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U.S./world – Boosting UK charity – Action on 5 fronts

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Britons want a stronger charitable sector, which is the focus of a handful of separate initiatives, according to news reports and releases.

An ICM Research poll commissioned by the Media Trust charity shows that two in three Britons want to see tables that measure the performance of charities, the Guardian reported Oct. 10.

On Oct. 9, Home Office Minister Angela Eagle launched a new code of best practice for relations between the government and voluntary sector in the UK.

The Guardian reported Oct. 8 that a Cabinet Office think tank was recommending that religion be abolished as the basis for charity-tax concessions. The think tank, known as the Performance and Innovation Unit, says a charity should get charitable status only if it  delivers benefits to the community at large, not just to people associated with it.

The Guardian reported Sept. 26 that Execucare, a London-based charity recruitment agency, was launching its own apprenticeship program because it was having a tough time finding well-trained trust fundraisers.

And the newspaper reported Sept. 19 that the head of the Ethnic Minority Foundation and the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organizations aims to recruit 100,000 volunteers and build an endowment of 100 million pounds, or $144.3 million, in the next five to 10 years.

For full story, go to performance, best practices, religion, apprenticeship and minorities.

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