29 Oct 2013
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 Commission has started consulting the sector on a revision of CC14, its guidance on investments. CC14 was last updated in 2003 and is widely considered to be out of date and not fit for purpose in the current financial climate – especialy the sections on hedge funds and socially responsible investment (SRI).
The Office of the Third Sector has refused to publish the latest assessment reports of its 11 most highly-funded strategic partners, saying the public interest in keeping them secret outweighs the public interest in disclosing them. In response to a Freedom of Information request from Charity News Alert to see the reports, the OTS cited an exemption under the section of the Act that deals with the development of government policy.
The Shaw Trust has recruited a public sector social services professional as its chief executive to succeed Ian Charlesworth who was ousted in a bitter row a year ago.
The Institute of Fundraising has written to several external stakeholders to ask them to help it set its strategy for the next decade. Chair Paul Amadi (pictured) sent the letter to a selection of “well respected and strategic thinkers” earlier in the summer, with a deadline for responses of this Friday, 4 September.
Big Society indeed. Big bucks for the big players and let the rest of us, operating diligently and frugally, eat dust. I hope this story keeps its legs and congratulate those who continue to dig.
Which?, the charity that campaigns for consumer value, is examining the potential for launching some own-brand products and services into markets that it judges currently give consumers a raw deal.
A charity TV lottery that raised £100,000 for sports bodies during its six-week pilot last year is now launching nationally with gamecards going on sale at every Tesco checkout in England, Scotland and Wales.
Tania Mason talks to Paul Winter, the ‘leaders’ leader’, about leadership training, charity bursaries, and getting back to our roots.