Daniel Phelan

Daniel Phelan

Editor-in-chief, CSM

Daniel Phelan is editor-in-chief of Civil Society Media Ltd.

He began a media career in 1987 with the magazine Assembly & Association, a title drawn from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provided a forum for representative and membership bodies throughout the not-for-profit sector. In 1988, in collaboration with what was then the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers (now the Institute of Fundraising), Phelan founded Fundraising, the UK’s first ever magazine for fundraisers. 

In 1990, Phelan founded the company which is now Civil Society Media and remains as its editor-in-chief. He started Charity Finance magazine that year and was editor for its first seven years. In 1999, Phelan founded The Charity Awards, the annual UK-wide programme recognising excellence in charity management. In 2006, he founded Governance, the UK’s foremost magazine for charity trustees.

He is a trustee of Step Change Debt Charity (formerly the Consumer Credit Counselling Service/CCCS), Britain’s largest debt counselling charity, and Alliance Publishing Trust which publishes Alliance, the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide.

Email address: daniel.phelan@civilsociety.co.uk

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At risk of growing up

Trustees will have to pay heed to entrepreneurs from other sectors and take risks if they wish to see results, says Daniel Phelan.

Catholic Care debate reactions

Civil Society received a number of heartfelt responses to the recent 'Once a Catholic' article published following the intense media coverage of child abuse among Catholic clergy. Here is what some of our readers had to say...

Catholic Care must pursue the activities that its donors intended

Catholic Care's trustees would be breaking the law if they did not spend donations on activities that advance the Catholic faith - even if those activities are discriminatory in civil law - says Hal Broadbent.

Gay people start out as children too

Society will make the final decision on Catholic Care discrimination, says Daniel Phelan.

Once a Catholic?

The Charity Commission must continue to resist Catholic Care's efforts to circumvent the law, says Daniel Phelan

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