PJ White

How charity shops adapt and thrive

The relentless rise of high-street charity shops is probably over. Yet charity shops can survive and thrive, if they adapt to new conditions and respond to what customers want. My piece for Third…

Coping with cuts in Northamptonshire

Third Sector organisations were left reeling when Northamptonshire County Council’s financial crisis came to a head this year. The sudden loss of grants, with no warning, defied financial logic. It required cuts to…

Social prescribing: not always a win-win

Social prescribing is regularly described as a win-win. Which it very likely is—for patients and for health services. The trouble is, it’s delivered by the voluntary and community sector. And putting cash-strapped organisations…

Unpopular charities: perhaps there’s no such thing

I started researching an article on unpopular charities. After a while I decided that there probably weren’t any. Just ones that the public reacted badly to, because they didn’t really know what they…

Charity sector salaries: as offered in job ads

Anyone interested in the salaries paid in the charity sector has a simple option—look at the job ads. But browsing ads is time-consuming and hard to do systematically. It is easy to miss…

Data behind the story: Boom time for charity employment?

I wrote a story for Third Sector magazine on the surprising rise in the numbers of staff employed by small and medium-sized charities. Editor Andy Hillier suggested I added to the Charity Commission…

Personal data stolen, small fine

Say data breach and many people automatically think massive scale, global and relatively anonymous. Email addresses, usernames, passwords. It ain’t necessarily so. Sometimes breaches are small, local and very personal. This month a…

No asterisks in clever dicks

Last week two news outlets quoted sections of an email by a Conservative MP to his party’s chair. They blanked with asterisks the middle letters of a five-letter word. Here is the extract…

Whole lotta smoothing going on

Smooth is a good word—if you want to describe flattening something, getting rid of lumps. It’s not such a good word when it’s used instead of something more accurate. As it increasingly is….

Burgernomics says pound wasn’t overvalued

The pound was not overvalued before it tanked against the dollar and euro. Pundits ranging from the IMF to the Guardian’s Larry Elliott say that sterling’s price was too high on foreign exchanges…

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