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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The National Coalition for Independent Action has written an open letter to the chief executives of the sector’s major umbrella bodies who have all endorsed the revised Compact, complaining that the new document is wholly inadequate.
Moving British Waterways out of the public sector and into the voluntary sector would create the 13th-largest charity by income and the fifth-largest fundraising charity, according to a new report outlining the pros and cons of the idea.
The first qualitative evaluation of the first four years of the ChangeUp programme has revealed that the local infrastructure groups that swallowed up much of the funding made very little attempt to measure the programme's effect on frontline charities.
The next government should force every employer to give their employees at least five days each year paid time off to volunteer, according to the NCVO in its general election manifesto just published.
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.
Community transport organisation HCT Group has teamed up with Bridges Ventures to design a new financial instrument for the sector that allows returns to investors to rise or fall in line with the organisation’s revenues and social impact.
A recent decision by the tax tribunal in favour of the British Film Institute could open the floodgates for more cultural charities to claim their admission fees should be exempt from VAT.
Two married trustees of a charitable higher education college were also employed by the college in paid roles as its principal and marketing manager, despite its governing documents giving no provision to pay such trustees.