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How to avoid becoming the next Concern Worldwide

How to avoid becoming the next Concern Worldwide

The direct debit problems experienced by the poverty organisation can be prevented by taking a few simple steps, writes Scott Gray of the charity payment provider Rapidata Services

Don Bawtree: A Budget that barely touched the sector

Don Bawtree: A Budget that barely touched the sector

Plus: the wasted £194bn and the EU

FD in Five Minutes: Sarah Broad

FD in Five Minutes: Sarah Broad

The chief financial officer of Leonard Cheshire Disability says she wanted to use her financial skills for the wider social good

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Don Bawtree: Get yourself ready for fee-charging

Don Bawtree: Get yourself ready for fee-charging

Plus: fundraising agencies, non-charitable entities and expenses

FD in five minutes: James McDonald from Diverse Abilities

FD in five minutes: James McDonald from Diverse Abilities

The finance manager at the Dorset charity for people with severe disabilities gets medieval in his spare time

Kate Sayer: Ask yourself what impact you make - and how you do it

Kate Sayer: Ask yourself what impact you make - and how you do it

Finance professionals at charities could really add value by working out which activities really matter and whether there are better ways to work, writes the specialist auditor

So what happens when a charity opts to spend out?

So what happens when a charity opts to spend out?

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Trust is among bodies that have decided to spend everything and close. 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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