Civil Society

A challenging year ahead of us

I’m not sure if I’m a glass half full or glass half empty person. But I think it’s safe to say that the year ahead for Scotland's voluntary sector will be more challenging than the last. Firstly, there is the perennial issue of funding. Of course good strategic planning can make it easier to sustain… Continue reading A challenging year ahead of us

Civil Society, Leadership & Management

Doing away with our AGM

           Many of us will have attended an AGM that was barely quorate and/or hopelessly dull. If this suggestion takes off then many organisations will surely follow…

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In principle, your Annual General Meeting should be about engagement, accountability and procedure. But if it doesn’t deliver that in practice, it’s time to think again, says Vicky Browning, ACEVO’s CEO

It was an off-hand comment from a member that sealed the deal for me. As we waited anxiously for confirmation that ACEVO’s 2018 AGM was quorate before we could kick off proceedings, I thanked her for coming along.

“Oh I’m only here so you’ll come to mine,” she said breezily.

Which got me thinking about what AGMs were for, why we need them and whether there wasn’t a better way than corralling 25 reluctant people into a room to talk about what we did as an organisation over a year ago.

Procedure, engagement and accountability

It seems to me that an AGM has three purposes – procedure, engagement and accountability.

The procedure bit is basically backing what’s already been…

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Civil Society, Digital

Ensuring robust data security is more than good practice, it also keeps you legal

So your organisation is the victim of a crime, yet you end up paying a six figure fine of your own. Implausible? Not quite, for that is precisely what happened to a charity when thieves stole personal data from its network.  Back in 2016, hackers used ransomeware against the Swindon-based British and Foreign Bible Society… Continue reading Ensuring robust data security is more than good practice, it also keeps you legal

Civil Society

My new year’s wish list

The festivities are over and civil society is back at work. So what, perhaps, might our hopes be for the year ahead?  Short of a major change in government policy, here is my own particular wish list…. That grant funders and public sector commissioners think longer term, allowing organisations to plan more effectively, innovate, develop,… Continue reading My new year’s wish list