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Don Bawtree: Reflections for annual report season

Don Bawtree: Reflections for annual report season

A new report considers transparency, HMRC makes a last-minute change to VAT rules for charities providing services in the EU and an MP comments on the failures of the Co-operative Bank, writes our finance expert

Mary Mackle of Epic CIC

Mary Mackle of Epic CIC

The director of resources and finance at the youth charity talks about its origins in local government and why she is spreading flowers across social media

After BeatBullying, is more guidance needed on being a 'going concern'?

After BeatBullying, is more guidance needed on being a 'going concern'?

BeatBullying was deemed a going concern, meaning that it should be able to operate for the foreseeable future, but came to grief a few months later. Sam Burne James reports

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FD In Five Minutes: Steve Webster of Fight for Sight

FD In Five Minutes: Steve Webster of Fight for Sight

The director of finance at the sight loss charity says he enjoys working for a small organisation where everyone is prepared to 'roll their sleeves up' and help each other out

Longridge may have been granted a rebate - but VAT relief is still a minefield

Longridge may have been granted a rebate - but VAT relief is still a minefield

Measures for charities in the Autumn Statement do not address broader complexity, writes Sam Burne James

John Simcock: How to stop your technology projects going wrong

John Simcock: How to stop your technology projects going wrong

The government was once criticised for its delayed, cancelled and compromised IT projects, but recently there have been some good examples that charities could learn from, says the charity IT expert

Don Bawtree: Could you survive without tax relief?

Don Bawtree: Could you survive without tax relief?

An increase in employment taxes and VAT could also put the future of some charities under threat, writes our finance expert

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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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