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FD in five minutes: Zoe Marshall

FD in five minutes: Zoe Marshall

Director of finance and resources at Fight for Sight, which carries out research to prevent sight loss

Social investment: the good and not so good

Social investment: the good and not so good

Social investment has yet to justify the bold claims once made for it, but has it proved to be a failure? Liam Kay canvasses opinion from the sector

A turbulent end to The Body Shop Foundation

A turbulent end to The Body Shop Foundation

A dispute between the cosmetics firm and its associated foundation led ultimately to the closure of the charity

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Cyberattacks on the rise: how charities can protect themselves

Cyberattacks on the rise: how charities can protect themselves

Charities must be more proactive in combating and preventing cyberattack risks, argues David Kearney, relationship director specialising in the charity sector at Lloyds Bank

Kate Rogers: Is there a 'right' level of investment? It depends

Kate Rogers: Is there a 'right' level of investment? It depends

Mandatory payments may not necessarily be the best way to improve long-term social value, writes our columnist

Kate Sayer: What trustees should look out for as austerity holds sway

Kate Sayer: What trustees should look out for as austerity holds sway

Our columnist gives six tips on keeping finances in order

Bumpy financial road ahead for the sector

Bumpy financial road ahead for the sector

Rising costs are hurting many charities, forcing them to rethink financial strategies, finds Liam Kay

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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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