Kirsty Weakley

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Experienced digital journalist covering the charity sector.

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Civilsociety
06/23/2018
Protesters call on Charity Commission to take action after five-year delay

Protesters gathered outside the Charity Commission's yesterday evening to protest at ongoing delays to the regulator's investigation into a charity which controls a football ground. Save the OSD Ground is calling for the Old Spotted Dog Ground in Forest Gate to be returned to the local community in an ongoing dispute with the charity over the ownership and control of both a football club and its ground.

Civilsociety
02/23/2018
Over 7,500 charities miss deadline to file with the regulator

Just over 7,500 charities missed last week's deadline to file their annual accounts or annual return with the Charity Commission. Charities with financial years ending on 31 March - the majority of the sector - needed to file their accounts and annual return with the Commission by 31 January.

Civilsociety
02/23/2018
Stowell was 'outstanding candidate on day' says independent panel member

Julia Unwin, who was on appointments panel for the next chair of the Charity Commission, has described Baroness Stowell as "the outstanding candidate on the day", after MPs and sector leaders criticised the process. Unwin is currently leading the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society, and was previously chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

Civilsociety
01/23/2018
Thousands of staff affected by Age UK data breaches

Age UK has confirmed that thousands of current and past staff are affected by two data breaches which occurred at the end of last year, meaning it is likely to cost the charity tens of thousands of pounds. The ICO confirmed yesterday that it was investigating two breaches at the charity.

Civilsociety
05/23/2018
Charities unhappy at £22,000 London Marathon advertising packages

Charities are unhappy after being asked for up to £22,000 to guarantee places for runners in next year's London Marathon. The London Marathon is the biggest single fundraising event of the year, and this year's event has so far raised over £40m for charities.

Civilsociety
06/23/2018
Former employees warn of 'toxic' culture at domestic abuse charity Refuge

Domestic abuse charity Refuge faces claims that it has a "toxic" working environment where staff would cry at their desks because of treatment by managers, and where its chief executive is "grossly overpaid". Earlier this year the trustees made a serious incident report to the Charity Commission over the behaviour of a senior staff member and the treatment of staff.

Civilsociety
05/23/2018
Over 150 data security incidents at charities in 2017/18

Charities reported 152 data security incidents to the Information Commissioner's Office in the year to March 2018, with over a third being reported in the first three months of this year, according to the latest update from the data regulator.

Civilsociety
06/23/2018
Mandy Johnson: Expect to see the voice of small charities getting louder

Mandy Johnson, chief executive of the Small Charities Coaltition, tells Kirsty Weakley that small charities need a louder voice and explains what she plans to do about it. Mandy Johnson joined the Small Charities Coalition ten months ago and since then has been working to raise her organisation's profile to enable it to reach more small charities and help government and the rest of the sector better understand and support small charities.

Civilsociety
04/23/2018
'There are too many charities' says NCVO chair

There are "too many charities", the chair of NCVO said last night, before urging organisations to consider merger or closer collaboration. Peter Kellner was chairing a panel last night to discuss a new report from the think tank NPC, Let's talk mission and merger, where he said: "I think we all know in our heart of hearts that there are too many charities."

Civilsociety
09/23/2018
Eliot Lyne: 'It's about much more than just rebranding RNIB'

It's been a turbulent time for RNIB, which this week unveils a new brand and strategy as part of a drive to modernise its operations. Eliot Lyne, the interim chief executive, says the charity is at a "pivot point" when it is looking to the future, but is also dealing with issues from its past.

Analysis

Civilsociety
08/23/2018
Kirsty Weakley: Is the Charity Commission's caseload at breaking point?

In recent years the Charity Commission's caseload has steadily increased. It is now registering more charities than at any point in the recent past and its regulatory activity has stepped up. Last year it saw a 36 per cent increase in compliance cases, year-on-year, to a record 2,269, as well as a record number of applications for registration.

Civilsociety
02/23/2018
Kirsty Weakley: The Haiti scandal raises big questions for Oxfam bosses and others

On Friday the Times reported details of an internal investigation into staff who had found to be paying vulnerable Haitian women for sex. There were more revelations over the weekend: that the staff involved had been able to secure jobs in other charities, as well as separate allegations about Oxfam and other charity workers.

Civilsociety
07/23/2018
Kirsty Weakley: Is it time to panic about trust in charities?

The Charity Commission's latest trust research makes for uncomfortable reading. The level of public trust is at the lowest point since the regulator starting tracking it in 2005; having seen a significant drop two years ago, the level dropped slightly again to 5.5. This isn't that surprising.

Fun pieces

Civilsociety
01/23/2018
How to get the Prime Minister to follow your charity on Twitter

Social media is a key part in the modern politician's communications toolkit. Who needs spin doctors, speech writers and communications advisers to craft perfectly honed messages when you can fire off 280 character missives into the ether? Politicians all have their own approach to engaging with the great unwashed on Twitter.

Civilsociety
12/23/2016
Page not found: The top ten charity 404 pages

But it's much better to embrace the 404 page than to ignore it and hope no-one stumbles across it. After all an amusing, yet helpful, page could be what turns an irritated visitor who's clicked on a broken link elsewhere into a regular giver after all.

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