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Quality standards

As part of its Quality Standards Endorsement Programme the Charity Commission has endorsed VISIBLE Standards 2011 developed by Community Matters, (otherwise The National Federation of Community Organisations: the umbrella body for charitable community associations).

The VISIBLE Standards 2011, which were developed Community Matters with the help of the Commission, define best practice for individual charities and will be used to accredit those organisations that achieve the standards. The Commission's endorsement process assesses whether the quality standards are in line with the Commission's guidance Hallmarks of an Effective Charity and whether the accreditation process meets the requirements of the Commission's Terms of Endorsement.

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  • Date: 15 July 2011 (Posted: 15 July 2011)

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    Community Fund Publishes Research into Exit Strategies

    Research commissioned by the Community Fund has shown that Lottery funding is having a lasting impact on projects after the funding has come to an end.

    The research, by Martin Price Associates, had been conducted into the exit strategies employed by grant holders to find out what actually happened when their project funding came to an end. A comparison was made between an organisation's intentions at the start of a project and what actually happened at the end of the period of funding. The research revealed:

    Three quarters of those projects which intended to continue are still operating at more or less the same level of activity. These projects have secured further development funding, either from the Community Fund or through charitable trusts.

    14% of projects were continuing in a reduced form.

    Only 12% of projects had closed completely.

    The Community Fund's press release emphasises the importance of exit strategies. Since mid-September 2002, terms and conditions for grant holders include the requirement to produce a fundraising plan; the monitoring forms at the end of years 1 and 2 will include a question about steps taken to secure funds; the monitoring forms will also include prompts regarding reapplying to the Fund within the last 12 months before the grant ends.

    The Community Fund will also be reviewing different forms of income generation to ensure clearer guidance on commercial activity to staff and grant holders in the future. The report on exit strategies can be found on the Reports page of the Community Fund website.

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    • Date: 08 December 2002 (Posted: 14 December 2002)

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    Charity Commission and party-political activity

    According to a report in Third Sector, after a complaint the Charity Commission told the Central Jamia Masjid Southall in west London to remove a YouTube video in which it apparently advocated voting for the Labour Party candidate for the Ealing Southall constituency, Virendra Sharma, before today’s general election. The complainant alleged that the video, which has since been taken down, showed a political event at the mosque in which the trustees allegedly endorsed Sharma, the sitting MP since 2005, with Pakistani media in attendance.

     The Commission’s guidance on campaigning and political activity for charities states that political campaigning can be carried out only in support of the delivery of a charity’s charitable purposes. Besides that, party political activity is not a charitable purpose.

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    • Date: 08 June 2017 (Posted: 08 June 2017)

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