That was then ... from Third Sector, 23 September 1993

The RNIB last week revealed its new corporate identity at a launch attended by the Prime Minister of a campaign intended to revamp the image of the 125-year-old charity and set the agenda for the next century.

The new logo retains the man with the stick as a universally recognised image. Now, however, he is brighter, bouncier and using the letters RNIB as stepping stones through life. (Page 1)

A new organisation aimed at fighting elder abuse was launched last week. Action on Elder Abuse will operate under the auspices of the National Council on Ageing, housed at Age Concern. The new organisation will be chaired by Dr Gerry Bennett, who was the researcher on the UK's first national prevalence survey. The chief executive is Ginny Jenkins, who was senior adviser at the Disabled Living Foundation. (Page 2)

The charity world is full of bigots anxious to discriminate against ethnic minorities. Sounds a bit odd, doesn't it? Yet look around at any charity conference. How many members of ethnic minorities do you see? There are usually some, but it is clear that our sector is staffed overwhelmingly by white middle-class people. (Opinion, by Russell Vallance, page 8)

The Independent got rattled when The Times dropped its price to 30p, shouting about it on the front page. The Charities Aid Foundation promptly composed a letter to the editor. "Sir," wrote CAF chair Harold Haywood. "If there are any of your readers who wish to contribute their savings to charity we should be pleased to hear from them." Not a sou dropped into CAF's lap. (Back page)

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