Posts By: Gemma Quainton

Cooperatives are enjoying a moment

Once charities were seen as the magic bullet for public service reform. But now their place seems to have been usurped by another part of the third sector: cooperatives.   Last month, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne promised to free public sector staff to form employee-led “John Lewis” style co-operatives and sell their services back to… Read more »

Was this the Charity Tribunal’s last hurrah?

The final outcome of the Kidd Legacy case, announced by the charity tribunal  on Wednesday, looks like a very satisfying one – but you can’t help fearing that there might not be many more where that came from. In many ways the Kidd Legacy appeal is a shining example of what the tribunal was set… Read more »

Making sense of social media is like herding cats

We had half-an-hour to go before the panel I was chairing at the Media 140 event on social media in the third sector event last week was due to face the audience. Fear was setting in. Huddled in the corner, the panellists and I were chatting about the kinds of questions I would be putting… Read more »

Why do charities want a fourth term for Labour?

The sector wants another Labour government – not by a slim margin but by a massive one. That is the finding from the State of the Sector survey Third Sector carried out with research agency nfpSynergy. These results do come with caveats; it’s a self-selected online survey for a start, but I doubt many would… Read more »

Charities should take notice of the anti-X Factor campaign

For me, two recent and seemingly unconnected events have highlighted the power of ideas and the ability of civil society to harness them.   First, the recent visit to the UK of Eboo Patel, founder of the USA’s Interfaith Youth Core. Eboo’s thesis is that we are living at the collision-point of four seismic shifts:… Read more »

A New Year wish for the social investment bank

So this is Christmas. And with another year over and a new one not yet begun, the pre-Budget report tells of untold riches in dormant accounts to be used to fund a social investment wholesale bank and projects for young people. The latter will be routed through the Big Lottery Fund. I just hope –… Read more »

Do we need a charity sector commentariat?

Hooray, hurrah, huzzah! (Is huzzah a word?) I have been asked to blog. Officially. By a proper, bona fide news magazine. Third Sector no less –  doughty organ of civil society and recorder of the slings and arrows that befall our collective sector from time to time. Yet brief flush of pride aside, aren’t there… Read more »