Kate Sayer, Non-executive director, Develpment Initiatives Poverty Research
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How auditors work

31 Oct 2014

Kate Sayer explains what auditors will look for before signing off a charity's accounts.

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How auditors work

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Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta

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.


Will changes in pensions and inheritance law help or harm legacies?

Recent changes in the law around pensions and wills could have a significant impact on how much money is available for charitable legacies. David Ainsworth examines what’s changed.

Banking

Several charities have had their bank accounts closed recently. Tom Keatinge questions why this might be.

John Kingston

John Kingston examines the different forms of relationship an umbrella body can have with its members.

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

Transformation or bust at CSV

Lucy de Groot tells how, after skirting with insolvency, CSV has been fundamentally restructured to create a more certain future.

IT security

Charity Finance organised a debate on IT security, hosted by Ntegra. Ian Allsop accessed the discussion and shares the expert opinions that were offered.

Back to the future

The sector lost a great advocate and friend when Stephen Lloyd was tragically killed in a holiday boating  accident in August. In this last article he was to write, he argues for a return to the Charity Commission’s pre-2006 constitutional structure. 

VAT exemptions on cost sharing groups

Shivaji Shiva looks at what the Tax Tribunal's assessment of the VAT exemption for cost sharing groups could mean. 

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Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries

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Our guest Chairman advises making sure a charity is complying with on how to handle vulnerable beneficiaries.