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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Dawn Austwick

Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, has described as “shocking” the role that funders play in encouraging charities to have weak balance sheets.

Peter Holbrook, chief executive, Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK has rounded on the decision by NHS Surrey to award preferred-bidder status for a £450m contract to a Virgin-owned private health provider over a social enterprise, claiming it jeopardises the government’s mutuals agenda.


Charities' online donations scuppered by broken Charity Choice links

Hundreds of charities may have lost the ability to accept online donations after web-based donation service Charity Choice upgraded its website and changed the links from charities' own sites.

Gift aid calculator

The British Red Cross has proposed a compromise over the tax relief cap: that donations only become subject to the cap if the taxpayer claims the relief for themselves, but not if they donate it to the charity.



A single and largely centralised body will never meet the need for a regulatory body to oversee an increasingly diverse sector.

» Hodge moots 'bonfire' of the Charity Commission

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough and Rushden

Some 166 MPs yesterday voted in favour of allowing Peter Bone MP to introduce a ten minute rule bill aimed at amending the Charities Act to reinstate the presumption of public benefit for religious institutions.

Jane Hobson, head of policy at the Charity Commission

Charities will soon be required to state in their annual return whether they pay their trustees and whether they are members of the Fundraising Standards Board, as a result of changes being brought in next year by the Charity Commission.

Lloyds TSB forces closure of Interpal's bank account

Interpal, the controversial UK-based Palestinian charity, is facing closure after Lloyds TSB instructed the Islamic Bank of Britain to shut its bank account.

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

The Charity Commission has agreed just over £4.3m in voluntary redundancy packages to 129 people since January 2011, while saving £3.3m on its wage bill over the same period.

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