The New Opportunities Fund (NOF) and Community Fund are engaged in merger discussions. Voluntary sector publishing and training organisation The Directory of Social Change argues this represents a threat to the independence of a key source of charitable funding.
The Giving Campaign has announced two new staff members.
Phillip Mind joins The Giving Campaign as Campaign Manager for Strategy and Operations on secondment from the Treasury. His key role will be to lead the Campaign in raising financial advisers' awareness of tax-effective giving and developing planned giving products.
Since launching its online payroll giving option in August 2002 Diabetes UK has attracted 23 donors from 23 companies.
Diabetes UK teamed up with Bmycharity.com to offer online payroll giving from their Web site, thereby enabling employees and members of company pension schemes to start giving tax-efficiently directly from their pay.
David Hart has been appointed National Co-ordinator at REACH to focus the charity's volunteer matching service on people with disabilities.
REACH recruits managers and professionals with time to give and places them as part-time, expenses-only volunteers with voluntary organisations needing their career expertise. The service is free both to volunteers and voluntary organisations.