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3 Oct 2014 | John Tate

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.

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Will your charity lose out when the Pension Protection Fund changes its levies?

A new way of calculating PPF levies for not-for-profit organisations is likely to save most charities money, says David Davison, but a few could be big losers.

The Big Society Network saga needs further digging

Richard Caulfield was suspicious about the independence of Big Society Network way back in 2010.


James Taylor

The new £40m Sustainability Fund ought to allocate some money to expert intermediaries so they can help frontline charities to secure their future, says Amanda Tincknell.

A shameful saga

The real shame of the Big Society Network saga is the hundreds of genuine, effective charities that missed out on funding, says Tania Mason.

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?

Growth Plan saga nears its end

New clarity in the provisions of Growth Plan 3 means that charities in the scheme need to make sure they understand their position and the associated risks and costs, says David Davison.

Putting retail at the heart of the Children’s Society

The Children’s Society has changed the culture of its retail operation and is turning nearly 30 per cent more profit than five years ago.  Lynne McMahon explains how change was achieved. 

The burden of suspicion has fallen disproportionately upon Muslim charities

The growing focus on terrorism is unfairly raising suspicion about Muslim charities, warns Abdurahman Sharif. 

Phygelius capensis image gredit: Stan Shebs

Ian Allsop takes issue with some hardy perennials that seem to keep cropping up in the charity garden.

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