Information Sources - Contents
Key sector information sites
- Charity regulators:
- Charity Commission covers England and Wales, and has a range of guidance online (the website has now moved to GOV.UK).
- For north of the border, see Office of Scottish Charity Regulator.
- Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is a much newer regulator, a range of material available but may be more to come.
- Also see our Registering as a charity page.
- National voluntary sector umbrella organisations/networks – see Support Bodies page for further details.
- WCVA (Wales) Information and Support area has a range of information sheets – find subject areas in the left-hand column. Bilingual Helpdesk service open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 0800 2888 329.
- SCVO (Scotland) has two key web sections (at 2014): Running your organisation and Setting up a charity.
- Regional/local support organisations with resource sites:
- KnowHow NonProfit, from NCVO, is about sharing knowledge across the sector – how-tos, discussions, articles, also online video courses. There is a fee to access some sections.
Other key resources
- Directory of Social Change Training, conferences and information (a wide range of publications) for the voluntary sector. Particularly known for fundraising advice, but covers most aspects of running a charity.
- Business in the Community encourages all sorts of involvement by commercial organisations with not-for-profits. In Scotland, try Scottish Business in the Community.
- JustAct – “how to make things happen and improve your community” – is developing a ‘knowledge bank‘ pointing to resources particularly useful to community organisations, but many will have wider relevance.
- Third Sector Research Centre.
- See Magazines page.
- Society Guardian, and their Voluntary Sector news feed.
- The Independent – charity topic.
- RealWire general charity news feed.
- Our VoluntaryNews website is no longer active, but access can be given to researchers etc. ‘Practical news for charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises etc.’
- Also see: Getting your message across.
Some of the sites appearing above, and other specialist sources listed elsewhere, will also carry relevant news for their areas.
- Sound Delivery – media, communications training.
- UK Fundraising, everything fundraising, with an internet slant.
Do remember that legal matters and the role (and jargon) of the voluntary sector differ from country to country.
- NonProfit Quarterly has various newsletters which may be of interest (e.g. on management).
- NonProfit Times “the leading business publication for nonprofit management” (USA).
- Charity Village Canadian sector “supersite” – news section (at Nov. 2017).
Blogs and forums often come with RSS (news) feeds built-in – a simple way to deliver summaries of frequently changing web content via news readers or similar tools.
- Discussion lists and forums connected with a specific function (e.g. IT support) will appear on the relevant page covering support bodies.
There are a number of websites vying to be the directory of choice. The online registers from the charity regulators are also generally quite useful.
- Charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission can be found in their Register of charities.
- In Scotland see charity regulator OSCR’s register search.
- Charity Commission Northern Ireland’s register.
- Republic of Ireland’s Charity Regulatory Authority public register.
- Open Charities is a project “to open up the UK Charities Register” (although it only has done England and Wales so far).
- Charity Financials (was Charities Direct) from Caritas Data. They claim to have regularly updated info on over 10,000 charities, although there have been queries about how accurate it is. Also lists/profiles various professional advisers.
- Charity Choice This database is also available in hard copy. Online you can search by category, name, location, charity registration number etc. Has phone numbers and some web site links. From business information publisher, Wilmington.
- CharityLibrary hasn’t developed very far (approx 2,000 with some form of listing at spring 20211).
The following are worth checking out if you have a) the time b) the inclination to filter out the foreign, mainly American, specific content. Remember that legal matters, non-profit boards and the whole approach to philanthropy/giving can be very different to that in the UK.
- Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP), part of Urban Institute. Projects include the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and Research Initiative on Nonprofit Advocacy.
- National Council of Nonprofits website has a resources section.
- Idealist An international project of Action without Borders, based in the US. You can search on various topics and by country, date of event.
- The Balance (was About.com) has a Non-Profit channel – plenty of stuff but very American.
- Management Help general library page has links to management articles of varying relevance and quality.
- In Canada: nonprofit ‘supersite’ Charity Village, or Sector Source site from Imagine Canada.