Daniel Phelan

Daniel Phelan

Founder, Civil Society Media Ltd

Daniel Phelan was the founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Society Media Ltd.

He died on 11 February 2015 following a long battle with cancer.

Daniel began his media career in 1987 with the magazine Assembly & Association, a title drawn from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provided a forum for representative and membership bodies throughout the not-for-profit sector. In 1988, in collaboration with what was then the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers (now the Institute of Fundraising), Phelan founded Fundraising, the UK’s first-ever magazine for fundraisers. 

In 1990, Dan founded the company which is now Civil Society Media. He started Charity Finance magazine that year and was editor for its first seven years. In 1999, he founded The Charity Awards, the annual UK-wide programme recognising excellence in charity management. In 2005, he launched Governance, the UK’s foremost magazine for charity trustees.

Until shortly before his death he was a trustee of StepChange Debt Charity (formerly the Consumer Credit Counselling Service/CCCS), Britain’s largest debt counselling charity, and Alliance Publishing Trust which publishes Alliance, the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide.

Daniel is survived by his wife Cathy and a daughter, Fabienne.

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Civil Society News is republishing this article from December 2013 in tribute to Daniel Phelan.

The December 2013 edition of Charity Finance magazine is the 200th issue.  To celebrate, the team at Civil Society Media hosted a party on the 31st Floor of Centre Point, central London.  Editor-in-chief and founder of the magazine, Daniel Phelan, reflected on the journey so far. This is the full text of his speech.


Charity Finance - 200 not out

Andrew Hind reflects on what it means for Charity Finance to reach such a milestone and how it all began.

Daniel Phelan entertaining the guest at the Charity Finance 200th issue party

The December 2013 edition of Charity Finance magazine is the 200th issue.  To celebrate, the team at Civil Society Media hosted a party on the 31st Floor of Centre Point, central London.  Editor-in-chief and founder of the magazine, Daniel Phelan, reflected on the journey so far. This is the full text of his speech.


At risk of growing up

Trustees will have to pay heed to entrepreneurs from other sectors and take risks if they wish to see results, says Daniel Phelan.

Telegram to Sam

Sam Younger will have to use his talents wisely to navigate the stormy seas after Hind's departure, says Daniel Phelan, and don't expect any waves of funding.

Flexibility and stability in the changing workplace

The findings of our 2010 Charity IT Survey and CFDG's annual salary and employment survey offers some interesting pointers about the changing nature of the workplace, says Daniel Phelan.

Income and inflation

Cash isn't looking a very good bet against other types of investment right now, surmises Daniel Phelan.

Remote control

Civil Society surveys lend understanding to why remote working helps the voluntary sector tick, says Daniel Phelan.

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