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 government wants to invest in a new support programme for civil society organisations that will help them “modernise, become more efficient and more entrepreneurial”.
A new website, mentoring, employer-supported volunteering and bursaries to help frontline groups access specialist services are all central to the government’s new vision of how best to support civil society groups to build the Big Society.
The government is examining proposals for a scheme to allow people to donate to good causes in their communities by adding a nominal charge to their bills in local shops and restaurants.
Charity Finance was (and is) a truly proper read for anyone working in this industry. It was like Daniel himself - decent, informative, full of integrity and with a sprinkling of humour to lighten the load.
Brewer Guinness & Co has started inviting applications for funding for innovative new ideas for social enterprises.
A charity set up by Baroness Susan Greenfield, the former director of the Royal Institution who was ousted by trustees following a governance review, has created a Global Risk Register to provide access to intelligence on the risks facing humanity.
Capacitybuilders, the Commission for the Compact and the Office for Civil Society Advisory Body will all be scrapped, the government confirmed today.
Gerald Oppenheim’s departure from the Big Lottery Fund last month marked the end of an era for the funder. But its future is no less exciting, he tells Tania Mason.