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Giving White Paper

David Cameron; PA copyrightThe Government has launched its Giving White Paper to make it easier and more appealing to give time and money to good causes.  The White Paper includes a £10million Social Action Fund to support the most promising ideas for growing giving in priority areas in England; a Challenge Prizes, of up to £100,000 for the best solutions to volunteer challenges; and a £30 million fund to improve the effectiveness of infrastructure organisations that support front line organisations.   The White Paper also includes £1 million to support Youthnet which runs the volunteering website www.do-it.org.uk and which will share its data more freely with organisations. Facebook have said that they will make this data accessible through them; £700,000 to support Philanthropy UK connecting wealthy people with charities that need their support; and £400,000 support from Government and NESTA to trial ‘Spice’ in England which gives volunteers ‘thank-you’ like vouchers or discounts with local businesses when they do good things for the community. Banks and cash-point providers have also agreed to work together to enable donations to be made at cash machines by 2012.   For more information on the White Paper please click: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/giving-white-paper-%E2%80%93-making-it-easier-take-part-bigger-stronger-society