12 Feb 2015
Editor, Fundraising magazine, Civil Society
Celina is the editor of Fundraising magazine and daily contributor to CivilSociety.co.uk. She has been at the publication since June 2008.
Previously Celina worked as a freelance feature writer for newspapers and magazines in Australia and the UK, working for publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the New Statesman. Celina was also a Ken and Yasuko Myer Fellow in 2004, which saw her intern at Manilla-based newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
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Thirty-three charities have been caught misapplying funds or acting outside their purpose over the last year, according to the Charity Commission.
Charities are using their online presence and corporate partnerships to boost their Christmas fundraising income. This week's update looks at campaigns involving Merlin, Cancer Research UK, Help the Hospices and Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
Missing People has secured a corporate partnership with social network Friends Reunited, opening the charity up to an audience of over 20 million.
The long history of the cheque could soon be coming to an end, but that does not mean that cheque donors will suddenly turn their backs on their charities.
If the reduction in funding is down to OXFAM's retail arm I'd suggest having a long and hard look at the environment of their shops and how pleasant or not it is for customers and donors to engage with them - my experience in the East Midlands is pretty depressing and I now choose to donate goods to local hospice shops as a result.
Nearly £10m in grants has been awarded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as part of a funding programme that was 50-times over-subscribed.
More than £1.75m has been donated to the BBC Children in Need appeal via mobile phones, the first time the charity has ever used text-message donations.
The British Heart Foundation’s calendar designed specifically for use on the desks of funeral directors has been awarded the title of Professional Fundraising's Charity Calendar of the Year.