Editor, Fundraising magazine, Civil Society
Celina is the editor of Fundraising magazine and daily contributor to CivilSociety.co.uk. She has been at the publication since June 2008.
Previously Celina worked as a freelance feature writer for newspapers and magazines in Australia and the UK, working for publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the New Statesman. Celina was also a Ken and Yasuko Myer Fellow in 2004, which saw her intern at Manilla-based newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
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The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has hit back at public attacks on face-to-face fundraising by two London councils. Westminster City Council last week reported it had renegotiated its draft agreement with the PFRA, while Wandsworth Council condemned the organisation for failing to respond to its concerns regarding the practice in Tooting.
A charity has backed a Guardian journalist’s Twitter campaign against face-to-face fundraising. Ben Goldacre, author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian, begun a flurry of Twitter messages on Thursday when he tweeted that "Charity muggers mean your experience of walking down the street is defined by having to say 'no' all the time. This is really corrosive".
Facial hair fundraising is a good idea. Facial hair itself, sometimes good, sometimes bad. But facial hair fundraising, generally good. Could we now, however, have entered Too Much Of A Good Thing territory?
A south-west London Islamic charity has been ordered to undertake a governance review after the Charity Commission discovered trustees had mismanaged its accounts.
You won't attract many male volunteers as long as you have that "W" at the beginning of your name. Change your name, drop the word women and use the promotion of your new name and image to attract men to your organisation.
Higher rate tax payers should automatically receive full tax relief according to the Institute of Fundraising, which today renews calls for reform The Institute has delivered a proposal to the Treasury calling for it to consolidate the donation tax relief for higher rate taxpayers into one process, potentially increasing values by two thirds.
The PFRA is considering setting up a registry of approved fundraisers as part of move to crack down on rogue behaviour. A working party has been set up by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to look into the creation of a register of face-to-face and door-to-door fundraisers which could limit such fundraising work to those registered with the PFRA.
A series of free webinars on internet strategy for charities will run later this month The ‘NetWits Summer Camp’ will for four days run from 24 August and comprise five one-hour web seminars on the topics of websites, email, online fundraising, social media and online metrics. The series, being run by Blackbaud, has been designed to help charities maximise the value of their internet communication with donors and potential supporters.