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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Staff at St Mungo’s are planning to strike again for ten days from next Wednesday in further protest at proposed changes to their pay and conditions.
CFG's trustees did not become aware that its reserves had plunged by nearly three-quarters until two months after the end of the financial year, Civil Society News has learned.
After the National Audit Office published its report into Big Society Network grants and a former Nesta trustee tweeted that Nesta was also “forced” to fund BSN back in 2010, Nesta chief executive Geoff Mulgan conducted a review into his organisation’s support for the agency. Tania Mason analyses his findings.
A single and largely centralised body will never meet the need for a regulatory body to oversee an increasingly diverse sector.
The Charity Commission will take no action against the trustees of Society Network Foundation, even though it found that the Foundation’s accounts were not Sorp-compliant and that it varied the use of a government grant without obtaining written permission.
The chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s risk committee was an adviser to Big Society Network when he was appointed to the BIG board by the Cabinet Office in December 2012, BIG has confirmed.
The National Audit Office has opened a fresh investigation into the funding of Big Society Network, to establish whether the issues identified in its first report indicate “wider systemic problems” within government and the Big Lottery Fund.
Charities ought to treat their pension deficit like “Japanese knotweed” and try to “bury it out of existence”, delegates at yesterday’s Charity Finance Summit were told.