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The 2022 Scottish Charity Survey: How we did it

Wednesday June 15, 2022

OSCR's Data and Research Officer, Wendy Marsden, has produced a blog detailing how OSCR conducted the survey.

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How to check where you’re at on your journey to good governance

Monday April 11, 2022

Tracey Bird, SCVO Information Officer (Governance), discusses the new online Good Governance Checkup.

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Goods raised for the people of Ukraine – options for charities managing surplus donations

Friday March 25, 2022

OSCR's Head of Regulation and Improvement, Martin Tyson, discusses the options charities have when managing surplus goods donations that cannot be delivered or distributed in Ukraine

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About the Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel

Monday March 7, 2022

Dionne Denovan, Marketing and Administration Assistant for the Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel, provides an update on their new identity and rebrand and how it will help them better oversee fundraising standards and complaints in Scotland.

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Deciding whether an organisation meets the charity test

Thursday January 13, 2022

OSCR's Head of Regulation and Improvement, Martin Tyson, explains our role in awarding charitable status and provides further detail into our recent decision to award status to Stanton Healthcare (East of Scotland).

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Reading between the lines

Monday January 10, 2022

As the Revitalising Trust Project reaches a six month milestone, Steff Bell, Project Advisor shares her insights into what she's learnt so far.

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Scotland’s charities and the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday January 5, 2022

In this blog, Head of Regulation and Improvement Martin Tyson sets out the evidence he presented to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee on Scotland’s third sector and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I’d like to make a complaint…..

Tuesday December 14, 2021

Did you know that OSCR currently receives around ten concerns about Scotland's twenty-five thousand charities each week, but that the majority of these issues are not regulatory concerns? Our Senior Manager Digital and Communications, John Fellows, sets out how we deal with the concerns we receive about charities, and what action we take in each case.

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Charity data – all things tangible

Wednesday October 27, 2021

OSCR's Data and Research Manager, Louise Meikleham, provides some background to our latest research - the Scottish Charities 2021 Sector Overview.

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Scary “scam-demic” stats…

Friday October 15, 2021

Guest Blog by Alison Stone, Third Sector Cyber Resilience Co-ordinator for Charity Fraud Awareness Week

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Charity reserves - can they help support you during a pandemic

Tuesday August 31, 2021

Reserves are really important for your charity. But how can they help support you during a pandemic? Find out in this blog.

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Social Investment

Tuesday August 24, 2021

Alastair Davis, CEO of Social Investment Scotland, talks about the social investment fund and an events programme developed to support the sector.

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Charities, climate change and good governance

Wednesday June 23, 2021

Julie Hutchison, Charities Specialist, Aberdeen Standard Capital asks charities to reflect on the way climate change will, and may already be, affecting your beneficiaries, staff, volunteers, trustees and other stakeholders.

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Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel Seeks New Members

Monday June 21, 2021

The Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel are looking for new members who can contribute to the Panel’s strategic thinking. Interested? Have a look at our new blog.

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Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services

Tuesday June 1, 2021

Ewen McMartin of Volunteer Scotland talks about Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services and in particular, the New Online PVG Service.

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Guide for reputation management after a cyber attack

Tuesday June 1, 2021

Alison Stone, Cyber Resilience Co-ordinator for the Third Sector at SBRC, talks about reputation management after a cyber attack.

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The Scottish Tech Army in partnership with OSCR, ScotlandIS and Codeclan partner to launch the inaugural Tech for Good Summit Scotland.

Tuesday April 6, 2021

Kirsty McIntosh, Head of Partnerships at The Scottish tech Army, talks about the inaugural Tech for Good Summit on Wednesday 28th April 2021.

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Measure your digital progress and get help on your next steps

Monday March 29, 2021

John Fitzgerald, Digital Evolution Manager at SCVO, talks about SCVO's digital checkup - a free online tool that lets you measure your organisation's digital capability against organisations of a similar size.

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Scottish Parliament election - Accessible voter information from the Electoral Commission

Wednesday March 17, 2021

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament election, Catherine Heggie, Partnerships & Information Officer at the Electoral Commission, writes about their new accessible voter information resources, and other tools that charities can use to share important information about the election.

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Research shows COVID challenges for Scottish charities

Tuesday March 16, 2021

OSCR's Chief Executive, Maureen Mallon, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on Scottish charities as we release the full data from our November 2020 COVID-19 impact study.

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