Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cold climate and a government charm offensive at Voice11

At the start of Voice11, the biggest event in the social enterprise calendar, the chief executive of the organisers, the Social Enterprise Coalition stood up and said this was completely different from any event that had gone before. He was right, too. It was the first time the event had been held in London, the… Read more »

The 2011 Budget looks like a tale of two sectors

It’s good news to see the charity sector feature more prominently in a budget speech, as well as a raft of new tax reliefs. It looks like a tale of two sectors, however. Those which rely on donations will profit from new tax reliefs estimated to be worth over £500m a year. But those who… Read more »

McLean’s departure is a blow for the IoF

Amanda McLean’s resignation after only four months as chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising is a huge talking point in the sector. It’s the second most read story of the year on Third Sector‘s website, with a dozen comments left by readers and letters still coming in to the magazine. Her departure can hardly… Read more »

Is celebrity involvement in charity campaigns always the right thing?

The #twitrelief campaign by Comic Relief received a surprising amount of criticism on the social networking site Twitter last week. The campaign featured an online auction that enabled members of the public to bid money for a celebrity to ‘follow’ their tweets, as well as for other extras. These extras, some of which were much… Read more »

How can we get society to become more generous?

Earlier this month, lots of varied and purposeful responses to the government’s Giving Green Paper were published. It was funny to see them. I’ve known that meticulous work has been done on them by various sector bodies I have been in regular touch with for a few months now, and it was really interesting to… Read more »