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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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Another day another dollar?

It's tempting to look to the United States for inspiration, but we're  very different demographics, says Niki May Young.

Publish or be damned - transparency in the sector

With technology driving ever more leaks of sensitive information, charities should prepare to reveal all from the outset, says John Tate.

Early Years and early days

As Sure Start centres throughout England prepare for possible closure in the face of impending cuts, London Early Years Foundation chief June O'Sullivan sums up the mood in the children's sector.

Reporting from the NCVO Campaigns Conference

Rob Dyson gives his perspective on NCVO’s Campaigns Conference, highlighting speakers’ concerns about the Big Society agenda and passing on some tips on media strategy.

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?

Scar gazing - predictions for a year ahead

What does 2011 hold in store? Ian Allsop scans the firmament for signs of light.

Understand your pension accounting – a beginners guide

David Davison highlights a back-to-basics guide to the murky area of FRS17 disclosures.

Love thy neighbour

Gordon Hunter thinks the best finance option for pushing the Big Society could reside next door. 

Snow, charity and pension deficits

Not even being stuck in a snow drift can stop David Davison from thinking of the pensions question - in fact, it provides inspiration.

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