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3 Dec 2014 | Ian Allsop

NCVO and Acevo are both reviewing the Charity Commission, but there’s no suggestion of one-upmanship, says Ian Allsop.

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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.

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". 

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?

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.

Newmark needs to understand unpopular fundraising methods

The new minister for civil society will have to decide what he thinks about chuggers and telephone fundraising, says Ian Allsop.

 Andrew Hind takes a look at the early do-gooders in the charity industry.

Andrew Hind is concerned that the government's behaviour towards civil society organisations could threaten the voluntary sector's legacy from the First World War.

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