Tania Mason

Tania Mason

Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.

She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.

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Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta

After the National Audit Office published its report into Big Society Network grants and a former Nesta trustee tweeted that Nesta was also “forced” to fund BSN back in 2010, Nesta chief executive Geoff Mulgan conducted a review into his organisation’s support for the agency.  Tania Mason analyses his findings.


Michael Norton, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Charity Awards 2014

The Charity Awards judges selected Michael Norton to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014. Tania Mason met the man whose fingerprints are all over civil society.


Statutory income: Keeping heads above water

Four years on from the Comprehensive Spending Review, Tania Mason revisits the service delivery sector.

Heads above water - the interviews

Tania Mason interviewed directors from a host of service delivery charities for her feature entitled Heads above water, published in April's Charity Finance.  Click on the links below for edited transcripts of those interviews.

Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.

» The cuts don't work

Scope service user

Scope’s vision for the future is a society that treats disabled people no differently to those without disabilities. That’s why its CEO Richard Hawkes is convinced that closing nearly a third of its care homes is the right thing to do. By Tania Mason.



Hodgson's choices: Charities Act 2006 review

In July 2012, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts published his review of the Charities Act 2006. Tania Mason takes a whistlestop tour.

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission. Image by Fergus Burnett.

The new chair of the Charity Commission will have to work hard to demonstrate that he is sufficiently independent of the government, says Tania Mason.


Mind the gap

As the issue of women’s pay and representation in the private sector continues to hog the spotlight, Tania Mason takes the temperature of the situation in civil society leadership positions.

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1 Oct 2014

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IT new business wins: Banking on a cloud

1 Jul 2014

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How to set up a pop-up charity shop

16 Oct 2014

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Tracking the careers of fundraisers who started on the street

16 Oct 2014

New research has tracked the careers of successful charity fundraisers who started out on the street....

BHF on bringing its fundraising and awareness-raising activity together

15 Oct 2014

The British Heart Foundation is blending its fundraising and awareness campaigns. Polly Shute shares the...

Staff signing bank mandates

1 Nov 2014

Sam Coutinho advises the chair of a charity who has discovered staff have been signing bank mandates....

Alice Maynard: Bringing Scope back from the brink

1 Oct 2014

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Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries

20 Aug 2014

Our guest Chairman advises making sure a charity is complying with on how to handle vulnerable beneficiaries.