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Finance | Tania Mason | 23 Mar 2011

Hats off to the Philanthropy Review, says Tania Mason, for doing in a few short weeks what others have been unable to achieve in a lot longer.

The Funding Commission must be peeved.  It spent more than a whole year researching problems with funding in the sector and published a 90-page report outlining its detailed findings and recommendations, including several ideas for how the government can help the sector.

The Philanthropy Review was set up five minutes ago, has made a single recommendation and two days later it’s found its way into Osborne's Budget.  And this despite a public bashing of the Big Society Bank by the chair of the Review, Thomas Hughes-Hallett (pictured) a few weeks back.

Good contacts - or just a good idea?

 

Fiona Ellis
Chair of the Funding Commission
28 Mar 2011

I think even Tom Hughes Hallett would not recognise this as a roaring success. Indeed he said so: “We are encouraged to see some measures in the Budget that represent the first step to building an even stronger culture of philanthropy in the UK. But we strongly encourage government to see this as the first in a series of initiatives to stimulate giving to be rolled out over the life of Parliament.”

There is no disagreement that I know of between the Philanthropy Review and the Funding Commission: we both appreciate the value of the long game. The Funding Commission was asked to put forward a ten year plan - we aren't expecting all our recommendations to arrive at once. However if you remind yourself of our recommendations in detail I think you'll find that we too wanted changes to the Gift Aid regime - rather more radical collection methods for example. And it looks like they are under consideration. So now why don't we all, including the sector press, support each other in trying to deliver the goods instead of creating disharmony where there is none?

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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.

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