Governance

  • How charities’ workplace culture can prevent controversies

    24 March 2017

    The third sector has never been under such intense scrutiny from regulators, politicians and the media. Charities are exposed to major reputational risk as never before. 

    In this report, Third Sector Insight and Alder assess the cultural health of British charities – and how they can identify weaknesses and take action to improve organisational culture.

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  • Cyber and data security - how prepared is your charity?

    26 October 2016

    1. This report provides an overview of the current state of play within the sector as well as some top tips on how charities can improve their cyber and data security.

      Charities are the same as any other company – large or small – when it comes to information security. They have assets that need protecting including information, threats to counter and a myriad of problems to deal with. A cyber attack on a small UK-based charity last year, where terrorist propaganda and offensive material replaced the website, shows the Third Sector is not immune. 

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  • Cyber and data security - the next big threat - how prepared is your charity?

    24 March 2016

    Awareness of cyber risk is increasing, and many charities are doing a good job of tackling it.
    But there is more work to be done. Recently, the ICO reported on advisory visits it had made to a number of charities and revealed several areas that required improvement.

    According to the ICO, roughly half of the charities visited had failed to disable USB ports and DVD/CD drives on computers, leaving them open to the removal of data or uploading of malicious code.
    A significant proportion of these organisations didn’t have minimum requirements for password complexity, nor did they enforce basic security principles, such as regular password changes. Over a third of the charities had no education programme in place for training their staff that handles personal data.

    While it is hard for third sector organisations to devote time and money to data and IT security, they must prioritise it. Charities are the same as any other company when it comes to information security and the possibility of a cyber attack.
    Through this survey, Third Sector Insight, together with Markel, wants to find out how your charity is protecting itself against or preparing for a cyber breach of security.

    The survey will take no more than a few minutes of your time – and as a thank you, we will enter you into a prize draw for a 1st prize of a set of Virtual Reality goggles and a 2nd prize of £25 worth of John Lewis vouchers.
    *In taking part in this survey you agree to our terms and conditions, to view these click here. Entries for the survey and prize draw close 31st May 2016.

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  • Charity trustees & risk management - planning for the unforeseen

    15 March 2016

    Today’s charity leaders have a lot to contend with. Aside from the challenges associated with delivering their objectives, trustees and senior managers must keep apace with a multitude of developments within technology, local environments and the political, financial and legal spheres – all of which bring their own set of risks and opportunities.

    This report  - brought to you by Third Sector insight and Ecclesiastical Insurance - offers insight into the responsibilities involved in becoming a trustee, addressing some of the risks charities face and what charities need to do to ensure their trustees are best equipped to manage a crisis.

     

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  • Protecting Your Charity’s Data

    18 February 2016

    Your charity holds a wealth of personal data about individuals; from staff and volunteers to supporters and end clients. This information is subject to the Data Protection Act.

    The Information Commissioner’s Office has already started an investigation into how the voluntary sector manages data and can impose fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Act.

    In addition, the increasing risk of cyber attack and serious organised crime is as relevant and concerning to charities as it is to any business – the voluntary sector may be seen as a soft target because of a perceived lack of security.

    Accepting responsibility for protecting your data is inescapable nowadays, but whose job is it to ensure its safety?

    Third Sector Insight has teamed up with Protective Intelligence – security specialists with long-standing experience in helping organisations in both the public and private sectors keep their data safe. By completing this survey, which is in the strictest confidence, we want to find out what you know about how your charity’s data is protected.

    The survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time – and as a thank you, we will enter you into a prize draw for a pair of West End theatre tickets.

    * In taking part in this survey you agree to our terms and conditions, to view these click here. Entries for the survey and prize draw close 31st March 2016.

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  • Recruitment Challenges Facing Charities

    23 October 2015

    The building of talent pipelines is a key objective for 80% of HR functions in today’s charities.

    Third Sector Insight and Monster commissioned a survey to better understand the recruitment challenges facing Charities, and the impact they have on attracting and retaining the best talent.

