The big charity quiz of 2019

16 Dec 2019 Voices

What a year it's been. Test your knowledge of things that have happened in the charity sector with our end of year quiz.

It's just a bit of fun and there are no prizes, but if you share your score (be honest) on Twitter we might like it! 

Click on the questions to reveal the answers. 

How many 'Christmas' charities are there in England and Wales?

  • According to Charity Commission register there are 48 charities with "Christmas" in their name. Our favourite is the recently-registered Christmas Foundation, which promises "the provision of Christmas-related activities all year round", although when we clicked on the link it said "service temporarily unavailable"!

Which charity announced plans to visit the International Space Station?

  • The Scout Association of course! Well kind of. On 1 April the Scouts announced that Bear Grylls would lead a team of adventurers to a camping trip on the space station. It was of course an April Fool. 

    Read more charity April Fools here.

Which recently elected MP with a link to the charity sector has a famous TV mum?

  • Danny Kruger, who was elected as the MP for Devizes last week, was the civil society adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport until the autumn when he joined Boris Johnson's team of advisers at Number Ten. His mother is Prue Leith, a judge on the Great British Bake Off. 

Who announced they were quitting politics for the charity sector?

  • Norman Lamb. Way back in August, and long before the general election was announced, the former Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk launched a fund with the Norfolk Community Foundation to support mental health and learning disability charities. At the same time, he said he would not fight another election.

Who is the longest-serving chief executive at a Charity Finance 100 Index organisation?

  • According to Charity Finance's Chief Executive Survey, published in September, Lord Victor Adebowale has been chief executive of Turning Point for 19 years.

    Meanwhile, the chief executive who has clocked up the most years working in the charity sector is Sir Paul Nurse. He is currently director of the Francis Crick Institute but prior to that had worked for Cancer Research UK and its predecessor the Imperial Cancer Research Fund since 1984.

    Subscribers can read the full survey here. 

Which charity's TV campaign featured hyenas?

  • Barnardo's. The children's charity used packs of hyenas to symbolise mental health issues facing children and young people for its Believe In Me campaign earlier this year. 

Which high-profile campaigner closed their charity this year?

  • Gina Miller. Together with her husband Alan Miller, she set up the True and Fair Foundation in 2009, but this year the charity revealed in its accounts that it would close. During the foundation's existence it found itself in conflict with parts of the sector over Miller's criticism of how many large charities operate, and faced regulatory scrutiny over its governance arrangements. 

Which new MP has promised to give over half their salary to local charities?

  • Nadia Whittome became the Labour MP for Nottingham East last week, and has promised to take a "workers' wage" of £35,000 from her new salary of £79,000. She'll donate the rest to local charities. 

    She told the Independent: “I think it’s really important for workers’ representatives to be on salaries that reflect workers more closely.

    “And it’s not berating MPs for taking the full salary. It’s not saying MPs don’t deserve the £79,000. It’s saying workers need a pay rise – carers, teaching assistants, nurses – and I’ll take mine when they take theirs.”

Which charity prompted a sector-wide debate about racism?

  • Citizen Advice. When a training slide designed to assist staff working with BAME communities was criticised as “horribly racist”, the charity withdrew the material and investigated. But the incident sparked the #CharitySoWhite movement, placing charities under more pressure than ever to address institutional racism and structural barriers. 

    Join us at Civil Society Media’s next State of the Sector event – ‘Race to the Top’ – if you want to be at the vanguard of real change in the sector, and are prepared to support your organisation to take action to work towards achieving racial equity. View the programme and book online here.

Which charity needed to issue a statement distancing itself from a right-wing youth group?

  • Turning Point. A new right-wing youth campaign group called Turning Point UK launched in January aiming to build support among students and young people for policies such free market economics. The homelessness charity was not helped by similarities in the two logos (see below: charity on the left, political campaign on the right).  



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