Richard Jenkins, policy adviser, the ACF
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Independence of charitable foundations key to independence of sector 1

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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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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Learning from history

3 Oct 2014

With the emergence of the cloud, the number of accounting software options is growing fast – just as...

Blending youth and experience

10 Sep 2014

Finance leaders need help from the younger generation to understand modern technology, says John Tate....

Why I didn’t accept an ice bucket challenge

1 Sep 2014

With one survey out last week indicating that more than half of the people taking part in the #icebucketchallenge...

Charities should comfort beneficiaries and disturb those in power

31 Oct 2014

The voluntary sector needs to rediscover its voice, argues David Robinson. This is one of a series of...

The Charity Commission's board now needs to become more strategic

31 Oct 2014

Dorothy Dalton suggests that it is time for the Charity Commission's board to be less hands-on and to...

Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence

23 Oct 2014

Richard Bridge examines the relationships between local authorities and community groups. This article...