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 Big Society Network was set up to help deliver David Cameron’s Big Society vision. But its close links to the government – and the ease with which it won public money – means the concept is now discredited. By Tania Mason.
CFG chief executive Caron Bradshaw has warned that the sector’s drive to open itself up to ever-greater public scrutiny risks warping the true picture of what charities do.
Former Charity Commission chief executive Andrew Hind has declared that the Cup Trust debacle that damaged the regulator’s reputation as a competent organisation was wholly down to the “bad judgement and inadequate leadership” from its senior executive team and board.
The “formalised systems of volunteer management” has been driven by legislation, safeguarding vulnerable adults and health and safety as well as leading umbrella organisation like the NCVO.
Two trustees of the Eden Trust, owner of the Eden Project in Cornwall, loaned the eco-attraction a total of £180,000 during the year to March 2014, and earned £4,241 in interest from the loans during the period.
The Charity Commission has produced a policy paper that seeks to explain its reasons for proactively naming some charities that are subject to its regulatory interventions, but not all.
Terrence Higgins Trust paid its departing chief executive and deputy chief executive a total of at least £350,000 last year, including redundancy payments, its latest report and accounts suggest.
Rogare, the new fundraising think tank based at Plymouth University, has announced that its first research project will focus on identifying best practice in how charities build lasting relationships with their donors.