Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat
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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

Voluntary organisations across Europe are coming under pressure from governments not to campaign on issues, warns Heidi Sandberg. This article is part of a series on the future of the
voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the
publication of  a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.

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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

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The sector needs to better support its women, says Rowena Lewis

As the sector dedicated to social justice, why are charities not making better progress at smashing the glass ceiling? Rowena Lewis says leadership is needed.

Don’t just stand there shouting, say something useful

Opposing the status quo is all well and good, says Robert Ashton, but much more effective if you can propose a proper alternative.

Return from Haiti: a new focus on governance

Back from serving in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Andrew Chaggar's mind is focused on developing European Disaster Volunteers from an organisation of solid response volunteers, to one which is also capable of managing its substantial growth.

Stand and deliver – but for heaven's sake stop meddling

Chairs have a place in charities, says David Philpott, but it shouldn't be in the stationery cupboard counting pens, or debating the cost of electricity.

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

Tom Flood accepts a Charity Award on behalf of BTCV in 2011

Tom Flood CBE, who will step down as CEO of conservation charity BTCV in July, provides some words of encouragement for a charity sector facing increasingly challenging times.

Dame Anne Owers

Now is a pivotal moment for the independence of the voluntary sector, says Dame Anne Owers.

Give us the *** money: Getting trustees involved in fundraising

There's no disputing that trustees donate a lot of time to the charities they serve, but what about money? Martin Farrell suggests ways for trustees to get involved in fundraising.

The Strictly Come Dancing approach to charity strategy

Strictly Come Dancing set smashing standards last year, and delivered results. Tesse Akpeki muses that the Strictly approach could be adopted by charities.

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