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Information Sources

Updated 16/9/13

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  • Charity Event or Campaign Diaries are on the Running an Event page.
  • Looking for a particular, or sample, charity or voluntary organisation? Try Areas of Concern for activity topics (e.g. housing, health issues, economic development), Web in Practice for 'customer facing' web sites. Or check the directory sites listed below.

Wider/Key Web Sites

See the Information Sources Index page to find listings of sites focused on particular issues.

News Sources

Other media

Blogs, Forums, RSS

Please see more information on the VoluntaryNews site, covering news sites for the voluntary sector, quick links to news feeds (RSS) and a page of discussion forums and other interactive sites.

Blogs (usually personal 'diaries' on a range of subjects) and forums often come with RSS feeds built-in - simple way to deliver summaries of frequently changing web content via news readers or similar tools. Firefox includes a reader as standard, called Live Bookmarks, and add-ins (extensions) can tailor things further.

Directories - Voluntary organisations, charities

There are quite a few web sites competing to be the directory of choice. Charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission are easily found in their search the register section. Scotland - see charity regulator OSCR. Northern Ireland's charity register should appear in 2014? An official register for Republic of Ireland charities is also due.

Also see Web in Practice page for charity shopping malls, online donation directories and the like.

Useful non-UK sites

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 US legal matters, non-profit boards and the whole approach to philanthropy/giving are very different to that in the UK.