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Kate Rogers: A sensible list of aspirations from the Wellcome Trust

Kate Rogers: A sensible list of aspirations from the Wellcome Trust

Those who look after charity investment pots must watch out for risks, diversify and avoid getting caught out with cash flow

Responsible investment: three steps for trustees

Responsible investment: three steps for trustees

High-profile examples of charities such as Comic Relief (pictured) investing in products that conflict with their aims might have caused sleepless nights for trustees, but investments can also be a force for good, write Howard Pearce and David Russell

Don Bawtree says it's not all about changes to the Sorp

Don Bawtree says it's not all about changes to the Sorp

The lead partner for charities at accountants BDO LLP provides an update on charity finance

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Frank Walsh: 'I like the lack of bureaucracy at WhizzKids'

Frank Walsh: 'I like the lack of bureaucracy at WhizzKids'

The finance director of the disabled children's mobility charity talks about his work and life

Caron Bradshaw: Charitable endeavour is more than just a numbers game

Caron Bradshaw: Charitable endeavour is more than just a numbers game

In a perfect world, every charity would achieve maximum impact and there would be no inefficiency; but our world is populated by wonderfully imperfect people, writes our columnist

Stephen Pidgeon: The requirements of the Sorp are a brake on fundraising

Stephen Pidgeon: The requirements of the Sorp are a brake on fundraising

Inflexible accounting practices mean fundraisers cannot tell someone exactly what their money would be spent on; and donors are getting fed up with it, writes our columnist

Social investment: Nick Hurd says the aim is 'turn reality to mainstream'

Social investment: Nick Hurd says the aim is 'turn reality to mainstream'

Sam Burne James assesses the political status of social investment and how the market can move forward

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How to reduce theft at your charity

Maximising security on your premises, using deterrents such as SmartWater and ensuring computer systems are secure can all prevent a theft occuring, says Wendy Cotton, a charity insurance expert at Markel

Renting a property: how to minimise the risks

Managing the risks that come with renting a property can make the difference between a charity thriving or failing

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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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