The gap between public perception and reality of charities
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The gap between public perception and reality of charities

1 Sep 2014 | Joe Saxton

There is a gap between public perception and the reality of how charities operate, says Joe Saxton. Public trust in charities will be unsustainable if no action is taken.

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Andrew Parker became finance director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003 on the eve of its biggest redevelopment programme. By Vibeka Mair. The arts charity is transforming its Royal Shakespeare Theatre complex over four years and plans to reopen in late 2010. It needs around £113m for the project and has already raised £100m via a £50m grant from the Arts Council, £20m from Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, and various donations from charities, foundations and individual donors.

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What Persche could mean for UK charities

The recent European Court of Justice decision on Persche v Finanzamt Ludenscheid has the potential to create some new opportunities for UK charities, say Shimon Shaw and Jerry Golland.

Better budgeting and buy-in

The National Autistic Society’s finance team needed to simplify its business intelligence to improve budgeting and staff input. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has a staff of around 2,500, and runs six specialist schools and 17 clusters of residential and support services for adults with autism, which account for 85 per cent of the organisation’s expenditure.

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