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Charities face “triple threat” of welfare reform
| 25 March 2013

Sir Stuart Etherington warns government that the new Universal Credit and welfare reforms will put charities under increased pressure

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CRB – where are we now?
| 19 February 2013

 Charities that work with children and vulnerable adults will be well aware of the complexity of CRB checks, and when, as an organisation, you are eligible to request one.  

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Applying for CIO registration now possible
| 05 December 2012

The Charity Commission will now consider online applications for registration as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

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Volunteering England trustees named for NCVO merger
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 06 November 2012

Volunteering England and NCVO have announced the names of the trustees from Volunteering England who will join the board of NCVO as part of the organisations’ proposed merger

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Charity fraudster jailed for five years
| 05 October 2012

The treasurer of a Christian charity, who stole over £500,000 from two charities through claiming false Gift Aid contributions and transferring cash to his personal bank account, has been jailed for five years

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Catholic Care's fourth appeal against gay adoption exclusion ruling
| 21 September 2012

The Upper Tribunal heard Catholic Care’s latest appeal against a ruling forcing it to offer its adoption services to same-sex couples on 12 September

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Healthy annual results and new trustees for Charity Finance Group
| 12 September 2012

Charity Finance Group appoints three new trustees and releases annual report, showing steady growth despite tough economic conditions

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William Shawcross confirmed as Charity Commission chair
| 10 September 2012

The appointment process for the recruitment of Dame Suzi Leather’s replacement as Charity Commission chair has now been completed

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Tanni Grey-Thompson goes for gold with national online campaign
| 07 September 2012

Paralympics 2012 has galvanised initiatives to raise awareness of obstacles facing disabled people and how these can be overcome

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Commission on Youth calls for data and case studies for government policy research on young people
| 01 September 2012

The August riots of 2011 has prompted the Commission on Youth to engage the National Council for Voluntary Youth services (NCVYS) and think-tank Respublica to conduct a research project into what triggered the violence

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Just one more month to submit public benefit guidance comments to the Charity Commission
| 01 September 2012

The Charity Commission has issued a reminder that the consultation on the regulator's revised public benefit guidance for all charities closes on 26 September 2012

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William Shawcross set to replace Dame Suzi Leather as Charity Commission chair
| 29 August 2012

 Further to this site’s previous update about the close of Dame Suzi Leather’s tenure as chair of the Charity Commission (appointed under the Labour government) [1] the Coalition government is on the verge of selecting her replacement.

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Clearer public benefit guidance
LEGAL | 24 August 2012

Charity Commission lawyer Kenneth Dibble calls on stakeholders to help craft new public benefit guidance principles on the class of beneficiaries in the 
context of independent schools

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Gambling Commission warned of 'gambling equivalent of a tax avoidance scheme'
LEGAL | 24 August 2012

 The High Court has rejected a judicial review by lottery operator Camelot, challenging publishing magnate Richard Desmond’s rival Health Lottery.

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Shelterbox loses trustee in protest over CEO ousting
| 24 August 2012

Shelterbox, a Cornish charity that delivers survival equipment in large green boxes to disaster areas around the world, had hit the headlines – not because of its aid work in Philippines, Uganda and Lebanon, but because of internal governance problems

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Hard hitting ads misrepresent charity beneficiaries, according to recent research
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 August 2012

To what extent are shock tactics acceptable in charity advertising when it comes to persuading the public to donate?

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A charitable approach?
LEGAL | 17 August 2012

Naomi O’Higgins and Clare Pooley provide a charity’s guide to probate litigation

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Olympics volunteering legacy to be nurtured, says the government
| 15 August 2012

Not only did the London Olympics unify Great Britain, bringing communities together, giving us a national pride and a feel-good factor, but it highlighted that often overlooked yet invaluable activity – volunteerism.

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Welfare to work schemes not 'forced labour' says High Court judge
LEGAL | 10 August 2012

The High Court has decided that unpaid welfare to work schemes, from which a number of charities had pulled out, do not amount to ‘forced labour’.

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Third sector changes raise increased TUPE risks
LEGAL | 10 August 2012

Failure to inform and consult claims are on the rise but there really is no need for charities to fall foul of the TUPE regulations, says Laurence O’Neill

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Executive MBA Scholarship for charity sector
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 10 August 2012

Hull University Business School has introduced a full scholarship opportunity for a voluntary sector employee to undertake an executive MBA (EMBA), beginning September 2012

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Reinventing your organisation
| 01 August 2012

Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge explain when and how a non-profit organisation should consider reinventing itself 

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The Hodgson Report revealed
LEGAL | 20 July 2012

Jonathan Burchfield takes a look at Lord Hodgson's long-awaited review of Charities Act 2006 and is not confident that the government will accept his proposal that charities should be able to pay trustees

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Government 'considering' Hodgson charity law review
LEGAL | 20 July 2012

Lord Hodgson's recommendations in his long-awaited report, submitted on 16 July have been heralded as 'positive' but, if enacted, could raise issues of public trust and confidence.

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CAF Social Impact Fund comes of age
| 20 July 2012

The Charities Aid Foundation celebrated the first anniversary of the CAF Social Impact Fund on 9 July.

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New social investment legislation needed, says charity law firm
| 20 July 2012

Bates Wells & Braithwaite has stepped up its campaign for social enterprise enabling legislation with a new analysis of how to grow the social investment market

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Reserves propping up most London charities, says new report
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 20 July 2012

According to the recently-published ‘The Big Squeeze’ survey from the London Voluntary Service Council, most London-based voluntary organisations are dipping into their reserves to keep afloat

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Not again George! Charity leaders have huge issues with proposed banking reforms
| 13 July 2012

The Charity Finance Group (CFG), NCVO and ACEVO have written to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlining a number of concerns with the Banking Reform white paper and potential impact on charities.  

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Judge Business School Endowment Asset Management programme report provides useful pointers for charity trustees
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 July 2012

Sarasin has published its House Report Q3 in an updated e-magazine format which includes some new interactive features

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High Court rules charity trustee in breach of fiduciary duty at fundraising event
| 13 July 2012

The difference between a trustee's personal relationship with a charity rather than that of any limited company that individual provides services through was clarified in the recent case of Friends of Burbage School v Woodhams on 31 May 2012

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Subdued outlook for financial markets disguises attractive prospects
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 July 2012

Iain Stewart, manager of the Newton Real Return Fund, warns that further global stimulus measures seem "inevitable" and that these will “produce sharp market reactions”  

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Commons public administration select committee mauls outgoing Charity Commission chair
| 13 July 2012

With only a fortnight to go before Dame Suzi Leather steps down from chairing The Charity Commission, she reflects on the hostility she has endured during her tenure

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Social networks - employer's minefield?
LEGAL | 06 July 2012

Laurence O'Neill reviews the opportunities and threats to charity employers presented by social media tools and recommends a clear policy covering employee activity in and out of the workplace

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Don’t miss out on the Marketing Excellence Awards – get your non-profit category entry in now!
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 06 July 2012

The Chartered Institute of Marketing is calling for entries in the annual Marketing Excellence Awards; a significant opportunity for charity marketing teams to get some much-deserved reward and recognition.

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Charity Commission launches public benefit consultation
| 06 July 2012

The Charity Commission has now launched its long awaited consultation on its revised draft public benefit guidance, including specific draft guidance for fee-charging charities.

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State subsidies for charitable giving via tax breaks debate rumbles on
| 06 July 2012

 Should the state subsidise giving to charitable causes in the form of tax concessions? Not everyone agrees it should

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The government reaffirms giving commitments in Giving White Paper update
| 28 June 2012

The Office for Civil Society has published Giving White Paper One Year On.

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Mark Pincher provides an update on the UK’s top 3000 charities for the year ending 2011
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 28 June 2012

Despite the economic downturn the assets of the top 3000 charity assets have growth but 43% of charities have seen a drop in income over the same period

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New report updates perceptions on Charity Commission public benefit requirement
| 28 June 2012

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has published a new report analysing the perceptions, knowledge and experience of the Charity Commission’s public benefit requirement

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And it's goodbye from her...Charity Commission chair confirms public benefit principles
| 22 June 2012

In her valedictory speech to the charity sector on 12 June, the outgoing chair of the Charity Commission, Dame Suzi Leather, acknowledged that financial concerns represent the biggest challenge currently facing charities in England and Wales.

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Increased longevity and consumer confidence issues key issues in legacy giving awareness
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 June 2012

A survey by nfpSynergy’s Charity Awareness Monitor last year revealed that while only one-third of the UK’s public had made a will, 69% of 55 to 64 year-olds had put their affairs in order and 82% of over 65s had left nothing to chance

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Call for contributions in the PKF/CFG Charities Risk Management Survey 2012
| 22 June 2012

The annual PKF/CFG Risk Survey is an important barometer of the sector's health and the authors are now calling upon charities to gives their views for the 2012 publication in November.

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Small Charity Donations bill laid before Parliament 21 June
| 22 June 2012

If enacted, the proposed legislation will, from April 2013, allow charities and community amateur sports clubs to claim top-up payments on small donations of up to £5,000 without needing Gift Aid declarations

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Size of voluntary sector workforce larger than previous estimates, says new research
| 15 June 2012

 New research from the Third Sector Research Centre suggests that there are more employees in the voluntary sector than we have previously thought.

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The pain in Spain continues to reign
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 15 June 2012

Newton's Paul Brain reflects on the Spanish bank bailout over the weekend, and looks at the potential impact on the rest of the eurozone.

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Wharton case costs ruling a lesson for charities on legacy litigation
LEGAL | 15 June 2012

Costs ruling a hard lesson for legacy fundraisers

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Unshackling Good Neighbours update indicates CIO delay
| 15 June 2012

One year on from the publication of Lord Hodgson’s ‘Unshackling Good Neighbours’ report, the Office for Civil Society has published an update.

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Seize the day
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 June 2012

New technologies are engaging new audiences and revolutionising the mechanics of fundraising

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Charity tax relief limits scrapped in latest u-turn
| 01 June 2012

Charity sector pressure on George Osborne to retreat from his unpopular March Budget measure of capping tax relief for individuals giving to charity has paid off.

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Recent report paints dismal corporate giving picture
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 June 2012

What is the private sector’s role in society? Does it extend beyond creating employment, providing goods and services, and generating profit for shareholders?

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In the courts - procedure and legacy preservation issues
| 08 May 2012

 Proceedings relating to internal disputes and two legacy cases about the preservation of a legacy in the event of a charity’s closure

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Charity Commission revamps its website as part of transaparency strategy
| 04 May 2012

The Charity Commission has revamped its web pages to improve accessibility to the public

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NPC explains how theory of change can help charities maximise impact
| 04 May 2012

New Philanthropy Capital has published a short paper demonstrating how the  theory of change shows a charity’s path from needs to activities, from outcomes to impact

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Hearing secret harmonies - economic outlook from Cheviots' David Miller
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 May 2012

At first glance, recent economic news seems to strike a series of discordant notes and as a result, markets have been trading in a volatile and directionless way

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Giving List reveals the rich are giving more - but how long for?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 April 2012

For the first time in 11 years of The Sunday Times Giving List’s history, 100 of the UK’s richest people are donating at least 1% of their residual wealth.

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Newton Investment Management publishes Q1 Economic outlook
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 April 2012

The Q1 Economic Outlook from Newton Investment Management (part of BNY Mellon) remains muted despite the investor confidence as a result of the actions of authorities, such as central banks, around the world. 

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Complaint about UNICEF telephone fundraising upheld by FRSB
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 April 2012

The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has upheld a complaint about UNICEF UK ’s telephone fundraising, after a complainant received a series of 4 unwanted calls from the charity during March-April 2011

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“Charity tax” becomes Canterbury Tale
| 14 April 2012

Recent messaging inconsistencies between David Cameron’s vision of Big Society and his chancellor George Osborne’s cap of tax relief have been hitting the headlines. 

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Charity Commission publishes fraud prevention toolkit
| 14 April 2012

 The Charity Commission is  leading a joint call for charities to better protect themselves against fraud and financial crime, in response to the National Fraud Authority’s (NFA) latest report

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Big Society Capital opens for business with £600m of funding
| 04 April 2012

After various incarnations such as Big Society Bank, Big Society Capital eventually opened for business on 4 April, 2012

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Sarasin releases latest Compendium of Investment
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 April 2012

 Sarasin has now published its 16th edition of its biennial Compendium of Investment. 

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Budget 2012 - more bad news than good for charities, say finance bodies
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 March 2012

Now that George Osborne has delivered his Budget for 2012, charity professional bodies are expressing their concerns about some of the announcements

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times - Cheviot's David Miller provides an investment outlook for 2012
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 March 2012

Charles Dickens is in the news as we mark the 200th anniversary of his birth and investment markets seem to be following a rather Dickensian narrative at present.

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No U-turn from Charity Tribunal for UTurn UK
| 06 March 2012

The Charity Tribunal has issued its decision in the appeal by UTurn against the Commission’s refusal to register it as a charity.   

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Poverty charities can keep a restricted beneficiary class.
| 28 February 2012

It will probably come as no surprise to most people that, on the 20th February, the Charity Tribunal’s long-awaited judgment confirmed that benevolent funds with a restricted beneficiary class are still charitable under the 2006 Charities Act, in the same way as they were under the previous law.

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Financial markets remain capricious and volatile says investment report
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 February 2012

Flexibility is the key after a bumpy 2011 and an uncertain outlook for 2012, says Charles Mesquita of Newton Investment Management

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£30m fund launched by Cabinet Office to help local charity support services
| 07 February 2012

The beneficiaries of a new £30 million fund to help transform and modernise local charity support services have been announced on 2 February 2012 by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society.

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CFDG and Cass Business School look back at ten years of risk management
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 07 February 2012

The Charities Finance Directors Group (CFDG) published ‘Managing risk in charities: Lessons from the past decade and a look into the future’ at  their  recent Risk Conference 2012

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New EAT case updates TUPE rules for service provision
| 06 January 2012

The EAT has now given useful guidance as to the principles surrounding service provision changes in the case of Enterprise Management Services Ltd v Connect-Up Ltd [2011

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Investors need to reassess risk in 2012, says investment manager
| 05 January 2012

Normal assumptions about investing in share and bond markets have been turned upside down by Europe’s debt crisis, according to John Chatfeild-Roberts, chief investment officer and head of the Jupiter Merlin Independent Funds Team at Jupiter Asset Management.

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Credit union law change provides access to charities and social enterprises
| 04 January 2012

Changes to the Credit Unions Act 1979 passed through Parliament on 8 November 2011 and came into force on 8 January 2012

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Tough economic times fuelling corruption according to latest index
| 03 January 2012

Transparency International, the international civil society organisation dedicated to fighting corruption around the world has released its 16th annual Corruptions Perceptions index.

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Million pound donations hit by adverse economic climate
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 January 2012

The Million Pound Donors’ Report 2011 reveals a total of £1.3bn  in donations given or received in the UK during 2009/10 which represents a fall of £236m compared with the total amount of £1.54bn  the previous year. 

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Charity Commission publishes strategic plan after extensive consultation process
| 03 January 2012

Compliance, accountability and self-reliance are the order of the day in the Charity Commission's long-awaited strategic plan

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UK the fifth most charitable country in the world
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 20 December 2011

The UK is officially the fifth most charitable nation in the world – up from eighth last year – according to a new survey by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The survey, called the World Giving Index 2011, shows that the USA is the most charitable country, while Ireland is second and Australia third.

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Lamont -
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 20 December 2011

 Three weeks before David Cameron delivered his ‘non’ to President Sarkozy’s proposed eurozone rescue package, former UK chancellor of the exchequer Norman Lamont reminded a roomful of Newton Investment Management annual update delegates of Keynes’ maxim that “the inevitable never happens” but the unexpected "always does".

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Charity tax measures included in draft finance bill
| 06 December 2011

The draft Finance Bill 2012 has been published and includes a number of charity tax measures.

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Charity Commission gets a bashing from The Times
| 16 November 2011

The Times has come down hard on The Charity Commission for ‘lax regulation of charities’ that has “left the sector open to financial abuse”.

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Lord Hodgson to review Charities Act
| 16 November 2011

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, has announced that Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts will lead a full review of the law relating to charities in England and Wales

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Prisons minister assesses Peterborough prison social impact bond effectiveness
| 16 November 2011

Prisons minister Crispin Blunt went to see an innovative scheme at Peterborough Prison that aims to stop offenders returning to a life of crime after prison.

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Richard Branson calls for new attitudes to ethical business
| 16 November 2011

The distinctions between 'doing good' and 'doing business' are becomingly increasingly blurred and rightly so, according to a new book by UK entrepreneur Richard Branson.

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Former CBI director general to head up Big Society Trust
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2011

Big Society Capital announces the appointment of Sir Richard Lambert as chair of the Big Society Trust

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Wikimedia is a charity - officially
| 09 November 2011

The successful registration of Wikemedia UK as a charity for the purposes of promoting 'open content' such as Wikipedia demonstrates the regulator's enlighted view of the many perspectives of public benefit

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Deutsche Bank launches £10m social investment fund
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 November 2011

A new £10m social investment fund, the first investment bank to create a UK fund dedicated to supporting social projects with a financial return, has been launched by Deutsche Bank.

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Charity trustees need proper training says regulator
| 09 November 2011

Research by the Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales as shown that many organisations joining the register of charities do not provide any training to new trustees

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Can the 10% pledge give legacies a lift-off?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 November 2011

Recent report says banks could do more to boost legacy giving  

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Regulator takes firm action with charity fraudsters
| 02 November 2011

Back in September 2004, Big Lottery alerted the Charity Commission to coners about some of their grant applications and

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Tracker trouble
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2011

Cheviot's David Miller explains why an active management approach is necessary to track indices

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Charity Commission publishes long-awaited revised investment guidance (CC14) on charities and investment matters
| 27 October 2011

Charity and Investment Matters, a Guide for Trustees (CC14) which replaces the Commission’s previous advice on investments outlined in CC14, describes the legal duties and principles that apply to charity investments and the risks that trustees must address.

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Better news for charity shops from Accounting Standards Board
| 27 October 2011

 The Accounting Standards Board (ASB) has published a statement providing guidance on on how donated stock and incoming resources from non-exchange transactions should be measured.

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More workers in third sector over last ten years according to new report
| 26 October 2011

  Newly-published research has revealed a significant growth in the size of the voluntary sector workforce over the past decade. 

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Shopping guru Mary Portas’ makeover for high street seeks to cap charity shops
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 October 2011

 The latest suggestion that charity shops are somehow indicative of problems in the retail sector met with a firm rebuff from the Charity Retail Association

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The Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) – one year on
| 21 October 2011

A year ago, the markets were eagerly anticipating the announcement of the Coalition’s first Spending Review settlement, setting out plans for dealing with the deficit and the public sector debt mountain.

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Pulling together
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 October 2011

Whether they come together out of a financial imperative or not, a well-handled merger can give charities a new lease of life. Hannah Gannagé-Stewart reports

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Charities at risk of Cabinet Office curbs on lobbying
| 19 October 2011

The investigation into the activities of former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox and the role of Adam Werrity as his 'adviser' has put the right of charities to lobby under renewed scrutiny

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Mission statement
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 October 2011

 In an increasingly crowded marketplace charities have to appeal to a more discerning supporter base than ever before. Hannah Gannagé-Stewart uncovers the key to successful branding

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UK foundations gave £290m to overseas aid, according to recent study
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 October 2011

UK charitable foundations have stepped up to the plate on international aid, despite a challenging economic environment

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Public benefit's day in court - the Attorney General rules on the ISC case
| 14 October 2011

Today (14 October), the Upper Tribunal finally delivered its long-anticipated decision on the Independent Schools Council (“ISC”) case, in which the ISC challenged the Charity Commission’s approach to the assessment the extent to which fee-paying schools meet the requirement of public benefit

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Charity Commission cracks down on unspent tsunami appeal funds
| 13 October 2011

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published a report on its investigation into fundraising appeals for humanitarian disaster relief by the radio station Sunrise Radio

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Updated guidance from the Scottish regulator
| 20 September 2011

 OSCR's guidance on charity accounts has been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010.

