Author Archives: Andrew O’Brien

About Andrew O’Brien

Andrew was NCVO’s senior policy officer. He covered issues around funding, social investment, tax and the impact of the economy on the voluntary sector. Andrew has left NCVO, but his posts are kept here for reference purposes.

Quick round-up of Autumn Statement 2014

The Chancellor has just delivered Autumn Statement 2014. But what has been announced and what will be the impact on voluntary organisations? Continue reading

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#GivingTuesday – Some tips for charities to boost giving

if you have been caught up in the #GivingTuesday buzz and want to know how your charity can increase the number and value of donations it receives, here are a few quick tips. Continue reading

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Looking ahead to Autumn Statement 2014

Next Wednesday, George Osborne will be delivering the last Autumn Statement before the General Election. What should charities look out for? Continue reading

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Teach a donor about Gift Aid and your charity will benefit for life…

HMRC has published research on Gift Aid and understanding donor behaviour, but what does it tell us about why people claim Gift Aid and how we can improve take up? Continue reading

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Coutts, Piketty and the Golden Age of Philanthropy

Yesterday, Coutts and the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, unveiled their annual report on £1m donations in the UK. But what is the future for philanthropy in the UK? Continue reading

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Autumn Statement 2014: Help the sector to make a bigger difference

On the 3rd December the Chancellor will deliver the last Autumn Statement before the election. What could he do to support the voluntary sector? Continue reading

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Social Innovation and Social Investment: A View from Europe

The European Economic and Social Committee held a conference on social investment and social innovation, this blog post rounds up those discussions and their relevance for the UK. Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme?

Over the summer, we launched a survey to ask charities about the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme about how we could improve the scheme. Continue reading

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Incentives for impact: An idea for a Social Innovation Fund

The Centre for Social Justice has floated the idea of a 'Social Innovation Fund' - how could this be used to support preventative spending by government? Continue reading

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Welcome clarity on social investment from the Law Commission

The Law Commission has just released its report on a new power of social investment for charities, but what does it mean in practice? Continue reading

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