Reporter , Civil Society Media Ltd 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 Charity Commission’ announcements about charities it investigates are misleading and risk unnecessarily damaging charities' reputations, a senior charity lawyer has warned.
How charities spend their money and what they do are more of a concern for the public than fundraising methods, according to a poll carried out by Ipsos Mori for the think tank NPC.
The Charity Commission has made a good start towards becoming a proactive regulator, but still has a long way to go to make sure it is carrying out its functions effectively, quickly and within its budget, according to the National Audit Office.
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?
Small charities have seen the number of staff they employ fall, but volunteers increase, according to the Foundation for Social Improvement.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has disqualified a former trustee of a lifeboat charity after he froze the charity's bank accounts and withdrew a lifeboat from use, putting lives at risk.
Charlie Elphicke has urged the Charity Commission to strengthen its guidance on political campaigning to clarify the charitable status of think tanks.
Chartered accountancy firm, Kingston Smith, is inviting charities to apply for its first Creative Vision Award to win the opportunity to have an animated film created by professional animators for free.