Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sir Terry Pratchett hasn’t lost his edge, and his charitable impulse gets stronger

It’s not evident when you meet Terry Pratchett that he’s suffering from Alzheimers: he’s mentally sharp and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with his memory. He’s also just completed one book and is writing two more. But he says he can feel it advancing, making him a little worse month by month. And one of the… Read more »

It’s impossible for schools to have more than tokenistic regard for the poor

It’s a well-known fact that cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands butter-side down. With the obvious result that if you tie a slice of toast to the back of a cat, you create an anti-gravity machine. It’s a bit like the situation that trustees of independent schools find themselves in, following the recent confirmation, via the… Read more »

It’s clear to me that bursaries don’t help people in poverty very much

Friday’s charity tribunal decision on fee-charging schools and public benefit was claimed as a victory by both sides, although it strikes me as a loss for trustees for such schools. One thing which struck me as a victory for everyone was a decided shift away from the idea that schools had to give bursaries to create a public benefit…. Read more »

The sector has a duty to be more open about the problems with charity bag collections

Two things in particular struck me when I was doing research for this week’s feature on charity clothing collection theft and fraud. Firstly, the good news. There does seem to be a genuine attempt by many organisations and bodies to try to tackle the problem in a meaningful way. From the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to the Trading Standards… Read more »

Impact measurement is the sector subject du jour

Analysing and measuring impact is a hot button for charities at the moment. Everyone seems to wants to know more about it. One piece of evidence for this was the high attendance at a Third Sector conference on the subject yesterday. So many people wanted to come that the event was twice moved to a bigger venue and… Read more »