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A chance to get your voice heard – ‘speak up or pay up’ 1

6 Jan 2015 | David Davison
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David Davison urges charities that participate in local government pension schemes to respond to the Department for Communities and Local Government's consultation.  

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A chance to get your voice heard – ‘speak up or pay up’

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Paula Sussex, CEO of the Charity Commission

The financial perspective is not the only determining factor in arriving at the right decision, says Andrew Hind.

Richard Jenkins, policy adviser, the ACF

Preserving the independence of foundations is essential to the future health of civil society, say Richard Jenkins and Keiran Goddard. This is one of a series of extracts from a forthcoming book of essays on the future of the voluntary sector, Making Good: The Future of the Voluntary Sector. 

David Ainsworth is the deputy editor of Charity Finance

In recent months senior figures in the world of charity have questioned whether social investment is good for the sector. David Ainsworth examines why this new field is facing a backlash.


Learning from history

With the emergence of the cloud, the number of accounting software options is growing fast – just as it did in the 1990s. John Tate provides some lessons from those former times.

Perhaps the wider message for us all is that - if you ask for help at the 11th hour, you are already a few hours late!

» Is there a Luddite in your CVS?

Brooks Newmark: a knit wit?

Ian Allsop returned from holiday to find many in the sector already needled by Brooks Newmark. This article was written for Charity Finance magazine, which went to press before Newmark resigned as minister for civil society.

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Writing for Charity Finance magazine, which went to press before Brooks Newmark resigned as minister for civil society, Andrew Hind considers the fallout from Newmark's comment that charities "should stick to their knitting". 

Blending youth and experience

Finance leaders need help from the younger generation to understand modern technology, says John Tate.

Carolyn Sims is head of banking at Charity Bank

Carolyn Sims, head of banking at our banking partner Charity Bank, provides a guide to charity loans and explains why many charities find loan finance empowering.

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