and humanitarian sectors to transition efforts from relief to the complex task of rebuilding lives, homes and communities.
As public and private funders consider how to best leverage resources, Citi and the Citi Foundation’s work with the ...more
You are not a failure; you are someone preparing to succeed. ...more
It’s the start of the Holy month of Ramadan and this is the key time for Muslim charities to fundraise. Yesterday I met the CEOs of Islamic Relief and Muslim Aid, the 2 biggest Islamic charities in the UK, together with the head of the Muslim Charities Forum. The issues they raised disturbed me.
This is the time when Muslims obey the injunctions of the Koran to give.
"O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the good things you earnt and from what we have produced for you from the earth."
Indeed there is a more formal injunction on a Muslim to pay what is termed as "obligatory charity" in the Koran, know as the zakat. Although the exact amount is not defined in the Koran, the Muslim practice is to give 2.5% of income.
It’s exactly like the idea of the Government's giving pledge but set at a higher level; not 1% but 2.5%. An example to us all.
The Islamic charitable tradition is a noble one, and around the Islamic world one sees ancient ...more
When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling.
The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The world’s two biggest polluters – China and the United States – have put energy and climate change at the heart of their bilateral relationship. And for the first time, the world’s businesspeople and bankers are saying that climate inaction is ...more
Up early for a spot of filming in Islington (where else) on pensions. And before you yawn, for many of us this is becoming a key issue. And it ought to be so for all my charity CEOs.
It's not just the "pensions revolution" that George Osborne announced this year, but also auto-enrolment that comes into force next year for all our staff. These mean all charities have to review their existing schemes - some will not be approved for the future - and make arrangements for auto-enrolment. It has to be electronic and automatic when new staff join. There is also the question of how we tell staff about pensions and give them advice on choices.
ACEVO has worked with one of the country's top pension experts for over 14 years. Back before I came to ACEVO we chose Foster Denovo to provide our staff pensions and the experience was so good we asked them if they would work with member charities on their pension schemes. 14 years later we are now still working with them and ...more
“Is love an essential requirement for a successful social enterprise? Or is it actually a by-product, the mechanism or even the result of one?“
In recent months, my social enterprise, Social Spider CIC, has been working with Intentionality CIC on Social Enterprise: What’s love got to do with it? – a report on the role of love in social enterprise. The report is available to download here. It would be great to hear what you think.
Earlier this year I joined the Social Integration Commission and today they published their report called ‘How integrated is modern Britain.’ I was very pleased to be a member of a Commission which is asking questions about how integration would extend thinking about the importance of connecting generations. The report was written to help us understand what […] ...more