What makes a great charity finance director?
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What makes a great charity finance director?

27 Jan 2015 | Simon Hopkins

Finance director-turned-chief executive Simon Hopkins explores the aptitudes and attitudes that makes some FDs stand out from the crowd.

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Simon Berry - Defra

Whether he’s persuading charities to finally do something about climate change, educating government officials about the third sector, or badgering Coca-Cola to distribute life-saving items in Africa, there aren’t enough hours in the day for Simon Berry.

Private Equity Foundation

Gareth Jones learns about the Private Equity Foundation’s model of financial support and expert advice.

Gut instincts

As a newcomer to charity finance, Warren Alexander has some issues with the Sorp. By Vibeka Mair. Warren Alexander knew diseases of the bottom and the bowel would be a tricky cause to raise support for, but when the chief executive post at research charity Core came up, he couldn’t resist the challenge.

The next big threat?

The next big threat? State aid must not be used as an excuse to deny charities exemptions, says Andrew Small.

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

Staying in control

Kieran McDonagh outlines a process for protecting your sensitive data. There are many sensitive information that is critical to their day-to-day operations. Personnel departments must maintain details of employees’ bank accounts that must be protected from external disclosure but also from disclosure to unauthorised staff. Fundraising departments often depend on personal and financial information about benefactors, while operational departments often maintain lists of volunteers’ home addresses. Those charities that deliver a care service can find that they need to maintain records about beneficiaries to provide accountability for funding from the statutory sector. To complicate things further, charities will also require third-party suppliers to handle and process much of this sensitive information.

Small steps

Recent debates in the House of Lords suggest the government might finally be taking its Compact responsibilities seriously, says Tania Mason. Let's face it, the Compact is never going to set pulses racing. The document that sets out how the public sector and the voluntary sector should work together is one that few charity employees have even heard off, and fewer still have read. Nobody doubts its importance, but the very mention of the Compact can act as a powerful sedative.

Bitter pills

Mike Penrose assesses the changing face of global risk in a world where international aid workers are increasingly funding themselves in the line of fire. It is inherent in the nature of their work that charities and other NGOs engaged in humanitarian and development activity have always operated in challenging, even hazardous environments. Yet, changes in how such organisations are perceived, at home and among the communities they seek to help, continue to place an ever-greater strain on the balance between worker safety and effective delivery.

Land tax ahoy
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Land tax ahoy

23 Jan 2009

Nick Ivey and Sarah Macleod assess the likely impact of the final version of the CIL. The planning act 2008 introduces a new tax called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This tax will be levied on the development of land and buildings and will hit both organisations intending to develop land or buildings for profit and those wishing to make improvements or alterations to property they already own, and will retain.

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