Richard Jenkins, policy adviser, the ACF
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Independence of charitable foundations key to independence of sector

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. 

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Slow progress - the toils of upgrading technology

Upgrading a laptop proves to be a lengthy unrewarding chore, says John Tate.

Dick Turpin

Gordon Hunter worries that the Lottery's new £200m Big Local Trust will reduce even further the grants available to the grassroots

Dinner service

Ian Allsop provides an overview of the CFDG annual dinner and assesses that diners enjoy what's on their plates despite talk of lavish cuts.

The domino effect

The haste of the quango cuts has David Davison worried about the impact on organisations big and small as he warns that  pension schemes could provide the final straw to break your organisation's back.

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?

Big Brother or Big Society?

Gordon Hunter wonders, whatever happened to charity now that it has been engulfed by the state?

Freeing up provision of social care

Doug Forbes ponders the future of adult social care delivery in a GP commissioning environment and suggests emulating the Royal Air Force model.

Pensions, quangos, and Vietnamese rat farming -  the law of unintended consequences

The quango cull could hold unintended financial consequences for the sector, and the saga's only just begun, warns David Davison.

Sam Younger

Gordon Hunter thinks the Charity Commission's new focus could be to redefine what a charity is in the wake of the quango cull.

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