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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Cathy Phelan accepting the certificate on Dan's behalf

A coterie of Charity Awards judges past and present, along with past winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award, paid a special tribute to Charity Awards founder Daniel Phelan last night, as the event celebrated its 15th year.


Anne-Marie Piper, charity partner at Farrer & Co

"Charities badly need the social investment market to get off the ground and at the moment that’s incredibly difficult," said Anne-Marie Piper, charity partner at Farrer & Co, speaking at the Civil Society Question Time debate in Westminster yesterday.

Civil society ministers to go head-to-head in live ‘question time’ debate

Civil Society Media is to host a live question time-style debate with Nick Hurd, Gareth Thomas and Sir Stuart Etherington as the coalition government reaches the end of its first two years in power.

Sue Gwaspari, director of part-time volunteering, CSV

In 2010 CSV’s Volunteers in Child Protection project won the Overall Award at the Charity Awards. Sue Gwaspari, CSV’s director of part-time volunteering, outlines the impact that winning the Award has had on the organisation and the people it helps.


CSV's Sue Gwaspari collects the charity's Overall Winner award at 2010 Charity Awards gala dinner

Winning the Overall Award at the Charity Awards last year has helped CSV to increase by nearly five times the number of families helped by its winning Volunteers in Child Protection programme.


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.

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