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Commission announces launch of new charity review project
| 13 September 2011

Sam Younger, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, has announced the launch of a project to help charities review their financial controls and systems of risk management

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How to learn from grant application failure
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 September 2011

 While it is disappointing for any charity to be told 'no' to its application for a grant, the learning need not stop with the the rejection notification

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Fraud - National Fraud Authority calls for feedback from charities
| 08 September 2011

The National Fraud Authority is measuring the extent of fraud against charities in the UK

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Charity Commission provides new guidance on exception rules for charities in the Equality Act
| 07 September 2011

  The Charity Commission has published more detailed guidance for charity trustees about a key section of the Equality Act that may have implications for them

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Charity shops increase online retail sales
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 06 September 2011

 The Selling Online survey 2011, conducted by the Charity Retail Association, shows that over half of charity shops are now selling items online (56%)

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New report reveals extent of local authority cuts
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 August 2011

More than 2,000 charities and community groups are facing budget cuts

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Big Society on the ground - further research reveals there is some way to go
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 August 2011

Further information on what form Big Society is really taking on the ground out in the communities is being conducted by the Third Sector Research Centre.

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Lack of consumer spending continues to dampen economic recovery
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 August 2011

The latest economic data suggest that growth in the economy continues to disappoint. 

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Jam tomorrow?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 29 July 2011

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher examine recent trends in charity funding and what these signal for the sector’s ability to prepare for the future

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Enterprise options
LEGAL | 29 July 2011

Stephen Lloyd and Simon Steeden explain the legal vehicles available to charities for social enterprise operations and outline the proposed social enterprise limited liability partnership

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Prevention measures
| 29 July 2011

Katherine Smithson reveals how sector bodies have come together to produce proactive guidance on tackling bribery risks head-on

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A wider reach
| 29 July 2011

Ten years on from the NSPCC’s high-profile Full Stop campaign, Nicola Alderson shares how the charity developed a new strategy to reach more children

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The silk purse
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 July 2011

Julian Blake outlines why the operation of public sector contracts remains a minefield and suggests some solutions

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First Person
| 29 July 2011

Former Home Office civil servant Clare Pelham talks about volunteering, campaigning with disabled people, and a relaxing hot bath

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Putting Big Society into practice
| 28 July 2011

One of the problems with Big Society is the basic assumption that citizens not only understand what it is meant to be, but engage in it.

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State of play
| 28 July 2011

The Caritas state of play alert on key regulatory changes on the horizon

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Catholic Care awaits leave to appeal to Upper Tribunal
| 28 July 2011

Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) has appealed the refusal of the First Tier Tribunal (Charity) of permission to appeal against the decision of the Charity Commission on 21 July 2010 to amend the objects clause in its memorandum of association.

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Big Society on the ground
| 28 July 2011

A clutch of recent reports highlights a yawning gap between the government led Big Society initiative and what is happening on the ground at local level.

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How does £5m yield £73m worth of social gains?
| 28 July 2011

A recent report looks at five carer’s centres supported by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and places a value on the benefits to key stakeholder groups of the centres’ key activities.

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What the purchasing managers say
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 July 2011

Investors have reacted with caution as recent economic news has proved to be lacklustre.

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From chair to chair
| 28 July 2011

Jamie Dundas and Julia Palca share their views on what makes an effective governing board

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Dangerous myths?
| 28 July 2011

Catherine Walker and Debra Allcock Tyler believe the application of market models to the charity sector is misguided and people don’t expect something back when they give

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Transformation or alternative income?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 July 2011

Eddie Finch takes a closer look at the finance implications of charities engaging with, and transforming to social enterprise models

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The only way is up
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 July 2011

Brian O’Reilly reviews the investment implications for charities where inflation pressures are building and interest rates can only rise

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Panel asks for views on sector independence
| 15 July 2011

A consultation document has been launched by the panel on the Indpendence of the Voluntary sector with views sought by 21 September 2011.

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Charities should not touch free advertising opportunities in the News of the World with a bargepole
| 08 July 2011

 Once again charities find themselves having to resist the temptation of being lured into what could backfire as damaging brand alignment

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Fostering a giving culture
| 30 June 2011

Back in 2007, Bill Clinton’s book Giving: How each of us can change the world makes the point that “charitable giving has been democratized as never before, primarily through the Internet, enabling citizens of modest means who share a common concern to amass huge sums of money.” And, predictably for a former head of state, he observes that “regardless of the quality of government, a critical difference is being made by citizens working as individuals, in businesses and through non-governmental nonprofit organisations”.

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Sex offence disclosure breaches human rights
| 30 June 2011

‘H’ and ‘L’, a severely disabled married couple, received weekly payments from their local authority for adult social care which were used to pay for personal care assistants.

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Write back...
| 30 June 2011

Twenty years ago, when I was an employer in a small organisation of 20, we tried Give As You Earn (GAYE).

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Complaints - a goldmine of feedback
| 30 June 2011

Negative feedback about any aspect of a charity’s operations is an opportunity to engage with supporters and improve processes as a result.

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Governance shake-up for children's charity
| 30 June 2011

Child protection issues, lack of independent trustees and inadequate financial controls first alerted the Charity Commission to take a closer look at the Association for Reaching and Instructing Children in Africa.

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Positive energy for dividend growth
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2011

Despite persistently high inflation in the UK at the moment, the outlook for real dividend growth from UK equities in 2011 appears positive. We anticipate that, in 2011, total accrued nominal UK dividends (in sterling terms) will be around 13 per cent higher than in 2010.

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State of play
| 30 June 2011

The Caritas state of play alert on key regulatory changes on the horizon

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Devolved but integrated
| 30 June 2011

Natasha Singarayer shares how her organisation adopted the principles of good governance when undergoing a strategy review

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Supply and demand
| 30 June 2011

Kevin Carey reflects on how charities need to adapt to current market forces and takes a trip back to the eighteenth century

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Accounting for property - all change!
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2011

Jonathan Cohen examines the proposed accounting standard regarding property leases and urges charities to develop a property strategy

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People, look East
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2011

Robert Hepworth reveals some insights from his trip to India and Singapore and discusses why this region should feature in a charity’s investment portfolio

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A new business model?
| 30 June 2011

Sarah Hayes and David Alcock explore why charities need to look closely at the opportunities social enterprises can offer

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Finding the finance
| 30 June 2011

Sue Peters offers some tips on how to inspire confidence in funders and lenders to social enterprise ventures

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The mind of a grantmaker
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 30 June 2011

Anne-Claire Pache reviews European philanthropic behaviour and observes six dimensions to understanding grantmaking strategies

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In the firing line?
LEGAL | 30 June 2011

Now that the financial sector has pulled up the drawbridge against terrorist abuse, are charities ‘soft’ targets? Helen Harvie sets out the risks

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Asking for more
| 30 June 2011

Past income streams may not flow so freely in the future.  Jess Farr comes up with some tips on sustainable funding

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Incurably charitable
| 30 June 2011

Laurence Sassoon demonstrates how an award-winning marketing and PR campaign for a disability charity delivered some spectacular results

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A gift horse in training?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2011

Gift Aid has come a long way in 20 years. Clarissa Dann provides a practical guide to how to operate it and reviews progress on reform

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First Person
| 30 June 2011

  Former maths teacher; Javed Khan talks about maths, supporting victims and playing cricket

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Social finance choked at birth by regulatory thickets – Treasury asked to consider a new approach
| 28 June 2011

The seeds of social entrepreneurship and finance are in danger of being scattered to the wind before they have even had a chance to germinate because of an adverse regulatory climate, according a new report coinciding with the government's overhaul of the Financial Services Authority.

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HMRC opens consultation on the VAT cost-sharing exemption
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 June 2011

Many charities seek to gain efficiencies by sharing costs, but the current VAT system has not helped those who, by their very nature,make VAT exempt or non-business supplies.  This anomaly is now being reviewed by HMRC

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Thieves in charity clothing
| 21 June 2011

Charities lose out as doorstep goods collections end up in Eastern Europe

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Keeping all your balls in the air – fundraising effectiveness tips
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 June 2011

The ‘beginners guide’ to fundraising by Joe Saxton is an invaluable sense-check on fundraising strategy for all voluntary organisations

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Big Society Bank delayed until 2012
| 15 June 2011

Big Lottery has had to step in and start funding some social enterprise projects as Big Society Bank will not be open for business in July

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Proposed accounting standard likely to give charity shops a headache
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 07 June 2011

The consultation on FRED 45 does not close until 31 July 2011. Pesh Framjee presents a compelling case against the need to include on the balance sheet goods that have been donated for resale

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Small is beautiful – call for Guardian Charity Awards entries
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 June 2011

provided the entrants have incomes between £5000 and £1.5m and are UK social and welfare charities.

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Comfortably numb
| 31 May 2011

Like many at the O2 Arena that evening (12 May) I found some of the themes and images of The Wall unsettling, but was overwhelmed by the musicianship, performance and nostalgia for another age, when I bought vinyl with my pocket money.

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Joint working on track at Samaritans
| 31 May 2011

Despite an overall reduction of total UK suicide over the years, Samaritans have noted a very gradual increase in suicides on the railways.

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Catholic Care forced to abandon exemption hopes
| 31 May 2011

The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic Care cannot be exempt from anti-discrimination law and does not agree that the charity has no option other than closure.

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Paid 'volunteer' not covered by discrimination law
| 31 May 2011

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal's decision that a paid volunteer instructor of army cadets did not have a “contract personally to do any work” and therefore was not covered by discrimination law.

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Lessons from Wildlife Aid
| 31 May 2011

This was a small charity, but the issues of public perception for the wider sector were important learning points, although the regulator found no evidence of the alleged maladministration and mismanagement.

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Social housing crossroads
| 31 May 2011

In his report, Housing Associations in England and the future of Voluntary Organisations, Andrew Purkis examines what happens to the distinctive contribution and character of the voluntary sector, if it takes over the delivery of services previously entrusted to the state.1

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Write back...
| 31 May 2011

I agree with a lot of what Tom Levitt has said in his article ‘Shall we dance’ (in the May issue of Caritas) and I am very keen to see more partnerships between the private and charity sectors.

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Enjoy yourself - it's later than you think
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 May 2011

The gloomy economic picture is very different when you take a global perspective.

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State of play
| 31 May 2011

The Caritas state of play alert on key regulatory changes on the horizon

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All for one and one for all
| 31 May 2011

Diana Garnham reviews the issue of balancing interests in effective umbrella organisations

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Peer pressure
| 31 May 2011

Clarissa Dann pays a visit to the upper house to hear Andrew Phillips’ recollections of charity law evolution and why we need Big Society

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A better regulatory framework?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 May 2011

Reza Motazedi reviews the tax and financial reporting implications of converting to new charitable incorporated organisations

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Of geese and golden eggs
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 May 2011

Jonathan Gold and David Willis are concerned that a continued search for income could erode long-term portfolio asset values

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Shifting sands of change
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 31 May 2011

Peter Halfpenny reviews analysis of inter-sector relationships and whether symbiosis is a help or a hindrance

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The people come too
LEGAL | 31 May 2011

Emma Sanderson provides a practical guide to the complex area of Transfer of Undertakings

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A three-tiered structure
| 31 May 2011

Pesh Framjee reviews the key proposals for the new public benefit entity accounting standard set out in FRED 45

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Funding miracles
| 31 May 2011

Sarah Waller demonstrates how one innovative development programme sustained Florence Nightingale’s vision of a healing environment

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A different outlook?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 May 2011

Gerald Oppenheim says it is time to change your funding perspective

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First Person
| 31 May 2011

Former news broadcaster, Martyn Lewis, talks about chairing NCVO and his photographic pursuits

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“Fraudsters see charities tax reliefs as just another way of getting money out of the government” says HMRC’s Head of Charities
| 24 May 2011

The co-operative relationship between the charity sector and HMRC has improved significantly over recent months,

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No stone to be left unturned, despite funding cuts, says Sam Younger
| 19 May 2011

However, the theme of his talk at the annual Russam GMS Civil Society evening on 17 May was that the new-look regulator would look differently at the stones once lifted.

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Global markets looking solid for now and equities remain reslient
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 18 May 2011

April proved to be yet another eventful month for the financial markets according to a recent report.

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Austerity hits major donors according to latest Giving List
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 May 2011

Charity donations from the UK's top 100 philanthopists have fallen - although there are more 'milliion pound donors'

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Free text donation service here at last
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 May 2011

The first free text donation service has at last arrived, three years after the Text Donation Campaign was first launched

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Equality wins the day in latest Catholic Care decision
| 05 May 2011

The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic Care cannot be exempt from anti-discrimination law.

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Learning from NGOs
| 21 April 2011

A recent report from the National Audit Office examining the Department for International Development’s financial management has highlighted concerns about the effectiveness of the UK’s overseas aid budget.

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Fundraising is not a charitable activity, says regulator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 April 2011

It is well known that it costs money to raise money, but one charity – Alzheimer's UK Research Education and Care Ltd – had clearly lost sight of its objects.

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Animal charities lose out in Court of Appeal
| 21 April 2011

Three animal charities face likely reductions in their shares of a legacy because of the legal action of the legator’s estranged daughter.

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More time needed for community assets purchase
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 April 2011

Local groups need more time to decide whether they are able to raise funds to purchase local assets, according to Kevin Curley of NAVCA.

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Why Spain is different
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 April 2011

Every five months since early 2010, a fiscally-challenged euro area country has had to seek EU-IMF financial assistance.

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State of play
| 21 April 2011

The Caritas state of play alert on key regulatory changes on the horizon

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An accountable board
| 21 April 2011

Rodney Buse identifies the different models of board accountability and beneficiary representation

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New employment tax guidance for overseas workers – but the rules are still complicated
| 21 April 2011

Charities and aid agencies sending workers abroad have to pay close attention to the tax rules surrounding the treatment of overseas workers.

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Getting Younger
| 21 April 2011

Sam Younger reflects on his varied career and the challenges facing him at the Charity Commission. He shares with Clarissa Dann why the sector’s integrity and clarity of purpose must be preserved in these changing times

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Kinder cuts
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 April 2011

Lynne Robb demonstrates how finance professionals can achieve cost reduction and still make an impact and deliver on their charity’s objectives

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Cycling on a tightrope
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 April 2011

Matthew Hudson reviews the current position in the economic cycle and recommends a defensive approach to equity holdings

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Growth vs impact
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 21 April 2011

Paul Cheng reflectsthe track record of the microfinance industry and highlights lessons for social investment

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Of sound mind?
LEGAL | 21 April 2011

A charitable legacy can be a poisoned chalice if there are expensive disputes about testamentary capacity. Lloyd Junor explains how this arises and offers some solutions

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Make yourself heard
| 21 April 2011

Philip Hadley thinks that the general election has opened up a new playing field for campaigners

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Shall we dance?
| 21 April 2011

Tom Levitt’s perspective on effective management of business partnerships

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Back from brink
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 April 2011

Kenneth Roy tells the tale of how relentless investigation and campaigning became a lifeline to a local hospice

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First Person
| 21 April 2011

Paul Farmer talks about mental health, access to work and running half-marathons

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Guidance on local authority funding cuts to the sector needs more teeth
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 April 2011

On 13 April 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched a new consultation on draft ’Best Value’ guidance

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DWP minister to face questioning on jobseeker’s allowance
| 01 April 2011

 The controversial element of the DWP’s Welfare to Work scheme is being scrutinised more closely by the House of Lords.

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A bold step
| 31 March 2011

Can – or should – charities become social enterprises? This was the topic of one of the more lively debates at the recent NCVO annual conference.

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Perspectives on giving
| 31 March 2011

The green paper on giving1 should have become a white paper by 31 March 2011, but the deadline for responses was only three weeks before the White Paper’s publication date – 9 March.

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Courts say no to nun's pension
| 31 March 2011

The Court of Appeal has held that Sister Isobel Mary Scott, a nun from the English Benedictine Order of Oulton Abbey near Stone, Staffordshire is not entitled to a means-tested state pension.

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Charity law consolidation welcomes but...
| 31 March 2011

The charities bill was published on 4 March 2011, consolidating existing charities legislation into one Act of Parliament.

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Prime time for charities in work programme
| 31 March 2011

Further light was shed on how the welfare to work programme1 was going to generate opportunities for charities by welfare reform minister Lord Freud.

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Unemployment changes workforce dynamics
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 March 2011

In the past unemployment in the UK has been a lag indicator of economic health.

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The holy grail?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 March 2011

Sarah King challenges the view that finding good trustees is difficult – it depends on how you look

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State of play
| 31 March 2011

The Caritas state of play alert on key regulatory changes on the horizon

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Spurious claims
| 31 March 2011

Helen Giles and Michael Rubenstein do not agree that the employment tribunal system is loaded against the employer

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Who is stealing from your charity?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 March 2011

Helen Besant-Roberts considers the latest charity fraud statistics and offers some practical insights into making sure your charity is protected

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Bonds revisited
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 March 2011

Peter Knapton and Richard Macey revisit an asset class where the wider economic issues have masked some real opportunities

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Taxing matters
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 31 March 2011

The misconception that charities are 'exempt' from taxation has obscured the tax costs charities do incur, according to the Charity Tax Map

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A breed apart?
LEGAL | 31 March 2011

Volunteers may not have anti-discrimination protection but charities do still need to tread carefully, says Laurence O’Neill

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CRM implementation
| 31 March 2011

Investment in IT is a long-term commitment and CRM is no exception. David Membrey reviews the findings of a recent report

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One size does not fit all
| 31 March 2011

Robert Berry and Tom Davis do not accept that the web has rendered market segmentation a redundant tool and explain how it can make charities more effective

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No replacement
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 March 2011

Bharat Mehta shares his post-CSR perspective as an independent funder of London-based projects tackling poverty and inequality

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First Person
| 31 March 2011

Julia Neuberger talks about healthcare, volunteering, and being a rabbi

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Get the most from your assets
| 30 March 2011

Performance management should be aligned with your charities objectives and be championed from the top, say Hilary Barnard, Ruth Lesirge and Fiona Ash

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It's because they care
| 30 March 2011

Dilys Robinson demonstrates why nurturing organisational engagement is particularly important in charities

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Welcome
| 29 March 2011

Welcome to our third Caritas Guide to HR. As the charity sector grapples with the aftermath of recession and the impact of funding cuts, it was good to read in the latest Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Work in the Public and Charity Sectors report that the sector provides some of the ‘happiest and most dynamic’ places to work.

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The right pair of hands
| 29 March 2011

Clarissa Dann takes a look at what makes a great non-profit sector leader

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Too sick to work?
| 29 March 2011

Sickness absence can be a waste of a charity’s precious resources. Victoria Cook provides some practical tips on managing the problem

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I'll do it my way
| 29 March 2011

Chrissie Wright and Heather Brierley’s practical guide to assessing an individual’s training needs and learning styles

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The CIO has landed – new options for incorporation
| 29 March 2011

 After what has seemed like a very long gestations charitable incorporated organsiations finally have lift-off.

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Sister act – nuns secure permanent home with charitable bond
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 March 2011

The call for innovative new funding solutions has been heard a pair of Benedictine nuns. 

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Budget boost for charity giving reform
| 24 March 2011

 The government has included a number of measures to increase charitable giving

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Nick Hurd and the art of motorcycle maintenance
| 23 March 2011

What do the names Sam Fitzgerald, Jessie Wright, Michael McCarthy and Ben Kinsella have in common?

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Unease in charity sector affects line management relationships
| 13 March 2011

Although 'Giving something back' has generally been an area where the public and third sectors do better in than the private sector,

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Devil in the detail for new Charities Bill going through House of Lords
| 07 March 2011

The Charities Bill was published on 4 March 2011,

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Councils in a pickle over unreasonable charity budget cuts
| 03 March 2011

 Eric Pickles, the communities secretary has taken up the cudgel

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Into the breach
| 28 February 2011

With few clues coming back from the Charity Commission’s consultation on its future strategy about where possible savings could be made, it was abundantly clear that its role as regulator and protector of public trust and confidence is non-negotiable.

