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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Patrick Crawford, CEO of Charity Bank

Charity Bank has reported a sharp upturn in loan approvals, and has cited this as evidence that the sector’s confidence in the economy is growing.

Nesta was 'forced' to fund Big Society Network, says former trustee

Former Nesta trustee Liam Black tweeted this morning that Nesta was “forced” to fund Big Society Network.
 


A shameful saga

The real shame of the Big Society Network saga is the hundreds of genuine, effective charities that missed out on funding, says Tania Mason.

Cabinet Office overruled own grants panel to fund Big Society Network charity

The Cabinet Office vetoed its own appointed grantmaking advisory panel in order to make a £300,000 grant to Big Society Network’s charity, the National Audit Office revealed today.

This was not a 'calculated risk', it was a BIG mess, BIG waste of money, BIG incompetence. £1m spent in 6 months and nothing to show for it.

» BIG withdraws £1m grant to Big Society Network charity

Martin Brookes. Image courtesy of Matt Clayton, PHF

Martin Brookes has left his post as director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation “by mutual agreement” after 13 months in the job.


Charity law consolidation continues with Charles Russell Speechlys merger

Law firms Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell are to merge. Charles Russell Speechlys will open for business on 1 November.

'A fence at the top of a cliff is better than an ambulance at the bottom'

‘Social polluters’ such as alcohol, gambling and payday loan companies could be taxed to provide interest-free loans to innovators with early-intervention solutions to social problems, the Early Action Task Force has recommended.

New accounting Sorps are finally published

The two new Statements of Recommended Practice (Sorps) that will apply to all charities that prepare accruals accounts for years beginning on or after 1 January 2015, have been published today.

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