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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Sketch: Ennui, insult and expectoration at the Institute's tribute party for Lindsay

After ten years in post as chief executive at the Institute of Fundraising, Lindsay Boswell is off to pastures new.  Tania Mason went to his leaving reception.

£21m worth of fraud was reported last year

The Charity Commission received 451 reports of serious incidents last year, almost twice as many as the year before.

OCS reviews procedure for door-to-door licence rejections

The Office for Civil Society is reviewing the way it considers appeals by charities against local authority refusals to grant house-to-house collections licences.

Martin Brookes, chief executive, New Philanthropy Capital

New Philanthropy Capital chief executive Martin Brookes has used the Charity Awards-winning project Volunteers in Child Protection as the basis of a new report that aims to help charities stave off funding cuts in the forthcoming public spending round.

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

Acevo seeks PR advice on defending charity practices

Acevo has secured pro bono advice from the world’s biggest PR agency to help the sector mount a robust defence against negative media coverage of issues like fundraising costs or CEOs’ salaries.

Mark Astarita, British Red Cross fundraising director

British Red Cross fundraising director Mark Astarita has defended the decisions by several of the UK’s biggest charities not to appear on the BBC Newsnight programme about street fundraising, claiming they were being set up for a “bear-baiting contest”.

Sam Younger, Charity Commission chief executive

The Charity Commission’s new chief executive is unfazed by the prospect of wielding the hatchet that is poised to fall on the regulator’s activities – and is convinced there will be opportunities to create new services as well as cut old ones. Tania Mason reports.

Who will fill Lindsay Boswell's shoes?

Tania Mason wonders what kind of leader the Institute of Fundraising needs next.

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