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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The age of the digital charity: helping your board adapt to the challenges of technology

Digital technology is everywhere, but its uptake among charities has been slow. Kirsty Weakley finds out what’s being done to bring the sector into the digital age.

Tony Blair to shut business and donate £8m proceeds to charity

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to close his commercial enterprises and donate its reserves, estimated to be around £8m, to his charity work.

Charity Commission board appointments three weeks late

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has not confirmed who will be joining the Charity Commission's board - three weeks after board members were due to start.

Charity Commission freezes bank accounts at animal charity

The Charity Commission has frozen the bank accounts of an animal charity Action Aid for Animals while it opens a statutory inquiry to examine the financial controls.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

Fundraising ethics has ignored beneficiaries, says Rogare white paper

Academic theory on fundraising ethics has ignored beneficiaries and focused too much on donors, according to the latest Rogare white paper.

Charities urge donors to give their first plastic £5 note to a good cause

A social media campaign is urging people to donate their first plastic £5 note to charity, after the new version entered circulation at the end of last week.

Small Charitable Donations Bill does not go far enough, say charities

Charity representative bodies have said they will be pushing the government to strengthen a bill to amend the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which was introduced in the House of Commons earlier this week.

Lords extend deadline to give evidence to charities committee

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has extended its deadline to submit written evidence and released some details of what it has received so far.

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