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So farewell then, Sir Stephen

24 May 2016 | Gareth Jones

Sir Stephen Bubb’s work at Acevo is a reminder of why mergers are not always a good thing, says Gareth Jones.

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Mark Salway

Mark Salway urges charities to think carefully about business models - and social investment in particular - at every level of the organisation.

Questions remain about social impact bonds

The government has committed a lot of money to social impact bonds, but there are serious issues with the model, says Michael Birtwistle of NCVO.

Are charities or social investors in control of the financing process?

At first sight it looks as if those with the money call the tune in the world of social investment, but Dominic Llewellyn says that a charity looking to make a deal can find it exercises plenty of power.

Why haven't mainstream fund managers got on board with social investment?

Mainstream charity fund managers have been slow to get involved in social investment. Richard Maitland asks why.

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?

Swimming against the tide: England's fastest growing charities 2009-2013

As part of his dissertation, Olof Williamson identified 101 charities to have spiked and then sustained growth of over 100 per cent between 2008 and 2014. He discusses what these charities have in common.

Time for finance leaders to get involved with social media?

Rohan Hewavisenti suggests why more finance directors should join Twitter.

Want to succeed in finance and IT? Focus on people, not processes

Robina Chatham reflects on how she lost sight of the importance of people skills.

Panama chat: musings on charity finance from another continent

Ian Allsop has recently returned from Costa Rica, but he definitely does not use any offshore investment vehicles.

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