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Third Sector Awards 2019: Charity of the Year - The Safer Living Foundation

This prestigious award goes to the charity or voluntary sector organisation that has had a truly exceptional year and whose recent achievements have attracted the admiration of the sector

Peter Stanford: I rolled my eyes, but now I say 'hurrah for the GDPR'

All the hard work it required to get up to speed on the new data law was worth it because of one extraordinary bonus...

Time to pay trustees

There have been calls for charities to pay board members to improve both diversity and professionalism in the sector. Liam Kay reports

Kate Sayer: Chairs, make sure you get all the financial information

As my experiences have shown, you run the risk of being seriously misled if you don't

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Craig Dearden-Phillips: The charity sector needs a period of glasnost

Openness is the key to rebuilding trust or we will continue to see a decline in the proportion of people donating

Peter Stanford: Does the charity sector need a revolution?

There is a lot to be said for radical change, but opting for evolution instead can have greater benefits

Peter Stanford: Numeracy is a key skill for trustees of charities

Yet another fraud against a charity shows why trustees need to brush up on their basic maths and grasp of finances

Dame Mary Marsh: 'The lid is off the pot on ethics'

The former chief executive of NSPCC has led the creation of a new set of ethical principles for charities. Now the sector needs to step up to the mark

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Charity Law

Legal Diary: Don't drop this guide to charity law on your foot

The Charities Acts Handbook is a hefty tome for the sector to digest

Legal Diary: Grant-giving guidance expected later this year

Plus: Charity tribunal fees and quotes for William Shawcross

Legal Diary: The risk of challenging the regulator

Plus: Flouting the hunting ban

Analysis: When charities start taking the law into their own hands

Charities bringing private prosecutions is nothing new but could cuts to government budgets lead to more of them taking action, asks Rebecca Cooney

Rob Posgate: Fundraising report has put trustees on the spot

Sir Stuart Etherington's review means trustees should consider reviewing their fundraising strategies straight away, our legal commentator concludes

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