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Society diary: Batman the philanthropist and Katie Hopkins the accidental fundraiser

24 Apr 2015

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Society diary: Batman the philanthropist and Katie Hopkins the accidental fundraiser

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Is there such a thing as too positive?

Positivity is often cited as a key leadership skill, but Tesse Akpeki explores how too much optimism can lead to messy leadership.

The business of fundraising

Fundraising is a realm all-too-oft avoided in a charity's boardroom, and left to buoy itself. But Sir David Varney intends to use his extensive business experience to help encourage corporate donations at the Stroke Association, where he is chairman designate.

What are you changing into?

After just over a year of transition funding some organisations have fared better than others, muses Robert Ashton.

Olympic Park

Belinda Pratten wonders what the long-term voluntary sector legacy will be once the Olympic Games leave town.

The very short-term experiences people have when they use our services - a full tummy, a good game of football, getting the giggles - are outcomes too.

» Bring unicorns back to our world: the problem with outcomes

Aspiring to inspire

With the second week of the Olympics well underway, David Philpott reflects on what has inspired him recently.

View from the motorcade

In an abstract comparison, Robert Ashton questions the power we have over our own destiny, and what significance any local organisation really has to the eyes of the powerful few.

European Disaster Volunteers charity

Andy Chaggar puts objections to some of Lord Hodgson's recommendations in the Charities Act Review into context, with his own charity as an example.

Don't let Olympic volunteering momentum die

The extravaganza of the Opening Olympic Ceremony tonight could be the launch of a new legacy of volunteering, says Vibeka Mair, who as an Olympic volunteer got a sneak preview at the Olympic stadium on Monday. But the opportunity could easily be lost, she warns.

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