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Number of HMRC investigations into Gift Aid claims doubled last year

Figures show that 1,057 checks and audits of charity claims for the tax relief were carried out in 2012/13, up from 510 the previous year

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Latest Finance Good Practice

Rodney Schwartz says 'relationship banking' is more of a slogan than a genuine approach

Tempted by banks? Social investors are the better bet

To build a new financial market means supporting investors who take a long-term, values-oriented and client-centred view. Not-for-profits should resist the temptation of attractive rates at high-street banks, writes Rodney Schwartz

 
 
John Lewis says his role is to be supportive but honest

FD in five minutes: John Lewis

The finance director of Vista, the charity that supports people with sight loss, says his role is about more than just numbers

 
 
Ray Jones

A second Sorp helps small charities with disclosures

Ray Jones explains the Sorp commisson's recommendation to have two new accounting standards, rather than one

 
 
Caron Bradshaw

This April fool urges sector caution over Budget hopes

With further cuts to come, charities must pre-empt, plan and prepare for hard times to come, writes Caron Bradshaw

 
 

Charity Financial Profiles

The Numbers: YouthNet The numbers behind an online charity that provides advice, support and volunteering opportunities for 16 to 25-year-olds

The Numbers: Historic Royal Palaces The figures behind the charity that looks after five former royal palaces in London, including the Tower of London

The Numbers: Magdalen College School The figures behind the fee-paying independent day school for boys aged seven to 18, which also has a co-educational sixth form

The Numbers: The Institute of Animal Health The figures behind the charity that carries out research into infectious diseases in farm animals

The Numbers: Walk the Plank The figures behind the performing arts charity that specialises in large outdoor events

 

Latest Finance Comment

Stephen Cook writes that, despite a fall in income from government, figures on individual giving are encouraging

Editorial: Figures confirm a changing sector

The UK Civil Society Almanac reveals the impact that the economic downturn and the government's ever-tightening spending cuts are having on charities, writes Stephen Cook

 
 
Richard Litchfield says the financial situation of charities could be improving

Richard Litchfield: Relentless cuts are not the whole picture

Resourceful and well-managed voluntary sector organisations have managed to innovate and diversify during the recession, says our columnist

 
 
Stephen Cook says some charities may not survive for long enough to benefit from the fund

Editorial: A welcome injection of government funding

The £40m resilience fund announced by the Office for Civil Society last week is good news for struggling charities, but there is bound to be disappointment over its timing

 
 
Stephen Cook

Editorial: Eden began to struggle when the going got tough

The recent change in leadership marks a new phase for the iconic charity-owned project, says Stephen Cook

 
 

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