Little at large

Carry On Giving, but you can shrink the percentage

* We don't have to rely any more on that government leaflet with a man on the front sneezing over everyone to find out about swine flu.

The sector has its own guru in the form of Avian Flu Action, which, now that bird flu has become so last year (or should that be next year?), has rebranded itself to become an "educational website that helps you become informed about swine flu".

Responsive - but confusing for Joe Public because the site's still called Avian Flu Action. A change of name is in order. Avian and Swine Flu Action? Aporkcalypse Now?

* Just where did the impetus for the Institute of Fundraising's new whistleblowing service for exposing bad direct mail come from? There are contrasting versions. Third sector minister Kevin Brennan says he raised the issue and met members of the institute to seek assurance that action was being taken. The institute says it asked for the meeting and came up with the idea long before hooking up with Brennan. The Charity Commission, which also attended the meeting, says it was invited by Brennan's Office. So that's clear, then.

* Do we become more conservative as we get older? In his Practical Ethics, published in 1993, philosopher Peter Singer argued that everyone in the West on a middle income should give 10 per cent of their money to charity. Now it's 2009, and Singer's new book The Life You Can Save argues that everyone in the West who is comfortably off should give 5 per cent of their income to charity. I think we can see where this is going.

* Those who retain a fond or disapproving belief in the sector's inherent amateurishness may take heart from the fact that a charity now owns the rights to the Carry On films. According to Screen International, producer Peter Rogers, who died in April, has left the rights to the franchise to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.

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