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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Veterinary charity PDSA has put the value of its volunteer force at £10.3m during 2008, up from £8.5m three years ago. The figure was arrived at by counting the numbers of hours contributed by volunteers and estimating how much the charity would have had to pay them if they were paid staff. In total during 2008, more than 4,800 volunteers clocked up 1.25 million hours.
More than half of the organisations that provide support services to local frontline charities say they are coping very well or fairly well with the recession, despite nearly four in five reporting higher demand for help. The findings were revealed in a survey by Capacitybuilders of local consortia that provide support to other sector groups – the first of four such surveys which will be conducted every six months. They aim to establish how the economic climate is affecting support bodies and whether government funding programmes are targeting the right areas.
The Charity Commission has fired off a letter to all MPs and peers to remind them that it was parliament that created the public benefit requirement and not the Commission, in the wake of the recent media backlash against the failure of two independent schools to pass the public benefit test. The letter, from the Commission’s chair Dame Suzi Leather (pictured) and chief executive Andrew Hind, begins: “You may have seen some media coverage recently regarding the Charity Commission’s public benefit assessments of 12 charities including some independent schools.
Children’s minister Ed Balls has asked Sir Roger Singleton to review the government’s plans for who should be subject to the forthcoming Vetting and Barring Scheme, after its initial proposals attracted widespread criticism and confusion. The new scheme will make it a legal requirement for everyone who works or regularly volunteers with children or vulnerable adults to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
It's a shame that government doesn't think harder about the link between spending money & resources and outcomes.
The Charity Commission has appointed interim managers at 35 charities over the last ten years, safeguarding £40.8m of charitable funds at a total cost to the charities involved of more than £1.9m.
The Charity Commission will organise a seminar to consider the issues around investigative journalism as a potential charitable activity, its chief executive promised yesterday.
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, 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.