Insight and latest updates from our team

Important Microsoft Donation Changes – 1 April 2018

By NICVA 2 Mar 2018 Ian Kelly

As of 1 April 2018 Microsoft will introduce changes to their non-profit donation programme which could possibly affect your IT budget, but it's not all bad news!

Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide

By NICVA 28 Feb 2018 Stephen Gray

Protect your organisation from the most common threats by following the National Cyber Security Centre's guide for small charities.

Featured Member: NI Rare Disease Partnership

By NICVA 27 Feb 2018 Neil Wilson

28 February is Rare Disease Day, a global event which aims to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on the lives of those who suffer from them.

Practical GDPR guidance from Fundraising Regulator and IOF

By NICVA 26 Feb 2018 Sandra Bailie

NICVA welcomes the joint guidance on GDPR released by Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the Fundraising Regulator (FR) and reviewed and co-badged by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Update on the EU Withdrawal Bill

By NICVA 19 Feb 2018 Siobhan McAlister

After a tumultuous passage through the House of Commons, the EU Withdrawal Bill arrived at House of Lords on 18 January 2018 for the First Reading.

NICVA and TCI host seminar on improving public influence on planning issues

By NICVA 15 Feb 2018 Philip Mynes

People from a variety of sectors with an interest in planning last week discussed public influence on planning issues, in a seminar organised jointly by NICVA & The Consultation Institute.

Cross-border working is rewarding – when you know how

By NICVA 13 Feb 2018 Neil Wilson

A sell-out conference for charities working both North and South of the border heard from several speakers who outlined the specific challenges they faced and how they met them.

Good Governance and Charity reporting

By NICVA 12 Feb 2018 Denise Copeland

Almost 6,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and as such, must adhere to the reporting requirements for all registered charities. 

Budget Deadline Day?

By NICVA 8 Feb 2018 Siobhan McAlister

Today, 8 February, was the day that David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, indicated that a budget needed to be in place for Northern Ireland.

Third sector says UK must stay in single market and customs union

By NICVA 7 Feb 2018 Geoff Nuttall

A joint statement issued by the national third sector bodies of devolved nations - Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - details various measures they feel are essential to avoid or minimise the potential harmful impacts of Brexit.

Malicious hoax calls to NI Ambulance Service "putting lives at risk"

By NICVA 5 Feb 2018 Andrea Thornbury

More than 9,300 potential hoax calls were made to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) over two years, with the cost of dispatching ambulances to deal with these incidents estimated at nearly £200,000.

Fewer people giving to charity compared to one year ago

By NICVA 31 Jan 2018 Andrea Thornbury

People in Northern Ireland are less likely to give money to charity and in smaller amounts compared to last year, according to NICVA research. 

Guest post: Tapping into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

By NICVA 29 Jan 2018 Sam Evans

Sam Evans has been involved in CSR for over 8 years, both as a CSR advisor for an International law firm and as a Corporate Fundraiser. As both a "poacher and gamekeeper", he shares his unique insights into Community Needs and Corporate Philanthropy.

NICVA responds to the NI Budgetary Outlook 2018-2020

By NICVA 26 Jan 2018 Siobhan McAlister

NICVA's response to the NI Budgetary Outlook 2018-2020 was submitted to the Department of Finance today (26th January). The text of our response can be read below.

Who were the new Permanent Secretaries announced this week?

By NICVA 25 Jan 2018 Philip Mynes

The Northern Ireland Civil Service yesterday (24 January) announced new appointments to Permanent Secretary positions in several government departments.

Sector hears from the Department of Finance on the 2018-20 Budgetary Outlook

By NICVA 22 Jan 2018 Philip Mynes

On Monday 15 January, approximately 90 voluntary and community sector organisations gathered at NICVA to hear a briefing from Julie Thompson from the Department of Finance on the Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20.

Governance Support for East Belfast

By NICVA 15 Jan 2018 Helen McLaughlin

Groups in East Belfast are being offered free governance support as part of the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership programme.  

Guest post: What’s next for fundraising regulation in Northern Ireland?

By NICVA 10 Jan 2018 Guest Author

This is the second in a series of blogs as the Fundraising Regulator develops its work with charities and the public in Northern Ireland. In this one Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy and Communications gives us an update on what's next. 

Who are the new Ministers at the Northern Ireland Office? #reshuffle

By NICVA 9 Jan 2018 Philip Mynes

Karen Bradley MP was on Monday appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Yesterday, Shailesh Vara MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland: dealing with the deficit

By NICVA 8 Jan 2018 Siobhan McAlister

In November 2017, the NI Affairs Committee launched a consultation into the democratic deficit in Northern Ireland. NICVA have taken this opportunity to outline our concerns about the impacts the political impasse is having here.


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