12 Feb 2015
Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.
She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.
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Former Charity Commission chief executive Andrew Hind has declared that the Cup Trust debacle that damaged the regulator’s reputation as a competent organisation was wholly down to the “bad judgement and inadequate leadership” from its senior executive team and board.
Two trustees of the Eden Trust, owner of the Eden Project in Cornwall, loaned the eco-attraction a total of £180,000 during the year to March 2014, and earned £4,241 in interest from the loans during the period.
The Charity Commission has produced a policy paper that seeks to explain its reasons for proactively naming some charities that are subject to its regulatory interventions, but not all.
In Su Sayer’s final year as chief executive of United Response, the charity she founded 40 years earlier posted record income of £77m and had reserves of £14.2m.
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.
Royal Voluntary Service, the former WRVS, posted an operating deficit of £6.7m last year, which was £3.6m worse than the charity had planned for.
ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen and Dianne Thompson, former CEO of the National Lottery administrator Camelot, were both made dames in the latest New Year Honours list.
18 Dec 2014
A survey by Ipsos Mori for NPC about how charities are perceived by people who vote for various political parties has suggested that Ukip voters have lower levels of trust in charities than those who plan to vote for one of the three mainstream parties.
The Charity Commission has warned the IPPR think tank that it “exposed itself to the perception that it supported the development of Labour Party policy” because it allowed Labour policies to be announced at the launch of one of its reports.
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