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.
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.
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.
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.
Has the taxpayer gained? I don't think so - the small savings to the Treasury (after the redundancy costs) are far outweighed by the damaging consequences of an under-resourced charity regulator.
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.
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.
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.