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Localism bill opportunities for charities
| 28 February 2011

The decentralisation and localism bill currently going through parliament include measures to strengthen local democracy.

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Village green stays a charity – for now
| 28 February 2011

The Charity Tribunal has overruled a decision by the Charity Commission allowing the appeal of Christopher Lasper removing ‘The Town Field’ charity from the Commission’s register.

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How 'good' is Big Society?
| 28 February 2011

The disagreement in Westminster over the execution of David Cameron’s “passion” for Big Society was not reflected in a lively debate on 14 February between two think-tanks: ResPublica (Conservative – ‘Big’ Society) and Progress (Labour – ‘Good’ Society).

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Running the gauntlet in 2011
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 February 2011

A number of the challenges of 2010 remain in place for 2011, not least the fact that the world has too much debt. Underlying economic conditions are disinflationary in the developed world, as governments impose austerity and higher tax demands on their populations.

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Open for business?
| 28 February 2011

Ian Hempseed challenges the myth that charities cannot be social enterprises and that a separate entity has to be set up

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Funding groups in crisis
| 28 February 2011

Gaynor Humphreys, Amanda Tincknell and James Sinclair Taylor summarise issues facing funders and their beneficiaries as spending review cuts are being rolled out

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Funds abroad
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 February 2011

If your charity makes payments to overseas bodies, HMRC penalties could be on the cards if your procedures are incorrect, according to John Shuffrey

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An upward curve
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 February 2011

James Bevan picks his way through the debris of the credit crisis and is confident that recovery is underway – despite some inbuilt instability

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Ripples from the deep
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 28 February 2011

The top 100 charities hold assets of £47bn. Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher revisit the dynamics of how these have been performing

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Sources of finance – a culture of change
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 February 2011

  Philip Kirkpatrick and Sarah Cannings take an opportune look at the revised CC14 guidance to review the various social investment options

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Joining up the numbers
| 28 February 2011

Pesh Framjee provides some insights on merger accounting

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Still working for a charity?
| 28 February 2011

While the labour market for charity employees looks uncertain, Karl Wilding shares why he wouldn’t be in any other sector

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From global to local
| 28 February 2011

Maria Comerford sets out how Plan International embedded a risk management strategy into its mainstream programme operations

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A new financial landscape
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 February 2011

Stephen Bubb looks into the origins and objectives of the new Big Society Bank

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First Person
| 28 February 2011

Richard Leaman talks about guiding blind and partially sighted people, life on the ocean wave and playing the guitar

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Royal support for inter-sector talent sharing scheme
| 24 February 2011

When Samantha Tennakoon started her Civil Service career as an operations manager in a tax credit call centre at HM Revenue & Customs she never imagined that she would be, as part of her professional development, sitting down with a social housing tenant over a cup of tea, 

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Islamic charity found not to be involved in terrorist activities - but had made regulatory errors
| 23 February 2011

As the inquests into the 7 July London bombings continue, the Charity Commission has now concluded its own inquiry into the possible involvement of a Leeds-based charity with the terrorist attacks.

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Transition Fund pays out to first 18 charities - more where that came from...
| 21 February 2011

The first payments from The Transition Fund, set up as part of the comprehensive spending review 

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Accusations of Gift Aid manipulation unfounded – but funders need to be vigilant, says Charity Commission
| 21 February 2011

Now that the Charity Commission has published its regulatory case report of on the Politics and Economics Trust (the Charity), there are lessons that funders need to learn about where grant funding goes

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Proportion of household charitable giving flat - should the sector be worried?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 16 February 2011

A recent report has cast new light on how giving relates to overall individual household wealth and finds little has really changed in the last 20 years.

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Charity Commission consultation provides few clues about where to make the cuts
| 16 February 2011

Rather like Mary Poppins who was 'practically perfect in every way', it appears that the Charity Commission has been doing such a good job that the options of where to make the required budget savings are not immediately obvious. 

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Uncovering the charity tax burden
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 February 2011

The common misconception that charities are 'exempt' from taxation has, for too long, obscured the tax costs charities do incur. 

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Role of commercial third parties in charity clothes recycling deal under scrutiny
| 01 February 2011

When the Association of Charity Shops rebranded on 4 November 2010 as the Charity Retail Association[i],

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Volunteering is not a contractual bargain says Court of Appeal
| 01 February 2011

Charities that rely on volunteers breathed a collective sigh of relief

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Sector differentiation
| 31 January 2011

The flurry of hard-hitting opinions in the Guardian (5 January 2011) headed ‘Self-indulgent charities must change’ laments the ‘inevitable commoditisation of the third sector’.

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Charities fight mobility benefit cut
| 31 January 2011

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to end payment of the mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) for all state funded residents in care homes after 28 days.

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The winning performance
| 31 January 2011

Stephen Winning was an employee of Scottish Opera Ltd as a technician/driver and part of his job involved driving vehicles requiring an HGV licence.

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A funding gap
| 31 January 2011

The government’s Giving Green Paper was published on 29 December along with eight papers from various leaders and thinkers in the sector.

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Jury out on SROI tools
| 31 January 2011

A recent report from the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) has highlighted some of the challenges associated with using Social Return on Investment (SROI) to evaluate the impact of third sector organisations (TSOs).

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RPI tax and prices index
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 January 2011

The UK RPI Tax and Prices Index (TPI) measures how much the average person’s gross income needs to change to purchase the RPI basket of goods and services, allowing for income tax and national insurance.

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Write back...
| 31 January 2011

The Giving Green Paper’s suggestion that ATMs and checkouts could encourage giving has got off to a flying start in my local branch of a national pet store chain.

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The power of complaints
| 31 January 2011

Feedback mechanisms are an important way of gauging your charities impact and accountability. Joss Saunders sets out some examples

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Not big enough?
| 31 January 2011

Nick Seddon looks at the gap between a retreating state and the voluntary sector and the opportunities to turbo-boost its capacity and scale

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Codewords
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 January 2011

Don Bawtree and Fiona Condron review financial reporting guidance and its particular relevance to the non-profit sector

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It's all in the mix
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 January 2011

David Richardson demonstrates how a segregated approach to portfolio construction is tailored to a charity’s specific requirements

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Proving capacity
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 31 January 2011

Tony Chapman shares some research exploring different attitudes within the sector and commissioning bodies to impact assessment

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Beyond the regulator
LEGAL | 31 January 2011

The Charity Tribunal has been in operation for nearly three years. Its principal judge, Alison McKenna examines its outputs and provides some insights on future direction

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Reality gap
| 31 January 2011

Paul Breckell shares some recent impact reporting research

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Need to know
| 31 January 2011

How do you know your charity’s services and benefits are making a difference? Richard Piper suggests more should be done to identify beneficiary need

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What's your agenda?
| 31 January 2011

Caryn Skinner’s no-nonsense guide to transforming your meetings from a boring burden to a delicious delight

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Grantmaking from America
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 January 2011

The historical context of America’s charitable foundations is, in part, unique to the US says David C. Hammack, but there are comparisons to be drawn for the rest of the world

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First Person
| 31 January 2011

Jackie Ballard talks about hearing loss, redirecting RNID’s strategy and living in Iran

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Just spin or a strategic voice?
| 18 January 2011

The recent adverse publicity facing RSPCA when they fought Christine Gill over her mother's legacy highlights the impact poor public relations management can have on public confidence.

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SROI limitation findings should not hold back learning to use the tool properly
| 14 January 2011

 Social Return on Investment tool (SROI) as a tool to demonstrate impact is still in its infancy with much needing to be done to educate organisations on how to use it properly.

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Charities still slow off the mark gearing up to 2012 pension reform
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 14 January 2011

According to the latest ACEVO Pensions Survey 2010/11 supported by employee benefit consultants FosterDenovo, nearly half (47 per cent) of charities have not considered their strategy for the 2012 pension reform.

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Shape of the SORP to come?
| 11 January 2011

UK generally accepted accounting practice has undergone some radical changes. Clarissa Dann reviews the current position

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Mixed outlook for property investment market in 2011
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 06 January 2011

As explained the Caritas Guide to Finance in June 2009,[i] ‘Historically, property has been an asset class with low volatility and attractive returns over the long term.'

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Calling all lottery-funding project champions
| 06 January 2011

The National Lottery Awards 2011 are now open for entries from Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

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Big Society or Big Talk? A perspective on the Public Services bill
| 24 December 2010

The Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) bill doesn’t sound the catchiest piece of possible legislation

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Governance revival
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 December 2010

David Malone takes a look at the vital components of effective charity trusteeship

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WikiLeaks - The voluntary sector?
| 23 December 2010

Transparency and accountability have taken a whole new turn in the recent WikiLeaks furore.

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RSPCA loses in the Court of Appeal
| 23 December 2010

At the beginning of December, the Court of Appeal decided the long-running case of RSPCA v Gill, finding for the deceased’s daughter, Dr Gill. Reasons for the decision were reserved and were not given at the time of going to press.

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Peers debate philanthropy issues
| 23 December 2010

  On 2 December a debate on the case for encouraging philanthropy as moved by Lord Janvin, the crossbencher who is on the governing boards of various charities including being chair of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. 1

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Universities and public benefit guidance
| 23 December 2010

Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission has written to The Times in response to its front page story (27 November 2010) headlined: ‘Tuition fees ultimatum.’

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Long live the charity tax forum
| 23 December 2010

The economic secretary to The Treasury, Justine Greening has responded to Peter Fanning’s letter of 13 October on the recommendations of the Gift Aid Forum (which had its final meeting on 30 November).

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Economic growth for 2011 - but with risks
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 December 2010

After the slowdown in the second half of 2010, hopes are high that the economic momentum will pick up again in 2011.

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Delivering services
| 23 December 2010

Gillian Norton and Mandy Skinner provide their local authority perspective on a journey from grantmaking to commissioning with insights of what they look for in a service provider

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Beyond budgeting
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 December 2010

Penelope Blackwell demonstrates a move away from a narrow financial reporting regime to a balanced scorecard approach grounded in its charitable aims

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Global trends
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 December 2010

Following the Caritas Guide to Finance article on investment styles last month, Virginie Maisonneuve picks out some key themes for 2011 and beyond

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Families, foundations
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 23 December 2010

Family foundation donors and Big Society: will they, won’t they?

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Free to be equal
LEGAL | 23 December 2010

David Mears looks at the governance and services implications for charities in light of the Equality Act, while Jane Klauber asks whether the law can protect gay rights and religious freedom at the same time

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Business reporting language
| 23 December 2010

 Roger Chester demystifies online filing of corporation tax returns and annual accounts to HMRC by charities and their subsidiaries

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Delivering fairness
| 23 December 2010

The £100m transition fund might be open for business but there are some significant challenges ahead for VCOs, says Stuart Etherington

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The beautiful game
| 23 December 2010

Adam Brown provides a unique perspective on impact reporting and discovers some lessons from football communities

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Gold digger or superhero?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 December 2010

Sarah Brown looks at the income source mix and suggests a strategic approach to funding

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First Person
| 23 December 2010

David Emerson talks about trusts, foundations, conservation and treading the boards

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Is a benevolent fund a charity? Charity Tribunal to decide
| 21 December 2010

The tricky issue of benevolent associations and public benefit has come back into the spotlight

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Venture Philanthropy – practical benevolence
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 December 2010

David Miller takes a pre-Christmas opportunity to comment on developments in philanthropy and the way in which private equity skills are being put to work for charitable purposes.  

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Mixed purpose investments – but is it all still a bit of a muddle? Your chance to comment on the new CC14
| 17 December 2010

The Charity Commission is inviting comments on its long-awaited revised investment guidance.

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Charity regulator here to stay, but with post-CSR remit
| 16 December 2010

Delegates of the CFDG London Members forum were invited by Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission, to offer ideas on what the regulatory could do differently in delivering the £8m savings

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Reading the runes
| 14 December 2010

The external economic environment is a major factor in strategic planning and charities have had to watch this more closely in recent months. Clarissa Dann provides a summary of the main indicators

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A complex liability
| 13 December 2010

Charities are liable to tax in many different ways. Pesh Framjee provides an essential tax factsguide to the key area of exposure

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Joint forces
| 13 December 2010

The charity ecosystem does not operate on a ‘survival of the fittest’ basis; Liz Hazell suggests ten top tips to achieve collaborative working success

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£117.4m to fund the future, says the Funding Commission
| 13 December 2010

The Funding Commission has completed its report on the future outlook for voluntary sector funding in a document spanning almost 90 pages

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Tainted love? New rules replaced ‘substantial donor’ regulation
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 December 2010

New rules on 'tainted charity donations' replace 'substantial donor'  regulation from 1 April 2011

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On parade
| 10 December 2010

How does a charity decide which investment manager should look after their funds? Euan Dangerfield sets out the role of the investment consultant

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The bursar's tale
| 10 December 2010

Richard Berry looks back at his varied roles in operations management and shares how he applied his experience to a challenging management project

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Culture secretary announces matched funding scheme
| 10 December 2010

Cornerstone funding gathered momentum when culture secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an £80m investment

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Here to help
| 09 December 2010

Tom Murdoch summarises the significant updates to Charity Commission financial guidance as well as the key points arising from the Bribery Act 2010

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Pick us a winner
| 09 December 2010

Once the investment policy has been agreed, charities have to choose how to implement it. Clarissa Dann explains the practical impact of the various investment styles available

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From the top...
| 30 November 2010

In a recent roundtable event hosted by the Directory of Social Change (DSC), 21 voluntary sector representatives raised issues that threaten to trip up the ‘step change’ called for by Nick Hurd in making Big Society happen.

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Insolvency Act can't wind up charities
| 30 November 2010

A religious charity, Gilbert Deya Ministries, was successful in restraining a winding up petition made by the Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation Limited because of an alleged debt that had arisen for a contract for provision of a satellite TV channel.  

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Good deals and social enterprise
| 30 November 2010

The role of social investment in Big Society is something communities, investors and regulators are still shaping, and the challenge is, according to Nick Hurd, minister for Civil Society, how to ‘get it right.’

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Write back...
| 30 November 2010

Jason Baker, partner, FRP Advisory LLP

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Large-scale philanthropy defies economic downtown
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2010

Two recent reports, now in their third year, have demonstrated that the UK’s wealthiest individuals are committed to providing long-term commitment to tackling some of the challenges faced by society in the current climate of austerity.

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New overseas aid watch-dog to scrutinise impact
| 30 November 2010

Former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Graham Ward, has been confirmed as the new chief commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) which will use a traffic light system in around 20 reports a year to rate the effectiveness of overseas aid programmes.

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All aboard QE2
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2010

The Federal Reserve in the United States has announced a second phase of quantitative easing (QE) to boost activity in an economic recovery which has failed to gain real momentum and where unemployment has remained high.

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The God question
| 30 November 2010

Fran Beckett highlights the complexities of faith-based organisation governance and its vital contribution to the sector

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Fundamental powers
| 30 November 2010

Chris Hanvey and Ben Wittenberg reflect on the independent might of trust funding and believe more can be done to share expertise

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The pensions maze
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2010

Lucy Tusa examines the recent issues surrounding charity pension fund liabilities and suggests some solutions

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Charity power
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2010

Mark Mansley develops the theme of SRI and asks if your investments further your mission?

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School for survival
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 30 November 2010

Trevor O'Sullivan and Craig Aitchison review early indicators of independent schools at risk and the key actions required for ongoing viability

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Out to play
LEGAL | 30 November 2010

In this world of economic uncertainty Stephen Claus discusses the increasing pressure on local authorities to make less go further and inappropriately deal with recreation grounds

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The end of the road for the cheque?
| 30 November 2010

Helen Doyle explains why the cheque may be removed from our payments vernacular in 2018 and what is being done to ensure charities are not adversely affected by its removal

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All pull together
| 30 November 2010

Kelly Ventress shares her insights on how to develop your people on a tight (or non-existent) budget

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Just rewards
| 30 November 2010

Andrew Walker shares the results of the 21st annual Charity Rewards Survey, highlighting the balance between organisational success and being a ‘good’ employer

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First Person
| 30 November 2010

Gavin Henderson talks about the arts, fundraising from unlikely sources and playing the trumpet

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The guilt of 'no'
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2010

Mick Aldridge tackles some of the criticisms levelled at F2F fundraising and explains why it won’t ‘just go away’

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What can you do to protect the charitable ecosystem?
| 01 November 2010

A week after the Comprehensive Spending Review, Andrew Hind challenged delegates at Charity Trustee Networks’ fifth annual lecture at the ICAEW headquarters in London to ditch the ‘survival of the fittest’ approach on grounds that it does not work.

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Acclimatising to cuts
| 29 October 2010

In a letter to The Times six days before George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), research and medical charity chiefs make the case for state funding of their work, observing, “Ministers are mistaken if they believe charities are a substitute for government expenditure.”

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Eviction of council tenants breaches human rights
| 29 October 2010

The decision by the European Court of Human Rights on 21 September 2010 in the case of Kay and Others v The United Kingdom means that some occupants of social housing may now be offered greater protection from eviction.

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Public benefit in court
| 29 October 2010

The challenge by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) to the Charity Commission’s public benefit assessments will now be heard in the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber).

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Added VAT cost for charities
| 29 October 2010

The increase in the VAT rate to 20 per cent from 4 January 2011 will seriously affect all charities, in the same way as any other entity which is unable to reclaim all of the VAT it incurs.

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Killing the golden goose?
| 29 October 2010

Capacity for future public service delivery was one of the more stark findings in the latest PKF/CFDG report: Managing Risk – moving towards the vision.

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UK soon reaching the ‘threshold of debt intolerance’
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2010

A huge number of column inches have been devoted to the issue of debt to GDP ratios and ‘fiscal austerity’. But the numbers quoted – bad enough as they are – take no account of unfunded liabilities.

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'Of the sector, by the sector'
| 29 October 2010

Rodney Buse looks at the provenance of governance codes inside and outside the sector and explains the practical application of the latest Code of Good Governance.

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New horizons, core values
| 29 October 2010

“Change should not frighten us because it is charities by their very own creation and campaigning have been, and remain, change-makers” Mark Jackson

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Grants and contracts
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2010

With the funding climate in flux, the accounting and tax issues for grants and contracts need careful consideration. Mike Huggins summarises the key points

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A flick of the switch
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2010

Richard Maitland argues that attitudes to investment styles and asset choices need to be flexible and not entrenched.

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From beggar to busker
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 29 October 2010

Steven Dodds shares some recent research suggesting charities cannot rely on conscience to secure long-term giving. They need to entertain and engage as well

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Too much politics
LEGAL | 29 October 2010

Penny Wright offers a practical overview for charities skating on thin ice when it comes to political activity.

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Zero tolerance
| 29 October 2010

The six guiding principles set out in the current Bribery Act consultation cater mainly for the private sector – Katherine Smithson reminds charities of its implications.

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Forests and thickets
| 29 October 2010

Anne Moynihan asks whether one size fits all when it comes to governance and regulation for charities.

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A new dawn?
| 29 October 2010

Tania Ellis presents the latest social business models that are creating value for the benefit of society and the bottom line.

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The 'wow' factor
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2010

If a philanthropist checked out your charity how would they respond? Musa Okwonga offers his eight-point guide for funding readiness.

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First Person
| 29 October 2010

Colin Nee talks about human rights, evaluation and switching off.

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Government funding cuts force charities to rethink terms of engagement
| 22 October 2010

The £81bn of cuts announced by the chancellor’s comprehensive spending review (CSR) in a bid to ‘turn around the debt supertanker’ of £43bn a year in debt interest came as little surprise.[i] 

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Call to take an international bequest and legacy survey
| 18 October 2010

An international survey to find out more about how charities and non profits around the world are doing when it comes to legacy income has been launched by Give Green Canada and CharityVillage®.

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Major UK charities are feeling the pinch of pension liabilities
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 18 October 2010

New research from Charityfinancials.com has revealed that of the top 5,000 UK charities, 522 have a pension liability totalling £1.66bn. 

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Social housing providers must consider tenant circumstances when seeking to evict
| 13 October 2010

The decision by the European Court of Human Rights on 21 September 2010 in the case of Kay and Others v The United Kingdom means that some social housing tenants may now be offered a greater protection from eviction.

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Football League seeks new charity partner for corporate giving goals
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 October 2010

The Football League made an open invitation for charities to submit a bid to become The League’s Official Charity Partner for the 2011/12 season on 11 October 2010.

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Spending cuts in danger of crippling sector’s service delivery capacity – and the scope for resurrection
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 October 2010

The latest PKF/CFDG report: Managing Risk – moving towards the vision, highlights the significant risk facing 62 per cent of the 380 respondents receiving income from public sector contracts.

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Gift Aid Reform
| 30 September 2010

Back in July, I asked why we kept ‘exploring’ ways to improve the Gift Aid system as opposed to just getting on with it; a sentiment developed by CAF’s John Low at the launch of the 92-page ResPublica Digital Giving – Modernising Gift Aid; Taking Civil Society into the Digital Age in early September.

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The removal of uncollected charity shop goods is theft
| 30 September 2010

A criminal judicial review test case was heard in the High Court on 14 July to determine whether removing donated goods outside a charity shop was in fact a crime of theft.

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Does the government need to fund it?
| 30 September 2010

“Charities need to talk to the government on its own terms” advise the authors of the Proving your worth to Whitehall, report published in August by New Philanthropy Capital.

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Virtuous circle to vicious cycle?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 September 2010

The relationship between social enterprise and charities came under the spotlight when a report in The Times (10 September 2010) by Tom Baldwin and Dominic Kennedy revealed that the network of ethical businesses created by the Prince has run out of money.

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Sivayogam case a cautionary tale for charity trustees
| 30 September 2010

The Charity Commission has closed the five-year chapter on the saga surrounding the Sri Lankan Hindu charity, Sivayogam.

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Write back...
| 30 September 2010

I would like to correct a statistical error that was made during your editing of my article.

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Credit crunch still hinders economic activity
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 September 2010

Although the recession in the UK economy officially came to an end in the final quarter of 2009, growth since then has been pedestrian and far below the pace historically associated with the ‘recovery’ phase of the economic cycle.

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In perspective
| 30 September 2010

Walter Merricks takes an irreverent look at the annual report and accounts ritual to highlight more effective ways of communicating impact

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In hindsight
| 30 September 2010

“Being a charity means being part of a precious brand – it’s a huge social privilege. And it is important that charities are seen to be honouring their responsibilities.” Andrew Hind

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Merger myths
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 September 2010

Ian Oakley-Smith throws down the gauntlet to trustees: ‘why should your charity remain independent?’

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Call to action
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 September 2010

John Chatfeild-Roberts shares his approach to active asset management and why he thinks it is a better option than passivity.

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Joined-up funding
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 30 September 2010

Ashley Metz Cummings and Lisa Hehenberger share four case studies of how foundations can use venture philanthropy and what this means for investees.

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Equality v religious belief
LEGAL | 30 September 2010

Michael King and Fraser Simpson review the latest turn in the Catholic Care saga and ask charities to think of the children needing adoptive parents.

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Oiling the wheels?
LEGAL | 30 September 2010

John Taylor’s guide to the Bribery Act 2010 serves as an uncomfortable warning to charities and NGOs.

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Better late than never
| 30 September 2010

Melora Jezierska looks forward to some overdue progress on simplifying and improving the tax regime for charities.

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How refreshing
| 30 September 2010

Governing boards need fresh injections of new talent to remain relevant and in touch with beneficiary needs. Stephen Brooker offers some practicalities.

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Is that what you really think?
| 30 September 2010

Giving and receiving feedback is an important managerial tool but poor delivery can be destructive. Helena Sharpstone bins the ‘praise sandwich’ and provides a practical guide.

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Skills to value
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 September 2010

Although a good start has been made in fundraising professional development in the Global South, there is still scope for improvement, says Neelam Makhijani.

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First Person
| 30 September 2010

Sir Chrisopher Kelly talks about being a civil servant, public sector reviews, the NSPCC and Don Giovanni.

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Call for Marketing Excellence Awards entries
| 03 September 2010

  The deadline for the Chartered Institute of Marketing Awards 2010 entries is Friday 8 October 2010

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New streams
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 August 2010

Malcolm Hayday looks over the funding precipice and calls for greater flexibility and a reality check on how to pay for ‘big society’

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Now and forever...
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 26 August 2010

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher review gifts, endowments and the future-proofing of sector funding

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Consorting with risk
LEGAL | 26 August 2010

Public sector contracts are, for many charities, a vital income source. Mary Chant explains the key legal points of this complex business relationship

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At the epicentre
| 26 August 2010

Caron Bradshaw reflects on the evolving role of charity finance professionals in a rapidly changing external environment

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Impact leadership
| 26 August 2010

Richard Piper believes voluntary sector leaders need to break free of impact measurement anxiety

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Unpaid, but not untrained
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 August 2010

Should you train volunteers? Mark Freeman sets out the case for volunteer training and development as part of a charity’s overall humancapital strategy

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Equality – uncertainty still reigns over the exceptions available to charities
| 26 August 2010

Ian Davies explains why recent sex discimination legislation has created even more problems for charities aiming at certain groups of beneficiaries and remain surprised at the lack of clear guidance

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First person
| 26 August 2010

Dawn Austwick talks perpetual grantmaking, the arts, and cycling to work

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To SRI or not to SRI?
| 26 August 2010

That was the question facing experts around the table at Caritas’ first panel discussion. Maintaining public trust while maximising returns on charity investment is difficult, as participants found out

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Intelligent funding
| 25 August 2010

It is good to see that the Cabinet Office wants the sector’s views on how to reduce the deficit and that the ideas will be made available online.

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Give us your ideas
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 August 2010

As part of the £6.2bn savings challenge announced by the Treasury in May 2010, the Office for Civil Society (OCS) will be making £11m savings from its 2010/2011 budget.

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Defunct church misses out on legacy
| 25 August 2010

Pamela Schroder was a devotee and the only minister of the 'Church of the Good Shepherd’, which seems to have been a breakaway sect from the Roman Catholic Church.

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Unemployment - the good and the bad news
| 25 August 2010

The latest official Labour Force statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) would suggest that employment levels have stabilised in the three months to June 2010, with unemployment falling by 49,000, employ-ment rising by 184,000, with 68,000 of them being full-time jobs.

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Eating into reserves
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 August 2010

Reserve levels appear to be falling, according to new research from NCVO, which suggests that one in three operating charities have no funding at all in reserve.

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Write back...
| 25 August 2010

Penelope Blackwell, director of fundraising, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

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Renewed responsibilities
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 August 2010

Emily Unwin explains why environmental impact is a key governance consideration for trustees

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Healthy options?
| 25 August 2010

Nick Young and Mike Whitlam explore how civil society can provide commissioned services to the NHS

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Healthy options?
| 25 August 2010

  Nick Young and Mike Whitlam explore how civil society can provide commissioned services to the NHS

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It's how you measure it
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 August 2010

Paul Breckell asks if impact reporting is still relevant in 2010 and shares some examples of lessons learned by the RNID

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Here today, gone tomorrow?
| 12 August 2010

US philanthropists Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have persuaded 40 of America’s high net worth individuals to sign up to the Giving Pledge where the billionaires publicly agree to give away most of their wealth during their lifetime or relatively soon after their deaths.

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Housing market takes a wobble
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 August 2010

The Nationwide and Halifax house price indices suggest that the rally in UK house prices has petered out over recent months

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In all their best interests
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 August 2010

Katrina Scaife examines the learning and vision of how an NGO and a bank worked together to delivery sustainable eye care services to millions

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Public still in the dark about 'big society'
| 22 July 2010

With the ‘big society’ emerging as a central theme in the coalition government’s approach to public services, new research suggests it’s time they started to tell society exactly what they mean by it.

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Now and tomorrow
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 20 July 2010

Tony Elischer connects fundraising strategy with a pragmatic view on overall organisation strategy and ditches the business school models for a dose of realism.

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First Person
| 20 July 2010

Lynne Berry talks about social care, delivering local services and messing about on the river.

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Changing landscape
| 19 July 2010

Two very different July conferences on the theme of sector funding confirmed that the cuts agenda has irretrievably changed the statutory funding landscape.

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Commission publishes new finance guidance
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 July 2010

The Charity Commission has published four updated sets of financial guidance for charities and their advisers covering risk management; financial difficulties and insolvency; reserves and internal financial controls.

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Community loses village hall after £1m legal battle
| 19 July 2010

The Breedon on the Hill Community Association (BOTHCA) has lost its multi-million pound battle with the Leicester County Council (LCC) over the use of a village hall attached to St Hardulph’s Primary School.

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New guide to SRI from EIRIS and CFDG
| 19 July 2010

A new guide: Socially Responsible Investment – A practical Introduction for Charity Trustees was published in June to help the increasing number of trustees who are adopting or updating responsible investment strategies on behalf of their organisations.

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Employment in voluntary sector continues to rise
| 19 July 2010

Latest Labour Force Survey figures for the first quarter of 2010 show that the voluntary sector now employs 778,000 people, an increase of 6.5 per cent over the last year. This is in contrast to the public and private sectors which have shown a decrease of 0.5 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively.

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Write back ...
| 19 July 2010

Jay Kennedy, director of policy, Directory of Social Change

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Unemployment in focus
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 July 2010

Historically UK unemployment has been a laggard indicator of activity, companies have held on to their workforce as long as they could into the downturn but then been reluctant to hire when conditions improve, relying instead on overtime and extra shifts.

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Making the most of trusteeship
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 July 2010

  Mike Eastwood goes back to basics and sets out his essential guide for trustees considering taking up the mantle of governance

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Fit for purpose
| 19 July 2010

“The ominous warning for the new schools is that self-government and charitable status provide no guarantees for the delivery of improved education within a unitary state system”

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Fit for purpose
| 19 July 2010

“The non profit sector has the opportunity to steal a march on its competitors – its traditional strengths in high quality service delivery albeit with less emphasis on cost-driven decision making puts the customer or service user at the heart of its processes”

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Finance with a difference
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 July 2010

International NGOs face huge challenges in humanitarian disaster zones getting aid and cash through to where it is needed. Caitlin Mackesy Davies reports on one finance professional’s experience.

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Out of the woods?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 July 2010

John Redwood looks at market prospects for the remainder of 2010 and finds that knowing when to get in and out of Western shares is key, along with a balanced approach to overall asset portfolios.

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Commissioning intelligence
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 19 July 2010

The recent government-funded MOPSU project has yielded some insights into what public service delivery providers are really achieving. Clarissa Dann looks at the implications for the voluntary sector.

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The best-laid plans
LEGAL | 19 July 2010

Karen Phull outlines the changes in store for the planning system following the arrival of the new government.

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Lost in conversion?
| 19 July 2010

Nana Yaa Boakye-Adjei and Andrew Derry explain the practical issues surrounding foreign exchange and international NGOs.

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Form over substance
| 19 July 2010

Nick Carey believes that the current regulatory framework is holding the sector back from optimising its full potential in the Big Society.

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Making it happen
| 19 July 2010

Charles Scott provides a finance director’s perspective on post-merger integration of the back office at Age UK

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Third sector to the rescue with new NHS business model
| 15 July 2010

The NHS, alongside all other healthcare systems in the developed world will soon run out of cash.  So the way it does business needs to go back to the drawing board.

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Professional development support
| 29 June 2010

Spending other people's money raises unique challenges for leaders in the voluntary sector. We review the more popular tools and support currently available.

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In readiness
| 29 June 2010

Ruth Spellman believes that improving management skills will be key in delivering the government’s ‘Big Society’ vision

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Governance - where is your board heading?
| 29 June 2010

The development of the chair and board of trustees is a crucial component of a charity’s training strategy. Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard demonstrate the impact of getting this right

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Take a look at yourself
| 29 June 2010

Bernard Ross explains how to create a learning culture...or how to stop your normally smart organisation doing some catatonically stupid things

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Horses for courses
| 29 June 2010

Chrissie Wright and Heather Brierley share a practical guide on how to come up with your own training and development strategy

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Charities keep up manpower investment in hard times
| 28 June 2010

The top 500 charities show no signs of cutting salary costs despite economic climate.

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We have a problem here...
| 25 June 2010

Con Alexander and Jon Napier clarify the Charity Commission’s reporting regime with regard to serious incidents and pinpoint the areas of ultimate responsibility

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Cumbersome vetting scheme on hold
| 25 June 2010

The vetting and barring scheme introduced by the Labour government has been halted and will be remodelled by its successor.

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A runaway train?
| 25 June 2010

A disagreement between two active members of the 6024 Preservation Society Limited, a charity established in 1963 to purchase, restore and operate the ex-Great Western Railway steam locomotive, King Edward I, has resulted in a libel action.

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Taking the kink out of the sponsored link
| 25 June 2010

Charities that use sponsored link or Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising have finally secured a concession from HMRC that these links not only qualify for zero-rate VAT relief, but any VAT paid over the last four years can be reclaimed.

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The TED spread
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 June 2010

At the height of the Lehman’s crisis, one of the most watched statistics was the so-called ‘TED spread’.

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Great expectations
| 25 June 2010

Jonathan Welfare and Martin Brookes look forward to what the new government can do to work more effectively with civil society

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Unleashing the potential of trustees' reports
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 June 2010

Amanda Francis highlights that whilst charity accounts today are sophisticated and detailed, their complexity obscures the full picture. It is down to the trustees’ report to provide the story behind the figures

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Full of Eastern promise?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 June 2010

Roger Curtis makes the case for looking again at fixed-income portfolios and investing in Asian bonds.

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An uncertain future
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 25 June 2010

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher confirm that the recession has hit charities hard but innovative thinking has been an important part of regaining control

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Spectre of Persche
LEGAL | 25 June 2010

Simon Weil finds the second tier of cumbersome regulation for UK charities who are already under the supervision of rigorous regulators an unwelcome development.

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Making number speak
| 25 June 2010

David Membrey looks at the role of annual accounts when it comes to maintaining transparency and accountability.

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Evaluating ethical investment
| 25 June 2010

Lucy Marples shares her views on sustainable funding and makes the case for social investment filling the gap left by the decline of traditional forms of finance.

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Premises, premises
| 25 June 2010

Andrew Croft takes a step-by-step approach to finding affordable office space, negotiating the best deals and how to avoid property nightmares.

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Changing attitudes
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 June 2010

Lindsay Boswell believes that more leaders need to ‘get’ fundraising if charities are to counter the challenges of an uncertain economic and political future.

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First Person
| 25 June 2010

Ian Bruce talks about marketing, the secrets of management success and his narrow boat.

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People-centrism: Alive and well
| 24 June 2010

Charities have kept up their training investment despite the recession as they prepare for greater demands on their services

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Fit and proper persons test breaches Compact says NCVO
| 18 June 2010

The NCVO has written to HMRC to point out that the 'fit and proper persons test' imposed by Sch. 6 of the Finance Act is in breach of the Compact and urges a full consultation as soon as possible

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Impact of the recession – billions wiped from charity balance sheets
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2010

The recession has had a negative impact on the charitable sector by wiping billions of pounds off the balance sheets of the UK’s largest charities, according to findings from CharityFinancials.com

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Corporate partnership webcast -
| 24 May 2010

Watch this free webcast to find out how charities and corporates can make the most of their partnerships - guests from NSPCC, first direct and Virgin Media.

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Deliver or get off
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 May 2010

Trustees won’t deliver their potential contribution as leaders of fundraising unless the system of recruiting and developing them changes, says Ken Burnett 

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Campaigning for change
| 21 May 2010

Why don’t more charities invest in campaigning to achieve their objectives? Anthony Julius, Michael King and Vicki Bowles share their thoughts 

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A charitable trade?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 May 2010

Pesh Framjee reminds charities that earned income can trigger a tax liability, however altruistic the enterprise may be

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Another country
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 May 2010

Charles Mesquita reviews the risks and opportunities when it comes to investing in emerging-market equities 

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SORP vs R&P
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 21 May 2010

Gareth Morgan shares some recent research on what users of the ‘small’ charity accounting system think of it 

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The detail and the devil
LEGAL | 21 May 2010

Gavin McEwan sets out the main points of what makes for a successful grant contract 

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Keeping skills in the sector
| 21 May 2010

Staff retention strategies look set to be high on the agenda for charities still managing the impact of the recession, says Katherine Smithson 

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Big Society, big partnership
| 21 May 2010

After the recent change of government, Ralph Mitchell asks where next for the third sector? 

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Sea change
| 21 May 2010

Martyn Williams provides some insights into how his charity brought about a significant change in legislation with its campaigning strategy 

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Survival of the innovative
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 May 2010

John Grain looks at some of the more memorable fundraising icons and believes there is huge scope for doing things differently – and better

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First person
| 21 May 2010

Nick Seddon talks about sector independence, governance leadership and fell walking 

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In the field
| 28 April 2010

Rebecca Mackay and Martin Birch share their experiences from an NGO perspective of embedding risk management in their corporate strategy and ongoing operations

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Sum of the parts
| 28 April 2010

Performance of investment portfolios is a significant area of risk for charities.  Clarissa Dann summarises the key areas of exposure and how to mitigate them

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Out there and down here
| 28 April 2010

What does risk management mean in practice? Charles Nall shares some of the practicalities of risk management from the perspective of the Children’s Society as well as CFDG

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People are a risk
| 28 April 2010

People might be an organisation’s most important asset but they can also expose an organisation to significant risks. Terry Edney explains

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Commodities - an overlooked asset class?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 April 2010

The Bank of England’s February Inflation Report mulls over the deflationary effects of people paying off their debts and of the size of the gap between trend and actual output.

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From the Regulator
| 27 April 2010

Risk is a factor affecting the everyday work of charities, and managing risk effectively is essential if the key objectives set by trustees to provide the best possible service for their charity’s beneficiaries are to be achieved.  

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Beyond compliance
| 27 April 2010

Steve Fowler explains why risk policies, risk registers, action plans and risk monitoring are vital tools for charities

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Outsourcing risk
| 27 April 2010

Risk management and insurance go hand in hand, but you need to know what your insurable risks are to identify the right sort of protection for your organisation, says Peter Heap

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New report highlights sector skills shortages
| 26 April 2010

The Work Foundation has teamed up with the Clare Social Leadership Programme (CSLP) to provide a quantitative and qualitative profile of the third sector

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Never forever CIOs?
| 26 April 2010

Unsurprisingly, the implementation of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (‘CIO’), the new legal structure specifically designed for charities, has been delayed

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Catholic archdiocese held vicariously liable for sexual abuse
| 26 April 2010

A claim made by a man with learning difficulties that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest when he was a young boy has been upheld by the Court of Appeal

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New INGO charity governance report provides useful tools
| 26 April 2010

Governance consulting took an interesting turn in the case of an overseas development charity when a large UK law firm came up with a practical governance report completely free of charge.

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Club rules
| 23 April 2010

Many charities fail to recognise the role members play in their organisations and the governance of membership organisations can be complicated. Andrew Studd examines the legal models and structures

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Pension funds v charities
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 April 2010

There are distinct differences between pension fund and charity asset allocation – James Minett shares some recent analysis  

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North of the border
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 23 April 2010

In search of the Scottish pound – Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher report on the fundraising challenge in Scotland

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It's never too late!
LEGAL | 23 April 2010

Charities have recently come under fire for spending donor funds on litigation. However, sometimes there is no other option.  Verity Roberts sets out some protection measures for trustees

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Twenty questions
| 23 April 2010

  Roger Parry reveals the latest results of the Finance Count benchmarking survey

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Joined up resources
| 23 April 2010

Phil Callaghan looks at how CRM can help charities get more from their databases and have a better dialogue with their stakeholders

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John Kingston
| 23 April 2010

John Kingston talks about access to capital, fundraising and GK Chesterton

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The servant leader
| 23 April 2010

A recent survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) of 5,000 employees...

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Not so human behaviour
| 23 April 2010

What’s new in leadership? Julia Richards demonstrates how cats and dogs can help you be an adaptive leader

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Under the volcano
| 23 April 2010

Iceland is back in the news again; but this time not as a result of a broken banking system. 

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X marks the spot
| 22 April 2010

Following the dissolution of Parliament, Nick Hurd, Jenny Willott and Angela Smith are all third sector spokespeople for their political parties and take this pre-election opportunity to summarise what they would do if elected on 6 May

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The road to recovery
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 April 2010

Graham Wareham shares the road the charity took to efficiency and says the sector needs to be more commercial to beat the recession

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Charities urged to protect their asset base against inflation
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 April 2010

The unexpected spike in UK inflation released this week raises the issue of long-term protection of charity asset bases.

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Top 25 auditors hold their own in tough times
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 20 April 2010

The top 25 firms of charity auditors provide auditing services to 2889 charities, auditing £33.6bn between them,

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The cost of change
| 09 April 2010

When my local tennis club held its annual general meeting last month and tried to secure agreement from its members to incorporate, all hell broke loose

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Regulator uses statutory powers to suspend charity trustee
| 09 April 2010

The Charity Commission has used its powers under s.19A of the Charities Act 1993...

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Going global - charities lead the way
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 April 2010

Lessons learned over the last two somewhat turbulent years in the financial markets...

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Calling all health provision volunteers
| 09 April 2010

The Department of Health published its strategic vision for volunteering in health and social care

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Interest rate outlook - lower for longer
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 April 2010

Over the past couple of months there has been an interesting development in financial markets

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First among equals
| 09 April 2010

Your board might be in good shape now – but recruiting and developing chairs of trustees will be a  problem if early action is not taken, say Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard

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All for one and one for all?
| 09 April 2010

Stuart Etherington and Stephen Bubb deal with the suggestion that the sector should be engaging with the government in a more joined-up manner

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When the unthinkable happens
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 April 2010

Show-stopping disasters do hit organisations and you never know what is around the corner. Robert MacKenzie demonstrates how to make business continuity planning work

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On the couch
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 April 2010

Greg Davies and Daniel Egan update their optimal behaviour research in the light of the economic downturn

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Giving back
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 09 April 2010

Irene Hardill shares some insights into what makes people volunteer centred on some case study-based research in a deprived community

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A closer watch
LEGAL | 09 April 2010

The vetting of employees and volunteers working with vulnerable groups has been tightened by the new Vetting and Barring Scheme, explains Shivaji Shiva

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The road ahead
| 09 April 2010

Reserves and cash are just two of the ‘Managing in a Downturn’ issues facing the sector, reveals Ian Oakley Smith

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It doesn't have to be McKinsey
| 09 April 2010

Although consultants have sometimes had an unfortunate reputation in certain sectors, John Baguley believes they have much to offer non profits if used in the right way

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From the front
| 09 April 2010

What kind of CEO are you? Anthony Holmes brings his leadership perspectives to the sector

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The corporate conscience
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 April 2010

Charities benefit from the private sector’s engagement in fundraising in all sorts of ways.  Valerie Morton sets out the secrets of success for attracting and holding onto a corporate supporter

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Diana Aviv
| 09 April 2010

Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, in the US, talks about her South African roots, working with the government, and tackling domestic violence.

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Have gilts lost their shine?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 08 April 2010

Some asset classes may not be quite so safe to sit on as we come out of recession, despite being a welcome refuge from volatility in the tough times.

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Raw deal from Darling's 2010 Budget but a few nuggets of cheer
| 25 March 2010

The charity sector did not have much to celebrate from yesterday’s Budget

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Catholic Care wins gay adoption challenge
| 18 March 2010

Catholic Care, the charity providing adoption services to the Catholic Community...

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Scenario planning...
| 26 February 2010

Kate Hand examines political party policies to see what lies in store for the sector.

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Here to stay
| 26 February 2010

Ian Bird reports that nearly three quarters of charities have not assessed the impact of the 2012 pension reforms  

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Why not?
| 26 February 2010

Clarissa Dann examines what innovation means in practice and believes charities can foster a more creative culture

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 February 2010

Shaks Ghosh explains what is involved if charities want to tap into  private equity industry resources

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Francis Maude
| 26 February 2010

Francis Maude talks about crime, politics and a thriving third sector

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What makes a third sector organisation tick?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 25 February 2010

Tony Chapman returns with further analysis of third sector development in the light of a recent study commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation

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Identity and reputation protection
LEGAL | 25 February 2010

Investment in branding for charities can sometimes be questioned as an appropriate use of donor income, but brand equity does influence giving behaviour. Shireen Smith explains the legal protection that needs to be in place

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Who cares?
| 24 February 2010

The future funding of adult social care remains uncharted territory but one thing is clear: the existing system is unsustainable.  

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Social value measurement tools in action
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 February 2010

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils and Baker Tilly have published a report, Evaluating economic impact, on 2 February 2010

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RSPCA criticised by high court judge for litigation
| 24 February 2010

On 5 February, Judge James Allen ordered the charity to pay most of the £1.3m legal costs...

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Pensions black hole just gets bigger
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 February 2010

Some of the UK’s largest charities are facing a pensions deficit of over £1bn (up from £500m in July 2009)...

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Decline in US unemployment cause for cautious optimism
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 February 2010

One of the most eagerly awaited pieces of economic news...

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The 'I' word
| 24 February 2010

Stephen Lloyd returns to the theme of insolvency with a reminder of the legal framework and the practical implications of liability and protection

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Will they still love us tomorrow?
| 24 February 2010

David Nussbaum and Lynne Berry believe the third sector has come a long way in developing its working relationship with the government, but must retain its own democratic identity

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While Rome burns
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 February 2010

Peter Gotham looks at how organisational myopia has affected voluntary organisations and offers some learning points to minimise insolvency risk

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Back to business school
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 February 2010

David Livingston explores what academic theory can teach the sector about investing capital for charities

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Giving with care
| 12 February 2010

New cabinet office campaign aims to create awareness of bogus charity collections

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The old year and a few more weeks
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 05 February 2010

 Just as the flood of optimistic New Year forecasts started to subside, risk moved back up to the top of the agenda and what did well last year was hit by sustained selling.  Market volatility increased by 50%, says David Miller of Cheviots.

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A lean machine?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 January 2010

Hans Wolters explores the importance of combining organisational efficiency with good communication to ensure a successful fundraising programme

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Nick Partridge
| 27 January 2010

Nick Partridge talks about being gay, AIDS and a passion for food

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Save our cheques
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 January 2010

Charities voice their concerns over plans to eradicate the cheque

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Testing times
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 January 2010

The Charity Commission has clarified its position on public benefit with the publication of its assessment reports. Sudhir Singh looks at the implications and offers a practical guide to charities completing their annual reports

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The road less travelled
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 26 January 2010

Kate Rogers picks up the theme of Robert Frost’s poem and introduces two perspectives on the investment climate  

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A time for giving
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 26 January 2010

Cathy Pharoah and Tom McKenzie review the impact of Christmas on giving and ask if we should season up our fundraising initiatives

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Pick me a winner
LEGAL | 26 January 2010

High net worth individuals will often operate through advisers when considering a charity or project to fund. Andrew Whitby Collins explains the investigation and evaluation processes involved

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At a crossroads
| 26 January 2010

Angela Haynes  reviews the SORP’s history and hopes that any convergence in accounting standards retains its learning and achievements

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From all directions
| 26 January 2010

Julia Richards considers 360- degree feedback as a leadership development tool for CEOs

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Near and far
| 26 January 2010

Leading remotely is a challenge many INGO managers have had to deal with and there is an art to being present while absent.  Caroline Stearman and Alex Swarbrick share their findings

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Charity Commission updates election guidance
| 25 January 2010

Thanks to defence secretary Bob Ainsworth, the mystery surrounding the likely date of the General Election is no more – 6 May looks such a dead cert that bookmakers have suspended betting on the date.

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Commitment to foreign aid
| 25 January 2010

With a general election only months away, one of the recurring themes in the prevailing political campaigns...

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Cautionary Catz Club tale
| 25 January 2010

The Charity Commission has concluded its inquiry into Catz Club...

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Schools admissions policy found unlawful
| 25 January 2010

Discrimination law and charity custom and practice came head to head when...

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Housing key to social care solution
| 25 January 2010

With each care home admission costing £40,000 per year...

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2010 gets off to slow start
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 January 2010

The UK economy is estimated finally to have emerged from recession...

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New compact, new commitment?
| 25 January 2010

Back in June 2009, Sir Bert Massie told Caritas (see his First Person article)...

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Profits of the right sort
| 25 January 2010

Cecile Gillard takes a closer look at social enterprise and reviews the practicalities of how community interest companies (CICs) operate  

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Insider knowledge
| 25 January 2010

David Jarvis and Kevin Curley look at how the targets of statutory service providers can obscure the added value provided by specialist local community-based charities

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Charity investors warned about the dangers of the large debt overhang in the UK
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 December 2009

The state of the UK public finances means higher interest rates ahead at best, and at worst a nasty financing crisis, according to Guy Davies at Evercore Pan Asset.

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Research confirms investor personalities affect markets just as much as economic forces
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 December 2009

Behaviour is a mix of who we are, and what environment we are in,  

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Gift or burden?
| 23 December 2009

Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard review the cost/benefit of leadership development in all sizes and non-profit organisations

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Major scale
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 December 2009

The Million Pound Donors Report is now in its second year.  Beth Breeze provides some further illumination on this important, but little-understood, area of giving

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Angela Smith
| 23 December 2009

Angela Smith talks about about animal welfare, training commissioners and sychronised swimming

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Balancing the books
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 December 2009

The demise of the cheque in 2018 means charities must start converting supporters to other payment methods

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Currency speculation or risk management?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 December 2009

Andrew Derry highlights the foreign exchange exposure INGOs face and asks if foreign exchange hedging is an appropriate solution

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A robust response?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 22 December 2009

Mark Pincher looks at the expenditure and reserves of the UK’s largest charities in the context of the external environment

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Rules of engagement
LEGAL | 22 December 2009

Data protection and communications regulations are just as applicable to charities as other organisations. James Milligan explains the requirements

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Missing links
| 22 December 2009

Melvin Coleman reflects on the lack of diversity among the charity sector’s captains of finance

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Board health check
| 22 December 2009

Martin Gray mulls over some recent governance reviews and identifies the key success factors of an effective board

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Pay curbs with better public services
| 21 December 2009

Gordon Brown presented his action plan:  Putting the Front Line First: Smarter Government in a speech to the Institute for Government on 7 December 2009

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CIFs called to pull their socks up
| 21 December 2009

The EIRIS Foundation, which researches the social and ethical aspects of companies and provides other charities...

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Charity denied request to limit litigation costs
| 21 December 2009

The charity, Action against Medical Accidents, which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident...

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Bleak mid-winter in PBR
| 21 December 2009

Alistair Darling had little seasonal cheer to bestow on the sector when he gave his Pre-Budget Report on 9 December

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Scale of public borrowing
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 December 2009

The UK borrowed £11.4bn in October to take the total for this financial year to £87bn...

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Return to social return
| 21 December 2009

It is almost two years (February 2008) since this magazine first reported that the Office of the Third Sector...

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Almost a scandal
| 21 December 2009

Hannah Candlin reviews the regulation and enforcement of the expenses rules in the charity sector and anticipates a tightening of controls in 2010  

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No restraints
| 21 December 2009

Dan Pallotta and Joe Saxton look at how restraints on non-profits undermine their potential to innovate and generate large incomes for their beneficiaries

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A backwards glance?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 December 2009

Robert Warne explains the VAT cost implications of buying overseas services under the 2010 reverse charge rules

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Wealth and responsibilities
| 18 December 2009

The rich are different, but some are more different than others, according to a recent report

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Government says no to EC ‘clawback’ regulation
| 18 December 2009

The UK government has announced that it has decided to initially opt out of the EC's proposed regulation and wills

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Human accountability developments called for in 2010 HAP survey
| 16 December 2009

 HAP is now preparing their 2009  Humanitarian Accountability Report. 

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Charity finances in uncertain times
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 14 December 2009

Just how recession proof is the third sector in the face of major funding cuts?

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Tribunal decides not to award costs against the Charity Commission
| 11 December 2009

Further to our report in Caritas, issue 24, November 2009 that the first tier tribunal had rejected all seven grounds given by the Charity Commission for its decision to remove Nagendram Seevaratnam as a trustee of the Sivayogam temple on 27 March 2008, it has decided not to award costs against the regulator.

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In the bleak mid-winter
| 01 December 2009

Cuts in public funding should not be taking charities by surprise. Kate Hand reviews the political funding agenda and recommends early preparation

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Third party persuasion
| 01 December 2009

The charity sector is no exception when it comes to the competition for talent. David Fielding explains the practicalities of working with executive search firms  

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Rewarding insights
| 01 December 2009

Andrew Walker deals with the suggestion that the 20th annual Charity Rewards Survey puts too negative a spin on pay and benefits in the third sector

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Philanthropy challenges
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 December 2009

David Carrington shares his thoughts on key areas a new European philanthropy research centre should be prioritising

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Lesley-Anne Alexander
| 01 December 2009

Lesley-Anne Alexander talks about working together, sight loss prevention, and self defence

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Business as usual
| 30 November 2009

The better than expected unemployment figures and the Bank of England's forecast of a return to positive GDP (2 per cent) in 2010...

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Concern for employee's safety leads to race discrimination claim
| 30 November 2009

Ms B Ahmed was a UK national of Sudanese origin employed by Amnesty International as a campaigner

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Employee engagement recommendations adopted
| 30 November 2009

David Macleod and Nita Clarke were commissioned by the Department for Business (BIS) to take an in-depth look at employee engagement

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Low inflation offset by increased indirect taxes
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2009

UK inflation fell again in September to 1.1 per cent, as measured by the CPI...

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Privatisation guinea-pig?
| 30 November 2009

NHS Cambridgeshire and Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS are inviting third sector, private and NHS organisations...

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Towards six sigma?
| 30 November 2009

Sandra De Lord outlines a plan of action for best governance practice

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Dancing with the Devil
| 30 November 2009

Charles Scott and Rupert Merson explore the relationship between for-profit and not-for-profit organisations

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No escape...
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2009

Paul Knight reflects on recent changes in tax governance and highlights potential pitfalls for charities

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A class of their own?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 November 2009

David Burnside analyses the case for hedge funds in an institutional framework

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Measure for measure
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 30 November 2009

One ratio does not fit all. Cathy Pharoah and Tom McKenzie set out models for assessing fundraising efficiency in different types of charity

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Leading by example
LEGAL | 30 November 2009

Many charities seek to maximise the opportunities available to disabled workers in their organisations – Jane Klauber summarises the legal position and offers some practical guidance

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Twenty-first century philanthropy
| 25 November 2009

Charitable foundations should be better utilised to encourage social investment

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Draft Bribery Bill looks set to make anti-corruption legislation a reality
| 18 November 2009

The state opening of Parliament on 18 November saw the announcement of the 15 bills up for debate.

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Back to the playground
| 16 November 2009

Dartford residents win appeal to Charity Tribunal - in part

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Safe and sound
| 13 November 2009

Enhanced awareness of legal obligations for non profits

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When does no really mean no?
| 06 November 2009

Regulatory bodies are under pressure to clarify the rules on telephone fundraising

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A tale of two inflations
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 October 2009

The inflation/deflation debate is all about timing

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The proof is in the pudding
| 23 October 2009

Charities helping young people get into employment and education need to shout louder about their successes

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The big picture
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 22 October 2009

Tony Chapman shares his thoughts about third sector development in the light of his recent research report commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation

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In the trade
LEGAL | 22 October 2009

James Sinclair Taylor and Andrew Studd summarise the recent Companies Act 2006 changes affecting charities

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Ground controls
| 22 October 2009

Keith Hickey and Richard Weighell review the findings of their latest risk survey and counsel a balanced approach to risk management

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Funding the future
| 22 October 2009

Stephen Bubb believes there is no time to be lost on leading the capacity building agenda

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The right choice
| 22 October 2009

Mark Stuart explains the benefits and impacts of social marketing and its role in achieving changes in behaviour  

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After the fall
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

Andrew Watt looks back at the economic shocks in the US and reflects on how fundraising and communication campaigns have taken new directions

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Andy Atkins
| 22 October 2009

Andy Atkins talks about climate change, poverty and painting landscapes

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Right person, right job?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

Robust recruitment processes are a must for volunteer selection as well as paid employees.  Neil Gill’s practical guide explains why

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A new order?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

Wyn Lewis summarises the legal position surrounding redundancies and explores more creative approaches to restructuring

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PAYE/PIID pitfalls
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

When the tax inspector comes to call, charities can be in for a nasty surprise.  How prepared are you for an HMRC employer compliance review? asks Deborah-Parks Green

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What they really, really want
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

Paul Ashcroft looks at how the element of ‘doing good’ interacts with other aspects of total reward strategy in the non-profit sector

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Learning together
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

Kristina Ingate reflects on how developing organisations and individuals reveals a rebalancing of power between employer and employee

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From fixed to variable...
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2009

Mark Freeman reviews the trend for outsourcing in payroll and HR and offers some practical tips for charities considering this option

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Key HR developments
| 22 October 2009

Welcome to our second Caritas HR supplement...

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Economic growth?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 October 2009

The consensus expectation for the UK economy in 2010 is now clearly one of growth...

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Ousted trustee to be reinstated
| 21 October 2009

The Charity Commission found itself at odds with the restructured First-tier Tribunal (Charity)...

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Justified expenditure?
| 21 October 2009

At times where cash is in short supply, what constitutes responsible expenditure for a charity is likely to be scrutinised ever more closely

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Skills injection
| 21 October 2009

Alan Strickland and Hannah Crowther demonstrate how charities and young professionals can benefit from private sector organisations deferring their trainee schemes

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Chain reaction
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 October 2009

The dominant commissioning culture in the charity sector has highlighted the need for an agile supply chain. Mary Reilly highlights the benefits of getting this right

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Shoulders of giants
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 21 October 2009

Aofinn Devitt analyses the Yale approach to investment management and finds some learning points for charities despite the foundation’s scale

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Animals miss out as daughter recovers farm
| 20 October 2009

The RSPCA is  appealing against a High Court ruling that a Yorkshire farm should be inherited by a widow’s daughter and not bequeathed to the animal charity as stated in the will

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And they all (CIOs) lived happily ever after?
| 20 October 2009

The concept of a bespoke incorporated charitable structure was introduced by the Charities Act 2006...

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Shrinking pay pots for all?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 16 October 2009

Voluntary sector CEO pay languishes as recession deepens

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Making finance count
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 09 October 2009

New study will allow non profits to see how they measure up against their peers

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The ethical question
| 02 October 2009

Discussing socially responsible investment isn’t widely construed as part of the day job for charity consultants, a recent report reveals

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A matter of conscience
| 25 September 2009

Kate Hand provides an update on the CFDG/EIRIS ethical investment survey

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A fairer balance
| 25 September 2009

Jenny Berry reports on ACEVO’s first women’s special interest group and her own experiences as a female CEO

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Demonstrating value
| 25 September 2009

Miia Chambers and Simone Hensby outline developments in Camden to move commissioning and monitoring towards outcomes  

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Strategic marketing
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 25 September 2009

Robert Berry explains how a well-researched marketing plan underpins effective fundraising and brand management

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Petra Ingram
| 25 September 2009

Petra Ingram talks about eyesight, equines, international operations and leadership

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Charity’s challenge against forced retirement age fails
| 25 September 2009

The much anticipated ruling for Age Concern’s challenge to the UK retirement age has arrived

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Employer of choice
| 24 September 2009

One year on from the Lehman bankruptcy, the world is not in freefall, and UK economic growth 'has resumed'...

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More changes for charities from the Companies Act
| 24 September 2009

On 1 October 2009 a number of changes will become law under the Companies Act 2006...

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Social care charity not guilty of race discrimination
| 24 September 2009

Mr Egene was of black-African origin and had come to the UK from Nigeria in September 2009...

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New vetting procedures
| 24 September 2009

The new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) enforced by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)...

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RIP the Charity Tribunal
| 24 September 2009

Barely 18 months after its somewhat delayed inception, the Charity Tribunal ceased to exist as a separate entity from 1 September 2009...

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Recovery in sight but slow
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 September 2009

Evidence is growing that the UK economy will return to growth in the second half of this year

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Arrivals and departures
| 24 September 2009

What if your charity needs to remove a trustee? Moira Protani looks at the legal position surrounding changes in board dramatis personae

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Under the microscope
| 24 September 2009

Adrian Seargeant comments on the Centre for Charitable Giving's funded capacity to perform fundraising research

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Dealing with the unexpected
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 September 2009

Uncertain times challenge key assumptions for finance directors, says Pesh Framjee

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Cash call
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 September 2009

Thomas Meade gets back to basics on treasury management in turbulent times

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Seismic shifts?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 24 September 2009

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher look at the changing shape of the UK's major corporate donors

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Headline news
LEGAL | 24 September 2009

Reputational risks can catch charities unawares leaving destruction in their wake – Tamsin Turk’s guide to ‘media management’ offers some practical solutions

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Non-profits urged to consider working together
| 18 September 2009

New research shows that collaborative work is taking a backseat on charities' agendas

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Green shoots
| 14 September 2009

Fundraisers are feeling positive about the economic challenges ahead and are still generating income through the financial storms

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A nettle ungrasped?
LEGAL | 02 September 2009

Francesca Quint reviews the continuing saga of public benefit and reflects on the latest developments and their origins

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A tailored approach
| 02 September 2009

A recession does not mean the end of marketing investment, says Gill Nunn

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Access to finance
| 02 September 2009

Stephen Bubb shares his vision for the Social Investment Bank and how he sees it working in practice

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Tough questions
| 02 September 2009

The voluntary sector should be bolder in customising classic business strategy tools, says Dawn Wood

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A borderless approach
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 September 2009

Bernard Ross explains why internationalism, integration and innovation underpin INGO success

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Teresa Nightingale
| 02 September 2009

Teresa Nightingale talks about marketing, cancer prevention and running the London Marathon

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Editorial
| 01 September 2009

The debate on whether or not charities should run prisons escalated from pithy 'Tweets' from the likes of ACEVO to some extensive correspondence in the national press in mid-August

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The whole story?
| 01 September 2009

A recent survey of the public perception of charities indicates a gap between people's perception of the sector (e.g. how it works, what it does and its size) and the reality

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Social landlord deemed a 'hybrid' public authority
| 01 September 2009

London and Quadrant Housing Trust served an order for possession on Susan Weaver because her rent was over two months in arrears...

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Playground complaints
| 01 September 2009

The Charity Tribunal has ruled on what issues it can and can't look at for the hearing of the appeal between Derek Maidment and Lennox Ryan v The Charity Commission

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Job losses put pressure on charities
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 September 2009

The bank of England has suggested that the UK economic recovery, after an initial bounce over the next few months, will be a long, slow slog...

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Welcome aboard
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 September 2009

Diana Garnham demonstrates why the induction of a new trustee is no less crucial than that of a new member of staff

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Is capitalism in crisis? (James Codrington)
| 01 September 2009

James Codrington gives his perspective on the root of the banking crisis and lessons from the voluntary sector

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Is capitalism in crisis? (Stephen Lloyd)
| 01 September 2009

Stephen Lloyd gives his perspective on the root of the banking crisis and lessons from the voluntary sector

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Down but not out!
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 September 2009

Kate Sayer takes the case study approach to demonstrating how to achieve a financial turnaround

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Matching funds
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 September 2009

John Dale suggests that the reduced financial strength of US foundations highlights some lessons for UK charity trustees.

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Shaking the foundations?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 01 September 2009

Cathy Pharoah looks at the values of grantmakers as well as the grants in her recent family foundation research

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CIM’s marketing excellence awards includes not for profit category
| 27 August 2009

The Chartered Institute of Marketing is including not for profit among the 18 categories in its first national Marketing Excellence Awards.  

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Construction guidelines launched to underpin humanitarian aid
| 10 August 2009

The humanitarian aid community could benefit from enhanced understanding of the roles that the built environment professions play in disaster management

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Scholarship to the stars
| 06 August 2009

Continuing investment in third sector leaders develops skills to manage in the recession

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Return to vendor
| 31 July 2009

The removal of the ‘charitable building’ concession means non-profits must be extra vigilant in ensuring their use of new buildings meets VAT requirements

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Impact reporting
| 30 July 2009

Charities have no choice but to prove their worth, says Kate Hand

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Especially for you
| 30 July 2009

Nick Carey on what the personalisation of public services means for the third sector

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Needles in haystacks
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 July 2009

Rodney Buse reflects on the difficulty of finding new trustees and what charities can do to help with their search

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Funding - a new perspective
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 July 2009

David Carrington summarises the future financing challenges for VCOs and their funders

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Paul Roberts
| 30 July 2009

Paul Roberts talks about creativity, education and grandchildren

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Public benefit
| 29 July 2009

One of the great strengths of the charity sector is its diversity and accessibility.

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Ruling on women's refuges overturned by Lords
| 29 July 2009

When the Court of Appeal ruled on 17 April 2008 that refuges are capable of being accommodation and that it is reasonable for a person...

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Four charities fail public benefit test
| 29 July 2009

Public benefit hit the headlines again when the Charity Commission published its public benefit assessment reports on 12 charities on 14 July 2009.

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Family values
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 July 2009

The charitable expenditure of the largest 100 UK family foundations was worth £1.2bn and increased by 10 per cent in real terms in 2007/07...

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Out of Westminster
| 29 July 2009

In the dash before the summer recess, a flurry of government reports and initiatives were announce, including:

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Curtain call for VAT
| 29 July 2009

The recent decision of the First Tier Tribunal in the case of Garsington Opera gives many theatres and similar businesses...

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Seeds of recovery?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 July 2009

UK industrial production declined by 1.8 per cent (source: National Statistics) in the three months to May...

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The circle of life
| 29 July 2009

Jonathan Burchfield reviews the administrative milestones facing a grantmaking charity in a typical financial year

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What engages and motivates wealthy donors?
| 29 July 2009

Martin Stamp and Sheila Hooper give two different perspectives on transformational major gifts

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Making the right cuts
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 July 2009

David Williams and David Edwards take a strategic approach to cost reduction

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Back to bricks and mortar?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 July 2009

Andrew Allen considers property's position as a core asset class within a charity's portfolio

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Bursaries and liabilities
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 29 July 2009

Nick Sladden examines how independent schools are funding public benefit

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Going legal
LEGAL | 29 July 2009

Edwina Rawson explains how a successful compensation claim can make a real difference and why charities should understand the litigation process

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Survive and thrive
| 01 July 2009

David Locke reviews IT transformation in troubled times

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Going local
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 July 2009

Lindsay Boswell gets out his crystal ball and shares his predictions for a new fundraising landscape

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Chris Hanvey
| 01 July 2009

Chris Hanvey talks about children, an entrepreneurial sector - and his boat

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Editorial
| 30 June 2009

In his acceptance speech at last month's Charity Awards...

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Head in the sand?
| 30 June 2009

The charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic Care...

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Glass of wine protects charity residue...
| 30 June 2009

When the late Elizabeth Littlewood had her first consultation with solicitors...

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Governance rocket for independent school
| 30 June 2009

In June 2008, the Charity Commission was notified of serious allegations...

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Recovery, what recovery?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2009

Recent economic data releases suggest that the worst phase of the slowdown may be past...

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Board talk checklist
| 30 June 2009

The economic downturn has prompted the Charity Commission to produce a 'practical tool' for trustees...  

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Two into one does go
| 30 June 2009

Non profits have a thing or two to teach commercial boards when it comes to governance, says Rupert Merson

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Did the Prince's Trust fundraise a political party?
| 30 June 2009

Moira Protani and Kenneth Dibble do not agree about the legal authority for the Charity Commission's recent decision

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Root and branch
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2009

Lorraine Owens demonstrates that charities need their feet on the ground when it comes to tax compliance  

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Lucky dip?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 June 2009

Heather Lamont suggests topics for discussion at a portfolio strategy review meeting with your investment manager  

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With bated breath
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 30 June 2009

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher show that the larger charities are only just withstanding recessionary pressures – for now

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Merger due diligence
LEGAL | 30 June 2009

Alana Lowe-Petraske and Rosamund McCarthy look at managing risk in an unsettled financial landscape

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Inside job?
| 30 June 2009

Kate Hand examines the implications for the sector of a recent Fraud Advisory Panel report

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Environmental action call
| 30 June 2009

Tom Flood says why it is high time rainforests stopped being a long way from here

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Key financial responsibilities
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

Trustees of voluntary organisations have a significant range...

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How to develop your investment strategy
| 03 June 2009

When the Investment Powers Working Group conducted a review on behalf of the charity sector into the possible implications...

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Asset classes and portfolio components
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

A brief round-up...

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Implementing your investment policy
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

Once the investment policy statement has been finalised...

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Choosing investment managers
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

Managing an investment portfolio is an art not a science and requires specialist skills and knowledge

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The role of your auditors
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

It is a legal requirement under the Charities Act 1993 for charities to be audited

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Reporting and reviewing investment information
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

Although investment performance should be the main determinant of trustees' satisfaction...

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Financial reporting information
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 June 2009

Trustees need to ensure that they, or a delegated committee such as the finance committee...

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On and on?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 June 2009

Jos Moule and Con Alexander review the thorny issue of 'founder-trustee' management

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What are the leadership and development challenges for charities currently?
| 02 June 2009

Dame Mary Marsh and Professor Sharon Turnbull share their views

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Wheels in motion
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 June 2009

Keith Hickey's step-by-step guide to tendering for external audit

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Spreading it around...
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 June 2009

John Hildebrand asks whatever happened to diversification

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Overseas aid
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 02 June 2009

John Micklewright and Peter Backus highlight trends in charitable giving to overseas development charities

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The keys to the door
LEGAL | 02 June 2009

Stephen Claus gives a practical guide to dealing with charity property

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A mixed box
| 02 June 2009

Ernese Skinner shares her perspective on the Budget highlights and lowlights

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Engaging with the public sector
| 02 June 2009

Katie Schmuecker looks at the relationship between the third and public sectors at regional level

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Reciprocal benefits
| 02 June 2009

Amanda Tincknell discusses the impact of the recession on pro bono management consultancy

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Funding values
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 June 2009

Margaret Bolton analyses mission-related investment behaviour in grant-making foundations

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Sir Bert Massie
| 02 June 2009

Disability rights campaigner and Compact Commissioner, Sir Bert Massie talks about access, the government and photography

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Welcome to the Guide to Finance - Clarissa Dann
| 02 June 2009

Welcome

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Welcome to the Guide to Finance - Dame Suzi Leather
| 02 June 2009

Foreword

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Legal and regulatory obligations
LEGAL | 02 June 2009

When it comes to finance, the duties of trustees and executives are grounded in a wide range of statutes, standards and guidance

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Expenses and public trust
| 01 June 2009

Public confidence is a fragile thing...

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Two steps forward one step back?
| 01 June 2009

An independent review of progress achieved in 2008 by the Geneva-based Human Accountability Partnership (HAP)...

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The iceberg beneath...
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 01 June 2009

In the aftermath of the Budget the scale of the crisis in public finances has become clear...

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Barriers to entry?
| 01 June 2009

According to a recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers of 100 board-level executives of social enterprises and private sector organisations...

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Room for improvement?
| 01 June 2009

Board matters, a report on charity trusteeship by Belinda Vernon and Eleanor Stringer at New Philanthropy Capital...

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Goalposts cannot be moved
| 01 June 2009

Peter Simpson, a solicitor and partner in Lovegroves LLP formed a registered recreational charity...

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The rich are not so different
| 30 April 2009

Long before Stanley Fink qualified for his invitation to address the Charities Aid Foundation's breakfast seminar delegates...

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Hobson's choice?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 April 2009

Investors should grasp what drives returns of each asset class, prize liquidity and beware leverage, says Richard Maitland  

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Sum of the parts
| 29 April 2009

Nick Carey reviews the merger landscape and is concerned that so few charities are considering a joined up approach

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A grip on reality
| 29 April 2009

Cash is king and in tough times charities need a proactive approach to cashflow management, says Rohan Hewavisenti

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Another country
LEGAL | 29 April 2009

Dominic Lawrance explains why some understanding of the non-dom rules is helpful when dealing with major donors  

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Jack of all trades?
| 29 April 2009

Mike Hudson provides a checklist of what makes an effective and authoritative chief executive in the voluntary sector  

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All in the mind
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 April 2009

What drives a donor? Sally Hibbert summarises research on the psychology of giving and offers some practical insights  

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Geraldine Peacock
| 29 April 2009

Former sociologist Geraldine Peacock CBE reflects on change management and living with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Houses on the sand?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 29 April 2009

Legacy values are closely linked to house prices and are set for a tumble. Mark Pincher reviews the evidence  

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Identity crisis?
| 28 April 2009

What's in a name? Geraldine Peacock thought the word 'charity' should be got rid of...

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Recovery not easy
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 April 2009

The Bank of England has warned that the economy cannot afford a further attempt to stimulate the economy by higher government spending.

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New rules on charities with VAT exemption
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 April 2009

Charities that make exempt supplies such as financial services, insurance services, care and welfare services...

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Reflections on charities and recession
| 28 April 2009

Professor Gareth Morgan of Sheffield Hallam University was one of those invited...

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Report calls for more finance guidance
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 April 2009

The House of Commons Treasury Committee published its fifth report of the session 2008 to 2009...

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Substantial legacy lost
| 28 April 2009

Mary Gray Ritchie died on 12 November 2006 aged 88, leaving an estate valued in excess of £2.5m.

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Corporate giving improves negative PR?
| 28 April 2009

In a study looking at the charitable donations of 305 UK plcs, comprising around half of FTSE All-Share Index companies...

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From the horse's mouth...
| 28 April 2009

Revamping a governing board takes patience, a clear vision and tact. Former chair Richard Jones sets out his case study

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What sort of support should the voluntary sector expect from the government?
| 28 April 2009

What kind of support should the government be giving? Jon Barrick and Nick Hurd share their different perspectives

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A model recession
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 April 2009

Charles Nall’s mathematical model on the relationship between development spending and reserves requirements

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Not the sector’s Darling on 22 April
| 27 April 2009

The chancellor's second Budget on 22 April  2009 held few surprises given the current economic climate.

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Charities and the recession: some reflections
| 09 April 2009

Gareth Morgan of Shefflield Hallam University's analysis of how the economic downturn is affecting charities with his thoughts on how to deal with its impact

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Financial thresholds in Charities Acts updated from 1 April 2009
| 03 April 2009

The Government has made a number of changes to the financial thresholds in the Charities Acts following a public consultation.

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Give us a smile
| 24 March 2009

Comic Relief's record-breaking fundraising total of almost £60m last week...

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Rescue plans must support future growth industries
| 24 March 2009

The Young Foundation has published an analysis of how to mitigate the recession and identify ways of turning a crisis into an opportunity

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Age Concern fight forced retirement
| 24 March 2009

The European Court of Justice ruled on 5 March 2009 that the default retirement age of 65 does not contravene the European Framework Directive...

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Charity Tribunal reviews proposals to restrict adoption services to heterosexuals
| 24 March 2009

When the Father Hudson Society (FHS) and Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) applied to the Charity Commission to amend their objects clause...

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Income/expenditure of top 3,000 charities flattens out in downturn
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 March 2009

The current economic climate has started to have an adverse effect on the income levels of the top 3,000 charities...

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A quantitative easing?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 March 2009

The UK has begun a programme of quantitative easing by authorising the Bank of England to acquire £75bn of previously issued government debt

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In the round
| 24 March 2009

A system to monitor a board's maintenance and structure its cycle of meetings enhances effectiveness, says Chris Cornforth

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What should be the relationship between public service broadcasting and disaster relief campaigning?
| 24 March 2009

Barbara Stocking and Paul Renney have different opinions on the BBC's refusal to run the DEC appeal video

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Weather protection?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 March 2009

Charities need to actively review and manage their reserves rather than just pay lip service to regulation, says Pesh Framjee

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Optimal behaviour
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 March 2009

Greg Davies looks at the relationship between individual psychological risk tolerance and portfolio management

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External provision?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 24 March 2009

Business process outsourcing by charities has further potential according to Cathy Pharoah, Mark Freeman and Susan Gordon

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A code with teeth
LEGAL | 24 March 2009

Sophie Whitbread provides a summary of the new dispute procedure regime brought by the ACAS code of practice

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Environment impact
| 24 March 2009

Charities should look strategically at sustainability and integrate it into management operations says Kate Hand

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Real help
| 24 March 2009

Peter Kyle sees the Real Help action plan from the OTS as a very good start and outlines his further reform wish list

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The circle of life?
| 24 March 2009

Organisations change as they develop. Mike Hudson provides some diagnostics with some suggested actions

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The Grand Canyon?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 March 2009

Peter Gilheany demonstrates why fundraising and marketing functions must adopt a more joined up approach

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Dame Suzi Leather
| 24 March 2009

Former probation officer Dame Suzi Leather talks about the end user, regulation and paragliding

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Charity Commission consults on implementation of Risk and Proportionality Framework
| 13 March 2009

In July 2008, the Charity Commission published a Risk and Proportionality Framework for its compliance work...

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Voluntary sector needs to ‘do things differently’ in the new contestability environment
| 06 March 2009

In recent years, the dominant driver of the voluntary sector’s growth has been public sector contracts,

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Interpal cleared of terrorist links
| 27 February 2009

The Charity Commission's inquiry into the Palestinians Relief and Development Fund (Interpal) concluded the charity did not fund terrorist organisations, but cited a need for stricter monitoring procedures

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Real help deal confirmed as new money for the sector
| 23 February 2009

The Office of the Third Sector will be three years old in May 2009, and a number of initiatives have taken place...

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Football fans score own goal
| 23 February 2009

Three supporters of Windsor & Eton Football Club made contributions to the club (between them) over £120,000...

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Financial Services Compensation Scheme to be reviewed
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 February 2009

The Financial Services Authority is consulting on possible changes to the FSCS...

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Cross border giving opens new frontiers...
| 23 February 2009

The European Court of Justice followed the opinion of the Advocate General...  

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Impact of reduced government revenues?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 February 2009

The crisis in the financial sector has dealt a severe blow to government finances.

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Real help?
| 23 February 2009

Let's face it, the government's £42m 'real help' package (see news review) was not before time.

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Turnaround success
| 23 February 2009

Ian Oakley-Smith's step-by-step guide to organisational survival in tough times

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The relationship between social housing provision and the UK economy
| 23 February 2009

Support for social housebuilding is key to kickstarting economic recovery, say Adam Sampson and David Orr

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Beyond the crystal ball
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 February 2009

The accuracy of forecasting can be enhanced by range forecasting. Caroline Stockmann demonstrates how...

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Funding in turbulent times
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 February 2009

Generating income to fund charitable expenditure is getting tougher. Kate Rogers summarises the key issues...

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Building a picture
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 23 February 2009

Ian Mocroft reviews what has been happening to statutory spending in the voluntary sector

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The specifics
LEGAL | 23 February 2009

Where have we got to with public benefit? Catherine Rustomji summarises progress to date...

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Not for turning?
| 23 February 2009

Ernese Skinner outlines the impact of losing the VAT Staff Hire Concession

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Beyond the books
| 23 February 2009

Ralph Mitchell explains why charities need to make impact reporting second nature

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Pensions for all
| 23 February 2009

Employers need to prepare for the implications of the 2012 Personal Accounts Rules, says Ian Bird

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Evidence base
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 February 2009

Martin Brookes beleives that charities can do more to demonstrate the impact and benefits of their activities

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Mark Lever
| 23 February 2009

Mark Lever talks about organisational change, autism and his masterchef ambitions

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Out of bath - Vince Cable looks into the future at NCVO's annual conference
| 20 February 2009

Vince Cable makes some predictions about the economy and the voluntary sector at  this year's NCVO's Annual Conference

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Government unveils long awaited package of support measures for the sector
| 09 February 2009

Ministers announced a £42.5m action plan on 9 February 2009 to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises to support the sector during the current economic downturn...    

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The never never?
| 27 January 2009

When business secretary Peter Mandelson unveiled the £20bn package of measures designed to address the cash flow, credit and investment needs of small and medium enterprises...

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Mixed response to new public benefit guidance
| 27 January 2009

The Charity Commission published supplementary public benefit guidance for charities on 18 December 2008 following the extensive public consultation held earlier that year.

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Consumer caution
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 January 2009

UK retail conditions deteriorated sharply at the end of 2008 with trading volumes falling over the Christmas period despite pre-holiday sales promotions from many on the high street.

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Code of Good Governance
| 27 January 2009

The steering group for the Code of Good Governance has announced its aspirations for how the code should evolve and outlined its action plan for the coming year.

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New NMW and disciplinary procedures due April 2009
| 27 January 2009

The Employment Act 2008 received Royal Assent on 13 November 2008 and a number of provisions will come into force on 6 April 2009 including:  

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Failure to reimburse charity delivers 'unexpected windfall'
| 27 January 2009

Sir Paul and Lady Judge had been trustees of a charity which Sir Paul had founded and donated to...

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Cutting the cloth
| 27 January 2009

Peter Scott shares some learning points of a charity's recovery from the brink of insolvency

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The current economic climate: challenges and opportunities for the non-profit sector
| 27 January 2009

Kevin Brennan and Vince Cable reflect on the challenges and opportunities for the non-profit sector

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Upon closer inspection
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 January 2009

Internal, local external, donor and external audits should be joined-up processes, says Naziar Hashemi

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In perspective
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 January 2009

David Miller considers reserves and volatility issues in capital preservation strategies

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No stone unturned
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 27 January 2009

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher take a closer look at the trends in corporate foundation giving

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Trouble-free flexibility
LEGAL | 27 January 2009

The legal implications of flexible working warrant close scrutiny, observes Lucy McLynn

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Retail therapy
| 27 January 2009

Ernese Skinner explains the process of setting up a trading subsidiary using her own charity as an example

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Holding firm
| 27 January 2009

Efficient resource management and government support are key to sector endurance, says Seb Elsworth

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Returns on human capital
| 27 January 2009

Esmond Lindop demonstrates why Addaction invested some £80,000 in leadership development

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The long view
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 January 2009

Tony Elischer makes the case for a revised approach to corporate fundraising - corporate alignment

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Barbara Frost
| 27 January 2009

Barbara Frost talks about water, toilets and a successful corporate partnership

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Managing volunteers
| 22 January 2009

Kate Engles shares some facts and practical tips on successful volunteer management

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Sink or swim?
| 22 January 2009

Bernard Ross sets out a framework for change that has stood the test of time

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People management essentials
| 05 January 2009

HR management in the voluntary sector can only too often get overlooked,

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Simply the best
| 05 January 2009

Mark Fearon provides some best practice guidelines on trouble-free recruitment

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From start to finish
| 05 January 2009

James Simpson and Victoria Burnip offer a guide to minimising employment claims

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CPD on a budget
| 05 January 2009

Fiona Duncan offers some training tips and resources for non-profit organisations

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Taxing times
| 05 January 2009

Adrian Hobbs discusses some of the pitfalls of paying workers and reimbursing volunteers

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Mixed tidings from the Pre-Budget report
| 22 December 2008

Alistair Darling’s Pre­Budget Report (24 November 2008) outlined a number of measures with specific impacts on the voluntary sector 

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Unclaimed Assets Scheme remains optional
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 December 2008

The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act – which will underpin the Unclaimed Assets Scheme, due to come into force mid-2009 – received Royal Assent on 26 November 2008.

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Making the Compact work for charities
| 22 December 2008

Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, set out his recommendations about its future on 28 November 2008.

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The price of low inflation - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 December 2008

In the late spring, inflation pressures became a real concern in the UK,

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In the Courts - Energy; Judicial review
| 22 December 2008

Charities fail in legal challenge

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By invitation
LEGAL | 19 December 2008

Shivaji Shiva sets out the legal implications of public service tendering...

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The long view
| 19 December 2008

Peter Kyle shares research indications strategic planning is a must for non-profit organisations...

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In the mind
| 19 December 2008

Andrew McCulloch takes us through the modernisation of the Mental Health Foundation...

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Stairway to survival
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 19 December 2008

Joe Saxton's ten steps to surviving the current recession and coming out the other side...

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A sure foundation?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 19 December 2008

Finances in the grant-making sector are looking somewhat shaky on closer inspection, says Paul Palmer...

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Stuart Etherington
| 19 December 2008

Stuart Etherington of NCVO talks to Clarissa Dann...

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What are we here for?
| 19 December 2008

A recent report in the Guardian (12 December 2008) has indicated that at least £250m has been wiped off the endowment funds of leading UK universities.

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Beneath the trees...
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 18 December 2008

Richard Maitland is not impressed with what alternative investments have delivered in the recent bear market...

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Making it work
| 18 December 2008

Ernese Skinner presents this umbrella body's view on the Commission for the Compact...

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In both camps?
| 17 December 2008

James Sinclair Taylor and David Mears explain the new conflict of interest duties arising from the Companies Act 2006...

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What can be done to improve accountability and reporting in overseas aid programmes?
| 17 December 2008

Nicholas Stockton and Andrew Hind share their views

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What's in a name?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 December 2008

Data security risk is a real risk for charities, says Gillian Hood. She sets out some practical steps to reduce it...

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The road to improved humanitarian accountability
| 02 December 2008

UN Refugee Agency UNHCR’s 59th Executive Committee met in Geneva from 6 to 10 October to review and approve the agency's programmes and budgets and to advise on protection matters.

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Two new reports highlight a changed funding landscape
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 December 2008

‘Charities that are versatile, willing to adapt and consider all the options available to them, should be able to cope with the extra challenges posed by the credit crunch and survive it’, commented Stuart Etherington, NCVO boss on 29 October, a date which saw the publication of NCVO’s sixth annual Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis (VSSA) 2008/09.

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Tax deduction restrictions between EC countries could be lifted
| 02 December 2008

European Court of Justice Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi has recommended that donations made by individuals resident in one member state to organisations based in another member state are tax deductible within the meaning of Article 56 of the EC Treaty.

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‘High fees’ underpin schools charity test failure in Scotland
| 02 December 2008

The Office of the Scottish Regulator (OSCR) published the findings of its Rolling Review (Phase 1a) of 30 charities in Scotland.

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Falling interest - financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 02 December 2008

Impact on charities of base rate cut by Bank of England

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In the courts - Employment
| 02 December 2008

Special relationship with charity flaws MOD dismissal

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Corporate slowdown?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 18 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher review corporate giving and how charities can retain donations during a downturn...

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Money laundering update
| 17 November 2008

From 15 December 2007 the Money Laundering Regulations published by the UK Government on 25 July 2007 require certain businesses, such as financial institutions, law firms and trust and service providers, to register with the appropriate authority and ensure they have systems in place to prevent money laundering and report suspicious transactions.

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The non profit landscape post-Adam Smith
| 17 November 2008

In the very first edition of Caritas, I commented on the ‘unprecedented changes’ facing charity executives and governing boards as the sector continues its ‘rapid growth’.

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Caveat emptor
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 November 2008

Moira Protani outlines the pitfalls facing charities purchasing goods or services from their trustees...

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Do the type of people who work in the voluntary sector lead to the high number of tribunal claims?
| 17 November 2008

Mike Short and Debra Allcock Tyler discuss why the voluntary sector appears so often at the employment tribunal...

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Sledgehammers and nuts
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 November 2008

Andrew Robinson outlines the latest rules on dealing with substantial donors...

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A smarter investor?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 November 2008

Jolyon Larkman suggests what charities can do to protect their investments...

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A new identity…
LEGAL | 17 November 2008

Chris Priestly gives a practical guide to the long-awaited charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)...

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Out in the cold?
| 17 November 2008

Ernese Skinner shares why she thinks the government must compensate charities caught up in the Iceland banking crisis...

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Lessons from abroad
| 17 November 2008

Stephen Bubb says more can be done to improve equality and effectiveness of partnerships by looking overseas...

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In all weathers
| 17 November 2008

Pesh Framjee demonstrates how cost optimisation need not just be a knee-jerk reaction...

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The generation game
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 November 2008

John Baguley identifies why fundraising approaches should be tailored to specific age groups and generations...

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Peter Hollins
| 17 November 2008

Peter Hollins of the British Heart Foundation talks to Clarissa Dann...

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Mike Lake
| 14 November 2008

Former soldier Mike Lake talks about ageing, football, art, surfing - and the Stones...

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In the Courts - Trusts, Insolvency
| 13 November 2008

Bishop criticised for forcing school closure

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Government pledges continued support for the third sector
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 November 2008

Kevin Brennan, the new OTS minister who took over from Phil Hope in the recent reshuffle, will co-chair a summit with Stuart Etherington (CEO of NCVO) on 24 November 2008 to discuss the economic crisis and its likely impact on civil society...

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Self-assessment and evaluation frameworks come under scrutiny
| 13 November 2008

A new self-assessment framework, Investing in Governance, has been developed by Stefan Kuchar as part of his MBA at Henley Business School...

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Northern Ireland gets own Charity Commission
| 13 November 2008

The new charities legislation for Northern Ireland received Royal Assent on 9 September 2008...

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A whole new world? - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 November 2008

Over the past few weeks the crisis in the financial sector has increased in intensity and become broader in its impact. As confidence has fallen away, so the willingness of banks to lend to each other has faded and as a result the liquidity essential to oil the financial system simply stopped.

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High Court strikes out claim against the Charity Commission for defamation
| 13 November 2008

Charity Commission decisions supported by the High Court

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New Code of Good Governance for Northern Ireland
| 13 November 2008

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s minister for social development, Margaret Ritchie, launched the Code of Good Governance for the voluntary and community sector on behalf of the Developing Governance Group in NICVA (the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action) on 6 June 2008. This was the result of consultations on a draft code a year ago...

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Charity Tribunal shapes up
| 13 November 2008

The Charity Tribunal (see Catherine Rustomji's article, Checking the timetable), which has been open for business since 18 March 2008, has appointed its five legal members: Stephen Claus (see Stephen Claus' article, Not what they used to be), Nigel Gerald, Peter Hinchliffe, Jonathan Holbrooke and Vivien Rose. Alison McKenna, who has dual qualification as a barrister and solicitor advocate took up her appointment as the first president of the Charity Tribunal in June...

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A welcome in the hillside
| 13 November 2008

Charities across Wales have been working towards forging strong links to maximise their impact and an event was held at the Welsh Assembly, bringing together over 20 assembly ministers and the chair and senior staff of the Charity Commission...

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How high? - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 November 2008

UK consumers believe the inflation rate is 5 per cent rather than the 3 per cent shown by official statistics...

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New benchmarking survey for independent schools
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 November 2008

Horwath Clark Whitehill published Benchmarking Financial Performance in Independent Schools 2008 on 21 May...

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Risk management more important than ever for the sector - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 13 November 2008

Outlook for charities as the financial crisis becomes a general economic malaise - Financial indicator

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The shape of things to come with the Charity Tribunal?
| 13 November 2008

The Scottish Charity Appeals Panel (SCAP) published its first written judgment on 26 March 2008, upholding an earlier decision of The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

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Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 – is it relevant to your organisation?
| 13 November 2008

On 6 April 2008, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force creating a new criminal offence of corporate manslaughter for organisations causing death through gross negligence.

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Compulsory pensions to be brought in for all from 2012
| 13 November 2008

The Government, as part of its reform of pensions, is to introduce a national system of ‘personal accounts’ from April 2012.

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In the Courts - Wills and trusts
| 13 November 2008

Family fails to overturn widow's £10m will

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The pay barometer?
| 13 November 2008

Abby Wright shares some key findings on CEO pay from the latest ACEVO pay survey

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Funding retirement
| 12 November 2008

Ian Bird summarises pension provision options for charity employers...

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Managing for major donors
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 November 2008

Robin Thomas shares his major donor management best practise...

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Phil Hope
| 12 November 2008

The Rt Hon Phil Hope MP talks to Clarissa Dann...

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New Odstock charity accepted for registration
| 12 November 2008

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales, has accepted Odstock Charitable Trust (OCT) for registration as a charity with purposes directed to relieving sickness and protecting the health of patients at an NHS hospital.

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Latest Companies Act 2006 provisions amends accounts-filing procedure
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 November 2008

The latest raft of Companies Act 2006 provisions on 6 April 2006 could catch a few incorporated charities out when it comes to accounts-filing deadlines because the Charity Commission deadline will still be 10 months but Companies House is moving to nine.

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Oil price threatens discretionary spending - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 November 2008

Perspective of the impact of oil pricing on the charity sector

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In the Courts - Housing
| 12 November 2008

Ruling on women’s refuges has ‘serious implications’

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Anthony Mayer to oversee creation social housing regulator for Government
| 12 November 2008

The Housing and Regeneration Bill is currently going through its House of Lords Committee stage which has seen some government amendments that include a requirement for the new Regulator to consult the Charity Commission on the implications for new standards for charitable housing associations.

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Online financial reporting celebrated in annual awards
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 12 November 2008

The British Library, WaterAid, the Redress Trust, Best Beginnings and the Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir won top prizes at the 2008 Charities Online Accounts Awards, each receiving a cheque for £5,000 at the ceremony in London’s Chartered Accountants Hall on 30 April 2008.

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Advising philanthropists without borders
| 12 November 2008

New Philanthropy Capital has published a report on supporting charities in the developing world: Philanthropists without borders.

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'Stability' and ' resilience' in the non profit sector
| 11 November 2008

When Alistair Darling presented his in augural 2008 Budget, the sector breathed a collective sigh of relief that the Gift Aid claim rate of 22 per cent was left intact until 2011 (see News Review, Government responds positively on Gift Aid consultation and Viewpoint, Sould Gift Aid change?).

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Trading places?
| 11 November 2008

Nick Sladden considers the governance implications for charities with trading subsidiaries...  

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Should gift aid change?
| 11 November 2008

Megan Pacey and John Low share their views...

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A taxing relationship
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2008

Pesh Framjee explains the tax planning issues in fundraising partnerships and sponsorships...

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Class asset
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2008

Olivier Rouget reviews the role hedge funds can play in asset allocation practice...  

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Big spenders
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 11 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher take a look at the sector’s cost baselines and benchmarks...

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Getting together
LEGAL | 11 November 2008

Stephen Lloyd provides guidance on successful collaborative working arrangements...  

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Not just the beans
| 11 November 2008

Paul Breckell shares his views on why charity finance directors should see themselves as leaders...

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Voices of dissent
| 11 November 2008

Stephen Bubb is incredulous that sector professionalisation has come in for criticism...

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Leading change
| 11 November 2008

Sharon Turnbull suggests a diagnostic approach to leadership in times of cultural change...

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When worlds collide
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2008

Gaynor Humphreys looks at trends  and changes in the funder/recipient relationship...

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Jon Barrick
| 11 November 2008

Sociologist Jon Barrick talks about Stroke, sector consolidation and Spurs...

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Government responds positively on Gift Aid consultation
| 11 November 2008

The Government has announced a package of measures aimed at increasing the take-up of Gift Aid over the long term, the boldest of which was the Chancellor’s decision to continue to pay Gift Aid claims at a transitional rate of 22% for the next three years.

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Charities Act 2006 third wave rolls out
| 11 November 2008

The implementation of the third commencement order was announced with immediate effect on 17 March, having been delayed from the end of February 2008

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Charity Commission clears out dead wood on Register of Charities
| 11 November 2008

The Charity Commission is introducing new measures to ensure that charities that no longer operate are removed from the Register of Charities.

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Record level of gilt sales announced in the Budget - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2008

Record level of gilt sales announced in the Budget - Financial indicator

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Charities charging ‘high’ fees face public benefit challenges
| 11 November 2008

The Charity Commission has published draft supplementary guidance for consultation on public benefit and fee-charging.

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Cabinet office publishes guidance to fundraising statements
| 11 November 2008

The Cabinet Office has now published draft guidance to help professional fundraisers and retailers who raise money for charity through sales to comply with the new laws.

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In the Courts - Human rights
| 11 November 2008

UK’s ban on political and campaigning advertising upheld

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Effective and transparent self regulation
| 11 November 2008

  When Steven T. Miller, commissioner of the US Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt and government-entities division, said the agency would monitor the ‘efficiency and effectiveness’ of charities more aggressively, hackles rose.

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Empowering the board
| 11 November 2008

Chris Cornforth demonstrates how the chief executive is key to an effective governing board...

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Is ‘third sector’ the right term for the non-profit sector?
| 11 November 2008

Belinda Pratten and Charles Nall debate the third sector's identity...

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Standard application
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2008

Don Bawtree explains how charity audits may be affected by Audit Practice Note 11...

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Equities without borders
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 11 November 2008

Richard Maitland looks at the role of global equities in charity portfolios...

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Funding in turbulent times
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 11 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher preview new findings in Charity Market Monitor 2008...

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A bit rich?
LEGAL | 11 November 2008

Simon Weil examines the legal foundation for the Commission's draft guidance on fee-charging charities...

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Efficiency drivers
| 11 November 2008

Roger Parry discusses how the role of finance lends itself to benchmarking...

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The right tools?
| 11 November 2008

Jonathan McHugh explores how performance management systems can benefit organisations in an evolving sector...

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Red tape set to rise for charities delivering public sector contracts
| 05 November 2008

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been in force since January 2005 and makes provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities.

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Northern Rock Foundation assured of £15m a year
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 05 November 2008

The recently announced nationalisation of Northern Rock plc includes provision of a minimum income of £15m per year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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Housing Bill has loss of independence risk
| 05 November 2008

The Housing and Regeneration Bill completed its Commons Committee stage on 31 January 2008, but the Charity Commission has voiced concerns that proposals in the Bill could undermine the independence of charities and force them into activities that could ultimately lead to the loss of their charitable status.

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Pension Protection Fund levy deadline approaches
| 05 November 2008

The Pension Protection Fund was set up under the Pensions Act 2004 to protect members of defined benefit pension schemes where the employer goes bust and its pension scheme can no longer pay out the pension.

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In the Courts - Value added tax
| 05 November 2008

VAT appeal success for animal rehoming centre

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Commercial reality and sector values
| 04 November 2008

One of the most well documented findings from studies of individual and organisational behaviour is that that hardly anyone seeks out change; indeed it is vigorously resisted.

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When less is more
| 04 November 2008

Pesh Framjee explains the optimum size for governing board effectiveness...

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Should Odstock Private Care Ltd have been allowed charitable status?
| 04 November 2008

Andrew Hind and Philip Kirkpatrick debate the Commission's decision on Odstock Private Care Limited...

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Upon closer inspection
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 November 2008

Keith Hickey reviews the ASB's Interpretation for Public Benefit Entities...

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Risk protection
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 November 2008

Gary McCulloch offers guidance on minimising charity insurance costs...

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Best advice?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 04 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher analyse the top charity investors and their investment manager choices...

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Not what they used to be
LEGAL | 04 November 2008

Stephen Claus explains practical solutions to 'problematic' permanent endowment...

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And another thing...
| 04 November 2008

Kate Hand outlines CFDG's Budget wish list...

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Warning: Genius at work?
| 04 November 2008

Seb Elsworth explores the third sector's role in specialist education provision...

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What's it worth?
| 04 November 2008

Andrew Walker shares key findings from his Charity Rewards Survey...

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Understanding philanthropy
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 04 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Jenny Harrow introduce the UK’s first research Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy...

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Clarissa Baldwin
| 04 November 2008

Clarissa Baldwin of Dogs Trust talks to Clarissa Dann...

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Can everything that counts be counted?
| 03 November 2008

The process of preparing annual accounts inevitably raises questions about progress in any organisation.

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Something in reserve
| 03 November 2008

Paul Palmer reviews how to create an effective reserves policy...

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Should charities align investment strategy closely with charitable objects?
| 03 November 2008

Nicola Donnelly  and David Carrington enter the debate on whether charities should align their investment strategy with charitable objects...  

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Ongoing liability?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 November 2008

Pesh Framjee considers accounting for multi-year grant commitment principles in charity financial reporting...

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Crunch time
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 November 2008

James Bevan looks at the implications of the credit crunch for charities...  

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Public benefit?
LEGAL | 03 November 2008

Jonathan Burchfield comments on the changes in public benefit...  

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Raising the bar
| 03 November 2008

Seb Elsworth explains the implications of a new code of professional conduct for charity CEOs...

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Risky business
| 03 November 2008

Ernese Skinner highlights some of the key areas of risk management...

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How can UK fundraising learn from the US experience?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 November 2008

Andrew Watt asks how UK fundraisers can learn from the US...  

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David Nussbaum
| 03 November 2008

WWF Chief Executive, David Nussbaum talks discusses God, money and his passion for a sustainable life on Earth...

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The cost of giving
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 03 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher review the major charitable grantmakers expenditure and costs...  

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Cash for services?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 03 November 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincherfocus on the impact of state funding on the sector...  

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Checking the timetable
LEGAL | 03 November 2008

Catherine Rustomji provides an update on the implementation of the Charities Act 2006...

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Performance management
| 03 November 2008

Kate Sayer takes the fear out of organisational improvement...  

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Balancing the books
| 03 November 2008

Ernese Skinner considers what Alistair Darling has done for the charity sector in the latest Budget...

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Charity Commission clarifies rules on public benefit
| 03 November 2008

The Draft Public Benefit Guidance issued by the Charity Commission in March 2007 has finally culminated in the publication of its general guidance: Charities and Public Benefit, issued on 16 January 2008.

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Twin peaks?
| 03 November 2008

Seb Elsworth takes a closer look at accountability and engagement challenges for the sector...

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Where is the Charity Tribunal?
| 03 November 2008

Although we reported in our December issue of Caritas that ‘The Tribunal is still on track to open in February 2008’, all has gone very quiet since the closing date of 31 July 2007 for the positions of President and Legally Qualified Panel Members (the job descriptions can still be viewed on www.judicialappointments.gov.uk).

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At the controls
| 03 November 2008

Pesh Framjee examines how non-profit organisations can develop an effective strategic plan...  

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Scotland’s public benefit guidance at consultation stage.
| 03 November 2008

Scotland’s charity regulator has invited comment on its guidance for meeting the charity test (the initial guidance was published in April 2006).

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Leading change
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 November 2008

Peter Maple charts the models of giving behaviour along the spectrum of philanthropy..  

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Audit practice note 11
| 03 November 2008

The Audit Practices Board (part of the Financial Reporting Council) is due to publish a revised Audit Practice Note 11 in March 2008.

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OTS calls for SROI evaluation reports
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 03 November 2008

The Office of the Third Sector is interested in identifying social enterprises or other third sector organisations that have carried out or are carrying out evaluations using Social Return on Investment.

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In the Courts - Employment
| 03 November 2008

Employers are not expected to be prophets

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Dame Mary Marsh
| 03 November 2008

Dame Mary Marsh of the NSPCC talks to Clarissa Dann...

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Shaken, not stirred?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 October 2008

William Reid looks at the role of corporate bonds in charity portfolios...

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Income variations
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 31 October 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher uncover income profile features of different causes and subsectors...

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Safety first
LEGAL | 31 October 2008

James Price and Patrick Tolhurst guide charities through the current health and safety compliance regime...

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When the going gets rough
| 31 October 2008

Keith Hickey offers some practical tips for weathering an adverse economy...

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Bread and... roses too
| 31 October 2008

Stephen Bubb charts a pilgrim's progress to the City of Better Relations...

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Yielding results
| 31 October 2008

Simon Jones explains the contribution of Investors in People to the sector...  

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The spectre of over-regulation
| 31 October 2008

When the Culture, Media and Sport Committee observed in its 2007 report on self-regulation of the press that because the 1991 system had failed to prevent certain ‘lapses’ in reporting methods, the image of the press was ‘again damaged as a result’, it did concede that ‘these failures to uphold standards, should not, however, be seen as signifying that self-regulation cannot work’.

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Gift Aid administration headache
| 31 October 2008

HMRC has confirmed that charities should have updated their Gift Aid statements and calculations from 6 April 2008 to reflect the drop in the basic rate of income tax to 20 per cent.

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Getting it right
| 31 October 2008

Gareth Morgan considers how new accounting requirements for charities affects governing boards...  

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Should there be an upper age limit for charity trustees?
| 31 October 2008

Anne-Marie Piper and Tim Carter discuss trustee age limits...

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Don’t look a Gift Aid horse in the mouth
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 October 2008

Charles Scott examines protecting VAT recovery and the best use of Gift Aid in charity shops...  

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Patricia Scotland
| 31 October 2008

Attorney General Patricia Scotland talks about the law, the commissioning culture and Bob Marley...

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Portfolio practice
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 October 2008

Tim Maile takes a look at what charities should consider in their investment portfolio...  

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Supply and demand
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 31 October 2008

Lindsay Boswell demonstrates how new fundraising standards can improve recruitment and retention...  

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Corner Stones
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 30 October 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher look at how grant-making trusts and foundations deploy their financial support...

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End of Term
LEGAL | 30 October 2008

Rosalind Cullis explains the lease renewal process and some opportunities that become available at lease expiry...

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Sarah Brown
| 30 October 2008

Sarah Brown of PiggybBankKids talks to Clarissa Dann...

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New risks for old?
| 30 October 2008

Keith Hickey summarises the key findings in a recent report analysing the risk appetite of charities...

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Orphans of the storm?
| 30 October 2008

The third sector is in a better position to weather a recession than it has been in the past, says Tessa Akerman...

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Grave concerns
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 October 2008

Crispin Ellison demonstrates the common ground shared by legacy fundraising and administration teams...

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Crunch time?
| 30 October 2008

Andrew Walker presents the latest findings from the 2008/09 edition of Charity Rewards...

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Quality standards
| 30 October 2008

caritas-magazine/yielding-results-185.htmlTotal Quality Management (TQM) has come a long way since Armand Feigenbaum first articulated the concept of ‘total quality control’ in his seminal book Quality Control: Principles, Practice and Administration back in 1951.

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New research indicates charity leaders are preparing for tough times ahead
| 30 October 2008

The NCVO’s second edition of its quarterly survey of charity leaders was conducted between 2-21 May 2008 and the participants were chief executives, directors, trustees and senior managers of charities or voluntary organsiations.

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Above board?
| 30 October 2008

Rodney Buse analyses the ingredients of good board decision-making...  

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Should the state make an allocation to charities from intestacy?
| 30 October 2008

Richard Radcliffe and Francesca Quint debate who should benefit from intestacy...

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Satnav for non-profits
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 30 October 2008

Pesh Framjee defines and clarifies the reporting of outputs, outcomes and impacts...  

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The myth of the big players
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 29 October 2008

Cathy Pharoah looks at new CaritasData research by Mark Pincher on the major players in the sector and how the market reacts to them...

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Value protection and value creation
| 29 October 2008

Pesh Framjee explains how good risk management can deliver added value...

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Frozen handcuffs?
| 29 October 2008

Events, dear boy, events’ are the unknowns that can most easily steer a government off course (or on, depending which way you look at it).

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The long slow thaw?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2008

Charities with deposits at Icelandic banks may have a long wait before they hear whether or not the £235m or so estimated to be caught up in the collapse of these banks will be underwritten by the UK government. A freezing order has been made under anti-terrorist legislation against Landsbanki, which operates as Icesave in the UK and owns Heritable. Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander has gone into administration and it remains to be seen how this will affect the timing and extent of loss recovery.

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On track
| 29 October 2008

Paul Gibson shows how KPIs in action improved the governance of a national organisation...

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CFDG update
| 29 October 2008

Ernese Skinner outlines key aspects of current CFDG campaigns...

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Should the Code of Good Governance become a standard with external validation of compliance?
| 29 October 2008

Sam Matthews and Rodney Buse discuss the latest nfpSynergy review of the Code of Good Governance...

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For all to see
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2008

John Howard demonstrates how a proactive approach to financial reporting can do wonders for a charity's profile...

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Funding development
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 29 October 2008

Emilie Goodall reviews the various capital funding options available with some examples of these in action...

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Financial stewardship
| 28 October 2008

Nigel Scott recommends some practical steps to bridge communication gaps between governing boards and heads of finance...

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SORP 2005 - an essential management tool
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 October 2008

Peter Gotham provides an update of SORP developments and highlights some financial reporting issues...

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Should charities be delivering public services?
| 28 October 2008

Andy Munro and Jay kennedy enter the debate about whether or not charities should deliver public deliveries...

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Corporate documentation ... a time for review
LEGAL | 28 October 2008

What changes can charitable companies expect from the Companies Act 2006? James Sinclair-Taylor examines the implications...

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Confidence in governance?
| 28 October 2008

Seb Elsworth highlights governance reforms that acevo believe would improve board performance

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No need for modesty
| 28 October 2008

Charities must ensure their reserves policies are fully transparent, says Ernese Skinner...

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Raising the stakes
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 October 2008

Margaret Bennett and Fiona Duncan explain why fundraising must be a core part of a charity’s strategic plan...

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Adam Sampson
| 28 October 2008

Former probation officer and classics scholar Adam Sampson talks about homelessness and his quest for a football club...

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Survival of the fittest
| 28 October 2008

The plan by the Arts Council, which distributes around £1bn per annum, to scrap funding for almost 200 arts bodies is yet another example of how the third sector’s economic environment seems little more than a shadow of what’s going on in the private sector.

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Companies Act 2006 update
| 28 October 2008

It was originally intended that the Companies Act 2006 would have been fully implemented by October 2008. This has now been delayed.

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In the Courts - Employment
| 28 October 2008

Disability discrimination or unfair dismissal?

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Commission declines registration
| 28 October 2008

Odstock Private Care Limited, was set up with a loan from the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, to carry out private patient work using Salisbury District Hospital’s facilities, something that a statutory limit prevented the NHS Foundation Trust from charging for itself

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New application forms in place
| 28 October 2008

From 1 December 2007 the Charity Commission has new forms and are unlikely to accept old application forms, and could well return papers to be redrafted

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Education charity breach
| 28 October 2008

Learning and Teaching Scotland, an educational charity with gross income of around £23M has been given until 31 March 2008 by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator to remove provisions from its constitution

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Reserves management
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 28 October 2008

A strategy for reserves management is suggested by RBS

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Impetus, initiative, project...then?
| 27 October 2008

layla Mamina shares the learning points of a successful overseas development project...  

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Hands off the controls
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

Ted Hart reveals how Web 2.0 technologies require a letting go of traditional supporter controls...  

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Richard Jones
| 27 October 2008

Richard Jones of The Heart of Kent Hospice talks to Clarissa Dann...

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Pay and benefit?
| 27 October 2008

When Professor Tim Besley, an external member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, commented in a national newspaper that the current high level of inflation, which hit 4.4 per cent in July and is set to rise to 5 per cent or more, 'will fall again next year and be much closer to the 2 per cent target by the end of 2009', he added the caveat that this 'will only happen if people don't chase inflationary wage increases'.

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Receipts and payments accounts may not be as user-friendly as they seem
| 27 October 2008

Under the Charities Act 1993, all charities, no matter how small, must publish annual accounts, but charities with incomes up to £100,000 are allowed to use the R&P basis, rather than having to produce accounts complying with the Charities SORP.

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An unpleasant first half, but keep context in mind - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

The WM Charity Fund monitor has reported that in the first half of 2008 the total value of the investments held by charities fell by 8.4 per cent.

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Counting down to the CIO
| 27 October 2008

The next stage in the development of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) structure will start with the launch of the consultation due on 9 September.

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Fundraising Standards Board announces new development phase
| 27 October 2008

Alan Clayton’s closing remarks at the Institute of Fundraising National Convention in June alluded to feedback he had received that the FRSB needed to ‘deliver fast’.

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In the Courts - Value added tax
| 27 October 2008

Timing is all in the recovery of input tax under Lennartz mechanisim

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Should the Commision for the Compact be given statutory powers?
| 27 October 2008

Richard Corden and Elizabeth Davies discuss how the Commission for the Compact should aquire more teeth...  

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Employers of choice?
| 27 October 2008

According to Martin Birchall, this year’s race to be number one in the rankings of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers ‘has been the closest since the league table was first published in 1999’.

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FRED’s heritage prospects
| 27 October 2008

The Accounting Standards Board issued a revised Financial Reporting Exposure Draft (FRED 42) that aims to improve the quality of the financial reporting of heritage assets back in June 2008 with an invitation to comment by 10 October...

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Outlook unsettled for employee relations
| 27 October 2008

More organisations are being affected by increasingly turbulent employee relations, but the problem is concentrated in the public sector, according to research by the CIPD.

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Investment firm carnage should make charities cautious - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

Summary of the collapse of two US housing agencies and Lehman Brothers

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On the right track?
| 27 October 2008

The Charity Commission has published a new report bringing together the themes and wider issues arising from its compliance work over the last year...

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In the Courts - Employment
| 27 October 2008

Grievance procedure error loses claim...

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Minor changes in financial reporting thresholds announced
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

The OTS has published its response to the consultation Financial Thresholds in the Charities Acts – Proposals for Change, which it undertook jointly with the Charity Commission...

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Fraud alert
| 27 October 2008

Trustees need practical policies and processes to protect charities from economic crime, says Nick Brooks...

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Does competition have something positive to offer the third sector?
| 27 October 2008

Ian Williams and Tony Ellischer agree that competition does have something positive to offer the third sector...

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Complexities of predestination
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

Pesh Framjee gives a practical summary of why the principles of fund accounting are so important...

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Asset flexibility
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

John Redwood explains why he thinks charities should consider exchange traded funds in portfolio management...

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Across the pond
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 27 October 2008

Cathy Pharoah explores the similarities and differences between giving in the US and the UK...

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To the death?
LEGAL | 27 October 2008

Peter Steer and James Aspden look at the cost/benefit of will disputes to charities...

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Inside out?
| 27 October 2008

Ernese Skinner demonstrates the complementary structure of internal and external auditing roles and processes...

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Leadership challenges
| 27 October 2008

Bridget Warr urges CEOs to monitor and enhance good governance performance...

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The right people
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

Charities have much to gain from adopting competency-based recruitment processes, says Bob Jack...

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A smart move
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 27 October 2008

Adrian Sargeant applies some strategic principles to fundraising planning...

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Dominic Rudd
| 27 October 2008

Dominic Rudd of the Samaritans talks to Clarissa Dann...

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The fourteen steps
| 24 October 2008

Tesse Akpeki walks governing boards through her 14 steps on how to conduct a governance review...  

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Taxing times
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 October 2008

Robert Warne explains how VAT works for non-profits with case studies on VAT recovery...

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More of the same?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 24 October 2008

James Codrington explores the patterns of stagflation and inflation and offers an outlook for the long run...

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Feeling the crunch?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 24 October 2008

Nick Sladden provides an analysis of CaritasData's findings on capital expenditure in independent schools...  

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Better particulars?
LEGAL | 24 October 2008

Vicki Bowles and Michael King conclude the recent review series of the Charity Commission's draft guidance...  

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Take an MOT?
| 24 October 2008

Ernese Skinner continues the theme of operational reviews with suggestions on how to tackle the finance department...

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Going global
| 24 October 2008

Catherine Deakin goes abroad for inspiration on third sector professional development...

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Faces of poverty and religion
LEGAL | 23 October 2008

Vicki Bowles and Robert Meakin find areas for development in the draft guidance on poverty and religion...

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Purchasing power
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 October 2008

Ernese Skinner co-ordinates some procurement tips following requests at a CFDG members' meeting...

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Needle in a haystack?
| 23 October 2008

Peter Kyle identifies how sector knowledge management and sharing could be improved...

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Andrew McCulloch
| 23 October 2008

Andrew McCulloch of the Mental Health Foundation talks to Clarissa Dann..

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A culture of giving?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 23 October 2008

Theresa Lloyd takes a close look at key success factors in sustaining private support for the arts...

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Making IT count
| 23 October 2008

David Locke uses his experience at BMS to lay out a roadmap for IT efficiency...

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Charity law and regulation
| 22 October 2008

Like trying to predict settled weather in an English summer, the timing of the implementation of the Charities Act 2006 has become difficult to forecast with any degree of precision.

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Tax and accounting developments
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2008

Accounting practice and tax treatment in non profit financial reporting has seen some changes in the various pieces of guidance and forms issued by the regulatory bodies which raise some important issues for year-end procedures

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Charity management education
| 22 October 2008

Autumn is the season of professional development, with many individuals well underway with vocational qualifications study – usually on top of a full time day job. The non-profits sector is no exception and recent qualification developments are useful indicators that course providers recognise one size does not fit all when it comes to management education.

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In the Courts - Employment
| 22 October 2008

Whistleblower wins unfair dismissal claim

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Two-thirds of local authorities choose third sector indicators to meet performance targets
| 22 October 2008

Back in October 2006, a new performance framework for monitoring and regulating local government was set out in chapter 6 of the Local Government White Paper Strong and Prosperous Communities.

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Marks of distinction
| 22 October 2008

Rosie Chapman summarises the revised Hallmarks of an Effective Charity guidance...

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In the Courts - Charity Commission
| 22 October 2008

No lease extension for Alexandra Park Trust

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The century of social sector organisation
| 22 October 2008

Welcome to the first edition of Caritas magazine.

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Opportunities and responsibilities
| 22 October 2008

Gareth Morgan recommends some practical adjustments in the light of the Charities Act 2006...

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Quality mark’ launched to reflect changing sector
| 22 October 2008

Charities Evaluation Services launched the third edition of the PQASSO quality system on 25 June, comprehensively revising the second edition which, after eight years, needed updating to reflect major changes in the sector...

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The regulators release their results
| 22 October 2008

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published Scottish Charities 2008, building on benchmarks established in the 2005 profile...

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International instability? - Financial indicator
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2008

IMF warning about high food and fuel costs about to create balance of payments crisis

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Public Administration Select Committee report highlights gaps in sector commissioning model
| 22 October 2008

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), appointed by the House of Commons to examine the reports of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and the Health Service Commissioner for England, published its first ever report on the third sector on 9 July – Public Services and the Third Sector: Rhetoric and Reality...

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Government signs agreement on access to skills, unions and advice
| 22 October 2008

The Government, in partnership with the CBI, Business Services Association (BSA), TUC, acevo and NCVO, signed up to an agreement on access to skills, trade unions and advice in Government contracting on 15 July...

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In the courts - Personal injury
| 22 October 2008

Youth activity charity not responsible for rock-climbing accident...

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Trustee or not trustee?
| 22 October 2008

Charles Mesquita prepares new trustees for the responsibilities of governance...

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Mergers: civilising the barbarian?
| 22 October 2008

Clarissa Dann reviews the evolving charity merger landscape...

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Is property a robust investment vehicle for charities in the current economic climate?
| 22 October 2008

Andrew Allen and Tim Jowett opine on the implications of the poverty investment market for charities...

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Taking responsibility
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2008

Shanta Acharya shares her passion for socially responsible investment (SRI)...

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Whose strings?
TRENDS & DATA ANALYSIS | 22 October 2008

Cathy Pharoah and Mark Pincher review statutory funding and the implications for sector independence...

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Should independent schools retain their charitable status?
| 22 October 2008

Tony Little and Steve Sinnott discuss whether independent schools should retain charitable status...

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Windfalls deferred?
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2008

Sue Ladell highlights inconsistencies in guidance on when to recognise legacy income...

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Income recognition principles in charity financial reporting
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 22 October 2008

Pesh Framjee explains how current financial reporting standards and guidance should be interpreted...

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Not so kind
LEGAL | 22 October 2008

Kathryn Lloyd explains how charities can minimise costly employment tribunal claims...

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Mergers register
| 20 October 2008

Andrew Hind explains the new mergers register...

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The retention challenge
CHARITY MANAGEMENT | 17 October 2008

Charitable organisations need to do more to secure donor loyalty, explains Adrian Sargeant...

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