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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StepChange Debt Charity

Debt management charity the Consumer Credit Counselling Service is to change its name to the StepChange Debt Charity next month ahead of a massive marketing campaign that aims to raise awareness of its existence among members of the public and other charities.

Norwood: £70k fine for data security breach is too much

Norwood, the Jewish social care charity that was fined £70,000 for a data protection breach after an employee left some files outside a house, has attacked the penalty as disproportionate and is considering an appeal.

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive, Acevo

A letter from Acevo chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb to the Prime Minister in which he describes the Big Society as “effectively dead” and accuses the government of sidelining charities, secured the front page lead in today’s Times as well as an interview on the Today programme.

Tony Burton, BIG board member, was also an adviser to Big Society Network

The chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s risk committee was an adviser to Big Society Network when he was appointed to the BIG board by the Cabinet Office in December 2012, BIG has confirmed.

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 cuts don't work

Number of £1m donors continues to rise

Nearly 300 donors gave gifts of more than £1m to charities last year, a 50 per cent rise on the number of such donations over the previous year.

Tower Hamlets. Image courtesy of Steven Haslington.

Tower Hamlets council consistently ignored or overruled its own grantmaking guidelines when awarding grants to charities in the borough, an investigation instigated by the government has found.

FareShare South West

FareShare South West, the Bristol-based charity that minimises food waste, is the first charity to complete a deal that makes use of social investment tax relief.


The expansion of contracted voluntary sector delivery of public services has reduced volunteer involvement in charitable provision and limited the tasks that volunteers carry out to the routine and mundane, according to a new report.

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