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Don Bawtree: Have you considered your viability?

Don Bawtree: Have you considered your viability?

The UK Corporate Governance Code has been updated; theatre charities may be eligible for tax deductions and a long-running VAT case has reached its conclusion, writes our finance expert

Analysis: Stark gender gap at the top of finance departments

Analysis: Stark gender gap at the top of finance departments

Charities do no better than FTSE companies, despite a more female-friendly culture. Sam Burne James reports

Tim Lowth of Blind Children UK

Tim Lowth of Blind Children UK

The director of finance, planning and performance at the charity says an ability to communicate well is the secret to success as an account

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Caron Bradshaw: What my twins taught me about risk management

Caron Bradshaw: What my twins taught me about risk management

When a charity runs into difficulty, its trustees must decide whether to roll up their sleeves and get involved or to hold back and trust the experts, writes our columnist

FD in Five Minutes: Alan Sharpe of the RSPB

FD in Five Minutes: Alan Sharpe of the RSPB

The director of finance and information systems at the animal welfare charity says he is often approached with wildlife-related queries

Analysis: Working around the Sorp 'gain or loss' requirement

Analysis: Working around the Sorp 'gain or loss' requirement

Charities must now state net gains or losses on investments above income or spend. Sam Burne James reports

Don Bawtree: Is it time to reveal charity audit reports?

Don Bawtree: Is it time to reveal charity audit reports?

Trustees must learn from Tesco's recent accounting error and ensure they understand financial risk areas, writes our columnist

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As winter approaches, Wendy Cotton of charity insurance specialist Markel explains how you can protect your charity against damage by flooding

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

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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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