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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New trustees appointed at Jewish charity after it spent less than one fifth of income on cause

A Jewish charity has recovered a £500,000 loan to its subsidiary company, after the Charity Commission launched an investigation because it was concerned about the low level of charitable expenditure.

Free guide to Bitcoin donations produced for charities

Two Bitcoin organisations have launched a website and free guide to promote the use of the digital currency to charities and other non-profit organisations.

BIG puts another £10m into programme to help charities win contracts and take investment

The Big Lottery Fund has doubled the amount of funding available through its grants programme to help charities win contracts and investment.

British Red Cross appoints its first chief information officer

The British Red Cross has appointed its first chief information officer to develop and implement a technology and digital strategy as the charity embarks on a change programme.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

CFG and NCVO support proposed audit threshold rise

Charity sector bodies have supported proposals to raise the audit threshold from £500,000 to £1m, in a joint response to a government consultation.

New Year, new network for National Trust Scotland

Kirsty Weakley reports on the the National Trust for Scotland's new network infrastructure and other technologies partnerships that were announced this month.

Mike Wade, director of fundraising and communications, NDCS

Fundraisers need to be more involved in policy-making or risk the government “losing the plot” when it comes to issues that affect the sector, the chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s policy advisory board said yesterday.

William Shawcross, chair, Charity Commission (image credit: Fergus Burnett)

Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, has reappointed William Shawcross as chair of Charity Commission for a second three-year term.

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