Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

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Mark Astarita tops Fundraising’s 50 Most Influential poll

For the third year in a row, the British Red Cross director of fundraising Mark Astarita has been voted the most influential person in fundraising.

Few charities will be caught by Lobbying Act, says Commission head responsible for campaigning

The Charity Commission’s head of policy engagement and foresight has said she doesn’t expect many charities to have to register with the Electoral Commission as a third-party campaigner ahead of next year’s general election, but that charities should still check.

William Shawcross, chair, Charity Commission

William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission, has suggested that charities with an income of more than £100,000 should have to contribute to the regulator's funding.

Oona Aitken, incoming chief executive, CSV

The chief executive and finance director of CSV will step down later this year following a major business review as the charity tackles financial problems.

I'm surprised they have omitted the important question of *what* religions these charities are connected with. Surely it is of fundamental interest to know if certain religions are growing or declining, and the current proportion of 'religious charities' which are connected with each of the religions represented?

» NPC: 'It's time to consider the role of religious charities'

IT new business wins: Banking on a cloud

Kirsty Weakley looks at Homeless International's new cloud-based banking software, as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins.

Save the Children’s income up by almost £60m

Save the Children UK’s income for 2013 was £343m, up £59m on 2012, of which £31m relates to its merger with Merlin, according to its annual accounts.

RSPCA likely to cut jobs after income falls by almost £12m

The RSPCA saw a fall of almost £12m in its income in 2013, but has refuted allegations in national newspapers that its campaigning activity has driven away donors.

Lord Wallace: 'I worry about charities that are over dependent on public funding'

Charities that receive too much government funding “cease in some ways to be an entirely voluntary organisation”, a goverment minister told the House of Lords yesterday.

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