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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Kevin Gardiner speaking at the Charity Finance Summit 2015 last week

Growth is the norm, not the exception, and charity investors bet against it at their peril, delegates at last week’s Charity Finance Summit heard.

Barbara Frost won the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement

Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid for the last ten years, was honoured with the first-ever eponymously named Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, at The Charity Awards 2015.  She spoke to Tania Mason about her career.

The Big Society Old Boys' Network

The Big Society Network was set up to help deliver David Cameron’s Big Society vision. But its close links to the government – and the ease with which it won public money – means the concept is now discredited. By Tania Mason.

Rob Wilson MP, minister for civil society

Two days after the Chancellor unveiled his latest plan to cut public spending and outsource large swathes of public services, the minister for civil society has outlined his ideas for boosting the capacity of charities and social enterprises to provide them.  Tania Mason reports.

A giant of the charity sector, but an even greater friend. I am truly devastated that Dave is no longer with us.

» Former Citizens Advice chief David Harker dies

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.

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Richard Hawkes caused quite a stir when he left Scope in May after five and a half years. A few months...

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