PJ White

Real money advice for young people

A lot of financial advice aimed at young people is thin, boring, partial and irrelevant. Too much is influenced by financial companies with products to sell. Too much is shaped by consumer experts…

Charities that innovate and succeed

Charities and voluntary organisations are always innovating, constantly changing. The good ones are, that is. They’re helped by the newcomers— start-up charities and social enterprises that find new ways to work and deliver…

A neighbourhood project was struggling, builds houses

A council sold acres of land to a neighbourhood centre for one pound. The project, in a deprived area of Leicester, now gets a steady income from the ground rents on houses it…

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…

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