    This expert report synthesises these survey results, and delivers key insight from Third Sector and Monster examining how best to combat and manage resourcing issues.

    Download to discover:

    • How your peers are developing their recruitment strategy
    • The key ingredients to effective reactive resourcing
    • How to combat skill shortages

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  • How Do You Recruit and Retain Talent in the Third Sector?

    18 June 2015

    In the third sector, there are now more than 793,000 paid jobs, a number which has grown by a quarter since the year 2000. As the country leaves the recession behind, this number continues to rise, at a rate of about 10,000 new jobs every year.

    For charities, the challenge is in implementing a strategy that both attracts and retains the best talent. For some organisations, this might be wholly reactive, whereas others may proactively seek out their future employees.

    Here at Third Sector Insight, in association with Monster, we want to understand your recruitment strategy, pain points and future plans.

    We appreciate that you're busy at the best of times, but as a thank you we will:

    • Share with you the top-level results so you can benchmark your charity against peers
    • Send you an expert report based on the survey’s findings

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  • Keeping Safe – Data Security in the Third Sector

    26 March 2015

    In 2012, 10,000 records were stolen during a hack on the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS). The charity suffered a severe loss of supporter trust and a £200,000 fine in 2014¹. The BPAS had no protocols in place to protect or react to an attack.

    The ICO has the power to fine organisations up to £500,000 for data breaches. For charities, however, the implementation of data safeguards is not only a necessary defence but a statement of intent. It builds supporter trust, demonstrates integrity and respect for supporters’ sensitive information.

    Here at Third Sector Insight we want to hear your thoughts on today’s digital security threats. We invite you to take this survey in the strictest confidence and it will only take 2 minutes to complete (we know, we timed it!).

    As a thank you, we will:

    • Send you the overview of the anonymised results
    • Enter you into a prize draw for the chance to win for your charity a free cyber security risk assessment worth up to £2,000*
    • AND, enter you into a NEW prize draw for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2*


    *In taking part in this survey you agree to our terms and conditions, to view these click here. Entries for the survey and prize draw close 31st May 2015.

    ¹ Computer Weekly, ICO fines charity £200,000 for data breach

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  • Are You Innovating with Online Fundraising?

    27 January 2015

    Only 2% of charities believe they are maximising the potential of online fundraising¹.

    In a survey of over 550 charities, Third Sector Insight in partnership with Virgin Money Giving, investigated the extent to which online fundraising is being embraced.

    Moreover, discover how online fundraising is not just for ad hoc campaigns, but can become an integral part of other strategies, such as e-commerce, in memory or regular giving.

    Download this paper now to benchmark your charity, plus gain insight from two successful online fundraising case studies, from Walking with the Wounded and Cardiac Risk in the Young.

    ¹ The Virgin Money Giving Third Sector Insight Digital Fundraising Report

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  • The Risks and Rewards of Charity Mergers

    09 November 2012

    Rightly or wrongly, in recent years there has been an increasing school of thought that there are too many charities and that resources and funds are not going as far as they could. This has led to many people, both in and outside government, asking why there is not an increase in successful, strategic charity mergers. But is this a fair question and, if so, what is the best answer?

    Third Sector’s upcoming live webcast asks our panel of experts:

    • Why should two charities merge? And when are alternatives, such as strong partnerships, a better option?
    • What is the business case for a merger? How can they be used to effectively reduce costs, pool resources and improve services?
    • Mergers effect everyone involved with the charity, from employees to end users, how should the concerns of different stakeholders be addressed to maintain trust and support?
    • Is it possible to maintain the identity and history of both charities in the years after a merger?

    There will also be in depth case studies from charities that have merged, providing essential insights into best practice for any organisations considering merging or not wishing to rule it out for the future.

    Speakers:
    Andrew Cozens CBE, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Carers Trust
    Rupert Joce, Senior Technical Underwriter, Markel Insurance
    Tom Wright CBE, Group Chief Executive, Age UK
    Viv Evans OBE, Chief Executive, Adfam
    Moderated by Alex Whitson, Director, Third Sector Insight
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