Third Sector's best-read stories of 2018

It wasn't the Oxfam crisis and other sector scandals that captured readers' attentions this year

Oxfam and other sector scandals might have dominated national newspaper coverage of charities in 2018, but it was stories about the General Data Protection Regulation that proved the most popular among Third Sector readers this year.

Analysis of the best-read stories on in 2018 shows there were three articles on GDPR in the top 10.

The best-read article of the year was about the Information Commissioner’s Office publishing its eagerly awaited guide for charities on the GDPR. The document finally shed some official light on what steps charities could take to comply with the regulation, which came into force on 25 May. 

Other best-read stories in 2018 included the announcement of which charity had topped this year’s Third Sector Charity Brand Index and which organisation had been judged to be the best charity to work for in 2018. 


The top 10 best-read articles:

1. ICO publishes GDPR guide for charities

2. Revealed: the top charity brand of 2018

3. Five common GDPR mistakes

4. Cancer Research UK named best charity to work for

5. Charity sector salaries 2018: How much should your next job pay?


6. RSPB rejects criticism of the number of press and fundraising staff it employs

7. Mandy Johnson resigns as chief of the Small Charities Coalition

8. New £5m Garfield Weston Foundation fund to help smaller charities

9. Dogs Trust chief executive dies unexpectedly

10. ICO publishes final guidance on consent under the GDPR

Best-read opinion articles

When it came to comment pieces, an article by Joe Jenkins (below) of the Children’s Society, arguing that the voluntary sector was sleepwalking into a talent crisis, came in top.

joe jenkins

Becky Hewitt’s honest piece about her first year as chief executive of Changing Faces was the second most popular, followed by a provocative article about the future of fundraising by Marcus Missen of WaterAid.

1. Joe Jenkins: Sorry, but charities have to face up to the talent crisis

2. Becky Hewitt: How I survived my first year as a charity chief executive

3. Marcus Missen: It's time for business unusual

4. Michi MacLennan: Content marketing for charities – adopting Red Bull's approach

5. Mark Atkinson: Being bold has paid off for Scope

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