Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta
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Nesta review of Big Society Network funding hints at pressure from advisers

20 Oct 2014 | Tania Mason

After the National Audit Office published its report into Big Society Network grants and a former Nesta trustee tweeted that Nesta was also “forced” to fund BSN back in 2010, Nesta chief executive Geoff Mulgan conducted a review into his organisation’s support for the agency.  Tania Mason analyses his findings.


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Trading while insolvent

Brian Johnson outlines the risks of insolvent trading and examines the signs to watch out for. Charities are feeling the pressure like never before. The credit crunch and subsequent recession has meant both private individuals and companies are giving less, while cutbacks in central Government budgets are also being felt. The 2012 Olympics is another factor impacting the funding available to charities, while, to top it all off, funds already under management have been savaged by global stock market falls.

Brand bandits

In modern marketing, brand recognition is all important but where does one brand start and another stop and what’s to stop you crossing that line asks Anthony Misquitta Brand banditry has been prevalent in the charitable sector for years. However, just as there is a technical difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion (and between expenses fraud and “the honest and mistaken use of a flawed system”) there is also a worrying trend emerging in which businesses and institutions, who should know better, justify what in most eyes is a brazen attempt to ride on the coat-tails of another.

Budgeting for one

A radical change in social care funding designed to empower recipients will challenge charity accounting systems, say Mark Brend and Brendan Smith. From 2005 onwards a number of central government policy initiatives heralded the most radical reform of social care for half a century. Notably, in December 2007 Putting People First established the principle of personalisation of social care services, giving people more control over their own lives and services. These initiatives will have a profound impact on the charity sector, as much social care is provided by charities that get most of their income from public money, allocated via local authority contracts.

Help to review

Gareth Jones examines the role of investment advisers for charities The Trustee Act 2000 holds that before exercising any power of investment, trustees must obtain and consider proper advice, unless the size of investment funds are so small that it would not be cost-effective to do so. It was the introduction of this provision coupled with the loss of funds by many charities in the bear market of 2003 which have led to the rise of the dedicated investment adviser, bridging the gap between the charity and the fund management community and offering an objective eye. While once this profession was mostly limited to advice on handling pension funds, now the role can encompass every element of the creation and implementation of a successful investment strategy.

The widely held view that charities should stick to doing good works and stay clear of campaigning is a recipe for social stagnation. The world has changed, charities need to change with it and speak truth to power about what it takes to solve root causes of societal ills rather than pussyfoot around problems.

» Liberal influence: Andrew Hind interviews Lord Rennard

A fresh pair of eyes

An independent operational property audit can highlight payment discrepancies and help charities recoup thousands of pounds, says Katie Beckett Property auditing is a specialised form of independent auditing that all charities with a property portfolio ought to be undertaking as part of their commitment to good governance and in line with their duties to trustees and beneficiaries. Experience has shown that oversights can easily occur in day-to-day property management, regardless of how expertly and efficiently the portfolio is managed and even with a full property team overseeing the management of the portfolio.

More about mergers

Anne-Marie Piper completes her overview on the subject of charity mergers In the last issue I began this overview of charity mergers. I explained the duties of charity trustees in relation to mergers and then examined the various steps in the merger process including the exploratory discussions and preliminary checks, the “in-principle” decision to merge and the process known as due diligence and at some of the issues that it can throw up including staff, pensions, VAT and material contracts.

Coram's Campus grows up

With 270 years of serving the needs of children behind it, Coram has ambitious development plans for its central London site. Biman Mittra explains.

Investing in property - still an option for charities?

Gavin Acheson reviews the scene and considers the merits of pooled investment vehicles and equity sharing leases In the last 12 months the whole world has changed.

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