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Kate Rogers: A different perspective on risk in endowments

Kate Rogers: A different perspective on risk in endowments

We can't be sure of the future but the further ahead we look, the greater returns we can expect from real assets, writes our columnist

FD in five minutes: Jill Long

FD in five minutes: Jill Long

Third Sector talks to the director of finance and strategic performance at the Teenage Cancer Trust

Vicky Browning: Shining a light on the great work charities do

Vicky Browning: Shining a light on the great work charities do

Charity communications professionals must work closely with finance departments to highlight annual reports and accounts, writes our columnist

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Kate Sayer: There's no simple answer to how much to keep in reserve

Kate Sayer: There's no simple answer to how much to keep in reserve

Charities need reserves to manage risks, but reserves are just one way of doing this, and financial resources might be the last resort

Beware the pension trap when chasing contracts

Beware the pension trap when chasing contracts

The Local Government Pension Scheme carries a number of risks for charities that decide to take on outsourced local authority provision

FD in five minutes: Katrina Lawson from Changing Lives

FD in five minutes: Katrina Lawson from Changing Lives

The executive director of finance on returning to her roots at the north-east homelessness charity

Ministers move to boost tax breaks on small gifts

Ministers move to boost tax breaks on small gifts

A consultation on the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme has been launched to address the disappointing uptake. Liam Kay reports

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Focus On... Investment

The ethical minefield of investment funds

The ethical minefield of investment funds

Revelations by the BBC's Panorama programme last year once more raised the issue of investments that appear to run counter to a charity's objects. Patrick McCurry assesses the latest thinking

Have emerging markets lost their attraction?

Have emerging markets lost their attraction?

Both Russia and China have experienced rapid economic growth compared with their western rivals, but economic and political difficulties might have dampened their allure. Edward Lander reports

Do common investment funds have a future?

Do common investment funds have a future?

Newton and the Charities Aid Foundation are among those that have recently decided to close their CIFs. Edward Lander looks at the pros and cons of this special financial vehicle

Interview: John Harrison

Interview: John Harrison

The professor at Cass Business School says charities tend to be conservative investors and thus reap lower returns

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