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Society Diary: The best loo joke, the typical charity fan, and the Guide Dogs fundraiser sacked for sight problems

21 Nov 2014

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Society Diary: The best loo joke, the typical charity fan, and the Guide Dogs fundraiser sacked for sight problems

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Reach out to helping hands

The NCVO's Civil Society Almanac has exposed a critical need to rely on community volunteers and the sector must respond, says Paul Emery.

Eva Peron, former first lady of Argentina, copyright HerFariasP

Ian Allsop gets advice on management theory from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Paul McCartney.

Give More is about connection with communities, not just cash

The Give More campaign will help people to engage with the reality of charity, which is about people, not money - Stephen Hammersley lends his support.

Swimming with sharks - developing symbiosis with large charities

Jonathan Crown shows how small charities can thrive alongside the bigger beasts.

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

Europe's future rests on civil society

The future of Europe depends on unleashing the potential of civil society, believes Sir Stuart Etherington.

Charity is my business!

There remains a very broad misunderstanding of charity work in the private sector, says David Philpott. Stop the condescension, he says, this is my business.

Cut out the jargon, I'm drowning in acronyms

Robert Ashton is left flummoxed by the confusing architecture of jargonistic acronyms and non-joined-up processes encountered in setting up a new hospice. Surely there is some way to ease the burden, he asks.

European Disaster Volunteers charity

You think you know your strategy? Think again, says Andy Chaggar. It's not until you sit down to the task of developing a business plan that you truly learn your charity's priorities.

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