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.


Media Trust collaborates to deliver citizen journalism project

The Media Trust will employ the services of three different consultancies to help it plan, implement and evaluate its three-year-long newsnet citizen journalism project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

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.

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.

Matthew Taylor, RSA chief executive

One of the biggest challenges to successfully creating the Big Society is the difficulty in getting small groups of people to work together effectively, according to RSA chief executive Matthew Taylor.

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.

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