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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Four in five British charities expect income from voluntary donations to rise or remain steady over the coming year, according to new research. And their continental counterparts are even more optimistic. Figures from the latest annual State of the Non-profit Industry (SONI) report suggest that two-fifths of British charities expect donations to rise and another two-fifths predict they will stay the same.
Guide Dogs has launched its own virtual gifts website to capitalise on the pre-Christmas shopping rush. The 'Dog-e-gifts' site went live last week, along with a catalogue. The charity hopes to raise £200,000 in Christmas sales as a result of the initiative which gives donors a more tangible donation option.
The Institute of Fundraising is drawing together a coalition to fight against proposed changes to the European Union Data Protection Directive, which could impose tougher restrictions on fundraising Europe-wide. The EU has established a working party, Article 19 Working Party, to investigate possible changes to the directive which could involve limiting the ability of organisations to access personal data for fundraising calls.
If the reduction in funding is down to OXFAM's retail arm I'd suggest having a long and hard look at the environment of their shops and how pleasant or not it is for customers and donors to engage with them - my experience in the East Midlands is pretty depressing and I now choose to donate goods to local hospice shops as a result.
A new guide highlighting the tax incentives of corporate giving has been launched by the government, acknowledging that tax efficient giving is underused and misunderstood. A Guide to Giving for Business was launched late last week by minister for the Cabinet Office Tessa Jowell on behalf of the Office of the Third Sector, HMRC and HM Treasury.
An extra £100m has been allocated to frontline charitable activity by major philanthropists, according to this year’s Coutts Million Pound Donors report. Million-pound-plus donations have been largely resilient to the recession, according to the report. Some 189 donations of £1m or more were made in 2007/2008, just 6 per cent fewer than in the previous financial year.
The RSPCA recently lost a dispute over a legacy left in a will worth more than £2m. The courts instead awarded the money to legator’s daughter. Here, Mark Keenan, one of the lawyers representing the daughter, discusses the finer details of the case, and what it means for charities.