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Society Diary: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a charity minister

11 Apr 2014 | David Ainsworth

Our weekly round-up of outlandish and interesting information collected from the corners of the charity sector.

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Benevolent funds do provide public benefit

Hilary Greengrass highlights the importance of the Charity Employees Benevolent Funds in light of the news that the Attorney General is examining whether all benevolent funds really do provide public benefit.

Haiti is an equaliser - don't dismiss the good individuals can do

Andrew Chaggar responds to Rory Carroll's article in the Guardian last month calling for an end to 'aid tourism' in Haiti.

No fundraising on commission: time to dump this regulatory relic

The long aversion to paying fundraisers on commission has become not only outdated, but threatens to stifle entrepreneurialism in the sector. Joe Saxton says charities deserve better.

Julia Middleton

Take care before you ride the wave of the Big Society, says Common Purpose chief executive Julia Middleton.

Flexible working rests on the buy-in of the workforce and mutual benefit of the arrangements. There is no mutual benefit for employees in zero-hours. It is a wholly one-sided arrangement. I have yet to meet a single third sector employee who wants zero-hours.

» What charities should know about zero-hour contracts

The GuideStar saga trundles on

For a service that was intended to promote transparency, the ongoing GuideStar saga is depressingly confusing and opaque, says Tania Mason.

Do our leaders really have what it takes to navigate the sector out of this perfect storm?

More than 80 per cent of civil society leaders come from the public and private sector. Rowena Lewis looks at what this means for aspiring leaders working in charities.

Equality should mean one rule for all

Dorothy Dalton highlights an unintended consequence of the recent Equality Act.

Roulette

When the treasurer records a large windfall, trustees are surprised to hear its origin. Here a trustee asks, should they whistleblow or was gambling with charity funds a means to an end?

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