It's been a year like no other and Third Sector has been there every step of the way to delve into the major issues going on in the charity world.
But which stories were the most popular among Third Sector readers? Read on to find out!
10. Speakers pull out of CIoF convention after 'shambolic' annual general meeting
Two fundraisers said in July they would be withdrawing from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Convention in September after criticism of the umbrella body's annual general meeting. The individuals were unhappy at the institute’s handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against CIoF members and the CIoF board’s failure to answer questions about the issue at its annual general meeting.
9. Lloyds Bank Foundation opens almost £10m unrestricted grant fund
The grant-maker said in March it would offer sums of up to £50,000 to small and local charities in England and Wales. The fund was aimed at charities working to tackle one of 11 complex social issues, including homelessness, trafficking and domestic abuse.
8. Karl Wilding steps down as chief executive of the NCVO
He stepped down with immediate effect in January, having spent 23 years at the membership body, with the last 18 months in the top job.
7. Tributes paid after chair of charity leaders association dies suddenly
Fifty-nine-year-old Ian Findlay, who had been chair of the Scottish charity chief executives body Acosvo and chief officer of the walking charity Paths for All, collapsed while out cycling in his home village of Comrie in Perthshire in March.
6. New Charities Bill announced in Queen's Speech
The government announced in May it would introduce legislation to enact long-awaited reforms designed to reduce the amount of bureaucracy faced by charities.
5. Charity reports itself to regulator after Third Sector alerts it to sex offender on advisory panel
The British False Memory Society had been unaware that long-time adviser Karl Sabbagh had been convicted in 2019 of grooming a girl under the age of 16. The charity said it had since cut all ties with him and filed a serious incident report with the Charity Commission.
4. NCVO pulled out of consultancy work with charity amid fears it would be 'detrimental' to its staff
It emerged in June that the membership body had pulled out of a consultancy contract with the British Psychological Society because it found continuing with the strategy development process would be “unethical" until “the internal dispute between senior managers and trustees is satisfactorily resolved with all parties”, and “an independent governance review takes place”.
3. Former BBC presenter sacked from charity he founded
Robin Page, a former presenter of the sheepdog trials programme One Man and His Dog, was told to step down from the Countryside Restoration Trust after trustees accused him of failing to observe standards of governance and damaging the charity’s reputation. Page had earlier claimed he was being "bullied out" of the charity, which he started with one farm in 1993, by a “group of greedy elderly men” who wanted to take the charity away from its members.
2. All staff at risk as breast cancer charity suspends its services
All staff at Breast Cancer Haven were put at risk of redundancy after trustees announced its services would be suspended because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement published on its website in April, the charity said it had taken the decision to suspend operations “for the time being”, putting all of its 26 staff at risk of redundancy.
And the most-read story of the year was:
1. Bullying and harassment took place ‘with impunity’ at all levels of the NCVO, report concludes
Third Sector revealed in February that an independent report into the membership body had found that staff members from all marginalised groups had experienced “overt oppression” across all levels of the organisation. It was a watershed moment for the organisation and led to people from across the voluntary sector sharing their experiences of discrimination using the hashtag #NotJustNCVO.