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 Institute of Fundraising has written to several external stakeholders to ask them to help it set its strategy for the next decade. Chair Paul Amadi (pictured) sent the letter to a selection of “well respected and strategic thinkers” earlier in the summer, with a deadline for responses of this Friday, 4 September.
A charity TV lottery that raised £100,000 for sports bodies during its six-week pilot last year is now launching nationally with gamecards going on sale at every Tesco checkout in England, Scotland and Wales.
These enormous sums, apparent lack of process or control, the impression of pals lining each others' pockets, and dissemblance (at best) combine to look more than scandalous.
Intelligent Giving has finally succumbed to the impossibility of finding sustainable funding and is being taken over by New Philanthropy Capital.
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.
Japan is so impressed with Acevo it’s setting up its own version and calling it Jacevo. Dr Mark Downs, executive director for science and enterprise at RNID, visited Japan on behalf of Acevo to meet a range of Japanese voluntary organisations that are hoping to unite to create an umbrella organisation.
Charity Tax Group has held a meeting with the Treasury to present evidence of how charities are being put off sharing back-office functions by a VAT charge that makes it too costly. Because the sharing of back office services – such as IT, finance and human resources staff – often requires a new organisation to be set up, this incurs VAT which can cancel out any savings.