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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The Big Lottery Fund is reviewing the practice of soliciting bids for projects, such as its £1m grant to the Big Society Network charity for Britain’s Personal Best.
Charity Finance Group raided its free reserves to the tune of £187,510 last year to carry out a change programme and move offices, its latest annual report and accounts reveal.
Society Network Foundation, the charitable parent of Big Society Network, has applied to Companies House to be struck off the register of UK companies.
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.
Dan Pallotta, the US fundraiser and charity sector activist, is organising a three-day march in the States next June to raise awareness of the non-profit sector and funds to promote and defend its work.
The Cranfield Trust has added its voice to the view that there are too many charities, recommending to the Cabinet Office that the Charity Commission ought to impose “tougher demands” on people who want to set up a new one.
The new foundation being set up by former Big Society Network chief executive Steve Moore has applied for charitable status.
The Charity Commission is meeting with the trustees of Society Network Foundation this week in an attempt to gather more information for its investigation into apparent misuse of a restricted government grant and payments to its chair and staff.