Tania Mason

Tania Mason

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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Institute moots new 'Right to Ask' umbrella brand for all fundraising policy

The Institute of Fundraising is mustering support for a sector-wide public-facing campaign that will reinforce the message that fundraisers have every right to ask for money on behalf of beneficiaries.

Kenneth Dibble, Charity Commission head of legal services

The Charity Commission’s top lawyer stood by the regulator’s decision to refuse charitable status to the Exclusive Brethren this week, and said it was not difficult for religious charities to pass the public benefit test.

Peter Lewis, CEO-designate of Institute of Fundraising

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the London Voluntary Service Council, has been announced as the new chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising.


The Health Lottery

Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb has branded Richard Desmond’s new Health Lottery “a disgrace”, claiming it is likely to cannibalise National Lottery sales and mean less money for good causes.



He was just so nice - an over used word, but I can only ever see Daniel with a smile on his face. Genuine, wickedly funny, intelligent, oozing with foresight and interest.

» Daniel Phelan dies, aged 58

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission. Image by Fergus Burnett.

Charity Commission chair William Shawcross told an audience of charity lawyers yesterday that most of the voluntary sector was happy with the changes to the lobbying bill that have been proposed by the government.


Andrew Hind

Former Charity Commission chief executive Andrew Hind has declared that the Cup Trust debacle that damaged the regulator’s reputation as a competent organisation was wholly down to the “bad judgement and inadequate leadership” from its senior executive team and board.


Royal Courts of Justice

The Upper Tribunal has ordered the Charity Commission to withdraw its existing guidance on public benefit of fee-charging charities while it writes its new guidance.

Current criminal records regime ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has issued a judgment that renders the existing criminal records disclosure regime unlawful, in a case that could have far-reaching consequences for charities that rely on CRB checks when making decisions about hiring staff or volunteers.

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