Now that the Fundraising Regulator has launched its preference service- phew - perhaps it could get around to changing the picture on its home page, about which it has received complaints. Instead of a woman of a certain age who looks as if she's receiving a bad diagnosis, how about something a little more positive? At Large would like to suggest this image, above...
Waspish restaurant critic Jay Rayner tweets: "A department of Which? gets in touch. Claims charitable status and asks me to write for them for free. A new low." Which? is of course the trading name of the Consumers' Association, which is the charity. Third Sector readers will recall how Which? was paying senior executives six-figure bonuses until the scheme was halted after "some members expressed concern". It's now considering other methods of "long-term incentivisation".
Sir Stephen Bubb, former chief of Acevo, now runs the Charity Futures programme and isn't slowing down. In a recent lecture on charity history at the University of Oxford, his alma mater, he raced through 1,400 years in less than an hour, highlighting a Times editorial of 1856 that said things to make an Englishman proud included the country's "vast, numerous and richly endowed charities". Would The Times - and the other right-leaning national papers - say that now?
The muddle over Tracey Crouch's appointment as Minister for Civil Society was stirred by Labour's shadow minister, Steve Reed, when it was initially believed that John Glen MP was in the frame. PinkNews ran a story about Glen's support for the charity Christian Action Research and Education, which held a conference in 2009 where a "cure" for homosexuality was discussed. "We've no way of knowing if that was the reason for the change," Reed, who is gay, told Third Sector when Crouch's appointment was confirmed. "We were speculating whether it was the case." A government spokeswoman asserts it wasn't the case, and Glen - now in charge of arts, culture and heritage - told PinkNews he was deeply committed to equality before the law for gay couples and abhorred any suggestion that being gay was an illness or could be cured.
Meanwhile, a twitterstorm has developed about the recently renamed "Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport". Literacy fans quickly pointed out that an adjective is being used as a noun and a comma is missing after "culture" in the logo. Cue tweeted pictures of petri dishes and alternative names for this rag-bag outfit, such as the "Department for Digital, Bacon, Unicorns and a Nice Cup of Tea".
Statistics corner: Justin Davis Smith, who is writing the history of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has discovered a pre-war chief executive who served for 34 years. If Sir Stuart Etherington departs in the centenary year of 2019, as has been mooted, he will have clocked up 25 years at the top of the tree. This would mean that for 60 per cent of its first century, the umbrella body has been led by two people. So there you go.