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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 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: