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A charity world as colourful as Camila Batmanghelidjh's party dress

3 Sep 2015 | Ian Allsop

Ian Allsop sums up what’s been happening in the charity world during the summer break.

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John Tate

Systems integration isn’t the most exciting IT subject, says John Tate, but it will cause untold problems if you aren’t fully on top of the problems.

Lessons from Kids Company for other charities

Andrew Hind says the dramatic collapse of Kids Company last month is a wake-up call for the whole sector.

A culture of arrogance was at the root of Kids Company’s woes

Kids Company received enough unrestricted income that it could have built up sufficient reserves to see it through the crisis that led to its collapse. Kirsty Weakley asks why it did not.

Caron Bradshaw

Charity Finance Group chief executive Caron Bradshaw examines what the closure of Kids Company means to the charity sector.

Whatever the motivation behind the idea that charities be required to publish their expenditure on campaigning and political work in their annual returns, I don't think we should reject it too quickly. While such a requirement should not become burdensome for charities, any move towards greater transparency and accountability, in our sector as in others, is a positive one.

» Public benefit test - to be, or not to be?

Investment blog: Rising interest rates - Does your bond fund fit the bill?

Richard Macey, director of charities at M&G Investments, looks at five factors to help assess the suitability of individual bond funds in a rising-rate environment.

Professor Paul Palmer

Professor Paul Palmer argues that educational underinvestment is preventing finance directors from taking the lead in exploiting new forms of funding.

Banking blog: Three charities and their experience of loan finance

Carolyn Sims, head of banking at Charity Bank, shares useful case studies of charities that have taken out loans to help achieve their missions.


New measures could help charities in local government pension schemes

David Davison says that many charities have historically wanted to pull out of local government pension schemes, but not been able to afford to; new proposals could help them out.

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