13 Nov 2014
Tania Mason is group editor at Civil Society Media.
She has been a journalist for 20-odd years and has specialised in the charity sector since 2003. Her experience has included stints on Third Sector, Marketing and PrintWeek magazines as well as agency work involving court reporting and occasional doorstepping of celebs for the tabloids. She started her career with five years on a daily newspaper in New Zealand before moving to London in 1993.
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The Charity Employees Benevolent Fund aims to have raised £400,000 by the end of next year and to have spent at least £250,000 helping over 500 families.
Seventy per cent of telephone calls to the Charity Commission are made by trustees, and around half of these fall into five subject areas.
The PCS union, the biggest union within the Charity Commission workforce, has launched a campaign against the threatened cut to the regulator’s budget, in a bid to reduce job losses among its members.
A single and largely centralised body will never meet the need for a regulatory body to oversee an increasingly diverse sector.
Charity Trustee Networks chair Rodney Buse has warned the Charity Commission to remember that the public spending cuts will affect other providers of advice and guidance to small charities too, when it decides which services to chop.
The board members of the Big Lottery Fund are re-examining the funder’s policy on additionality and considering whether it is still fit for purpose in the tighter economic environment.
Sector figures paid warm and heartfelt tributes to erstwhile Charity Commission chief executive Andrew Hind last night as the regulator’s annual public meeting doubled up as a leaving reception.