Carolyn Sims

Banking blog: Would an ethical bank help finance my community project?

5 Oct 2015 | Carolyn Sims
Tags: Banking

Carolyn Sims, head of banking at Charity Bank, offers tips for community groups looking to borrow from an ethical bank.


Banking blog: Would an ethical bank help finance my community project?

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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.

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.

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?

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.

Michael Birtwistle, NCVO

A financial review published today warns that the sector faces a £4.6bn shortfall. Michael Birtwistle, senior policy officer at NCVO and co-author of the report, highlights ten steps charities can take to become more sustainable.

Investment blog: Five key questions to ask fund managers before you invest endowments or reserves

Richard Macey, director of charities at M&G Investments, runs through the most important questions to ask fund managers before placing your endowment or reserve with them.

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