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Wellcome Trust's investment portfolio reaches £18bn

19 Dec 2014 | Kirsty Weakley

The Wellcome Trust has posted a 15.4 per cent return on its investment portfolio, earning £2.5bn for the year to 30 September 2014.

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Comms agency invites applications for free help

Communications agency Band & Brown is inviting nominations from health and wellbeing charities to receive its pro-bono support in 2010.

Fiona Ellis becomes Funding Commission chair

Fiona Ellis has stepped up to become chair of the Funding Commission following the resignation of Rachel Lomax who has quit with immediate effect, citing increased pressure from her commitments elsewhere. The Commission has extended its target for publishing its final report until the end of the year.

Charity Bank loans value grows by a third

Charity Bank has approved almost a third more loans to the sector than it did last year, and expects the level of drawn loans to top £40m for the first time in July.

Nick Hurd is new charities minister

Conservative MP Nick Hurd will be announced today as the voluntary sector’s new minister, Civil Society has learned.

Congratulations to the RNLI - this only goes to prove that working on long term (and short term for that matter) legacies really pays dividends in the end.

» RNLI legacy income rises to record £118m

New government and downbeat economic forecast keeps pound shaky

The end of political instability in Westminster does not necessarily spell good news for the economy or for sterling, as the Bank of England warns of continued inflation and analysts predict a sluggish pound.

Shetland Charitable Trust accused of subsidising local council

Audit Scotland is investigating the relationship between the Shetland Charitable Trust and the Shetland Island Council as it suspects the charity is being used to subsidise Council services.

Cranfield offers doctorate to 'exceptional sector manager'

An “exceptional voluntary sector manager” is being sought to become a full-time PhD student researching performance measurement in the sector at the Cranfield School of Management later this year.

Sector predicts both uncertainty and opportunity in hung parliament

Civil society organisations are facing a worrying period of insecurity as a hung parliament appears nigh on certain, many sector commentators warned today.

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