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, chief executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, has described as “shocking” the role that funders play in encouraging charities to have weak balance sheets.
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.
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.
Supporters of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church have submitted around 120 separate written submissions to the Public Administration Select Committee in a bid to influence its inquiry into charity law and regulation of the sector.
Big Society indeed. Big bucks for the big players and let the rest of us, operating diligently and frugally, eat dust. I hope this story keeps its legs and congratulate those who continue to dig.
Interpal, the controversial UK-based Palestinian charity, is facing closure after Lloyds TSB instructed the Islamic Bank of Britain to shut its bank account.
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.
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.
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.