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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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.

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.

Tribunal judge queries how educating rich children can be charitable

The lawyer who is defending the Charity Commission against the Independent Schools Council’s challenge to its public benefit guidance yesterday found himself explaining to the tribunal judges how it is that such schools can be charities at all.

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.

Charity Finance was (and is) a truly proper read for anyone working in this industry. It was like Daniel himself - decent, informative, full of integrity and with a sprinkling of humour to lighten the load.

» Daniel Phelan: Publisher, editor, social entrepreneur, intellectual

Rolls Building, Royal Courts of Justice

Catholic Care’s latest appeal in its ongoing campaign to be allowed to prevent gay couples from using its adoption services, began before the Upper Tribunal today.

The Preston Down Trust runs Brethren meeting halls

The Charity Tribunal hearing into whether the Exclusive Brethren church should be granted charitable status will not now go ahead in March as planned, while the church and the Charity Commission try to find another way to resolve the matter.

Margaret Hodge

Margaret Hodge, the chair of the Parliamentary committee which scrutinises how the government spends its money, suggested yesterday that HMRC could regulate the sector and that the Charity Commission could be “a little quango on a bonfire”.

Gift aid cap row was about 340 people, HMRC figures show

A total of 340 high earners used gift aid tax relief last year to reduce their tax rate to less than 10 per cent, according to figures just released by HMRC in response to a Freedom of Information request.

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